The Philippines: One of the Top 10 Destinations for 2014
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Choose Philippines | Jan 07, 2014
This warm, wacky, and waterworld country this side of the Pacific was named as one of RoughGuides.com's "Top 10 Countries" to visit in their "Rough Guide to 2014."
The international travel website made the Philippines the sole Southeast Asian nation in the list, joining Ethiopia, Madagascar, Brazil, Turkey, Georgia, Rwanda, Japan, Bulgaria, and Macedonia.
Taking note of the recent devastation by Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda), Rough Guides took note of tourism's bigger role in supporting the economy. "An estimated 97% of the country remains unaffected, including Boracay and the southern parts of Cebu," the website assures tourists.
Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan topped their list of "Things Not to Miss in the Philippines," followed by the Ati-atihan Festival in nearby Kalibo of the same province. Joining the pair are El Nido and Coron (Palawan), Banaue Rice Terraces (Ifugao), Vigan (Ilocos Sur), Chocolate Hills (Bohol), San Agustin Church in Intramuros (Manila), swimming with whale sharks (Sorsogon), and the icy halo-halo delicacy.
Rough Guides also put in a good word for the country, stating that it is "relatively safe for travellers – flare-ups of political violence . . . are easily avoided."
Read the list on Rough Guides.