1. It has 7,107 islands.
2.The Filipinos are friendly and helpful with a ready smile at all times.
3. Most Filipinos understand and speak English.Maps, buses, and plane routes are all written in English too.
4. Food and accommodation are very affordable. Local restaurant offers meal with a price below 100 pesos. There are numerous cheap hostel and guesthouse to choose from.
5. Public transport is always available. Choose from among the taxis, buses, jeepneys, tricycles, pedicabs, habal-habal, etc.
My Top 5 Favorite Places in the Philippines:
*Crystal clear blue water
*Breathtaking sunset *Amazing nightlife (packed with visitors all year round)
*Food haven (over a hundred restaurant to choose from both international and local cuisine)
*Majestically sitting on top of the mountain
*Beautiful sceneries. (the mountain views and gardens will take your breath away)
*Flower festival (Panagbenga) celebrations
*Fresh fruits and vegetables
*Mayon Volcano (almost perfect cone)
*Bagasbas Beach in Daet (great place for surfing)
*Calaguas Islands (virgin island,paradise, happy beach)
*Caramoan Island (Survivor and Amazing Race television put them on the world adventure map) *Delicious spicy specialties (laing, bicol express, etc)
*Calle Crisologo (cobblestone street)
*Kalesa ride (back in time feeling) *Empanada (to die for delicacy)
*Pagburnayan (an old fashion way of pottery making)
*Museums and Mansion (history lesson made fun)
*One of the best surfing sports in the country
*Home to a number of nature's treasures(falls, beaches, rock formation)
*Baler Catholic Church
*600-year-old balete tree that was designated the official "Millennium Tree" of The Philippines *Historical sites (home and rest house of former Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon Quezon)