The Philippines is an archipelago located between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam and north of Borneo. There are over a hundred ethnic groups a mixture of foreign influences and a fusion of culture and arts that have enhanced the uniqueness of the Filipino Race. There are over 7,000 islands within the Philippines all are abundant in nature, rich in culture and filled with pleasant discoveries. English is widely spoken making it an easy destination to visit and travel around.
Philippine Holidays Adventure
The Philippines is a paradise blessed with gorgeous waterscapes, an island never lacking in today’s liveliest water encounters. It has been described as the most exciting surfing destination in the world, with great waves like Cloud 9, Tuason Point, Majestic, and Cemento, all ranking among the world’s best. Plus for white water action, there are attractions a plenty; lakes, waterfalls, and rivers that create excellent kayaking and white water runs. With all the islands and magnificent coastline the Philippines has warranted its nickname ‘Asia’s Diving Capital’ as well as wreck diving, you may be lucky enough to see the largest fish in the world, the Whale Shark, locally known as Butanding, that regularly swims in the Philippine waters.
Gourmet & Dining Out
With over 120 different ethnic groups with the Philippines the cuisine is varied and diverse and one that everyone can enjoy. The Chinese who came to trade sometimes stayed on, cooked the noodles of home; certainly they used local condiments and surely they taught their Filipino wives their dishes, and thus Filipino-Chinese food came to be. The names identify them: pansit (Hokkien for something quickly cooked) are noodles; lumpia are vegetables rolled in edible wrappers; siopao are steamed, filled buns; siomai are dumplings. When the Spaniards came, the food influences they brought were from both Spain and Mexico, as it was through the vice-royalty of Mexico that the Philippines were governed. Fil-Hispanic food had new flavours and ingredients—olive oil, paprika, saffron, ham, cheese, cured sausages—and new names. Paella, the dish cooked in the fields by Spanish workers, came to be a festive dish combining pork, chicken, seafood, ham, sausages and vegetables, a luxurious mix of the local and the foreign. Add to the above other cuisines found in the country along with other global influences: French, Italian, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese. They grow familiar, but remain ‘imported’ and not yet indigenised. When restaurants were established in the 19th Century, Chinese food became a staple of the pansiterias, with the food given Spanish names for the ease of the clientele: this comida China (Chinese food) includes arroz caldo (rice and chicken gruel); and morisqueta tostada (fried rice).