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International Publication Hails the Philippines as Asia’s New Must-see Destination

A.A. Mercado
A.A. Mercado | Jun 20, 2016

The “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign has been considered by many as a resounding success. The proof? There are now more fans of the Philippines. One such fan is Daily Mail from the United Kingdom, a widely read international publication. It recently published an article declaring that the Philippines is Asia’s new must-see destination due to its more than 7,000 perfectly preserved islands, the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila, and its unique culture.

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Here are some of the highlights of the writer's Philippine experience:

  • On traffic: Gridlocks are a norm in the country; but thanks to the color and amusement jeepneys bring to the roads, it isn’t so bad.
  • The writer disagrees with Dan Brown’s description of Metro Manila as “the gates of hell.” He disputed this assertion by stating that what he witnessed was a “shimmering city in flux” wherein the hospitality industry is thriving.
  • On Metro Manila: It’s a “modern metropolis in metamorphosis” with malls, five-star hotels, restaurants, night clubs, luxury brand stores, and other upscale establishments.
  • The writer realized that Manila is also a city that’s teeming with history. He name-dropped Fort Santiago and San Agustin church as must-visit attractions.
  • As a film buff, the writer was also intrigued by the locations of movies that were shot in the Philippines, namely The Bourne Identity and Brokedown Palace (a film that starred Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale).
  • The writer singled out the historic Manila Hotel as a “classic spot” that hosted the likes of The Beatles, John F. Kennedy, and Ernest Hemingway in the past.
  • Among the writer’s topmost favorites is Bohol, the home of the Chocolate Hills, tarsiers, and the enchanting Loboc River. His adventure on the river made him utter these words: “Never, ever have I felt closer to nature. And I'm not sure I ever will again.” A local also told him this: “People spend years working hard to make money so they can retire, leave the madness, and live on a beautiful island. I already have that—there is more than one way to live a rich life.” 
  • The writer ended his trip in the privately-owned Dicilingan Island in Palawan. Local singers serenaded his party when they arrived and subsequently escorted them to rooms that were afloat on the water. He described the island as picturesque; thanks to with its white sand, crystal-clear waters, and amazing coral reefs.

The writer closed his article with the conclusion that regardless of whether he was in the city or by the sea, the Philippine experience remained magical. He realized that it was the people—the Filipinos—that made his trip truly special. There isn’t a shortage of beautiful places around the globe, but it truly is more fun in the Philippines.

You can find the original article here.

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