Friday, February 12, 2016

The Philippines

By Leah Gallin who writes for The Guest List Club in the Philippines:

There are many reasons tourists might want to plan a trip to the Philippines.  The people are extremely hospitable, the food is amazing, and the price is right. On top of that there are all kinds of natural wonders to explore, from dormant and active volcanoes, to beautiful white-sand beaches, to tropical forest preserves full of exotic animals.

"The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors,
but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things."

In short, this island nation has just about everything the seasoned traveler could want, including stunning vistas, excellent cuisine, and plenty of options for lodgings and entertainment.

"Dahil Sa Yo"

But while a few days at a beach side resort on a fairly remote island could give you the solitude and relaxation you’re looking for, eventually you’re going to get antsy for a little activity to spice things up. In this regard, the Philippines can also deliver, although you may have to go to one of their bigger cities, depending on what you’re looking for.  However, when it comes to night life, there are a lot of options for the traveler seeking some fun.

"Tangerine" by Jimmy Dorsey

Ballroom dancing. You may be surprised to discover that this activity is hugely popular in the Philippines. If you went ahead and learned some fancy footwork for your wedding, you’ll have the opportunity to show your moves on the dance floor since many hotels have weekend ballroom dancing (their hotels actually use the ballrooms for their intended purpose). Most also provide instructors for those who need lessons before hitting the floor.

"Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw

Night Clubs. If you think ballroom dancing is for your parents, then perhaps you’d be more comfortable on the club scene.  Surprisingly, most are found in (or connected to) the major hotels in any given locale. Although you may have to head to major urban centers to discover kitschy clubs, you can no doubt dance the night away to some club-thumping house beats or the latest from Lady Gaga right in your own hotel.

Ask anyone who has been here. They will tell you. Mabuhay.