Explore Philippines: A Must-Do for Pinoy Immigrants!

After working in the U.S. for almost 6 years, I definitely miss seeing our natural resources in the Philippines. My family and I planned on going to Bohol but had to cancel that trip due to the travel limitations my sister had to follow because of her pregnancy.  So I talked to my dad of plans of travelling to other places in the Philippines. My sister and brother couldn’t be available on such short notices for travel due to work. I ended up exploring Camiguin and Coron, Palawan with one of my best friends.

Let me share the top 10 things I learned when I went to the islands of Coron, Palawan and Camiguin.

Mantigue Island, Camiguin
      1. There are still too many places waiting to be explored in the Philippines. There remains places untouched by modern civilization.
      2. There is always something new you can learn about the Philippines. 
           3. You can appreciate your home country even more by learning about the local people, place and history.
Kayangan Lake, Coron, Palawan

 4. Clean waters and lakes still exist in the Philippines. Dubbed as one of the cleanest lakes in Asia, witnessing Kayangan Lake was a breathtaking experience.

      5. Fish sanctuaries still exist and can be enjoyed locally.
      6. Not all Filipinos take advantage of fellow Filipinos.
7     7. There are still decent Filipino politicians who does thoroughly oversee that taxes go to appropriate government projects and funding as exemplified with the development of tourism in the islands of Coron and Camiguin.
      8. There are still business owners who put high regard with the quality of their workmanship and business ethics. We met Coron Harvest's Nanay Lita Escorda, who started her Cashew nut business in the late 70's. It was an unfortunate incident that one of her assistants miscalculated the amount of cashew nuts I bought two days prior to going back to her store the second time. We told her about it and she apologized profusely while reprimanding her assistant of her mistake and briefly reiterating to her the consequences of such miscalculations. We all the more admired how this woman does her business with integrity and pride.
Flippers made of fibre glass used by tour guide
      9. A Filipino has to just merely explore the islands so as not to be a stranger to his home country.
     10.  A Filipino’s innovativeness and resourcefulness can amaze and amuse me at the same time.

Truly, one should never be a stranger to one’s home country. Our country’s natural resources awaits a visit from you.

Have fun exploring the Philippines!