Ferdinand Decena

Nationality: Filipino

Occupation/Location: Graphic and Web Designer in Manila Philippines

How did you find about the Philippines?

I was born and raised here.

What Philippine locations have you visited?

To generalize on the areas: Batanes, Ilocos Norte and Sur, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Baguio, Mountain Province, Cordilleras, Batangas, Bicol, Marinduque, Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Panay Island, Ormoc, Iloilo, Guimaras, Bohol, Zamboanga City, Basilan, General Santos, South Cotabato, Dumaguete, Siquijor.

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

     Places

We have the most diverse attractions in our country. The Philippines have the largest coastline in Asia that’s why we still have the best beaches here. Our natural attractions have more number of fauna than even Galapagos Island. I’ll never get bored hopping from one island to the next here.

     Food

There’s a rich variety of food here in every region. Even if there’s a particular known dish, each region has a distinct way of cooking it.

     Culture

Each region is also diverse. From the Ifugaos of the north to the Tboli’s in the south, they exhibit rich cultures that some still practice until now.

     People

I still think Filipinos are still generally hospitable and smiles a lot what ever comes its way, we can always smile. That may be the biggest charm of being a Filipino.

What do you dislike about the Philippines?

Politics.

What do you like about the Philippines?

I have been around some countries in Asia and it’s funny that some things remind me of things here back home. In my opinion, we still have the best beaches and ocean here. The Filipinos are lucky to speak English very well, so Caucasians would find it easy to backpack in our country. We really have diverse attractions here, I guess it’s just managing them that should be worked on.

Your favorite place/s in the Philippines.

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