Saturday, September 18, 2021

Things To Do in Philippines

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  • Air Sports – An annual hot air balloon festival is held in Clark, Angeles in Pampanga. Aside from the hot air balloons on display, people gather at this event to go skydiving, with many activities other than skydiving and hot air balloons also taking place. The festival takes place between January and February.
  • Basketball is the most popular sport in the Philippines, don’t miss the PBA and UAAP basketball tournaments.
  • Bentosa and Hilot are Filipino alternative healing methods, Bentosa is a method where a cup covers a tea light candle which then flares and lets out all the pain on a certain part of the body, Hilot is simply the Filipino way of massaging.
  • Board sailing – waves and wind work together to make the country a paradise for board sailors. Boracay, Subic Bay and Anilaoin Batangas are the main destinations.
  • Casinos: Metro Manila has a great selection of casinos and entertainment destinations. Discover Resorts World Manila, the country’s first luxury integrated casino resort, and the newly opened Solaire Resorts and Casino. Entertainment City will be home to four integrated casino resorts. This development is expected to attract millions of wealthy Asian tourists and rival Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore.
  • Caving – The archipelago has some unique cave systems. Sagada is a popular destination for caving.
  • Diving – Blue, calm waters and abundant reefs make for good diving. Diving in the country is cheaper compared to neighbouring countries.
  • Festivals – Every municipality, town and province has its own festival, either religious or in honour of the town or for a historical reason.
  • Golf – Almost every province has a golf course, it is a popular sport among the elite, the rich and famous.
  • Medical Tourism – The Philippines provides the world with many medical professionals, with a large number leaving the country every year to find a better future abroad. This is an indication of the quality of medical education and medical tourism is also on the rise. Most come from America and Europe as medical care is much cheaper here compared to their home countries; up to 80% less than the average price abroad. Most of the hospitals suggested for medical tourism are in Metro Manila. Alternative medicine is also popular, with spas, faith healing and other fringe therapies common throughout the archipelago.
  • National Parks – The number of national parks is about 60-70, they include mountains and coral reefs.
  • Mountain biking – The archipelago has dozens of mountains and is ideal for mountain biking. Bicycles are the best means of transport to get to remote areas. Some options are Baguio, Davao, Iloilo, Banaue, Mount Apo and Guimaras.
  • Climbing – Apo Island, Atimonan, El Nido, Putting Bato, Wawa Gorge have the best places in the archipelago for climbing.
  • Sea kayaking – popular are the Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur, Palawan, Samar and Siargao.
  • Spas are popular, with many options, spas can be found near beaches, financial centres, etc.
  • Trekking – Mountain ranges and peaks offer cool weather for trekking and it might give you a glimpse of the beautiful exotic flora and fauna of the country. Mt Kanlaon and Mount Pulag are good trekking spots.
  • Visita iglesia – (Visita is Spanish for visit, Iglesia is Spanish for church = visit churches) done by mostly Filipino Roman Catholics to churches, holy sites, shrines, basilicas, etc. If you are religious, try this, if you love art and architecture, churches are the best way to define what Filipino architecture.
  • White water rafting – There are good white water rafting opportunities in Mindanao, both in the north around Cagayan de Oro and in the south near Davao.