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What To Expect in the Philippines
- The Philippines is strategically located at the heart of Southeast Asia, making it a popular hub for multinational businesses and local SMEs alike. There’s a lot of career growth potential in the Philippines, especially for professionals in key global industries like biotechnology.
- The workforce here is flexible. Filipino professionals are trained in various disciplines, from the arts to the sciences, and they usually take up hobbies that they can use for work. This makes Filipinos adaptable. With their open-mindedness and resilience, the labor force here is able to face challenges head on and can adjust accordingly.
- Because the official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and English, communication with the international business community, centered in Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao, is quite easy. Learning one of the more than 170 regional languages as well helps with interactions with locals.
- From the Philippines, travelling to almost any vacation spot in Asia only takes hours. You can even spend a weekend in Beijing and get right back to Manila at the start of the work week.
- In this archipelago, there are also a variety of local tourist destinations. It has 3 cultural and 6 natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Philippines is also known for its white sand, black sand, and even pink sand (Sila Island & Tikling Island) beaches. Like its tourism slogan goes, “It’s more fun in the Philippines!”.
- Work-life balance can truly be achieved in the Philippines with the continuous development and improvement of working conditions through the efforts of the Department of Labor and Employment.
Places of Interest in Philippines
Rizal Park, widely known as Luneta Park by the Filipinos, is a historic urban park located in Manila, Philippines. Formerly known as Bagumbayan during the Spanish colonial period, it was the execution site of the Philippines' National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. The event fanned the flames of the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish colonization.
Considered one of the largest urban parks in Asia, Rizal Park has an area of 58 hectares (140 acres). The park has many attractions such as the National Museum, Rizal Monument, Musical and Dancing Fountain, and different gardens: Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, Noli Me Tangere Garden, and Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion.
Old-world Intramuros is home to Spanish-era landmarks like Fort Santiago, with a large stone gate and a shrine to national hero José Rizal. The ornate Manila Cathedral houses bronze carvings and stained glass windows, while the San Agustin Church museum has religious artwork and statues. Spanish colonial furniture and art fill Casa Manila museum, and horse-drawn carriages (kalesa) ply the area’s cobblestone streets
City of Vigan
The City of Vigan, located at Ilocos Province, is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia. The place is full of restaurants where you can eat authentic Ilocano cuisine. You can also visit their cathedral or take a kalesa ride tour around the plaza. At night, there is a light show at the central dancing fountain.
Batanes, called the Home of the Winds, is considered the smallest province in the Philippines with only 230 kilometers of total land area. This island province is well-known for its charming, centuries-old stone houses, quiet stretches of sandy beaches, rugged mountains, amazing lighthouses, and never-ending lush green hills. This is a place of picturesque scenery, friendly culture, and simple way of living. The island province is also known for its almost zero crime rate, giving birth to its famous “Honesty Stores”, where stores don’t have staff and tourists will just put their payment in a money box or payment container. Batanes’ refreshingly chill and peaceful vibe gives local and foreign travelers a different taste of island life. One that is simpler, laidback, quiet, revitalizing, and away from the busy and stressful atmosphere of city life.
Boracay Island is a world-renowned island resort composed of four kilometers of white, powdery fine sand, and crystalline waters. Boracay Island has around 25 dives sites that cater all levels of experience. You can also go parasailing, island tour in a paraw (a native outrigger boat), water skiing, cliff diving, or simply relax under the sun.
Cebu is a center of trade, commerce, and tourism. Tourists can enjoy a visit to historic sites such as Cebu Heritage Village, Fort San Pedro, and Lapu-lapu Monument. Adventure-seeking travellers can do a range of activities including canyoneering, cliff diving, kayaking, and diving with thresher sharks. Those who want to enjoy a beautiful scenery can visit Sirao Garden where you can find rows of sunflowers, hyacinths, chrysanthemums, daisies, asters, and the vibrant and multicolored celosia flower.
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, commonly known as Puerto Princesa Underground River, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999, and voted as a New7Wonders of Nature in 2012. This 8.2-kilometer long underground river boasts of its cave formations, stunning limestone cliffs, and pristine waters. However, for safety purposes, only a portion of the cave (around 4.3 kilometers) is allowed for tourists to explore.
Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces, locally known as Hagdang-hagdang Palayan, is a National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines. Many Filipinos also considered it as “8th Natural Wonder of The World”. The rice terraces were carved by the ancestors of indigenuous people in the mountains of Banaue, Ifugao. The terraces are located approximately 1,500 metres (4,900 feet) above sea level. Most tourists drop by the view decks to see the rice terraces while they enjoy freshly brewed coffee made by the locals.
Mount Apo is located in Davao City. It is the highest mountain in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,954 meters (9,692 ft) above sea level. Mount Apo has seven peaks on its summit. After a long trek, you can see the beautiful sunset and sunrise in good weather. Before reaching the top, climbers can see a naturally-created crater lake. Because of the difficulty in climbing this, only experienced climbers are allowed. Many hikers and mountain climbers train hard to trek this mountain.