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21. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member, 623 posts) 20 Feb '08 10:09

Quoting pau_p1

as for the security guards on shopping malls.. it was just precautionary... people just subject themselves to these inspections since they know they don't have anything to hide...

Typical Filipino Bee Ess-no one lets armed goons go through their belongings unless they intimidated.

Quoting pau_p1

as for the food... I'd say that Filipino food has an acquired taste... it's unique and that we have different varieties of food that some of them has Spanish and American influence... we have a lot of exotic food as well that may include the intestines or other internal organs... it's a matter of choice of food I'd say.. some American friends of mine had even loved the local tamarind soup.. or the sisig made of pork ears..

Filipino food is for the most part a greasy off-tasting mess who wants to even look at a plate full of cold greasy guts?
Fish is cooked until it's so dry it's not fit to eat, and where are the veggies anyway?

Quoting pau_p1

we wanted our main airport services to improve as well.. but for a country that has international debts of billions of dollars... infrastructures and services is very hard to maintain... but I believe the government is trying to make ammends...

The Govt is as crooked as the day is long, the Philippines has received billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from the USA and it's still a basket case.

22. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member, 214 posts) 20 Feb '08 16:32

well.. many Filipinos does have an 'unhealthy' diet when it comes to our food... but there are very nutricious food that we have... we've got good vegetable dishes and other non-greasy food.. there are dishes where we steam fish rather than frying.. or even grilling them... it's just a matter of choice...

I myself am sad as well that the past administrations has been tainted with corruption... and the US may have put a lot of aid for us... but the locals also suffer from corruption with a great majority below poverty level... I also look for the taxes that I paid... but still I don't think the government's corruption would be a big negative factor for not seeing the country.. right? because you can still enjoy the country without dealing with the public authorities.. except maybe with security guards checking your bags...

23. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member, 531 posts) 21 Feb '08 23:06

I believe it's only the inconvenience that prevents people from heading to the Philippines on a southeast Asia tour. However, flights from Hong Kong are relatively cheap (Manila & Cebu City). It's not serious at all but any problems the Philippines may have are just as comparable to those in mainland SEA. If you're the kind of traveler who wanders through southeast Asia, the only excuse you probably have involves getting there. The Philippines get a bad rep from it's militant groups. Abu Sayyaf is the most notorious, claiming ties with global organizations Al Qaeda & Jemaah Islamiah. Just because of this fact, every time anything happens it's breaking news throughout the globe and may scare some people. These kidnappings are very rare, it's not Iraq or Pakistan.

There many foods that will scare off would-be tourists but what country doesn't have that? You have the Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and native influences. In some places, it's hard to differ a meal than one in Spain. I think the food is wonderful. However, if you're up for it, try some bulut

24. Posted by writespot (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 22 Feb '08 02:50

There are so many things about Philippines that need to be rediscovered by local and international tourists, alike. I agree that being an archipelago, getting from one island to another has become less convenient for a traveler. The government is beefing up the roll-on-roll-off (RORO) system where tourists can travel by barge from various ports in the country. Also, air travel has become cheaper with the bargain flights. One of the Philippine sites that is still not too developed is Camiguin.

I've written about my travels around Philippines and Asia in my site -snip-

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

25. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member, 214 posts) 24 Feb '08 00:01

yup.. aside from the RORO network.. a number of domestic and international airports are under construction or are in the pipeline all over the country.. the latest one was the new Bacolod airport...

26. Posted by LucaUK (Budding Member, 29 posts) 11 Jul '08 02:53

I will be heading to the Philippines in a month time or so... que rico!!! Me voy a ablar espanol en sur est Asia!!!

27. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member, 214 posts) 11 Jul '08 05:25

I hope you'll have a blast coming here...:D

28. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru, 768 posts) 11 Jul '08 12:45

Quoting LucaUK

I will be heading to the Philippines in a month time or so... que rico!!! Me voy a ablar espanol en sur est Asia!!!

Whereabouts are you going? I will be in Bacolod on Negros Occidental for the whole of September. Not a place I would recommend to tourists but it has a good airport and there are plenty of places that are a bus ride away, like Sipalay, or a quick boat ride away like IloIlo. But as the Philippines has over 7000 islands you do have a big choice! Have fun wherever you are going

29. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru, 1113 posts) 13 Jul '08 08:05

BAD MARKETING STRATEGY... And the Department of Tourism is often under a secretary who wants to become a senator.
Pathetic management of natural resources. And we are also very good at destroying the REMNANTS of our cultural heritage, like Catholic churches reduced to ashes to build new ones in the name of RENOVATION.

If you find Hanoi charming... and other places in Viet Nam... You should find Manila charming. In all fairness, the Philippines is worth a visit. You will find gorgeous locals, who can speak English. Locals who know how to party and not everyone is after your wallet! Some ultra trendy clubs can be very pretentious though.

It can be a bit expensive... Some islands lack character, culture and culture!

But its cool to say you've been to the Philippines, COZ few peopel go there.

I think MARKETING has a lot to do with it.
and the Department of TOurism CAMPAIGN... "TOURISM MEANS JOBS"... My god, we are training our Naturally HOSPITAL PEOPLE to become as irritating as the Vietnamese in the OLD QUARTERS.

So far the best campaign, we had was "More than the ussual". That was very classy.

30. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru, 1113 posts) 13 Jul '08 08:21

The only thing I miss about the Philippines is the food.

Lets face it, the Philippines lacks culture! You can say that louder, if you CAN'T AFFORD to go there.
It aint that expensive anymore, Cheap flights exist.

I just hated my domestic tourism experience. The guts to ripped off locals who travel abroad.
but Id recommend foreigners to go there. Its worth it, coz it different.

But for us to improve, we need to call a spade a spade. Know is pathetic, accept it, ditch it and fund its reinvention!
Sell the islands as an ALTERNATIVE Asean destination. We aint Thailand or Malaysia, LIVE WITH THAT FACt.