In the Philippines, there is a popular frozen treat consisting of a variety of flavors, with sweet beans, tapioca, jellies, dried and fresh fruit, flan, shaved ice, and ice cream, among others, as its main ingredients. Collectively, the concoction is known as halo-halo, or mix-mix—a fitting for a country like the Philippines.
The Philippine Islands have a complex history. Early Filipinos traded with the Chinese and Indians before they were conquered by Spain. Later on, the country was sold to America, and then occupied by the Japanese during the World War. All of these events contribute to the country’s unique identity, which is evident in the diversity of things to do in the Philippines.
Only in the Philippines
The 7,101 islands of the Philippines feature some of the most fascinating sights, starting in the beautiful chaos that is its capital of Manila.
Distinctly Asian, but with an unmistakable Spanish flavor, Manila is unlike most of its contemporaries in the region. Discover more about the city by heading over to Intramuros, or the famed Walled City of Manila. This is where the Spanish influence is most alive, and is where you will find some of the most interesting activities in the Philippines. Intramuros is where you will find historic landmarks like Fort Santiago and the Manila Cathedral, and you can go by foot or maybe hop on a kalesa, or horse-drawn carriage for certain parts of the ride.
7,107 Islands of More Fun
In the Philippines, activities extend far beyond the capital of Manila and pour into almost each of its over 7, 107 islands. For those who want a little fun in the sun with the sand and surf nearby, then the beaches of Boracay and Palawan are the places to go.
Boracay is where you will find what many international publications and news organizations have called the best beaches in the world. More than just stunning stretches of white sand and turquoise waters, Boracay is also party central because the beaches are dotted with bars and hotels catering to local and foreign guests throughout the year.
Palawan is the place to go if you are looking to get a sun kissed beach glow, but somewhere more private and isolated. Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron are all beautiful destinations, each with its own secret to tell. Other than stunning beaches, these three places also promise stunning cliffs and other natural wonders like the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, considered one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
For those interested in the more cultural things to do in the Philippines, then Ilocos in Northern Luzon and Cebu are your best bets. The latter is where you will find the historic city of Vigan, which is an excellent display of the Philippines’ Spanish roots. The same cultural wonders like the Magellan’s Cross and Basilica del Santo Nino can be found in Cebu; reminding the world just how important culture and religion are to the Filipino people.
They say it is more fun in the Philippines. Let Travease take you to the most exciting destinations in the archipelago so you can discover the wealth of activities in the Philippines with absolute ease.