Sunday, January 8, 2012

Definitely, It's More Fun in the Philippines!

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On the first Friday of 2012, Filipinos took Twitter by storm after the Department of Tourism unveiled "It's More Fun In the Philippines", the country's slogan for its Philippine Tourism campaign. And while a few individuals preferred to rant than rave (classic case of crab mentality) over the slogan, more people opted to create Internet memes that ranged from hilarious to simply spot on. Here are a few of my favorites:

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival
in Clark, Pampanga. (Source: A Bugged Life)

Whale Shark Interaction in Donsol, Sorsogon
(Source: Roland Benzon)

Banaue, Ifugao (Source: Mon Corpuz)
Big Lagoon, El Nido, Palawan
(Source: Roland Benzon)
The buzz created by the new Philippine tourism slogan simply confirmed what I and many visitors to these 7, 107 islands have known all along: That Filipinos have a lot to offer to the world. And though I have been to many places in this country, I must admit there are plenty of amazing attractions I have yet to explore and even more local destinations that I need to rediscover.

My trips last year whetted my appetite for more local adventures. I hope to cover more ground in Mindanao this year as my trips to Bukidnon, Davao, and Wao made me appreciate the southernmost island's natural wonders and cultural tapestry. In Visayas, I hope to see for myself the old world architecture and fantastic seascape of Iloilo, as friends say it's more fascinating than the charming city of Bacolod and  Vigan, which I visited last year. While in Luzon, I hope to explore the northern regions to see more of Cagayan, Batanes, and Benguet.  And to make sure I can share with you these adventures, I will make sure to charge my camera's batteries and bring its memory card so I can take  photos. This is one travel lesson I learned the hard way last 2011 (and in fact, one reason why I couldn't share about my other trips, boo-hoo). These trips, of course, would mean I have to work harder and spend wisely. Hopefully, work doesn't get in the way of my travels (Oops!).

See you soon, Callao Caves of Cagayan!
(Source: Roland Benzon)

I will make sure to attend more festivals this year, too, especially after seeing the Higantes Festival of Angono. The Filipinos' enthusiasm for life, ebullient spirit and generous hearts double the delight and excitement in every Philippine festival. And all the tasty local treats offered to guests make feasting more fun in the Philippines.

So check my humble blog regularly for more trips, twists, and turns around the Philippine Islands and support other  bloggers as well as we share with you more reasons why you should travel to the Philippines.

What would you like to see and do in the Philippines this year? 


  1. Ah, Philippine festivals! always a dream but I always forget to block the dates of our grand festivities when booking flights. I dont get to travel every month but I hope I can repeat what I did in 2010 and 2011, to explore the Philippines to at least 4 destinations. Thanks for the inspiring read :-)

  2. Welcome @eatyourhearscontent! That's actually my mistake before, I didn't take note of festival dates. Anyway, I'll make sure to update my blog for local festivals and events this 2012. :-)


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