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10 Reasons Why the Philippines is the Best Country in S.E Asia

Batad Rice Terraces, Philippines

It’s a big claim I know, but the Philippines really is the best country in South East Asia, and what’s even better is that most people are yet to realize this. As a former Spanish colony, it’s a country that’s very unique to the region with a Roman Catholic population. This means if your templed out from the rest of Asia, then the Philippines will be a breath of fresh air. Instead of temples dripping in gold, the Philippines does epic scenery, and lots of it.

So what actually qualifies me to make such a big claim? Well I’ve been to Thailand (four times), Cambodia, Vietnam (twice), Laos (twice), Myanmar, Singapore (twice) and Indonesia. However I’m yet to go to Malaysia (other than 8 hours at KL airport, does that count??), Brunei or East Timor. So lets hope none of them are actually the best country in S.E Asia, because then this is awkward.

So let me tell you why, as the tourism board keeps saying “it’s more fun in the Philippines!”

1. Perfect Beaches  

I’m going to pull a Kanye and say the Philippines have some of the best beaches of all time, and when someone accustomed to Aussie beaches is telling you that, well you had better listen. The beaches here are paradise, and with 7,101 islands there’s no shortage of secluded beaches to discover.

El Nido Palawan, PhilippinesDiniwid Beach Boracay, PhilippinesSpider House Resort Boracay, Philippines

2. Epic Sunsets

I have high standards when it comes to sunsets. I need lots of colours; yellow, orange, red, pink, purple the lot, and preferably some mountains or sailboats in the background. Luckily the Philippines obliged with my demands and gave me plenty of unforgettable sunsets. One night in El Nido I literally took over 50 photos because the colours would not stop changing, it was sunset porn of epic proportions.

El Nido Palawan, PhilippinesEl Nido Palawan, PhilippinesSunset on White Beach Boracay, PhilippinesEl Nido Palawan, Philippines

3. Turquoise Waterfalls 

The Philippines know how to do waterfalls, and boy do they do them well. The best waterfalls I’ve ever seen were all here.

Tumalog Falls Oslob, Philippines Kawasan Falls, Philippines

4. Adventure

Scuba diving, snorkeling, cliff jumping, kite surfing, hiking, you can do anything and everything in the Philippines. One of the stand out experiences I had was climbing Taraw Peak in El Nido. Although I felt like I was going to fall to my death numerous times, and remembered why I always faked a sickie when it came to rock climbing for P.E. class, the views and feeling of accomplishment were so worth it.

Taraw Peak El Nido, Philippines Cliff Diving Boracay, Philippines

5.  It Has the Number 1 Island in the World 

If you needed any more confirmation that the Philippines was winning the game when it comes to best islands, they recently nabbed the top honour by Condé Nast Traveler, with Palawan voted best island in the world for the second year running. El Nido is top dog on the island, famous for its impressive limestone rock formations, which boast secret beaches and hidden lagoons. One of the islands was even closed for the filming of Survivor (yes that show is still on?!)

El Nido Palawan, PhilippinesEl Nido Palawan, Philippines

6. 2,000 Year Old Rice Terraces 

I’ve seen rice terraces in Vietnam, China and Bali, but the UNESCO World Heritage listed terraces of Batad win hands down. Getting to this remote village is not for the faint hearted, but that’s half the adventure. You’ll need to take an overnight bus from Manila, followed by a jeepney that will take you as far as the paved road goes, from there it’s a steep hike down to a village that remains relatively unaffected by the outside world. No phone or internet service, just 2,000 year old rice terraces.

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7. You Can Swim With Whale Sharks  

The ultimate bucket list item and the highlight of all my travels would be swimming with these gentle giants. The Philippines also happens to be the cheapest place in the world where you can do it.

Whale Sharks Philippines

8. Their Mountains Look Like This 

The Chocolate Hills, named after the shade of brown they turn during the dry season, is the star attraction on the island of Bohol. There are many local legends as to how these hills came to be, but my favourite is about the two giants who had one epic tantie throwing boulders at each other for three days straight. They eventually made up, but conveniently forgot to clean up their mess, leaving grass to grow on the boulders and create the Chocolate Hills.

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9. Everyone Speaks English 

Over 90% of Filipinos speak English, which makes traveling through the country that much easier. While half the fun of traveling can be finding your way around a language barrier, you’ll have a unique travel experience when you can actually engage in conversation with the locals beyond the basics of “where’s the toilet?”

Batad Rice Terraces, Philippines

10. The People

Some of the friendliest people I’ve met during my travels have been in the Philippines. They are extremely welcoming and friendly; so don’t come here if you hate happy people who constantly smile at you. If you like adorable kids who will happily pose for a selfie, then you will be heaven, because the cuteness levels here are oh so very high. You’ll also get harassed way less then any other country in S.E Asia. Even in the major tourist zones of White Beach Boracay, where the locals are out hustling to get you into their restaurant or book their tour, a simple ‘no thank you’ is all that’s needed for them to smile and say ‘ok’. They even seem to remember your face and won’t ask you the same thing the following day. Filipinos also aren’t as keen to rip tourists off, so the scams you’ll find in Thailand or Vietnam are almost non-existent here. Like I said, Filipinos are awesome, except for those Manila airport taxi drivers, because yes they are trying to rip you off.

Chocolate Hills, Philippines Chocolate Hills, Philippines

Have you been to the Philippines? I would love to know what you thought about my favourite country in South East Asia. Hopefully this has encouraged you to visit!

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  • Reply
    Lara Nogueira
    January 5, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Loved the post.

    I cant wait to visit Philippines.

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      One World Just Go
      January 5, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      You’ll just love it Lara!

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        January 25, 2016 at 4:06 am

        Thanks to you Ms. One World Just Go. You let the People of the World to capture the beauty of the one and only PHILIPPINES… it has it all.

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      August 11, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Lara Nogueira, Mabuhay ang Salamat! I am a KANO but also a Filipino by heart after staying in this beautiful country with it’s incredibly warm and wonderful people! Thanks for helping put into words my love for this wonderful and amazing country and people!!!

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    Charisse R.
    January 5, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    I am a Filipino and bias aside, you just nailed everything. It’s funny coz I met some tourists as well here and they always say “Why is it that a lot of Filipinos can speak English?” I take that as a compliment though 🙂

    It’s true you’ll never run out of places to go here in the Philippines, I am staying in Cebu so you better visit Bantayan Island (picturesque sun session and white sand) or Malapascua Island (Pascua meaning Christmas so the sand is also white but the diving experience is just unforgetable). Another tip for the Manila taxi drivers, which I also had some bad luck before, you can try downloading Grab Taxi to make sure you get the right fare for the ride.

    Bookmarking your site now! Thank you for sharing your travel and more to come 🙂

    PS: Sorry for the long comment, I got overwhelmed haha

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      One World Just Go
      January 6, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      I didn’t hear about how awesome Bantayan or Malapascua was until I’d already left the Philippines, I was so sad I missed out. Oh well more for next time. Thanks for the tip about Grab Taxi, good to know! Thanks so much for the comment Charisse xx

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        Anthony B. Castro
        January 21, 2016 at 3:56 am

        You can also take Uber!Word of advice just don’t go or should I say forget Mindanao and you will be alright in the Philippines.Try the beach up north of Luzon and they are fantastic too even cheaper and very hospitable people.

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          January 21, 2016 at 11:40 am

          She can visit Surigao. It is safe there! 🙂

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          January 22, 2016 at 1:09 pm

          Have you even been to Mindanao? Bet not yet. People who says don’t go to Mindanao, its not safe..blah…blah…are either who haven’t been here or just plain ignorant. So many beautiful places to explore and just a small portion of it is not that safe.

          • Freedom
            January 25, 2016 at 4:03 pm

            Mindanao has the Enchanted River, Samal Island, Glan in Sarangani Province, Scott Gutsy Tuason’s Gutsy’s Reef, Davao City, Dahilayan Park in Bukidnon, lots and lots of Tuna in General Santos City and a whole lot more…. You should visit MINDANAO 🙂

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        January 27, 2016 at 11:41 am

        you gotta try also the highest zipline in S.E. Asia, located at Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. i was there last month, it’s really affordable plus very safe 🙂

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          Mosaddad Abdullah
          November 18, 2017 at 4:36 pm

          Yes!!Thats true you gotta find the highest zipline in Cotabato City in Lakes Cebu..When I went to Lake Cebu theires so many T-buli that you see..Philippines is the Most Beautiful,Smart,Talented,exotic,Hardworker.I evered seen..I love Philippines..Sorry for all grammatically error..becsuse Im grade 7 and 13 years Old…
          -from Philippines.

          • One World Just Go
            November 18, 2017 at 5:52 pm

            Wow you’re only 13 years old!!!!! Thanks so much for reading 🙂

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    January 6, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I haven’t been to the Philippines before, but I worked with someone from there and she was always telling me about how beautiful it was in the Philippines. I would love to relax and visit the beaches, your photos are amazing! Happy 2016 🙂

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      One World Just Go
      January 6, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks Eden! Yes the beaches are just pure heaven.

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      January 22, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Visit Siargao, Davao, Bukidnon, etc. All from Mindanao.

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      January 25, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Agree with TAZ. If you dont go to Mindanao, you’ re missing out one third of the Philippines.

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      January 26, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      I agree! Don’t forget the Great Philippine Eagle and the bounty of nature. Tinuy-an Falls is simply amazing!

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    January 7, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Hi, liked your post. consider to visit Davao City also. here you can find Mt. Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines. The Philippine eagle, beaches, the waling waling and many more suited for adventurers like you.

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      One World Just Go
      January 7, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks! I’ll have to remember that for next time 🙂

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    January 7, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Consider also going to KABAYAN, BENGUET, where you can find the century old mummies, mount pulag-considered to be the playground of the gods by the locals and the four mystical mountain four lakes:-D

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      One World Just Go
      January 7, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      The view from Mount Pulag at sunrise looks amazing 🙂

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    January 7, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    A trip to Mt. Pinatubo is highly recommended!

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      One World Just Go
      January 7, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation, the lake there looks beautiful!

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    January 9, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Thank you for visiting our country. I’ m glad to know that you had fun here. Thanks again! 🙂

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      One World Just Go
      January 9, 2016 at 11:26 am

      I had sooo much fun 🙂

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    January 10, 2016 at 3:10 am

    The moment I saw your post on my newsfeed, I didn’t hesitate to open it. I love how you say that the Philippines is your favorite in S.E Asia. I’m a traveler/adventurer too, I’m exploring my country (Philippines) little by little. I had a great time reading your blog. Thank you for loving my country! And hoping that someday I will be like you. ☺️

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      One World Just Go
      January 12, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      Keep exploring, there’s so much to see!

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    Lheo Quijano
    January 11, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Thanks for sharing your best experiences in my country. But Philippines still have lots of beautiful and awesome places that you will really love.
    Try Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Wind Turbines in Bangui, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Patapat Viaduct, Bantay Cave… all in the ilocos region, Apo Whang Od (Fang Od) in Kalinga for her tattoos, Calatagan beaches in Batangas, Mayon Volcano (the perfect cone) in Albay, Sunken Cemetery & Katibawasan Falls in Camiguin Island, Taal Volcano, Callao Cave… and Batanes also!
    Philippines have too many to mention! We have sands in black, white and pink!
    God bless you always!!! Be back soon!

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      One World Just Go
      January 12, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      I’m going to have to come back for several months next time just to see all of your fantastic recommendations, thank you!!!

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    January 11, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Those shots and places are beauty!

    Hope you get another shot visiting us again.

    Safe and happy travels!

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      One World Just Go
      January 12, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      I can’t wait to come back in the very near future!

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    January 11, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Wow! Nice article! Thank you for these kind words! Thank youbfor choosing Philippines! I have this advocacy of promoting my country thru my travel videos and photos. I’m not much of a writer, not even a photographer haha. Hope you visit my fb page too so you can see other places here that you have mentioned! Thank you!

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      One World Just Go
      January 12, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks Arto, but to be honest I didn’t choose the Philippines, haha the Philippines chose me 😉

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    Steve Capaldi
    January 11, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I am currently on my 2nd trip to the Philippines in as many years, each time for 2 months at a time. I absolutely love it here. The islands, jeepneys, food, beaches, people and yes, even the chaotic driving sights of Manila makes this a must go location on everyone’s bucket list. I don’t know why more British people have not ventured out to this jewel

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      One World Just Go
      January 12, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      I think i’ll definitely follow your lead and go for two months next time. It seems everyone is really comfortable sticking with the usual Indochina loop that they can do overland, I think all the flying between the islands discourages people…which works in our favour!

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    Zessa Chin
    January 12, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Awesome pictures! And thank you for all the kind words about my country ? you might also want to consider going to Siargao Island next time you come down here ?

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      One World Just Go
      January 12, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      Siargao island looks BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

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    Denis Rodriguez
    January 12, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Such a nice blog about our country. It’s always flattering to read something nice about the Philippines from a foreign national. Surely there are more places to visit in the Philippines. One month of vacation will not be enough. Most of the tourist destinations are actually very affordable.

    Hope to read another blog about your experience here in our country.

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      One World Just Go
      January 12, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      One month is definitely NOT enough!!! Don’t worry there will be lots more to come about the Philippines so stay tuned.

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    Stuart Dee
    January 12, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Great post Tanya! I’ve been trying to tell the world this for years and you said it very well–I hope more will listen to you!

    Hope you make it back there!

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      One World Just Go
      January 12, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      Lets hope the entire world doesn’t listen, because I don’t like to share 😉 I still want that secluded beach to myself.

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    Chary Baniqued
    January 14, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Hi Tanya. I always love your photos – you’re my favorite world traveler (I follow you on IG <3). Really good to hear that my country is the best in Southeast Asia coming from you. 🙂 Looking forward to more travel photos!

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      One World Just Go
      January 14, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks so much Chary 🙂 There will be lots lots more about the Philippines coming very soon!

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    January 21, 2016 at 12:15 am

    we should be visiting later this year! thanks for the tips, this article just got me excited 🙂

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      One World Just Go
      January 23, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      You will love it there Stef, I’m so excited for you to check it out. I’ll be posting lots more articles on the Philippines so don’t forget to check back, you’ll probably end up with such a long to-do list.

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    Rico Ricks
    January 21, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Hi Tanya,

    If I may recommend the following to be put on your bucket list when you get back in the Philippines.

    1. Batanes Islands (Basco, Sabtang, Itbayat)
    2. Palaui Island
    3. Marinduque
    4. Burias Island
    5. Alibijaban Island
    6. Taal Town where you can see the Basilica de San Martin de Tours, simply known as Taal Basilica, is Asia’s largest church
    7. Busay Falls in Basak San Fernando Cebu
    8. Mantayupan Falls in Barili Cebu
    9. Dao Falls in Samboan Cebu
    10. Mantayupan Falls in Barili Cebu
    11. More!!!

    Thanks thanks. And if you happen to need a companion on your next travel in Philippines I would want to volunteer myself 🙂

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      One World Just Go
      January 23, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks for all those FANTASTIC recommendations Rico! Those waterfalls in Cebu look amazing, top of the bucket list for sure.

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        ching p. zurita
        January 28, 2016 at 2:14 am

        Explore Quezon Province…to Jomalig island….you will discover many beautiful places never yet discover.

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    January 21, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Awesomely written! I got even more excited about going in May! Super super excited!!

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      One World Just Go
      January 23, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      ahhh I’m super excited for you too, enjoy your trip!

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    Elizabeth R. Sibug-Ozoa
    January 21, 2016 at 2:54 am

    There are so many more places to see, explore and come back, go back to. The beaches of La Union, Luna to be exact—-is like a waiting are a just like “Borakay of the North”—- Orchid Farms, Pearl Farms in Davao City—oh so many to mention, I am tongue, finger -tied.

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      One World Just Go
      January 23, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      I love orchid’s, i’ll have to remember that for next time, thanks!

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    January 21, 2016 at 5:53 am

    In the bicol region, try visiting Mt. Mayon, Mt Isarog, Mt. Bulusan, Calaguas Island, Caramoan Islands, Subic Beach Sorsogon, CamSur Watersports Complex, Paguriran Island, Pinamuntugan Island and many more. Just visit the tourism offices in the province in Albay and nearby towns. I think they can help you.

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      One World Just Go
      January 23, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      So many beaches to see and mountains to climb! Thanks for the recommendations Alester 🙂

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    January 21, 2016 at 11:41 am

    When it comes to our history, why don’t you try to visit the place of our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal in Calamba Laguna.

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    The Travel Debugger
    January 21, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Thank you for such kind words about my country, the Philippines! Mabuhay Ka! This year, I’m giving more love to the Philippines by traveling more of it. Will be going to Dumaguete, Apo Island, Oslob and Siquijor this friday! Cheers!

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      One World Just Go
      January 23, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      I hope you enjoy your travels!

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    Jill Jones
    January 21, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    We spent 3 weeks in the Philippines and just scratched the surface of the beautiful country. It truly was the best vacation we have ever taken. We can’t wait to go back and see more.

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      One World Just Go
      January 23, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      I feel the exact same Jill, can’t wait to go back! I hope you make it back there soon too 🙂

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    Roberto Alano
    January 21, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Dear Tanya, I’m now your no. 1 fan, your post about my country, the Philippines made me proud to be a filipino, and your 10 reasons why you rated my country as the no.1 destination in S.E. Asia is spot on accurate. Me, being a tour guide for the Tourism Agency in my youth couldn’t have advertised my country better than what you just did, your photos are magnificent and the children models you chose were too cute, I am a photography buff myself, my hat’s off to you, you have done our country justice and we as a people will ever be thankful…bravo!

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      One World Just Go
      January 23, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you so much Roberto! Your words are so kind and i’m so appreciative 🙂

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    January 21, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Hi, please come and visit Sohoton and Dinagat Islands. I’m sure you will love it here.

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      One World Just Go
      January 23, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      OMG thank you thank you thank you for telling me about Sohoton. I just had a look and saw they have jellyfish there! I thought I would have to go to Palau to see a jellyfish lake. This will be top of the list when I come back. Thanks again 🙂

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    Marc Aligmayo
    January 22, 2016 at 3:39 am

    More thank you’s from us in the North which I’m sure did not complete your wonder on our King’s Curtains at Sagada Cave. You would be brought back millions of years in its drapery…

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      One World Just Go
      January 23, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      I really wanted to see the hanging coffins at Sagada but ran out of time, next time though.

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    Veronica Holmström
    January 22, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    I have been in Philippines third times. The last twice times I have been working there at hospital and health center. I really love this country, culture, beaches and people. Your explanation about Philippines are great and I wish more travelers there. The worst is the long flight 🙁

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      One World Just Go
      January 23, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      You’re right, but luckily once you’re there the flight is totally worth it 🙂

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    January 22, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Spot on! Just back from philippines. We were impressed by caves as well especially sagada. One month is definitely not enough… but that means we ll be back 🙂

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      One World Just Go
      January 23, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      I was so sad I never made it to Sagada, I really wanted to see those hanging coffins, so unusual.

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    January 23, 2016 at 3:15 am

    i have visited almost all the other countries in asia. thailand 5 times the rest of them once. but for me the only one i will visit again will be phillipines. but i have few others on my bucketlist before i can name my absolute favorit. and those are new zeeland and and a bike ride crossing south america

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      One World Just Go
      January 23, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      A bike ride across South America sounds pretty epic!

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    January 23, 2016 at 5:00 am

    visit lucban quezon every may 15(Pahyas festival), bantakay falls(atimonan quezon), Batanes Islands

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      One World Just Go
      January 23, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      I love festivals, thanks for the recommendation, and that waterfall looks amazing.

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    January 24, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for courageously putting it out there why the Philippines is the BEST COUNTRY IN S.E ASIA! ? As I get older and travel other beautiful countries around the world, the more I appreciate not just our beautiful places to visit, but the PEOPLE. The customer service I take for granted back home is what I sorely miss when traveling abroad, and according to the author of our tag line ” It’s more fun in the Philippines!” the Filipino hospitality was the very basis of this. The way people treat you will always leave the last taste, the most lasting impression in any encounter because of the emotional tug. To borrow from our current Miss Universe’s winning answer, “We are indeed confidently beautiful with a ❤️!” We look forward to having you again, and also your followers who were inspired by your generous write-up. Maraming Salamat!

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      One World Just Go
      February 3, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      Isn’t it interesting Rose, the more we travel the more we tend to appreciate home 🙂 Thanks, can’t wait to come back!

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    Del B
    January 25, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Thanks for this beautiful page………….now I’m homesick,
    DEL in Portland, OR
    Mindanao Native

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    joey bonifacio
    January 25, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Amid all the bad reports of traffic, incompetence, politics Its refreshing to read this. Thank you for your kind words about our country. It’s very encouraging to read them from someone from the outside looking in. Some things are more precious than we think. Much appreciated.

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    Gener Geneta
    January 25, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful review and kind words you have for my country. It’s not perfect but with God’s help, our country will be great again!

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    January 25, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    And that’s just around 15-30% of the beautiful spots in the Philippines. 🙂

    Hopefully the country can realize its potential to become a power economically.

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    January 26, 2016 at 4:13 am

    I enjoyed reading your blog ♥ Thank you for this beautiful travel review about Philippines.. God bless ♥

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    Apple Lopez
    January 26, 2016 at 4:36 am

    This is such an awesome, heartwarming post about the Philippines:) Spot on! Thank you! We are blessed with your kind words about our country:)

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    January 26, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Nice blog! The volcanoes are awesome too – my faves are Taal and mayon. And you can climb both quite easily.
    The beauty of the Philippines is that with over 7000 islands, you’re guaranteed a new adventure with each visit. Been there 8 times now, going back for more in April.

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      One World Just Go
      February 4, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Wow enjoy your 9th time back!

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    Borj Ebojo
    January 26, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Must go places here in PH!
    *El Nido, Coron, Taytay, Port Barton, Palawan
    * Siqujor Province
    * Dumaguete and Dauin Negros
    *Boracay Island
    *Panglao, Bohol
    *Malapascua, Bantayan Island, Oslob, Moalboal, Cebu
    *Mountain Province
    * Bicol Province
    *Davao Province
    *Ilocos Sur and Norte
    *Zamboanga Province
    *Antique and Capiz
    *Kalanggaman Island, Leyte

    So many more in my list!

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      One World Just Go
      February 4, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Thanks for all the recommendations, i’m going to have such a long list by the time I make it back.

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    January 26, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    This really is a head turner, anyhow I so envy you.. been abroad a couple of times but never been my motherland.. (philippines) hope you have more (far more of your expectations) when you come back exploring our 7, 107 islands, cheers for the love of travel! ^^

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      One World Just Go
      February 3, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Hopefully you can make it to your motherland soon 🙂

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    John Leonard
    January 27, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Where had you taken that purple sunset? Looks fascinating to me? Thank u.

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      One World Just Go
      February 3, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      That was at Las Cabanas beach in El Nido. Perhaps the best sunset I saw in the Philippines!

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    Jessie Belleza
    January 27, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Don’t forget also the festivals during the months of January and February, Dinagyang and Paraw Regatta in Iloilo, Ati-atihan in Kalibo and Simulog in Cebu, also islands in Carles, Iloilo are very nice to visit .

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    Al Salazar
    January 28, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Hi I’m a Fil-Am, retired US Navy. First time in my life to do an epic 125cc motorcycle trip from Zamboanga city all the way to Malaybalay via Dipolog/Dapitan and back via Pagadian last October 2015. 1,542 total kilometers in seven days. Yes! Love every minute of it, passing all the barrios and shores along the way. Be doing it again, this time island hopping to Negros, Bohol, Leyte then to Surigao finally ending in Zamboanga this year. Again on an 125cc motorcycle. I got the contagious island bug, very contagious. I don’t mind getting infected by it at all. Love it.

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      One World Just Go
      February 3, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      Good luck on the next road trip Al!

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    Ed Puno
    January 28, 2016 at 3:50 am

    Wow! Thank you for the wonderful post about the Philippines! There are countless of beautiful places to visit in the country!

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    January 28, 2016 at 4:50 am

    and the beautiful boracay and beautiful boutique hotel in the island- the orient beach boracay … hospitality at it’s best in the Philippines…

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    January 28, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Dont forget the province of Negros Oriental, and City of Dumaguete.

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    Lane Vill
    January 29, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    As a Filipino thank you so much for showing the beauty of my country. All your photos are breath taking. Can I reblogged this?

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      One World Just Go
      January 29, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you so much, yes of course you can, just provide links back 🙂

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    February 2, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    If you have time, look at the adventures of Kyle Jennerman a canadian guy traveling around the southern part of the Philippines (Mindanao). He is the founder of the BecomingFilipino blog. You can get lots of destination ideas from his content.

    And by the way, Let me just thank you for writing good and positive stuff about the Philippines. We need this a lot, since our country is underrated in my opinion.

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      One World Just Go
      February 3, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      I honestly don’t understand why it’s so underrated Nino. Yep I’ve actually recently discovered his blog 🙂

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    Don Bennie
    February 2, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Tinuy-an falls in Surigao is the best falls here! We call it our Niagara version. It’s in Mindanao though. XD

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      One World Just Go
      February 3, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      lol you’re right, it’s does look like the Filipino version of Niagara.

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    February 2, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Wow – you definitely nailed it with your article! I’m a Brit and lucky enough to call the Philippines my home! Sadly it does seem to be a bit underrated in terms of tourist destinations, for the life of me I cannot understand why because this truly is a fabulous place to visit! (It’s really got it all – Weather, Scenery, Food and most of all its People!!!) – Hopefully articles like yours will help to make the Philippines a more popular tourist destination

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      One World Just Go
      February 3, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Thanks Sharon, I hope so too! I’m so glad you enjoy living there, I imagine the weather must be a nice change to Britain 😉

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    Orland Galdones
    February 2, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    I envy those very kind words from you describing how exceptional my country is! And you must visit us again as we have more than 7,000 islands each boasting of its own uniqueness and individuality. If you are a good hiker, I highly recommend my home province (Ilocos Sur) as its upland municipalities are teeming with waterfalls and the rest of its towns, with their old churches and their respective festivals the whole year ’round. This province also hosts the only Heritage City (Vigan) and recently selected as one of the Seven New Wonder Cities! And you will also be greeted by an avalanche of choices of foods my province can serve. Should you to wish to have a cooler nights, we have our own “Baguio City”.. Cervantes, which we aptly called as our own “summer capital”. From there Sagada, Mountain Province.. Battad/Banaue, Ifugao.. and Baguio City are only an hour or two away.. Welcome back to the Philippines!

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    Jun Tampo
    February 2, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks for the nice words for my native country. I want to hear more about your next adventures from around the globe. But please never forget to come back to the Philippines and visit other beautiful spots suggested here. More power!

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      One World Just Go
      February 3, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      I can’t wait to come back and visit literally the hundred + places that everyone here has been so fantastic to recommend.

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    February 3, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Anything can be seen from different angles. (Multiperspectivity of a phenomen). The Philippines have been, are being, will be seen from all various viewers, tourists, outsiders, insiders, realists, dreamers…Many Images of this Island Archipelago are blurred through the media (crimes, pickpockets, kidnappings) which catch from the public more attention and sad to say, contribute to its underrating on the world’s scale. This country does not (not yet) rate as a runner up in terms of the present global economy, trade, technology, international politics… and this is just one side of the perspectivity, but it can boast of the beauty of nature, of ist fine bred women, lits rage for life, the vigor and the dynamic of its youth, the laughter of its children, the freshness of its wind, lakes, waterfalls, rivers and seas, the dignity of its race reflected on its sunbathed mountains and in each and every 7000 Island Pearls on this side of Paradise.

    old humane Tradition, its harmonious blend of oriental and western cultures, its

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    February 3, 2016 at 3:49 am

    Thank you for visiting our country. Thank you for simply appreciating what our country can offer. The Philippines consists of 7,107 beautiful islands. Come back and explore some more 🙂
    Visit Batanes and Iloilo especifically Isla de Gigantes in Carles, Iloilo..

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      One World Just Go
      February 3, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      I definitely plan to come back and explore A LOT more.

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    February 3, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Thank you for this nice article! Be prepared to be overwhelmed by the love of the Filipinos, at least in the social media. When you love the country and the people, they will love you back a thousandfold..Cheers

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      One World Just Go
      February 3, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      I noticed, they’ve been fantastic 🙂

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    February 3, 2016 at 9:49 am

    maraming maraming salamat sa pagpunta mo sa aming bansang Pilipinas.Mabuhay Ka!

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    February 4, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    hi, i dont want to spoil the positive remarks and i agree, that PI is one of the most beautiful countries to visit. but pls, whenever you travel, they chances that you get robbed or your bags get stolen, snatchers and pickpocketers are all around in those very big cities. just be careful about that, than you will surely enjoy the philippines

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    February 9, 2016 at 10:30 am

    If you want to go back in time, try far north the Batanes group of island its the only place where you can experience back to the future in reality!

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    Stephanie Boedecker
    March 24, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Yes to all of this. I’ve been twice and will return soon. The only downside though is the food, they could add some more vegetables to their diet. Funny, both times I visited I arrived with a “what am I doing here” feeling but after a few days had no mind of leaving. It’s a place that’ll captivate you for sure.

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    June 1, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Thanks for your wonderful comments about my country… Hope your article will help us realize how beautiful our country really is…God bless you!

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    June 28, 2016 at 12:30 am

    i have to say that the Chocolate Hills is my fevorite!! i remeber how i lost my self in that forest 8 years ago its feel like a dream, and you make me rememeber that dream!

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    September 30, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Philippines is where I live it’s great there but the only problem is traffic it’s one of the things I hate about Philippines but over all it’s my favourite country so ya’ll should go there

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    October 24, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Hi there,

    Im currently planning a trip for feb 2017, I’m limited with time so I’m tossing up between Cebu or Palawan. Im visiting Boracay so the beaches part is all covered. From the two what would you recommend for interesting day tours with cultural highlights?

    PS love your Blog.


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      One World Just Go
      October 24, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      I would maybe say Palawan, however there’s lots of cool islands and waterfalls near Cebu as well. You can’t go wrong with either option to be honest.

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    efryl delos reyes
    December 17, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    WOW …your article about the PH is really nice to read were so grateful knowing the people from other countries appreciate the beauty of our homeland, and you are very welcome to come back here the same way we want to entertain you, introduce to you the best places we have, and be friends.

    So enjoy and have a safe trip. hope to see u here in PH. xx

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    Gary PT
    February 9, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    This blog is awesome now a have my to do list on my vacation in the Philippines..

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    July 31, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Proud pinoy here. ? we are awesome.. its more fun in the Philippines ??

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