tayo, pasyal tayo sa Pilipinas”, says a friend who has lived in the Philippines
all his life and is currently enjoying the wonderful benefits of having a
stable financial income plus the availability of backpacker-friendly airfares
that give everyone a chance to see the b-e-a-u-t-y of the Philippines.
without the award given by a Chinese newspaper, Oriental Morning Post, we all
know that nothing rivals the Philippines in terms of tourism.
And for all
the Pinoy Zealanders, it’s about time. Visit the Philippines, nothing less,
everything for more, fun!
Reasons to visit the Philippines:
1. You need a break. You’ve
had enough of the twang, the glottal stops and gibberish talks that you get
into every day. You need it and you know it.
2. You want a break. You
want to see the landscape. You want to ride the waves of Siargao and swim with
Butanding (Whale Sharks) in Donsol. You want to take a solitary trek in Sagada
and think about the life ahead of you or the life behind you. Or simply the
life that you’re in. You want to visit Tagaytay and take a panoramic shot of
the world’s smallest volcano, Taal. Boracay is Boracay and it offers you a
unique experience of beach life during the day and partying hard at night with
friends. You want to visit the rice terraces of Benguet. You want to see Bohol
and the world’s smallest primate, the Tarsier. You want to climb Mount Apo and
eat Durian. Of course, you do love to dive and our country is blessed with
ultimate dive spots that even Jean Jacques Costeau failed to see. And yes, from
Manila, visiting Bicol is just a train ride away. View the majestic site of
Mayon Volcano and enjoy the gastronomic experience of Bicol Express.
3. You miss salu-salo with
your family, which extends to your inaanak, kapit-bahay, ka-batch, kalaro and
everyone who helped you unload your luggage and balik-bayan boxes. Oh you miss
Adobo, Kare-kare, Pinakbet, Sinigang, Mechado, Menudo, Pinikpikan, Diningding,
Palabok, Embutido, Tokwa’t Baboy, Bulalo, TAPSILOG, TOCILOG and whatever you
have in mind that reminds you of your unlimited rice craving. My 13-year-old
self simply can’t forget the time when I earned the ire of my home economics
teacher when she asked us about our own kitchen creation. Since I was one of
the last students to be asked what I wanted to cook for our final examination
in H.E., my choices were limited. So I answered, VETLOG, short for Vetsin and
Itlog. I received a scolding outside the classroom and a two-page essay on why
I should not be penalized for it. I escaped suspension and was asked to try-out
for a slot on the school’s newspaper.
4. You want to enter a
church, attend and celebrate the Holy Eucharist with people all around you. You
know you’re in the Philippines when you’re praying inside the church and people
are outrunning each other to get the vacant seat next to you. Don’t you miss
the smell of baby powder mixing with sweat all around the church on a Sunday
5. You are a socially aware
and responsible Filipino. You want to vote for your
aunt/uncle/cousin/classmate/neighbour running in the midterm elections this
year. And yes, you want to make sure it’s a trip to listen to all the speeches
they’re giving come circus time — este campaign period.
family back here and stay for a while. Rediscover the country and show them the
rich heritage that we have.
more than increasing the Gross National Product income for our country. Tourism
is a great way to inculcate the Filipino Youth with national pride. National
pride begins with knowing what our country is, its history and its future.
Visit the Philippines.
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