The Philippines, being consistently one of the fastest growing economies in Asia achieved a 6.7% growth in 2017, following China at 6.9% and Vietnam at 6.8%. The emerging country focuses on tourism, making it one of the Philippines’ most important economic sector. The 7,641-island archipelago has its growing number of visitors due to its pristine waters and fine white sand and eventually garnering the country’s one of the most unspoiled islands globally. Despite the recognition, the Philippines still has its fair share of misconceptions that leave travelers contemplating about traveling to the Philippines. Listed are some of the common misconceptions that will make any Filipino laugh in disbelief.
One of the most common misconceptions about the Philippines is that travelers are risking their lives just to visit the Philippines. The exaggerated comments are probably passed ear to ear because of overblown news bits that are mostly isolated cases. While there are some places in the country that must be wandered with caution, it is only a handful compared to the incomparable paradise-like spots found in the Philippines. Don’t let your mind be clouded and try it for yourself.
2. Bizarre Food
Ever heard of Balut? Yes, it is one of the most exotic food in the Philippines. Although this duck embryo is widely available in the country, it doesn’t mean that every Filipino food will be too peculiar for your tastes. In fact, every region takes pride in their locally made dish. For example, Cebu has lechon while Ilocos has Bagnet and the list goes on. Adobo, a crowd favorite, is actually embraced by other cultures as well. Reward yourself in endless choices of food in the Philippines!
3. Travelling around is expensive
Comprised of 7,641 islands, travelling all over the country will definitely take time which leads to the third misconception, going to the Philippines is expensive. Due to the increase in, it’s no longer expensive going around the country. Airfare and boat rides are now accessible and affordable. With intricate planning and research, you’ll be able to capture the timeless beauty of the Philippines.
4. The Philippines is boring
To call the Philippines boring is one huge mistake. With countless festivals celebrated in different parts of the country, you’ll never run out of parties to attend to. The colorful streets and festive mood will make you feel like home. During the Christmas season, the atmosphere will satisfy the inner child in you. Educate yourself on the right way to party and hop off from one town to another in the Philippines.
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