Next Stop – the Philippines a Philippines travel guide for those of you wondering what it’s like traveling in the Philippines.
A short guide to the wonders of the Philippines.
The Philippines is a wonderful country. Every foreigner that has visited the Philippines receive a warm friendly welcome from Filipinos. People in the big cities, such as Manila, have revised to more western culture. However, many people from the city do come from Provencal areas and most are still deeply rooted in traditional Filipino ways and traditions.
There are still tribal people here that maintain their heritage and culture despite the unavoidable influence of modern western culture, traveling to remote places in the Philippines and meeting traditional Filipino tribes and experiencing their culture and heritage is the best way to see how the Filipinos lived before the arrival of the Spanish in the 1600s.
The Filipino culture has frequent fiestas throughout the 7107 islands of the Philippines, where there is sure to be a fiesta somewhere locally, to really enjoy the culture one must try and participate in a Fiesta or 2 or 3 :), to experience the Filipino, food, and culture in its entirety. Conservative Filipinos share a belief with the Chinese that not finishing your food on your plate is taboo and rude, so make sure you eat what you take.
The Filipinos also believe heavily in the presence of spirits, ghosts, elves, and spirits. Some Filipinos are deeply religious and devout people.
For more information about traveling to the Philippines, Below are some great reference website you can visit.
and Mabuhay Philippines “Mabuhay is a Filipino greeting, usually expressed as Mabuhay!, in the imperative form of life, thus, Live!, from the root word buhay”.
A little courtesy goes a long way here in the Philippines. Filipinos are friendly and hospitable people. Take the time to smile and say “thank you”, and you’ll receive much better responses. You will receive an even better response if you throw in a little Tagalog, such as “Salamat”, which means “thank you”. When talking to the people who are usually old enough to be your parents or grandparents in Filipino, it is greatly appreciated to include po in your sentences such as Salamat po, call them also by Tito(Uncle), Tita(Aunt), Manong(Mr.) or Manang(Mrs./Ms.), Ate or Kuya(a word used to people older than you.) If you have a conflict, stay relaxed, make a joke and smile no matter what. Getting angry and/or yelling is not tolerated by Filipinos and will not get you anywhere here. You will also lose all respect.