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Happy Philippines People makes Life more Fun

Research reveals; Filippinas The Happy People of South East Asia – Men and women treated equal

CEBU CITY, THE PHILIPPINES: They make us welcome – they are the happy Filipinos!
When asking foreigners why travelling all the way here for holiday, they shared the whole lot of different reasons. Some mention the beaches and 7,000 islands, while others found shopping exciting, and some brought up prize level and scuba diving. Still, all found one common reason; The Philippines People makes Life more Fun for Tourist!

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Happy children in Tacloban, The Philippines

After traveling this country, I found Filipinos very friendly and helpful. They want me to feel right at home, either visiting capital Manila or a resort south of Cebu Island. The most popular hashtag claims #itsmorefuninthephilippines and with this as an agenda, I came here to uncover if it is true or not, if they are Happy Filipinos making life more fun.

Lesson #1: Even though all the difficulties they have been through, they always seem to be smiling. According to a new research, Filipinos are the happiest people in South East Asia. On top of all happiness, how dare they ask us to believe it´s more fun in the Philippines? Happy and fun, it sounds a bit too much delivered by a marketing brain.

 

Philippines PeopleWomen at the Magellan´s Cross in Cebu City

Females are on top

 

Philippines is the country in Asia where women are more empowered, and men and women are treated as equals. Compare this to the rest of Asia. Philippines has the biggest percentage of female legislators and successful women in businesses. In fact, it already had two female presidents while US is still struggling to have its first one.Nevertheless, women in Philippines are still highly expected to play traditional roles in families, and expected to sacrifice for their children.

 

Affordable. Asia is different and mostly beautiful and if you earn your money in US-dollar, UK-pound or Euro, prices in the Philippines are cheap and a main reason travelers are flocking to these shores. More fun for less money sounds promising.

Shopping like a local sport

They speak English. With an American colonial history, English remains widespread throughout the islands, this helps when going there as a guest. Shopping is a kind of local sport on markets and malls where to find a myriad of stores alongside banks, repair shops, medical and dental clinics, spas and fitness clubs. All these services and happenings sound great fun for the whole family, all can communicate with the locals. Absolutely great fun.

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The cuisine bears the mark of Spanish flavours with native spices

Food and  festival

The food you will be served is fresh, quick to make and affordable. After spending 300 years under Spanish rule, cuisine bears the mark of Spanish flavours with native spices. And fruits are so tasty. Filipino food will be the next big thing in the world food scene. Expect to pay 3-4 Euro for a main course in a restaurant. All islands have their colourful, music-filled and decorated festival. Food, music, dance and festival is always great fun.

It´s known that Filipinos are the friendliest people on this planet and they have hundreds of beaches with white sand. Boracay Island has the finest white sand that doesn´t even get hot no matter how hot the sun may be. Almost every beach in the Philippines offering massages to beachgoers for eight dollars an hour.

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The Food Market in Cebu City

Catholic nation

Don´t expect everything to be dirt cheap. While you are trying to get a good buy, they are making a living on theirs. This is a Catholic nation and you should avoid getting into a discussion on religion. Filipinos are proud of anything and everything and the slightest criticism could be taken the wrong way. Don´t arrive in time, they are notorious to “Filipino time”, which could be from a 15-minute to an hour-long delay.

Half an hour flight from Cebu to Tacloban you will meet even more happy Filipinos, yet they went through a hell in the 2013 typhoon devastating the whole city. Our exclusive story from Tacloban tells a lot about Filipinos in this drug- and crime-free city.

Manila the Selfie Capital of the Wold

Finally – The People. Filipinos are fun- and music-loving people. They also love taking photos and Manila is considered the Selfie Capital of the Wold.
“More Fun in the Philippines” is a well-known slogan, but the fun is all about the people. Boracay is just load of sand if you remove the Filipinos and Cebu is just another province without the Cebuanos.

Terry Chan in Tacloban

We will overcome

I let a Filipino having the final say. Terry Chan lost his farm but survived when Typhoon Yolanda struck Tacloban City in November 2013 and left thousands dead in a devastated city.
“We have faith in God and that is why we rise above our tragedies — we move on, we believe that in the end, we will overcome. It makes us the happiest people around”, Terry says as he reminds me of traveling rule #1: Always listen to the locals.

More about The Philippines: Typhoon, Death and Crime free Tacloban

More Fun: Read the Huffpost´s fun facts about the Philippines

Gudmund Lindbaek
Gudmund Lindbaek
Journalist founded King Goya online travel magazine. Meeting people for engaging stories. I´m off to uncover the best strategies for long life living. This is part of my venture “Around the World in 80 Lanes” – about travel, run sprint, staying fit! I just want a tiny slice of adventures to feel alive, and then excited to return home.

1 COMMENT

  1. Food: “Spanish flavours with native spices,” is the weirdest falsehood ever stated. If that were a marketing tagline (which it is) it should be left for South and Central America. This is maritime Southeast Asia. Remember that and be respectful. Colonialism ended a while ago now (over 120 years ago or so…) So just like almost every country in Southeast Asia – their original identity is mostly intact. Despite past colonialism one must note – that due to intense and brutal duress, names and words of things were changed to accommodate the mandated set by foreign rule. The nature of the items remain the same Asian character prior to a name change. Do not be fooled that something is “Spanish,” because it has a Spanish name. For example, rice and pork have been Asian staples thousands of years before the birth of Christ. China influenced all of Asia (pig domestication, rice, food, language… Maybe rice originated in Southeast Asia due to the ubiquity of rice terraces.)

    The Malay archipelago in maritime Southeast Asia mainly serves / eats basic Asian fare: RICE, seafood, and lots of pork which is very Asian. (ie pork domestication, perhaps another China influence – these are not contributions from Spain).

    Oh my! “Spanish flavours with native spices,” oh please, dear. LOL that is sooo wrong! Oy vey!! No, please no. Stop, stop, stop. Cut! Stop the camera!

    Do that take again, without that fallacious tagline! Oh my gosh.

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