10 Reasons that make the Philippines unique
• The people
No doubt Filipinos are the foremost asset of this country. Their perpetual smile and altruistic kindness will make you reflect on the important things of life whilst they teach you how little you need to be happy. This is at least the biggest lesson I learnt from this country.
The Philippines is home to the smallest primates in the world. Tarsiers are a mixture between a bat and a monkey with astonishing eyes, which are abundant on the island of Bohol. Always remember not to touch them, as they are currently endangered species.
• Best diving sites in the world
Thailand has claimed this title but the truth is The Philippines is a unique diving spot that offers you the possibility to dive through sunken Japanese ship wrecks from WWII while watching a diverse flora and fauna. Coron, Apo reef, Monad Shoal and Malapascua island are absolutely stunning diving sites.
• El Nido
One of the least-known paradises in the world is this little town on the island of Palawan. It takes between 5 or 6 hours to get there from the island capital, Puerto Princesa, but I can guarantee you will never regret it! Turquoise waters flanked by exuberant jungle will be awaiting you!
These former US military jeeps left over from WWII have become the most popular means of public transport in The Philippines and are now part of the country´s culture and art. Their colourful decoration is worthy to admire.
The Philippines has 25 active volcanoes, which represent one of the best tourism attractions due to their impressive beauty. Some of them have an interior turquoise lake that makes them even more impressive. The foremost are: Mount Pinatubo, Taal and Mayon.
• Its 7.107 islands
Made up of more than 7.107 islands the amount of paradise beaches you can find in this country is unaccountable. They are classified in 3 main groups: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Pinoys have a massage culture and get one at least weekly. Truth is an hour-massage in The Philippines is just 5$, so as a tourist or expat this is a mandatory experience as Filipinas may have the best hands in the world.
• Puerto Princesa Underground river in Palawan
Recently named as one the new 7 wonders of the world like the colonial city of Vigan which makes the country home to 2 new wonders you definitively have to visit!
• Its Christian culture and architecture
It is difficult to find around Asia a country without temples and Buddhism. The Philippines was under Spanish rule for 300 years and as a result the country is a type of South America Asian, a unique feeling hard to find elsewhere in this continent.