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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NY Daily reports PHL a key global travel destination

The New York Daily News reports the Philippines is now becoming a favourite destination for travellers looking for unspoiled natural wonders and its unique history.
The NY Daily counts the over 7,000 Philippine islands as having “some of the best scenery on the planet.”

The report by Mike Quane noted that the negative experiences of the country in the last three decades such as economic and political misfortunes and high-profile natural disasters have actually contributed to the islands’ scenic areas avoiding over-development.
The NY Daily, commanding nearly 50 million unique viewers monthly, lists must-see spots such as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Banaue Rice Terraces, the Puerto Princesa Underground River, and Tubbataha Reef Marine Park.
The list also includes the Apo Reef, Chocolate Hills of Bohol, and Taal Volcano.
A rundown of the many cultural and historical sites is given, such as Spanish colonial churches like San Agustin Church in the walled city of Intramuros, and the island fortress of Corregidor in Manila Bay.
Action-oriented travellers are directed to diving, parasailing, and river rafting, and even rock-climbing in the cooler mountainous regions of Baguio.
Beach people are referred to perfect white sand beaches in Bohol, Boracay, and Puerto Galera.
The Manila malls like Glorietta, Mall of Asia, and Megamall are listed as a shoppers’ paradise for good bargains.
Condo housing for expatriate retirees are referred to as allowing retirement funds to stretch longer than in their home countries. For tourists who prefer hotels, Manila is cited as having some of the best hotels in the world such as the Shangri-La Hotels.
The report rounds of the list with mentions of good restaurants with traditional local Filipino offerings, as well as Chinese, Spanish, and Polynesian cooking.
The top draw in the list is the Filipinos themselves. “The most beautiful thing about the Philippines remains the sweetness of its people. The ‘Good morning, sir’ and ‘Good evening, ma’am’ one hears so often are sincere and heartfelt, delivered with a distinctive warmth that will be long-remembered.
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