The Philippines has been included in National Geographic Traveler’s Best Trips 2016, a list of 20 places recommended by the renowned magazine as “go-now destinations.”
National Geographic Traveler’s December-January issue presented the Philippines as a historical “mix of tribal pride, Catholic fervor, American pop culture-savvy, and tropical affability.”
The country of 7,107 islands was also referred to as having “an island for every taste” with Manila’s historic old walled city of Intramuros, the famed Manila Bay’s sunset, the beaches – Great Santa Cruz Island and black sands of Albay, dive spots and water sports in Palawan, Apo and Siargao, varied species in Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, and the World Heritage Site of the Cordillera Rice Terraces.
The listing also highlighted the country’s multi transport system of jeepneys, multicabs, tricycles, among other more familiar vehicles; the food feasts at the Midnight Mercato Centrale, the Igorot handicraft, even a cultural tip on “How are you” equivalent locally as “Kumain ka na ba (Have you eaten)?” Racuh a Payaman in Batan Island was given a special mention as reminiscent of the famed Scottish highlands pastures.
The article on the Philippines was written by Erik Trinidad for National Geographic Traveler, a publication of National Geographic Society – one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world engaged in the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.