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JourneyingJames

Nationality: Filipino.

Occupation/Location: Part-time Stocks Trader and Full-Time Traveler.

How did you find about the Philippines?

I was born in the Philippines, after visiting some Southeast Asian countries, my eyes were opened that Philippines is uniquely beautiful.

What Philippine locations have you visited?

I think I have been to 80% of the provinces of the Philippines, from the northern Batanes to Basilan, Palawan to Samar.

What are your opinions on the following things about the Philippines?

     Places

We have lots of places to choose from- beach, heritage, mountains, falls, etc.

     Food

I love the food from different regions of the country- the hot and spicy Bicolano food, the Inasals and Piaya of Bacolod, the seafoods of Capiz, the Bahalina of Bohol and the streetfoods of Manila.

     Culture

Culture differs from one tribe to another. Although a Filipino I am still being surprised when I see some practices in the far-flung areas.

     People

3 words- Hospitable & accommodating. Good heart. Always smiling.

What do you dislike about the Philippines?

When people jack up prices because you look like tourist/rich.

What do you like about the Philippines?

Island beaches and mountains spread all over the archipelago. Can I be more specific- Palawan, Batanes and Davao Oriental are my faves.

Your favorite place/s in the Philippines.

ChiChi Bacolod

Nationality: Filipino.

Occupation/Location: Blogger, Cebu City Philippines.

How did you find about the Philippines?

N/A.

What Philippine locations have you visited?

El Nido, Coron, Sagada, Baguio, Potipot, Calaguas, Boracay, Cebu, Bohol, Negros, Ilocos region.

What are your opinions on the following things about the Philippines?

     Places

With over 7,000 islands in the Philippine archipelago, there’s no shortage of exciting places to see. Most of us have only just begun to explore the backyard that we call the Philippines.

     Food

Some would say that Filipino food is a little too sweet and oily. I say they haven’t tried Ilocos’ distinct cuisine or Bicol region’s fiery hot food. They also haven’t taken a bit out of the famous Cebu’ lechon which made Anthony Bourdain declare that it’s the best he’s eaten. Yeah, I’m bisaya and proud!

     Culture

From the mountains of Sagada to the Ivatans of Batanes to the Moros and Chavacanos of Mindanao. From north to south and east to west, the Philippines is composed of a number of different customs and traditions that coexist to form the hybrid that is the Filipino culture.

     People

Filipinos are world-renowned for their generosity, hospitality and a general attitude of ‘Bahala Na’ (It’s all up to fate.). You can immediately get a sense of the Filipino attitude by just listening – Everywhere you go you will hear singing. We are a fun-loving, family-oriented, karaoke-loving, Pacquaio-mad nation.

What do you dislike about the Philippines?

The nation’s airport could certainly use a revamp. This is the first thing that foreigners see. We can perhaps invest in what kind of impression we give them. Another revamp to consider would be the nation’s tourism strategy. There are campaigns starting and a lot of new media people are helping out but I still think a huge campaign for the country should be initiated by the Department of Tourism.

What do you like about the Philippines?

There are more reasons to like our country than there is to hate it. The beauty in the Philippine landscape alone can rival any country. Our festivals or fiestas, our beaches, our food. We have so much to offer.

Your favorite place/s in the Philippines.

Renz Marione M. Bulseco

Nationality: Filipino.

Occupation/Location: Freelance Travel Writer/Photographer / Davao City, Philippines.

How did you find about the Philippines?

Philippines is a very beautiful country. There are several beautiful and exotic places in the country, waiting to be explored.

What Philippine locations have you visited?

I have been traveled to almost all provinces in Mindanao (except for Surigao, Zamboanga del Norte, Sulu and Tawi-tawi region). I have also been to Manila, Iloilo and Pampanga a few times already.

What are your opinions on the following things about the Philippines?

     Places

Each and every provinces of the country is unique to each other. That makes traveling around Philippines exciting.

     Food

Although Filipino cuisines like Adobo, sinigang and menudo are already common in the country, every province boasts their own specialty like Iloilo’s famous La Paz Batchoy, Bicol’s Laing and Cebu’s crispy lechon.

     Culture

Because of its geographical characteristics, every island hosts a unique tribe. That makes Philippines very rich in terms of cultural diversity.

     People

Across the country, Filipinos are generally warm and hospitable.

What do you dislike about the Philippines?

I guess it’s the political system of the country. Philippines used to be a great country decades ago. But because of the corrupt leaders, Philippines succumbed into a bad image in which she didn’t deserve at all.

What do you like about the Philippines?

Philippines is actually a rich country, in terms of culture, natural resources and biodiversity. That fact alone makes the country colorful and vibrant.

Your favorite place/s in the Philippines.

Anthony Stephen delos Reyes Martinez

Nationality: Filipino.

Occupation/Location: Employed; Free Lance Photographer; Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines.

How did you find about the Philippines?

I was born and raised here in the Philippines.

What Philippine locations have you visited?

I have been to different places, such as Baguio City attractions; La Trinidad, Benguet; Ambuklao Dam; Mt. Pulag National Park; Sagada, Mt. Province; Bontoc, Mt. Province; Sadangga, Mt. Province; Tabuk, Kalinga Province; Tuguegarao; Aurora and Cagayan Province, Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte; Laoag City; Vigan, Ilocos Sur; Candon City, Ilocos Sur; different beaches in La Union Province, Dagupan City as my home town in Pangasinan Province; Bolinao, Bani and Alaminos City Pangasinan; Subic Bay, Olongapo, Zambales,etc.

What are your opinions on the following things about the Philippines?

     Places

I travel by motorcycle and there is never a dull moment, there are a lot to see on the road, beautiful majestic mountains separated by a river that passes through them; white sand beaches and picturesque rocky ocean sides, underground rivers with crystal clear waters. There is a wide variety of beautiful places around every nook and cranny.

     Food

One of the best things in traveling is that you get to try local delicacies especially the exotic ones.

     Culture

I’ve encountered a lot of different people with different cultures and beliefs but I never was able to stay long enough to truly experience the whole lot of it, but I was always able to feel the friendliness with their warm accommodating smiles.

     People

So far most of the people I’ve met during my travels are nice and friendly and are always curious where I came from since I’m travelling by motorcycle

What do you dislike about the Philippines?

What most of the Filipinos dislikes.

What do you like about the Philippines?

The beautiful places (and there are always more and more to explore); the food ( I can never get enough of it)

Your favorite place/s in the Philippines.

Augustus Alejandro B. Zenit (drewzenit)

Nationality: Filipino.

Occupation/Location: Student; Tuburan, Ligao City, Albay.

How did you find about the Philippines?

I’m from the Philippines.

What Philippine locations have you visited?

Casiguran, Sorsogon; Goa, Camarines Sur; Rapu-Rapu, Albay; CWC, Camarines Sur; All towns composing Marinduque; Tiwi, Albay; I’ve hiked Mt. Mayon up to Camp 1 when I was in 4th grade; Cebu; Bohol; Baguio; Tabaco City, Albay; Ligao City, Albay; Legazpi City; Tagaytay; Whole of Bicol.

What are your opinions on the following things about the Philippines?

     Places

Philippines are a very wonderful place to live and be at. It is a gift from God which I am very proud of to promote and boast of.

     Food

The Philippines is very diverse when it comes to the food. Every place has something to be proud of.

     Culture

The Philippines is a place of rich culture and history. Philippine Culture is also diverse. Different places offer different cultures. Every place has its own.

     People

Of course, Filipinos are kind in nature, no question about it. It makes me a very proud Filipino.

What do you dislike about the Philippines?

Not every place is perfect. The Philippines’ government does not fully support animal and environmental laws. I can say this because I am a pet lover and an environment advocate and I am aware of what’s in the news.

What do you like about the Philippines?

Aside from the dislikes, I think I love every piece of it. It is like a present, you can’t disassemble a gift to get the part that you want, instead, you should love every part of it because it comes in a package.

Your favorite place/s in the Philippines.

Wong Jing Hao

Nationality: Malaysian.

Occupation/Location: Engineer, Carmona & Calamba, Philippines.

How did you find about the Philippines?

Colorful & a great mixture of culture & people. Maintaining a unique standalone culture nowhere to be found in South East Asia!

What Philippine locations have you visited?

Boracay, Banaue, Manila, China Town & Binondo, Ermita & Malate, Intramuros, Tagaytay & Taal, Laguna de Bay, National Museum, etc.

What are your opinions on the following things about the Philippines?

     Places

Beautiful especially the natural wonders e.g. beaches, volcano.

     Food

Sarap! Example: Adobo, baboi guling, crispy pata, etc.

     Culture

Maintaining a wide range of traditional culture & Christianity.

     People

Friendly.

What do you dislike about the Philippines?

Traffic, traffic & traffic jam.

What do you like about the Philippines?

Unique culture & people.

Your favorite place/s in the Philippines.

Philip Patrick

Philip Patrick

Nationality: American.

Occupation/Location: Retired Construction Contractor from USA. Now operate, with my wife The Jungle Restaurant and Entertainment Center, Bagumbayan, Maribago, Lapu Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines.

How did you find about the Philippines?

All starting with looking for a wife on the internet. Pretty much found out about PI, through searching for wife overseas. Come across a website in which had lot of Filipinas. So that was the original reason. After visiting a few times, and really falling in love with the country, people, and sites, decided to retire early and live here.

What Philippine locations have you visited?

Manila, Davao, Cayagen de Oro, Ozamis, Cebu, Bohol, Batayan, Boracay, Malapascua, Mactan Island. Many more small areas in and around Cebu. (sorry if I misspell some of those).

What are your opinions on the following things about the Philippines?

     Places

The Philippines offers some of the most beautiful, tropical and scenic places in all of Asia. The vast array of diversity and beaches leaves so much to see and experience. I find most all places in the Philippines interesting in one way or the other. I would say that some places need more interest in infrastructure and in service. But all in all each place you can find something interesting.

     Food

Although, as a foreigner, most of the foods here are very different than what we are used to. Personally, I do love many of the Filipino foods here. But also they are some, in which I really could never try or even attempt to consume. Again, the vast variety of foods here, give opportunity to every culture to find something that they can enjoy.

     Culture

Again, being a foreigner, our cultures do not agree on many issues. At the same time, I find it very interesting to learn and understand the culture in PI. I have dedicated my life here to learn and understand the history, culture, meanings. Of course you can tell from my choice of business that I support and understand the culture. I pride myself on knowing more about the Filipino cultural dances, their meanings, the history.

     People

The people of the Philippines are the most friendly and accepting I have ever met. Although I have met some bad people here, the good people out number the bad ones very much.

What do you dislike about the Philippines?

I will have to admit, that they are many things that I dislike here. But even with the dislike, I still find enough good reasons to stay and make my life here. Of course the corruption , brownouts, bad service, and of course being white Seems like I am always a target for others to try to take advantage of, or seem my feelings do not matter. Would love to see more accountability for everyone, and stronger leadership. Would also like to see foreigners who come here to have a life, and invest here in PI, to have more rights.

What do you like about the Philippines?

They are so many things to like. Beautiful Women, beaches, warm weather, affordable place to live, friendly.

Your favorite place/s in the Philippines.

Armie Yuson

Nationality: Filipino.

Occupation/Location: Actor/Model and Blogger – Manila and Baguio.

How did you find about the Philippines?

I was born and raised here…

What Philippine locations have you visited?

Batanes, Pagudpod, Laoag, Vigan, Bolinao, Alaminos, Lingayen, Dagupan, Angeles (Pampanga), Baguio, Sagada, Banaue, La Union, Subic, Anawangin, Mt. Pinatubo, Metro Manila, Tagaytay, Taal Volcano, Laiya (Batangas), Anilao, Camarines Sur, Caramoan, Tayabas (Quezon), Albay, Sorsogon, Iloilo, Guimaras, Boracay, Bohol, Panglao Island, Mactan, Metro Cebu, Dumaguete, Siquijor, Puerto Princesa, Coron, EL NIDO, Siargao, Bucas Grande (Surigao Del Norte), Surigao Del Sur, Cagayan De Oro, Camiguin and Metro Davao.

What are your opinions on the following things about the Philippines?

     Places

Philippine nature is one of the best kept secret in the world… We are mysterious and diverse in wild life like for example, we are only one of the few countries in the world where school of whalesharks and delicate Tarsiers can regularly be seen. And our Sun, Sea and Sand combination is one of the great attractions of our beloved country.

     Food

Nothing compares from our tasty Filipino Dishes, we have different varieties of foods, from the delicious sabaw of sinigang and bulalo to the mouth-watering sinugba of pork, beef and Sea foods. Our appetizing Lechon, Sisig, Adobo and yummy exotic offerings like balut, adidas and tokneneng. All the foods from the Philippines are assured delicious and addictive to the taste buds because Filipinos love to cook and eat food. We just love to fill up our stomach, it’s already in our culture, we de-stress ourselves through eating a scrumptious feast.

     Culture

Different kinds of Filipinos from different places in the Philippines have their own unique, mysterious and intriguing cultures and beliefs. You will just be fascinated with their rituals and traditions. From dances, fiestas, healing practices and the kinds of clothing they wear. But the most prominent culture we have is we always love to offer our food to other people especially from foreign lands, it’s our sign of a gracious greeting.

     People

I am a Filipino but personally, for me, the kindest and most hospitable Filipinos are the Visayans. They are sweet in gestures and their way of talking is engaging. They are so caring that they will immediately take care of your personal needs and wants. And they love to brighten up your day by always smiling, even if they are tired, they will readily give a smile at you…

What do you dislike about the Philippines?

Filipino reporters doing exaggerated black propaganda about their own country creating fear of foreign tourist from all over the world. And those rebels creating wars within our country making Philippine tourism suffer.

What do you like about the Philippines?

Of course, The Sun, Sea and Sand plus the Filipino dishes and fresh catch Sea foods and the most hospitable people in the world, the Filipinos! We have one of the best kept natural beauties in the whole world…

Your favorite place/s in the Philippines.

Joshua Miguel Capucion

Nationality: Filipino.

Occupation/Location: Student, Malaysia.

How did you find about the Philippines?

It’s my country of origin.

What Philippine locations have you visited?

Manila, Vigan in Northern Luzon, Quezon, and Boracay.

What are your opinions on the following things about the Philippines?

     Places

Plenty of good places to visit that represents the beauty and culture of the Philippines.

     Food

Many delicacies that, although delicious and unique, some people find too exotic to eat.

     Culture

You can tell that the Philippine culture comes from it’s roots and it remains planted in every Filipino, irrespective of modern times.

     People

Very respectful in terms of interactions with one another, especially when addressing an elder or superior.

What do you dislike about the Philippines?

Traffic and pollution.

What do you like about the Philippines?

The hospitality you get when you visit.

Your favorite place/s in the Philippines.

Lee Guohan

Nationality: Malaysian.

Occupation/Location: Student/Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

How did you find about the Philippines?

Friends from the Philippines.

What Philippine locations have you visited?

Manila, Quezon, Bataan.

What are your opinions on the following things about the Philippines?

     Places

Not bad, rather polluted.

     Food

Awesome, the best ever eaten.

     Culture

Fun to know and interesting to learn.

     People

Friendly and sometimes a bit aggressive.

What do you dislike about the Philippines?

The polluted city of Manila.

What do you like about the Philippines?

The food, and the hospitality.

Your favorite place/s in the Philippines.