Halo-halo: a dessert made with crushed ice, milk, and an assortment of tropics-grown ingredients all mixed together–and an apt metaphor for its place of origin. Indeed, the Philippines is a country of many flavors. Nestled in the Pacific and part of the thriving Southeast Asian region, this archipelago boasts a variety of natural wonders, from the breathtaking Cordilleras to the idyllic Mayon Volcano in Albay. Its more than 7,000 islands are also laden with paradisiacal beaches. El Nido, Coron, Boracay, Siargao, Pagudpud, Panglao, Bantayan–their waters, sandbars, islands, and islets provide the ideal escapades for thrill-seeking surfers, sunbathing vacationers, adventurous divers, and everyone else in between.
The history of the Philippines, too, is defined by abundance. Said to be first inhabited by Austronesian-speaking natives, the country went through transformations with centuries of maritime trade and colonization. Thus emerged the Filipino, whose cultural treasures are rich and diverse. Among which are the culinary offerings of Binondo, the Sinulog Festival in Cebu, the Baroque San Agustin Church in Intramuros, the textiles of the Maranao, the stone houses of the Ivatans, the vintas sailing in Sulu, and so much more. These embody the eccentricity that enlivens the archipelago and captivates people from all over the world to explore and experience this island paradise.
Given all this, who wouldn't say that it's more fun in the Philippines?