How To Have Fun in the Philippines
Have you ever heard of the country's tagline? If not, then it's a pleasure to be the first one to introduce it to you. The Philippines has over 7,100 islands and in this country, there are countless people who are willing to show you what real fun is. Here are some things you should try if you want to have fun in the Philippines
Fiestas are festivals in the Philippines. Each barangay, province, and city has one so it will be very easy to find a place to celebrate a fiesta in. The best month for celebrating fiestas would be during May. When you're in the Philippines during this month, make sure you will stay in Bohol because there is a fiesta in different places PER DAY during THE WHOLE MONTH. Yes, everyday will be a festival for you. There will be parades, contests, games, beauty pageants, sports, and a lot of food.
The most popular festival in the whole Philippines is the SINULOG FESTIVAL which takes place in Cebu and happens every third Sunday of January.
Try Eating Filipino Food
If you know Filipinos already, you'd notice that their welcome is "Did you eat already?" and that's because we, Filipinos, love food and our mothers make the best meals. When you're staying in a host home, do not ever say no to food. It's labeled as being impolite.
Try the streetfood and explore what kind of food the Philippines has to offer. Eat balut, corned beef, siomai, bagoong, puto, lechon, adobo, sinigang, bangus, and others. I promise. you won't regret it!
Ride A Jeepney/Tricycle and Say "Dito Lang Po"(Luzon) or "Lugar Lang"(Visayas/Mindanao)
If you know what jeepney and tricycles are then bless you. If not, then here they are:
How does it even work?
Normally, their route number is placed on top and/or at the side of the jeepney. So if you don't know the route number you need, then you can ask locals. They will be more than pleased to help you and many people speak English there. If you're too shy to ask, you can just look at the sides of the jeepney, the places written there are the places they go to.
So you stick your arm out and "call" for it to pick you up, you go inside, pay for your ride through passing on the money to the other passengers until it reaches the driver then when you need to get out, say "lugar lang" when you're in Visayas/Mindanao and "Dito lang po" when you're in Manila. Tah dahh, easy as that!
Bond With The Locals
I am not even kidding when I say that they are some of the friendliest people in the world. Filipinos are known for their hospitality and friendliness. So, when you need a helping hand, talk to them. They are also approachable and they know how to make you feel like you're at home! When you need something fun to do, just make friends with them and plan activities together. They're also down for spontaneity. #itsmorefuninthephilippines
Hey there! My name is Jesuena. I was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Germany at the age of sixteen. Now, I am living in my own little apartment in Essen, Germany and finding time to travel during holidays and weekends. At the age of 18, I have already traveled to over 15 countries. Join me as I share my stories.