If you are looking for a hot tropical holiday destination, with the ocean, palms and plenty of spectacular views, the Philippines is the place. This country has got so much to offer that choosing the best ones was really hard.
#1 The first European who came to the Philippines was Ferdinand Magellan
He arrived there in 1521. Soon the islands were taken over by the Spanish. The country officially became independent in 1956.
#2 They love texting there
Every day they send over 400 text messaged which makes the total of 142 billion per year. This is more than the USA and Europe together.
#3 The country takes pride in its biodiversity
Nowhere else in the world will you have a chance to come across as many species of birds and butterflies.
#4 Once you are there, there is no way you can fail to notice Jeepneys.
These vehicles were left by American army. They were adapted to suit the needs of the locals and consequently, each of the 50 thousand currently used there is in a way special.
#5 The country used to be the world leader in the coconut business
Still every year well over 150 million tons of the nuts are sold. The country was taken over by Indonesia which is the current coconut export leader.
#6 The country is famous for very well-trained and educated nurses
They easily find employment all over the world. They enjoy the reputation of being knowledgeable and professional.
#7 The country consists of 7,107 islands only about 1000 of which is inhabited
That comes as a surprise bearing in mind the fact that there are 12.8 million people living there.
#8 The shopping centers there are massive
And they have got it all – clubs, fitness centers, video games or even… churches. It is one of the few Asian countries where Catholics make up the majority of population. No wonder then that a church inside a mall does not surprise anyone there.
#9 Camiguin is one of the most unique islands there
It has more volcanoes than town. With 7 volcanoes the island has only 5 town. Fortunately, the volcanoes are dormant, which is not a problem of tourist attracted by these ‘sleeping’ natural wonders.
#10 There are about 175 languages spoken there
However, there is no need to panic. English is the dominant one and the nation as such is among some of the best English-speaking in the world.
Bonus image: The capital of the country before and after the quarantine.