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Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelago in Southeast Asia consisting of over 7,000 islands. It is known for its stunning beaches, diverse marine life, and vibrant culture that blends indigenous, Spanish, and American influences. The country is also famous for its delicious cuisine, such as adobo, sinigang, and lechon.

Filipinos are known for their hospitality and strong sense of community, making it a welcoming destination for travelers.

Places to visit

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring Manila

morning:Start your day with a visit to Rizal Park, offering a peaceful retreat in the heart of the city. Afterwards, head to the historic Intramuros and explore its ancient walls and landmarks. Don't forget to grab some delicious local breakfast at Ristorante Delle Mitre.

afternoon:Spend your afternoon at the iconic Manila Ocean Park, where you can marvel at marine life and enjoy thrilling activities. Then, take a leisurely stroll along the vibrant Roxas Boulevard and soak in the scenic views. Treat yourself to an authentic Filipino lunch at Barbara's.

evening:Wrap up your evening with a visit to the lively and colorful Mercato Centrale in Bonifacio Global City - a great place to savor diverse street food and experience the local vibe.

day 2

Adventure in Palawan

morning:Embark on an early morning island hopping tour to the stunning El Nido and witness its breathtaking lagoons and limestone cliffs. Stop for a mouthwatering breakfast at Sea Slugs before starting your exploration.

afternoon:Discover the enchanting Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and cruise through its mesmerizing underground river. Enjoy a delicious lunch at KaLui Restaurant, known for its fresh seafood and cozy ambience.

evening:Indulge in a delightful seafood feast at Kinabuch's Bar and Grill, and then head to Tiki RestoBar for some refreshing cocktails and live music.

day 3

Relaxing in Boracay

morning:Relish a tranquil morning by walking along the world-famous White Beach and taking in the picturesque views and soothing ocean breeze. Don't miss a sumptuous brunch at Real Coffee & Tea Cafe, known for its delectable pancakes and freshly brewed coffee.

afternoon:Experience the thrill of parasailing or engage in water sports activities at Bulabog Beach. Afterward, immerse yourself in the vibrant market scene at D’Talipapa and relish a delightful seafood lunch at a local eatery.

evening:As the sun sets, unwind with a beachfront dinner at Spider House Resort and savor the delectable seafood while enjoying the captivating sunset views.

day 4

Cultural Immersion in Baguio

morning:Begin your day with a visit to the renowned Baguio Cathedral and offer a prayer before admiring its striking architecture and serene surroundings. Follow it up with a delightful Filipino breakfast at Choco-late de Batirol.

afternoon:Explore the fascinating BenCab Museum and marvel at its impressive collection of Cordillera art and artifacts. Indulge in a delectable lunch at Hill Station, which offers a diverse menu in a charming colonial setting.

evening:Head to Baguio Night Market for a vibrant and bustling shopping experience. Afterward, savor a traditional Filipino dinner at 50's Diner before exploring the local nightlife.

Philippines Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Adobo

A staple dish of Filipino cuisine, typically made with pork or chicken, marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic, then browned in oil, and simmered until tender.

Must-Try!

Halo-Halo

A popular Filipino dessert made with a mixture of shaved ice, evaporated milk, and various ingredients including sweet beans, coconut, sago, gulaman, and fruits, served in a tall glass or bowl.

Lechon

A whole roasted pig, resulting in crispy skin and succulent meat, often served during festivals and special occasions.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Mercato Centrale

Located in Bonifacio Global City, Mercato Centrale is a bustling night market offering a wide variety of Filipino street food such as balut (fertilized duck embryo), isaw (grilled chicken intestines), and fish balls.

Dampa Seafood Market

At Dampa, you can handpick fresh seafood from the market and have it cooked in the style you prefer at nearby restaurants, offering a true taste of Filipino seafood cuisine.

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian

While traditional Filipino cuisine heavily features meat and seafood, there are vegetarian options such as pinakbet (mixed vegetable stew) and laing (taro leaves in coconut milk). Many restaurants and cafes also offer vegetarian-friendly versions of popular dishes.

Vegetarian

Vegan

Vegan options can be found in select restaurants and cafes, offering dishes like ginataang langka (jackfruit in coconut milk) and fresh fruit shakes. It's recommended to communicate dietary restrictions clearly to ensure dishes are prepared accordingly.

Vegan

Gluten-free

Gluten-free options may be limited in traditional Filipino cuisine due to the use of soy sauce and wheat-based ingredients. However, some restaurants are adapting to offer gluten-free alternatives, and it's advisable to inquire about ingredients and preparation methods when dining out.

Gluten-free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in Philippines

Manam Comfort Filipino

Manam offers a modern take on classic Filipino dishes, with branches in Metro Manila serving dishes like sinigang (sour soup) and sisig (chopped pig's face and liver).

Café Adriatico

A historic café in Manila, known for its old-world charm and traditional Filipino dishes like crispy pata (deep-fried pork leg) and kare-kare (oxtail stew).

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