PHILIPPINES MAGNIFICENT PEARL OF THE ORIENT SEAS
IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES The Philippines is an archipelago found in Southeast Asia comprised of more than 7,000 islands dotting the Pacific Ocean. With its long coastline, the Philippines is gifted with stretches of pristine white sand beaches surrounded by crystal clear waters. In fact, several Philippine islands and beaches, like Boracay, Palawan, and Siargao, have been consistently named as the best in the world by major travel publications. The country's official tourism slogan is “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” because whatever type of travel adventure you’re looking for, you’re bound to discover a fun experience in the Philippines. Read on to find out why It’s more fun in the Philippines: Tropical Country – As a tropical country, the Philippines only has two seasons: dry and rainy seasons. The warmest months are during the Philippines' summer season, covering March, April, and May, ideal months for travel as the sun shines on. Friendly and Warm Filipinos – Aside from the Philippines' picturesque spots, the Filipinos' warmth and hospitality is a reason itself for you to visit the country. In fact, the Philippines often rank as the friendliest country in Asia Natural wonders Unique to Philippines – One example is the Rice Terraces of the Ifugao. A spectacular mountain landscape with terrace after terrace of man-made rice fields dates back to pre-colonial Philippines and is considered a repository of Philippine culture, tradition, and craftsmanship. Delicious Filipino Food Cuisine – Some most notable Filipino foods include adobo, chicken or pork meat cooked in soy sauce and vinegar, and lechon or roasted whole pig, which the late Anthony Bourdain swore by as the best pig he has ever tried. Preserved History of the Philippines – The best way to get to know one place is to understand its history, and the Philippines has its fair share of stories as it played many roles in the history of the world. Another must-see is the Rizal Shrine, which pays tribute to the Philippines’ national hero from the Spanish era, Jose Rizal.
IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES Life in a Tropical Paradise: People’s Guide to the Philippine Customs If you are a traveller looking for something new and interesting, the seven thousand islands of the Philippines will surely accommodate you for it. Philippine customs were known as incredibly diverse, name it, the people, food, places, natural resources, talent, etc. The historical revolutionaries of the Philippines towards different colonizers made the pearl of the orient distinctive from any others especially in terms of culture. We cannot hide the fact that aside from the Philippines mesmerizing natural resources, Filipino’s beliefs, tradition, and culture serves as a great contributing factor to capture foreign blood’ interest. To size up your information allow this article to present to you the life of the Filipinos in the tropical paradise – the Philippines in a very fruitful culture. This article is a people’s guide to Philippine customs. Unbelievable Beliefs Along with the other Asian countries, the Philippines would probably have the most unique beliefs, that others would think it is unbelievable. Beliefs in Filipinos serve as a reminder to either practice or avoid it. If you have Filipino blood, you can’t hide the fact that you have an inch of these unbelievable beliefs. For example, • In every Filipino household, the • In meal superstition during staircase step should not be mealtime, it is believed that divisible by three the last person who left dining will live a lonely life, so Filipinos avoiding emptying tables especially when there are people still eating Lifelong tradition • Pagmamano • Festivals and Parades • Bayanihan • Kamayan • Harana Kaleidoscope Culture As years capture memories and history Philippines’ kaleidoscope culture mold every person who has experience this astonishing custom. Each and every single Filipino who lives at this custom without a doubt will manifest how fruitful and wonderful their life practicing these beliefs and tradition, so as a traveler every time you heard the word Philippines don’t forget that this tropical paradise has the power to change your perspective towards life. This is a people’s guide to Philippine customs.
Noli Me Tángere (Touch Me Not) by: Dr. José Rizal Among the great novels in Philippine literature, Noli Me Tángere (Touch Me Not) is widely known and the most controversial one. Written by the country’s national hero, Dr. José Rizal, this book sparked the social awakening of Filipinos during the Spanish colonial period. Rizal's goal in writing the book was to reveal the ills of Philippine society at the time because he couldn't comprehend the unfairness of the Spanish priests and the ruling government. In this Philippine literature book, you’ll learn about the story of Crisostomo Ibarra, how he manage to dealt with Spanish authorities, and how he prepared for his revenge, as told in Rizal’s 2nd book, El Filibusterismo. There are episodes and pictures within the story that essentially bring out Rizal's intentions in writing it. The scene in the cockpit mockingly depicts the degrading consequences of gambling addiction. The Tertiaries' vibrant dialogue on obtaining indulgence on All Saints' Day is an unforgettable indictment of fanaticism and superstition. Fray Damaso's fiesta sermon eloquently appeals against the friars' vulgar hypocrisy and hypocritical moral oppression. While the overall message is not always apparent, the colonial regime's violations and flaws are clearly revealed. Rizal's book persistently exposes all types of contemporary Spaniards in the Philippines. Instead of reducing banditry, the civil guard's corruption and cruelty drive decent men to outlawry. The administration is crawling with self-seekers out to make a profit at the expense of Filipinos, so the few decent and sincere officials are unable to solve the system's treacherous workings, and their attempts to support the country often end in anger or self-ruin. The friars have turned the Catholic faith into a tool for enriching and perpetuating themselves in power by attempting to engulf ignorant Filipinos in fanaticism and superstition rather than teaching them real Catholicism. Rizal, on the other hand, does not spare his countrymen. Many religious people's superstitious and irrational fanaticism, the Filipino civil guards' ignorance, corruption, and abuse, the gambling addiction unchecked by the thought of duty and obligation, the novel mocks the rich Filipinos' obeisance to friars and government officials, as well as Filipinos' ridiculous attempts to distance themselves from their fellow citizens or to lord it over them. Nonetheless, Rizal makes it clear that all of these flaws can be traced back to his relationship with the Spaniard, or to the government's misguided policy and the questionable practices of the friars. Yet, Rizal still balances the national image by emphasizing the values and good qualities of the unspoiled Filipino: the modesty and loyalty of the Filipino woman, the unfailing hospitality of the Filipino family, the devotion of parents to their children and children to their parents, the deep sense of appreciation, and the untutored Filipino peasant's strong common sense. The Noli is therefore more than an assault on the Spanish colonial regime; it is a nationalist manifesto. It instructs the Filipino to reclaim his self-esteem, to recognize his own worth, to return to his ancestors' roots, and to prove himself as a counterpart to the Spaniard. It emphasizes the importance of education, patriotism, and absorbing features of international cultures. IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES
\"Mi Ultimo Adiós\" – My Last Farewell By: Dr. Jose Rizal Of all Filipino poems, certainly the most famous and widely read Pilipino poem is José Rizal's \"Mi último adiós\" (\"My Last Farewell\"), written on December 30, 1896, the day before his execution. (link to poem: http://www.cebu-philippines.net/filipino- poems.html) Dr. Jose Rizal's \"My Last Farewell\" is a poem that was original written in Spanish, \"Mi Ultimo Adios.\" The piece was one of the last notes he wrote before his execution by firing squad on December 30, 1896. Dr. Jose Rizal used the poem to give his final message to his country. To him, offering life is the best way to show his love for the country. Even he knows the end will come to his journey, and he was not angry but instead challenged every Filipino to love and serve our country. He thinks that this poem will serve as inspiration to everyone. He wants to encourage the youth to continue to dream big and fulfill every dream that they dream. IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES
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