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Introducing: My Home Country

Let's travel to the Philippines!

It took me a long time to start writing this post about the travel to the Philippines because I actually don’t know where to start. There are so many things to write about the Philippines, so I guess the first place to start, is well just to start.

More and more stories have been written like "Interesting facts about the Philippines"  by Nomadicboys. From stories about travel, drama to tragedies and disasters. From political issues, to corruption cases, to kidnappings, even to our world champion professional boxer Manny Pacqiuao or “Pacman” as well as other popular and talented filipinos. Some of whom have made it internationally, and others who haven't. Of course, now because of this blog, I want to write something too.

Allow me to introduce to you my home country, the Philippines, the best way I can!

All of these interesting and exciting stories about the Philippines, sometimes being good and sometimes being bad.  You name it, we’ve most likely got it! The country’s slogan says, “It’s more fun in the Philippines!” Well, is it, really? Let’s find out!

Since I moved to Norway four years ago, I started traveling. I began meeting people, and quickly realized that not too many people actually knew where the Philippines was. Can you believe it?

The first time, I got this question, I was a little lost for words. I thought that everyone knew about the Philippines! I originally thought that people were just joking, or at the worst being a little sarcastic. I found out that that was not the case, and they were actually serious.

So where in the world is the Philippines?

Southeast Asia Map

So where in the world is the Philippines?

“It’s not Japan or Singapore, but somewhere in the middle, somewhere over there in an area called South East Asia…”  

I know, I’m bad in geography, and I really felt awkward and embarrassed answering that question that way, but that was usually my answer. 😉 

 

Now here is my chance to explain this little bit better! You can find that the Philippines, which is located in South East Asia, is surrounded by the Pacific ocean and the South China Sea.

Did you know that the Philippines is an archipelago?

Yes, it is! There are about 7,107 islands that are grouped together into 3 main areas, namely: Luzon (as the northern part), Visayas (central area) and Mindanao (southern part).

Many islands have different languages, actually more than 120 languages are spoken throughout the country. Luckily, we understand each other through our national language which is Tagalog, and our second official language which is English. Isn’t that interesting?

The Philippines was under the Spanish colonial rule for 3 centuries, therefore, Spanish was included as one of our national languages. Then the Americans took over, and overstayed their welcome, for about 48 years. This is how the English language came to stay.   

When you go to the Philippines, you will actually feel the mixed culture attributes left from these countries, as well as, cultural contributions from our Asian neighbors.

The Philippines, is rich in many ways, land, history, language, and food.  All of which make the rich experience of the Philippines, just a little richer than most! ; )

So, let’s get this going! I will be showing you my top places from where I’ve been and what you must see and experience in the Philippines. These includes both popular and undiscovered places.

100 Islands

Let's go 100 island hopping!

100 Islands

 

 

This marvelous natural park of the Philippines is at its finest!

You can go on a hundred island hopping for only about 20-30 minutes, isn't it fascinating?!

It’s well worth it! It is located up north from Manila (the Capital of the Philippines) in Luzon area. 

Baguio City

Experience the ‘Summer Capital’ of the Philippines!

Baguio City

For locals and tourists who wanted to escape the heat from other cities, this city has become the ‘heat getaway’, as this city has an average cool temperature of 7-8 degrees celsius.

Historically, Baguio was established by Americans in the 1900, so you can feel the american culture mixed with the Ifugao people in this lovely city. This city is also known for fantastic landscape fresh produce and strawberries.

Metro Manila

Metro Manila is a diverse city that can be quite overwhelming yet beautiful!

Metro Manila

 

From simplistic, to amazingly advanced, Manila has it all. 

It possesses high-rise architectural masterpieces, that overshadow selfbuilt shanty towns of the cities poor, to suburbs that really have no beginning and really no end. The city just goes on and on (You can go crazy in shopping here!). It functions, it works, it’s congested, its Manila.

Batangas

Escape to Nasugbo, Batangas!

Nasugbo, Batangas

 

This is a hidden paradise just about 1 and a half hour away from the Metro Manila by car. It's a perfect getaway from the buzzing city. From Manila to Tagaytay via Cavite-Coastal Road or South Super highway and exit at Sta Rosa Laguna

Tagaytay

Tagaytay City


Tagaytay City  

An exceptional city that one shouldn’t miss, only about 55 km away from Metro Manila.

It is one of the country’s famous tourist destinations because of its cooler climate and magnificent view as it is overlooking the Taal Volcano. Here, you can also find great places to eat, local sweet products and various freshly picked fruits.

 

Leyte

Discover the Southern Leyte!

 It’s a paradise in the Eastern Visayas part of the Philippines. Tangkaan Beach, Padre Burgos

Here, you seldom find tourists.  Experience one of the best diving destinations in the country, fabulous beaches with crystal clear water and smaller islands, falls, caves, cathedral church. It is also the birthplace of Christianity (Limasawa where the first mass was celebrated) in the Philippines.

Bohol

Explore Bohol!

Chocolate Hills, Bohol

 

It is one of  the worlds natural wonders and a very popular tourist destination. 

Some of the amazing things that can be found in this spectacular province are: The Chocolate Hills, Loboc River, Panglao Island and many other white beaches and virgin islands surrounding it!

Cebu

It is the Queen city of the South!

Cebu Historic Landmark of Magellan's Cross

 

Recently, it was declared as the richest province  in the country. 

It has the best beaches, islands, dive sites, cultural festivals and architectures.

Boracay

Don’t skip Boracay!

If you skip Boracay island is like missing on Santorini when visiting Greece.

Boracay

 

 

 

This island is quite touristy during the peak season but you can always find some secluded places and many other activities to do!  I’d seen many beaches in the Philippines but I must say, nothing beats the powdery sand beach in Boracay especially at the Station 

Palawan

Palawan is one of the favorite destinations of many tourists, and so is mine 😉

Palawan Philippines

 

On top of the enchanting natural sites, there are fabulous beaches, lagoons and islands surrounding it.

I found the locals very tourist oriented, whether you are foreign or local visitors, they welcome and assist you the best way they can.

Cagayan De Oro City

 Adventure in CDO!

CDO White water rafting!

 

It is also called the city of golden friendship.

When I heard about CDO (Cagayan De Oro City), the first thing the comes to mind is the white water rafting or kayaking adventures.

But of course, this capital city of the province Misamis Oriental in the southern part of the country has many more to offer other than that. 

Camiguin Island

Uncover the Camiguin Island!

When you are visiting Mindanao, this is a must experience island!  White Island, Camiguin

Camiguin consists of four incredible volcanoes (stratovolcanoes).

It is a perfect setting of a tropical island with hot and cold springs, perfect white beach, waterfalls, sunken cemetery and breathtaking views of the mountains.

What I like most about the island is that the locals are doing great in preserving nature and taking care of  the area.

Iligan

It is the City of Majestic Waterfalls!

This small city is not far away from CDO. Visit the Tinago (Hidden) Falls and Maria Christina Falls. They are more enchanting than they look in these pictures.

Tinago

Maria Christina Falls

Bukidnon

Visit Bukidnon!

 Bukidnon 

When I visited this place I was really amazed that though it doesn’t have the typical Philippine beaches and islands, it showcases the breathtaking natural parks.

It has natural springs, lakes, green lash mountains and vast plantations of different products like: sugar cane plantation, corn, banana, pineapple, etc. How wonderful is that?

Dolphin Island

Swimming with the dolphins in the Dolphin Island!

Dolphin Island

 

You probably haven’t heard of this one yet, but yes, the Philippines has it!  

The Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP) is located in Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental.

It’s the Southern part of the Philippines, Mindanao area which is basically a dolphin rescue center. It was my first time to be swimming with the dolphins!

 

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  • Sharon Evite Cangayda Carangue

    Ing-ani kalaagan si Maricris Kisteria!!! Heheh. Krikitik, ikaw na! You must be one super proud Pinoy!!! Continue exploring the world! =)

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Hihihi! Okrayderma napod ka diha ha! Lols! Thanks Share-on Evite Cangayda Carangue!

  • Brinx Dienemann

    Keep it up Cris!!!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Thanks for dropping by Bren! I do appreciate it 😉

  • Brinx Dienemann

    Bilib kaayo ko nimo!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Charr jud!

  • HippieHitsTRoad-Tara

    Wow, what a great list of places, covering a lot of different interests. I’ll definitely be bookmarking this for future reference, and pass it along to my girlfriend who’s heading there. Thanks!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Sweet! Thanks a lot! I hope it helps her get some ideas on where to go 😉

  • Claudia Luxembourg

    Saving this post. My sister and I are planning a trip to SE Asia and we are thinking of also hitting the Philippines. Great to have a local version 🙂

  • Nomadic Boys

    LOVE LOVE the Philippines – forever a special place in our hearts. Thanks for linking to our article 🙂

    • Crizzy Kiss

      You’re welcome! I enjoyed your post for Philippines 😉 Will be posting the collab post today (finally)! 😉

  • Christine Messina

    Dying to go here!!! I wish I could visit all the islands, it looks so stunning everywhere you go!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      It takes a long time to visit all the islands! But make sure to visit serveral different islands as much as you can during your stay..;)

  • Prianka

    The Phillippines is one of the few SE Asia countries that I still havent been to but these pictures make it look really beautiful! I’m hoping to get there while I am still living in SEA

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Yes, you should! I’m sure it’ll be well worth it. And if you’re already in SEA, there are many flights you can take going to Manila or Cebu 😉

  • The Philiippines is next on my list, it just looks so damn beautiful!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      That’s great to know! Make sure to visit Palawan 😉

  • Paige Brown

    I cannot wait to get back to the Philippines! I had such an incredible time there and I constantly tell my fiancé that I want him to experience all the things I did, PLUS, there’s so much MORE to do! Thanks for linking back to my post about Tagaytay and Taal. I loved my day trip there and I’m looking forward to reading more about your home! Cheers! Xx

    • Crizzy Kiss

      It’s really nice to know that you had a great time in the Philippines! I’m looking forward to spend some of my holidays there too, hopefully next year! 😉

  • Great guide you’ve put together here! Will make it to THE PH next year so it will be very useful! 😀 Thanks

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Awesome! Hopefully, you get to visit some places on this list 😉

  • Nancy Pitman

    Your photo’s are beyond gorgeous. I never realized how amazing the Philippines are and just put your country on my bucket list.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Thanks! Oh you’ll absolutely love it there!

  • Wow these places look gorgeous! Hopefully I’ll make it to the Phillipines one day soon!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Thanks! Do it when you can, it’s gonna be well worth it 😉

  • Dannielle

    Hah, it’s always a bit weird writing about your own home country isn’t it! I’m desperate to go to Philippines, it just looks like a more beautiful version of Thailand – I hope it’s okay to say that!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Exactly! It is really a bit weird, that’s why it took me some time to write about my own home country (like I mentioned in this post) 😉

  • Great guide to somewhere that’s been so much in the media this year, clearly the place to be for travellers at the moment! Nice to have such clear and concise round-up, there are so many place to visit it’s usually impossible to get a good overview, so thanks!

  • Looks like a really diverse place, I will need to visit!!!

  • You’ve missed my home town VIGAN CITY the newest 7 wonders city 🙂

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Sorry dear! I’ll have to visit there on my next holiday to pinas! 😉

  • If Spanish is treated as national language is it easy to communicate in it or maybe with so many languages not many people can speak it in reality*

  • It’s on our radar, and after reading quite a few posts on this beautiful country recently, seems like 2016 might find us there 🙂

  • Great country you have. Philippines is on my radar too, just have to find a some free time and head over there 🙂

  • Svetoslav Dimitrov

    You seem so have sooo many beautiful places. Thanks for making this article. I love it. It is better than wikipedia and I mean this in a very good sense! I love the start, the middle, the end. Everything. Great job!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Such a heart-warming comment! Thank you Svetoslav! I’m glad you love it, it inspires me to do better in the future posts! 😉

      • Svetoslav Dimitrov

        Your efforts warm our (the readers’) hearts 🙂 Thank you!

  • Lexi Jackson

    What a beautiful country, you’re so lucky to have grown up here!

  • Alexis

    This is such a great snapshot of the country! I regret that I lived so close (Japan) for a few years and never was able to make it there. Someday….!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      There’s always a next time Alexis! 😉

  • Thanks for such an interesting insight into your country. It is somewhere we are hoping to visit next year so this will come in handy! I have an aunty from the Philippines too! I looks wonderful!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      I hope it’ll help you get some ideas! That’s cool to have an aunt there, I’m sure you’ll have a fabulous time! 😉