Thursday, January 12, 2012

TOP FIVE REASONS WHY IT IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES

Happy Friday the 13th guys. This will be my second post for this month and for this year (exactly one week after my first post ....sigh). I'm happy right now that our government is paying more attention to our tourism. They even launch a brand new campaign and a slogan saying that "IT IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES". Of course, as a Filipino myself, i should say that it is indeed more fun in the Philippines. Our country can provide more than what any tourist can wish for. To support this campaign, i made my own list of reasons why it is more fun here in the Philippines! Hope you like it guys!

TOP FIVE REASONS WHY IT IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES

TOP 5 REASON WHY IT IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES
"FILIPINO CULTURE AND TRADITION"

Filipinos are very religious and we pay big respect with our culture and tradition and most of them are still being applied until today. Did you know that we celebrate Christmas season as early as September. People will start decorating their houses with colorful lights and Parol (star lanterns), you will hear the children carol from one house to another as early as November and the markets will be flooded with different Christmas decors. Filipino used to celebrate it luxuriously in a way that they will fill their tables with different kind of dishes that are traditionally served during Christmas. Since Philippines is an archipelago, we do have different religions and the majority is Roman Catholic, followed by Christians and Islam. The second picture above is the recently held feast of the Black Nazarene. Each year, the procession of the Black Nazarene makes its way along the streets of the Quiapo district, with attendees reaching up to 6 to 8 million devotees. It had the longest celebration last January 9 as it took more or less 22 hours.

TOP 4 REASON WHY IT IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES
"FILIPINO CUISINE"

If you're a tourist, then you can't just leave the country without trying any of their special dishes. Philippines has it's own offerings too. We have our very own "Adobo" which involves meat or seafood marinated in a sauce of vinegar and garlic, browned in oil, and simmered in the marinade. We add sugar to make it sweeter. We also have the "Kare-kare"It is made from peanut sauce with a variety of vegetables, stewed oxtail, beef, and occasionally offal or tripe. It is often eaten with bagoong (shrimp paste), sometimes spiced with chili, and sprinkled with calamansi juice. We also have the "Sinigang" which is a stew or soup characterized by it's sour flavor because of the tamarind. We also have the "Balut" , the"Penoy", "Isaw" and other street foods. As for the Dessert, we have the "Halo-halo"


TOP 3 REASON WHY IT IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES
"FESTIVALS"

The Ati-Atihan Festival is being held annually in January in honor of the Santo NiƱo (Infant Jesus), concluding on the third Sunday, in the island and town of Kalibo, Aklan in the Philippines. The festival consists of tribal dance, music, accompanied by indigenous costumes and weapons, and parade along the street. Christians, and non-Christians observe this day with religious processions. The Sinulog and Dinagyang festivals are being celebrated the same way.
Panagbenga Festival is a month-long annual flower festival occurring in Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines. The festival includes floats that are decorated with flowers The festival also includes street dancing, presented by dancers clad in flower-inspired costumes, that is inspired by the Bendian, an Ibaloi dance of celebration that came from the Cordillera region.

When it comes to Festivals, there are just too many to mentions here but these celebrations have been a part of our own culture to give thanks to the patrons. Each event symbolizes a certain history or that town or city.

TOP 2 REASON WHY IT IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES
"BEACHES, SHOPPING MALLS, AND LANDMARKS"

We have lot's of things to offer here including. We have the 3rd (SM City North EDSA) , the 8th (SM Mall of Asia) , the 12th (SM Megamall) ,the 17th (SM City Cebu) and the 22nd (Greenbelt) largest malls in the world. Your day may not be enough to explore them all hehe.
As an archipelago, we are surrounded by different water bodies and marine ecosystem. The biodiversity here is simply incomparable and almost a huge percentage of marine species were discovered here in the Philippines. We also have famous beaches including the Boracay that is well known for it's white sand and clear blue water and is also considered as the mother of Philippine Tourism.
We have lots of famous landmarks here including the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, the almost perfect Mayon Volcano in Albay, and of course the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park which is provisionally chosen as one of the new seven wonders of the world!

THE BEST REASON WHY IT IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES
"FILIPINOS, THEIR ATTITUDE AND HOSPITALITY"

Can you smile despite of the problems you encounter everyday? YES we can! The Filipinos are considered a simple and happy people. This is evidenced by the fact that many Filipinos love to celebrate for any reason even with meager resources. The cheerful disposition of Filipinos may sometimes surprise and strike the foreigner as a lack of seriousness but upon knowing more about the customs in the Philippines, one would understand that cheerfulness is a part the country's culture. Philippines is the 14th place of the happiest people in the planet according to a survey. Nowhere in the world can you find a group of people where the hospitality is as much as the Filipinos. It is here in the Philippines where everybody, regardless of color, race, origin, or any differences for that matter, people are treated equally and hospitably. Filipinos are famous for being welcoming and warm to all of their visitors, expected or not. The home of Filipninos are always open to visitors.
So go ahead guys and visit our Country because it is MORE FUN HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES!

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