Philippines


Bacolod, Philippines
A Festival to Laugh at Tragedy
Around 1980, the value of sugar, an important source of wealth on the Philippine island of Negros, plummeted and the ferry “Don Juan” that served it sank and took the lives of more than 176 passengers, most of them from Negrès. The local community decided to react to the depression generated by these dramas. That's how MassKara arose, a party committed to recovering the smiles of the population.
Camiguin, Philippines
An Island of Fire Surrended to Water
With more than twenty cones above 100 meters, the abrupt and lush, Camiguin has the highest concentration of volcanoes of any other of the 7641 islands in the Philippines or on the planet. But, in recent times, not even the fact that one of these volcanoes is active has disturbed the peace of its rural, fishing and, to the delight of outsiders, heavily bathed life.
Talisay City, Philippines
Monument to a Luso-Philippine Love
At the end of the 11th century, Mariano Lacson, a Filipino farmer, and Maria Braga, a Portuguese woman from Macau, fell in love and got married. During the pregnancy of what would be her 2th child, Maria succumbed to a fall. Destroyed, Mariano built a mansion in his honor. In the midst of World War II, the mansion was set on fire, but the elegant ruins that endured perpetuate their tragic relationship.
Mactan, Cebu, Philippines
Magellan's Quagmire
Almost 19 months of pioneering and troubled navigation around the world had elapsed when the Portuguese explorer made the mistake of his life. In the Philippines, the executioner Datu Lapu Lapu preserves the honors of a hero. In Mactan, his tanned statue with a tribal superhero look overlaps the mangrove swamp of tragedy.
Boracay, Philippines
The Philippine Beach of All Dreams
It was revealed by Western backpackers and the film crew of “Thus Heroes are Born”. Hundreds of resorts and thousands of eastern vacationers followed, whiter than the chalky sand.
El Nido, Philippines
El Nido, Palawan: The Last Philippine Frontier
One of the most fascinating seascapes in the world, the vastness of the rugged islets of Bacuit hides gaudy coral reefs, small beaches and idyllic lagoons. To discover it, just one fart.
Hungduan, Philippines
Country Style Philippines
The GI's left with the end of World War II, but the music from the interior of the USA that they heard still enlivens the Cordillera de Luzon. It's by tricycle and at your own pace that we visit the Hungduan rice terraces.
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The Philippine Road Lords
With the end of World War II, the Filipinos transformed thousands of abandoned American jeeps and created the national transportation system. Today, the exuberant jeepneys are for the curves.
Vigan, Philippines
Vigan: the Most Hispanic of Asias
The Spanish settlers left but their mansions are intact and the Kalesas circulate. When Oliver Stone was looking for Mexican sets for "Born on the 4th of July" he found them in this ciudad fernandina
Marinduque, Philippines
When the Romans Invade the Philippines
Even the Eastern Empire didn't get that far. In Holy Week, thousands of centurions seize Marinduque. There, the last days of Longinus, a legionary converted to Christianity, are re-enacted.
Marinduque, Philippines
The Philippine Passion of Christ
No nation around is Catholic but many Filipinos are not intimidated. In Holy Week, they surrender to the belief inherited from the Spanish colonists. Self-flagellation becomes a bloody test of faith
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When Only Cock Fights Wake Up the Philippines
Banned in much of the First World, cockfighting thrives in the Philippines where they move millions of people and pesos. Despite its eternal problems, it is the sabong that most stimulates the nation.
Coron, Busuanga, Philippines
The Secret but Sunken Japanese Armada
In World War II, a Japanese fleet failed to hide off Busuanga and was sunk by US planes. Today, its underwater wreckage attract thousands of divers.
Bohol, Philippines
Other-wordly Philippines
The Philippine archipelago spans 300.000 km² of the Pacific Ocean. Part of the Visayas sub-archipelago, Bohol is home to small alien-looking primates and the extraterrestrial hills of the Chocolate Hills.
Batad, Philippines
The Terraces that Sustain the Philippines
Over 2000 years ago, inspired by their rice god, the Ifugao people tore apart the slopes of Luzon. The cereal that the indigenous people grow there still nourishes a significant part of the country.
Bacolod, Philippines
Sweet Philippines
Bacolod is the capital of Negros, the island at the center of Philippine sugar cane production. Traveling through the Far East and between history and contemporaneity, we savor the fascinating heart of the most Latin of Asia.
MassKara Festival, Bacolod City, Philippines
Bacolod, Philippines

A Festival to Laugh at Tragedy

Around 1980, the value of sugar, an important source of wealth on the Philippine island of Negros, plummeted and the ferry “Don Juan” that served it sank and took the lives of more than 176 passengers, most of them from Negrès. The local community decided to react to the depression generated by these dramas. That's how MassKara arose, a party committed to recovering the smiles of the population.
Camiguin, Philippines, Katungan mangrove.
Camiguin, Philippines

An Island of Fire Surrended to Water

With more than twenty cones above 100 meters, the abrupt and lush, Camiguin has the highest concentration of volcanoes of any other of the 7641 islands in the Philippines or on the planet. But, in recent times, not even the fact that one of these volcanoes is active has disturbed the peace of its rural, fishing and, to the delight of outsiders, heavily bathed life.
Visitors at Talisay Ruins, Negros Island, Philippines
Talisay City, Philippines

Monument to a Luso-Philippine Love

At the end of the 11th century, Mariano Lacson, a Filipino farmer, and Maria Braga, a Portuguese woman from Macau, fell in love and got married. During the pregnancy of what would be her 2th child, Maria succumbed to a fall. Destroyed, Mariano built a mansion in his honor. In the midst of World War II, the mansion was set on fire, but the elegant ruins that endured perpetuate their tragic relationship.
Cebu, Mactan, Philippines, The Swamp of Magellan
Mactan, Cebu, Philippines

Magellan's Quagmire

Almost 19 months of pioneering and troubled navigation around the world had elapsed when the Portuguese explorer made the mistake of his life. In the Philippines, the executioner Datu Lapu Lapu preserves the honors of a hero. In Mactan, his tanned statue with a tribal superhero look overlaps the mangrove swamp of tragedy.
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Boracay, Philippines

The Philippine Beach of All Dreams

It was revealed by Western backpackers and the film crew of “Thus Heroes are Born”. Hundreds of resorts and thousands of eastern vacationers followed, whiter than the chalky sand.
El Nido, Palawan the Last Philippine Border
El Nido, Philippines

El Nido, Palawan: The Last Philippine Frontier

One of the most fascinating seascapes in the world, the vastness of the rugged islets of Bacuit hides gaudy coral reefs, small beaches and idyllic lagoons. To discover it, just one fart.
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Hungduan, Philippines

Country Style Philippines

The GI's left with the end of World War II, but the music from the interior of the USA that they heard still enlivens the Cordillera de Luzon. It's by tricycle and at your own pace that we visit the Hungduan rice terraces.
Erika Mother
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The Philippine Road Lords

With the end of World War II, the Filipinos transformed thousands of abandoned American jeeps and created the national transportation system. Today, the exuberant jeepneys are for the curves.
St. Paul's Cathedral, Vigan, Asia Hispanica, Philippines
Vigan, Philippines

Vigan: the Most Hispanic of Asias

The Spanish settlers left but their mansions are intact and the Kalesas circulate. When Oliver Stone was looking for Mexican sets for "Born on the 4th of July" he found them in this ciudad fernandina
Ice cream, Moriones Festival, Marinduque, Philippines
Marinduque, Philippines

When the Romans Invade the Philippines

Even the Eastern Empire didn't get that far. In Holy Week, thousands of centurions seize Marinduque. There, the last days of Longinus, a legionary converted to Christianity, are re-enacted.
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Marinduque, Philippines

The Philippine Passion of Christ

No nation around is Catholic but many Filipinos are not intimidated. In Holy Week, they surrender to the belief inherited from the Spanish colonists. Self-flagellation becomes a bloody test of faith
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When Only Cock Fights Wake Up the Philippines

Banned in much of the First World, cockfighting thrives in the Philippines where they move millions of people and pesos. Despite its eternal problems, it is the sabong that most stimulates the nation.
Bangkas on Coron Island, Philippines
Coron, Busuanga, Philippines

The Secret but Sunken Japanese Armada

In World War II, a Japanese fleet failed to hide off Busuanga and was sunk by US planes. Today, its underwater wreckage attract thousands of divers.
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Bohol, Philippines

Other-wordly Philippines

The Philippine archipelago spans 300.000 km² of the Pacific Ocean. Part of the Visayas sub-archipelago, Bohol is home to small alien-looking primates and the extraterrestrial hills of the Chocolate Hills.
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Batad, Philippines

The Terraces that Sustain the Philippines

Over 2000 years ago, inspired by their rice god, the Ifugao people tore apart the slopes of Luzon. The cereal that the indigenous people grow there still nourishes a significant part of the country.
Trycicles, Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Filipinos
Bacolod, Philippines

Sweet Philippines

Bacolod is the capital of Negros, the island at the center of Philippine sugar cane production. Traveling through the Far East and between history and contemporaneity, we savor the fascinating heart of the most Latin of Asia.

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How to go


VISA AND OTHER PROCEDURES

The Philippines does not require a visa for CPLP citizens. You only need a passport valid for another six months and you are granted up to 30 days of stay (59 days for Brazilian citizens).

HEALTH AND SAFETY CARE

No specific vaccinations are required to enter the Philippines but you must be vaccinated at least against hepatitis A.

There is a moderate or low risk of contracting malaria in certain areas of the country.

For more information on traveling health, see the Health Portal of the Ministry of Health and Tropical and Traveler Medicine Clinic. In FitForTravel find country-specific health and disease prevention advice (in English).

TRIP TO THE PHILIPPINES

A Star Alliance fly from Lisbon to Manila via Frankfurt via the TAP (tel.: 707 205 700) and Lufthansa (tel: 707 782 782) from €750. 

Must Do's


  • Manila
  • Banaue Rice Terraces
  • ​El Nido and the Bacuit archipelago
  • Puerto Princesa Underground River
  • Boracay: White beach in low season
  • Chocolate Hills in Bohol
  • Last days of Fernão Magalhães in Cebu and Mactan
  • Busuanga and Coron (dive to discover the sunken Japanese fleet)
  • ​Festival of Moriones in Marinduque
  • Camiguin
  • Vigan
  • ​Swim with whale sharks in Donsol

 

Explore


INTERNAL FLIGHTS

Internal flights are plentiful in the Philippines and have become cheaper since the airline Cebu Airlines started to compete with the national company Philippine Airlines. Cebu tin, however, little presence in the Calamian group of archipelagos. THE SEAIR, ITI and ASIAN SPIRIT dominate this area of ​​the country and charge higher prices than CEBU due to the smaller size of their planes and the smaller number of passengers interested in flying.

TRUCK

They cover most of the largest islands – Luzon, Cebu – and are the most economical solution to explore it, with fares that, depending on the distance, can be below €5. Even if some buses are modern and relatively sophisticated, the Philippine roads are of poor quality and make for dangerous driving, with dangerous overtaking too frequent. Among the dominant bus companies in the Philippines are:

ALPS; VICTORY LINER; PHILTRANCO

RENTED CAR

Philippine roads, like most of the your conductors they are usually too fearless and unpredictable. Some of the roads are in a deplorable condition and exploring the country in a rented vehicle invariably proves to be an adventure in itself.

SHIP

The Philippines is one of the archipelagos with the most islands on Earth. Unsurprisingly, an endless fleet of ferries, speedboats and bangkas (local vessels) connect the nearest islands and points on the same island, not always with the best comfort and safety conditions, so you should carefully investigate which vessel will make a particular trip (and under what conditions) before purchasing tickets. 

The most influential ferry companies in the country are:

Negros Navigation 02-245 5588 in Manila

Sulpicio Lines 02-245 0616 in Manila

WG&A/Superferry 02-528 7000 in Manila

OTHER

The Philippines' national land transport is the jeepney, a jeep to which an extension was adapted and which gave rise to a kind of eccentric and very polluting bus, but, as a rule, economical for the passenger and profitable enough for the owners. You'll find them – and most likely use them – all over the place. 

Complementary to the jeepneys, a fleet of tricycles patrol the streets always ready to serve passersby.  

When to go


The dry season, from November to May, is ideal for visiting most of the Philippines. During these months, in most of the territory, the sky is almost always clear, there is therefore no threat of hurricanes and it is rarer to rain. The temperature is pleasant, tempered by sea breezes. 

Money and costs


The currency of the Philippines is the Philippine Peso (PHP). ATMs are common only in major cities and, as a rule, work with foreign cards. Credit cards are accepted in most upscale establishments.

The Philippines is one of the most accessible countries in Asia. If you're on a low budget, know that, if you sacrifice some comfort and refinement, it's possible to travel across the country for less than €60 per day, except for days when you have to change island, in which case flights will force you to spend more.

FOOD

One of the most affordable in Asia. It will never be for the price of meals that you will not miss visiting the Philippines and, if you want to eat with refinement, you will almost always have to choose from.

ACCOMMODATION

The same principles as food. With the exception of Manila, in high season, you will always find small guest-houses and hotels with vacancies at very affordable prices. At the same time, the country is well endowed with sophisticated resorts, especially on its most irresistible coastlines.

INTERNET

The problems intensify as the distance from the biggest cities increases. Still, even with speeds and stability that leave a lot to be desired, you'll find Internet cafes with connections at the price of rain all over the nation.