Now, I am not one who is an advocate of Philippine tourism but the disappointing result serves as a personal wake up call. With 7,107 islands dispersed on the Pacific Ocean, I would need to sell an arm and a leg, and perhaps a kidney to be able to set foot on at least half of them.
I was never inclined to travel to the well-known local tourist attractions such as Boracay, El Nido and Puerto Galera because much like the other destinations, they are mostly beaches but of course, there are a lot more things to do in this tropical archipelago.
The Philippines is blessed with pristine, majestic gradient blue waters that are home to creatures of the sea, sandy shorelines of various lengths, textures and shades. These are sanctuaries for both local and foreign sun-worshipers where they could live a life of recluse or bliss, if only temporary. Then there are the towering mountains, which are teeming with wildlife, where thrill seekers defy gravity by trekking, hiking, or climbing to the peak. Culture and history enthusiasts would be charmed by the distinct yet harmonious mix of indigenous and foreign influences, which were combined and now entirely our own. The Filipino culture is as diverse as the many coterminous provinces and regions, and scattered islands, with each having a defining flavour or colour.
My country is indeed a beautiful place — some even deem it as a paradise (at least for the most part) but since I’ve been living here for most of my life, the idiom, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” couldn’t be truer. There is nothing wrong with visiting another country, it is healthy even. Numerous websites on the internet have lists upon lists on this topic, and why “you should quit your job to travel the world”. Novelty wears off and until then, I think I would still want to experience and see more of the world. Anyway, I can always go back home. 🙂 ❤
What’s your personal Philippine travel grade?