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    Glenn Pullos
    5 May 09, 2014

    villa DIONNE private pool resort

    3-rooms / aircon

    vidioke - ref - grill -stove

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    for more info;;;call now...more choices;;;may mga resort na pede png pamilian

    maraming salamat po !!!

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • PhilippinesPro 2014
    Matthew Crompton
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    5 Feb 15, 2014

    A semi-tropical archipelago of some 8000 islands, the Philippines are an absolute highlight of SE Asia. Stunning mountains, gorgeous beaches, a unique blend of Spanish and Asian cultures, and some of the nicest people anywhere in the world. Best of all? The crowds from Thailand or Bali are nowhere to be found. Get outside the tourist enclaves in Boracay or Manila, and you'll find few westerners. It's ever so slightly more expensive than mainland SE Asia, but still solidly within the budget range.

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    Erick Redcloud
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    4 Feb 15, 2014

    I love the islands. I have never come to a place with so many beautiful beaches in my life. There are so many things to do in Philippines for all kinds of people. My favorite thing to do is to relax on a beach and enjoy how friendly the locals are, and trust me they are the friendliest and nicest I have meet.

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  • Philippines
    Salvador Entero
    5 Apr 29, 2013

    its more fun in philippines. specialy on davao. i travel already on cebu city, naga city. pasay city. amf i want to travel all the cities in philippines couse i love philippines...xD haha .. :)

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  • Philippines
    Dianne Dumada-ug
    5 Feb 28, 2013

    Philippines has a lot of provinces... meaning a lot of festivals and other fun celebrations. :)
    Philippines is one (if not the most) of the widest English speaking countries in Asia so you don't need to worry about communication at all. There's also a lot of friendly people willing enough to translate if you find it hard to understand what some natives are trying to say especially since some of them have heavy accent.

    All in all, Philippines has a lot of beautiful places to boast such as Palawan, Cam Sur, Boracay, Pangasinan, etc.

    Just try spending your vacation here (especially during summer) and you will never regret it. :)

    ---I've spent my 18 years in this imperfect but great country~

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    Agnes Policarpio
    5 Feb 26, 2013

    My first visit back to the Philippines was in 1998 with my parents. (My family moved to New York when I was three years old and settled in Chicago five years later). My mother always reminded me of how important it is to learn about my culture and to never forget where I came from...Her passion for cooking authentic Filipino food was a constant reminder! You could find her in the kitchen rolling dough for empanadas, grinding meat for homemade sausage or wrapping sticky rice with banana leaves...Unfortunately, my mom past away in July, 2000. I was fortunate to have learned about the Philippines through my mother and her experiences that she shared with me...My last trip was in March 2010 and I'm still learning how the Philippines is a cultural melting pot with influences from Spain, Italy, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia...just to name a few! To make it more complicated, each province has their own version of cooking and there are over 5,000 islands! I noticed the Spanish influence in the dresses at several native dance performances…I remember my mother’s story about going to a local dance in a Maria Clara dress when she was eighteen. The dress was named in honor of the legendary Maria Clara, who remains a symbol of the virtues and nobility of the Filipina woman. Displaying a very strong Spanish influence, these dances were, nonetheless, "Filipinized" as evidence of the use of bamboo castanets and the abanico, or Asian fan. This is just one of many influences that the Spaniards brought to the Philippines in the 16th century. Another influence brings me back to my mom’s chicken and pork empanadas! Food is literally everywhere in the Philippines…There are food stalls on every street corner…Ride the bus and there are vendors on the bus selling fried eggrolls!

    The best way to experience the Philippines is to live like a local in the countryside for a few days...Wake up to the roosters crowing and pick fresh mangos, papayas, bananas and guavas! Fresh fish is prepared within minutes after the catch! Daily food markets selling fresh vegetables, fruits, seafood and fresh pandasal (sweet bread) are worth getting up early! However, if your ideal vacation is lounging around poolside or ocean-side...I highly recommend the island of Bohol. It is one of my favorite islands for a quick weekend getaway (less than an hour plane ride from Manila, Philippines). It only costs $80 roundtrip. I stayed at the PANGLAO ISLAND NATURE RESORT AND SPA HOTEL with my cousins. The lush gardens surrounding our bungalow were captivating. The beds were comfortable and I loved the native style "duvet". The infinity pool on this private beachfront property is breathtaking.
    Pamper yourself daily with a massage at the elegant on-site spa…my room had a water view! I had an hour full body massage, flower foot soak, and a pot of hot soothing tea for less than $15!

    Bohol’s Chocolate Hills and the Bee Farm are “Must-Sees” on the island! Yes…a bee farm! This was the highlight of my trip…Tour the organic farm and enjoy lunch made with fresh organic ingredients at this waterfront restaurant. Grilled marlin, squash bread with homemade pesto and honey spread and organic garden salad with honey mustard sauce were my favorites! Okay, there’s pesto…
    that’s Italian! (Spaniards married Romans and later in the 16th century the Philippines was ruled by the Spaniards for over 400 years…that’s how I got my Italian last name “Policarpio”!)
    After, eating a delicious lunch, visit the famed “Chocolate Hills of Bohol”. There are not only two but more than 1,268 cone-shaped hills – a very strange geological formation that has baffled a lot of geologists. The Chocolate Hills form a rolling terrain of haycock hills – mounds of a generally conical and almost symmetrical shape. These stunning dome-shaped hills are actually made of grass-covered limestone. During the dry season, the grass-covered hills dry up and turn chocolate brown. This transforms the area into seemingly endless rows of "chocolate kisses" which is why it is named “Chocolate Hills”.

    If you had enough island hopping and ready for the metropolis, head to Metro Manila, Makati. Highly urbanized and thriving, Makati is home to some of the best shopping malls, night clubs and hang out spots. You’ll also find many familiar restaurants – TGI’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken (yummy mango shakes!), Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, etc.!

    Love Souvenirs? Filipinos are known for their handicrafts! You’ll find everything from embroidered linens to capiz shell lamps. I always bring back dried mangos, polvoron (powdered candy), and small wood carvings. I can’t wait for my next visit!

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  • Philippines
    Evan Caballero Malonhao
    5 Dec 20, 2012

    Being Miss Universe is not just about knowing how to speak a specific language, it's about being able to influence and inspire other people. So whatever language you have as long as your heart is deserving and you have a strong mind to show to people, then you can be Miss Universe."

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  • Philippines
    Chris Evans
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    5 Jul 22, 2014

    For me the best thing about the Philippines is getting out of Manila and into the provinces. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with Manila, it's just a bit bland during the day and a bit too colourful at night.

    However, head to the completely stunning island of Palawan and you are in a different world with stunning beaches, 20-30 metre water clarity, brilliant under-water life, Japanes shipwrecks, underground rivers, stone forests, pretty offshore islands...and the list goes on! Best of all it lacks the volume of tourists other destinations in the Philippines tend to have.

    However, if it's beach & bar action you seek, then you cannot go wrong with Cebu. The original resort destination in the country, Cebu has pretty much everything that you would want for a fun holiday - shopping, eating, nightclubs and beaches.

    The most hip-place to hang-out in the Philippines, and has been for at least 25 years, is Borocay Island. White Beach has always been regarded as one of the finest stretches of sand in the world, and now it is lined with restaurants where you can sit eating seafood dinners with your toes in the sand. There is a plethora of 2-3 star accommodations that are simple and friendly, there is also Fridays Resort and Shangri-la Boracay for those who'd like to splurge.

    While these are the main beach highlights there is plenty more to see in the Philippines such as the incredible Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Banaue Rice Terraces, the Easter Celebrations at Guimaraes, and more diving and beach options in Puerto Galera.

    And that's just the sights...then there are the people with their wonderful smiles, great humour and fluency in English. The Philippines is a wonderful destination for those who are looking for something a bit different from Thailand, Bali and Malaysia.

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    Merryann Advincula
    5 Feb 19, 2014

    For me the best thing about the Philippines is getting out of Manila and into the provinces. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with Manila, it's just a bit bland during the day and a bit too colourful at night.

    However, head to the completely stunning island of Palawan and you are in a different world with stunning beaches, 20-30 metre water clarity, brilliant under-water life, Japanes shipwrecks, underground rivers, stone forests, pretty offshore islands...and the list goes on! Best of all it lacks the volume of tourists other destinations in the Philippines tend to have.

    However, if it's beach & bar action you seek, then you cannot go wrong with Cebu. The original resort destination in the country, Cebu has pretty much everything that you would want for a fun holiday - shopping, eating, nightclubs and beaches.

    The most hip-place to hang-out in the Philippines, and has been for at least 25 years, is Borocay Island. White Beach has always been regarded as one of the finest stretches of sand in the world, and now it is lined with restaurants where you can sit eating seafood dinners with your toes in the sand. There is a plethora of 2-3 star accommodations that are simple and friendly, there is also Fridays Resort and Shangri-la Boracay for those who'd like to splurge.

    While these are the main beach highlights there is plenty more to see in the Philippines such as the incredible Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Banaue Rice Terraces, the Easter Celebrations at Guimaraes, and more diving and beach options in Puerto Galera.

    And that's just the sights...then there are the people with their wonderful smiles, great humour and fluency in English. The Philippines is a wonderful destination for those who are looking for something a bit different from Thailand, Bali and Malaysia.

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  • Philippines
    lawrence
    4 Aug 03, 2012

    very friendly people they speak english very well, really cheap to travel and nice beaches.make sure you go boracay, coron palawan and bohol best places for tourist.

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  • Philippines
    Coleen Alcomendas
    5 Aug 03, 2012

    I have lived here twice and now going to build a vacation home in Bicol. Needless to say I love it here. I graduated from college in Manila. The best vacation I ever took was in Cebu. English speakers are not hard to find at all.

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  • Philippines
    Lorna
    5 Jul 31, 2012

    Woohoo! Philippines here I come again. Oh how I've missed you! This time around for sure is going to be one heck of a busy intenerary for me. From Mt. Pinatubo trails, to swimming with "Tambunting" and much more places to see and things to do. Few more days and I will be on my way to you.

    I love this country, it's where my heart is. MABUHAY PHILIPPINES!

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    Shakira Beyonce
    5 Jul 11, 2012

    its very beautiful in philippines..!!! you'll be relax of the nice and clean beaches and comfortable bed of philippines hotels..!!

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    catherine Patalbo
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    i'm happy for being filipino and proud being filipino more fun in my country cause filipino is friendly :))

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  • Philippines
    Julius Calvin Santos
    5 May 25, 2014

    The Philippines is known for having thousands of islands that enjoy mild tropical weather all throughout the year. For some, the country is considered as the Caribbean of Asia because of the beautiful beaches in different shapes, sizes and even colors! It is also blessed with a wide array of flora and fauna thriving in breathtaking landscapes comparable to nowhere in the world. The culture is also as unique as its people. Imagine a nation that is both an Asian Country and a Pacific Island nation and yet you would see churches instead of temples, tricycles and jeepneys instead of tuk-tuks, a good amount of people look Hispanics and carry a Spanish last names but speak English like Californians. Overall the Philippines is a an awesome place to visit. The term "More Fun" used by the government to advertise the country is just an understatement when you visit and experience the Philippine islands. So don't delay..come visit one day!!

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  • Philippines
    Phil Biff
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    The western visitor is going to discover the really good, and the really bad. That's the Philippines.

    The good is the breathtaking and tranquil beauty of places long forgotten by mass population. Fresh produce is ready to be received with delight every day on vacation. And for those budget minded, then this is the very last resort on earth not beyond your cash strapped grasp.

    The bad? Incredible filth of Manila. And the problem is that it's the very first thing most visitors see and notice on arrival. It's monstrous filth makes one mouth the words "How do they live in this?" But it pays to look beyond the garbage of Manila. At some time you will have a moment of enlightment - and give thanks to whatever God you worship. And the wonder is in the contrast - garbage into untouched beauty and nature's serenity. Amazing.

    The Philippines - the last great undiscovered resort.

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  • Philippines
    Thasia Green
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    i have a lot of friend there, phill not too far from my country, and i think i will go there some day :)

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  • Philippines
    Anj Obias
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    I love the Philippines -- It's where I live, so I'm biased, just need to say that off the bat. It isn't for the typical traveller -- it's gritty and kind of grimy (Manila, in particular), altogether not very organized. But it's rich that way -- people are laid-back and fun-loving; food is good and cheap, streets are filled with a variety of personalities (vendors, traffic aides, struggling yuppies, students).
    To sum all that up, it's indie film heaven haha.

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  • Philippines
    Mike Henebry
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    A wonderful place to visit or to live in retirement. The weather is warm, the mountains and beaches are beautiful and the people are friendly.

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    Steve Sindiong
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    Spent a summer here as a kid in Manila and Dumaguete (where my father was from), and in 1996. Also visited Boracay (white sand beaches), Baguio City, and Cebu. Beautiful beaches, fiestas, big city attractions and tons of malls, Starbucks, and every fast food chain in Manila

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If you're a country with 7,000 islands in the South China Sea, chances are, there's going to be some serious natural beauty. The Philippines hasn't gained a reputation amongst travelers ... yet. But considering it has one of the world's largest coastlines -- fringed with coral reefs and teeming with tropical fish and manta rays -- don't expect the Philippines to stay a secret for long. Where else ... read more
can you take a boat trip down a five-mile-long underground river but at the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park? Cosmopolitan Boracay Island's long stretches of pure white sand, welcoming hotels and swaying palm trees could best any Caribbean beach. Plus, all the while, you can eat the famed Filipino cuisine, reminiscent of the cultures who have influence the archipelago throughout history: Malays, Polynesians, Chinese, Spanish, native islanders. To witness the ingenuity and grit of pre-industrial age societies, take a tour of the Banaue Rice Terraces. If you can, arrive in the Philippines during one of its many festivals, such as the World Pyro Olympics (a smorgasbord of firework mayhem for days on end) or the Miss Earth beauty pageant (for the environmentally conscious) for an unforgettable vacation.

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