As per recent reports, the Philippines Airlines has reported a significant increase in flights between London and Manila when compared to last year. With the Philippines emerging as one of the favourite destinations of Britons in the past year, we thought it important to highlight for our dear readers all facets of Philippines’ exciting tourist offerings. Here are top five reasons for visiting this beautiful country in Southeast Asia.
It Has Incredible Rice Terraces
Anyone who has ever been to the Philippines will tell you that one of the most astounding sites to witness there are Banaue’s rice terraces. Carved into the mountains of Ifugao, these terraces are of majestic beauty and appear consistently at the top in tourist itineraries to the Philippines. Featuring on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, these rice terraces offer an ideal escape to hikers and nature lovers. One of the most intriguing stops you can make on your journey through the Banaue rice terraces is at a local Mumbaki (witch doctor), believed to be endowed with special healing powers.
El Nido Offers an Ideal Escape
Surrounded by dramatic limestone formations and cerulean blue waters, El Nido is stunning and ethereal in beauty. Best explored on a sailing trip, El Nido also makes for a central stop during visitors’ exploration of the Bacuit Archipelago. The pristine beaches, part of idyllic resorts that are perfect for days when you just want hang out in the sun, are major draws for tourists.
Some of the World’s Best Diving Sites Can be Found Here
An archipelago of 7,107 islands, teeming with coral reefs, it is no surprise that the Philippines have some of the world’s best diving sites. You can start your exploration of the country’s underwater world at Tubbataha Reefs National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, popular for its lagoons and two coral islands. You must also test your diving skills at the Black Forest dive site off Panglao Island.
Festivals in the Philippines Are the Most Colourful In the World
Mostly a celebration of the country’s rich culture and traditions, the festivals in the Philippines are many and are all celebrated with a great pomp and show. Lasting from a day to a month, these festivals are a colourful conglomeration of rituals, costumes, dancing and singing. Some of the most popular and greatly amusing festivals celebrated in the country include Ati-Atihan and Sinulog Festival (held in the 3rd week of January), Panagbenga Festival (held in February), the weeklong Moriones Festival, the Kadayawan Festival ( held in August) as well as MassKara Festival held in October.
You Can Travel in Style in Jeepneys
Jeepneys are ubiquitous in the Philippines and they make travelling around in the country so much more fun and memorable. After the World War 2 ended, the American troops began distributing hundreds of surplus jeeps they had amongst Filipinos as gifts. The locals repainted them in bright colours and made minor altercations to the design of these jeeps before putting them to use. The Jeepneys are being used as the most popular means of commuting in the country ever since. Tourists love them for their vibrant colours, spacious interiors and for being a part of the country’s culture and past. The cherry on the cake is that it is very cheap to commute by a jeepney.