Philippines

This is a diverse country spread over more than 7,000 islands, with over half of them uninhabited. No surprise the scuba diving is world class. Above the sea landscapes range from sweeping rice plains to jungled peaks, and from rice-terraced cliffs to placid lagoons. And the warm, friendly people seal the deal for a rewarding trip.

GREAT FOR

Beaches, Churches, Shopping

WHEN TO GO

Generally, the best time to visit is the dry season, from November to May. The hottest month in lowland regions is May, when temperatures can top 35°C. The cooler months are December and January, but humidity can make it seem warmer. The country is the path of typhoons that occur most often in the west season from June to September. They strike mainly in Luzon and the Visayas and can sometimes bring damage in their wake. Plan in advance if coming during Christmas and New Year, when hordes of overseas Filipino workers return to spend the holidays with their families.

Where to Eat, Drink, Shop and Stay in El Nido, Palawan

No longer just a transit point, El Nido Town and its neighboring beaches are coming into their own. By Stephanie Zubiri.

A Country-By-Country Guide to Coronavirus Recovery in Asia

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These Are The World’s Best Islands 2020

These far-flung winners promise way more than pristine beaches. Expect world-class wildlife viewing, delectable local foods and as much (or as little) outdoor activity as your heart desires.

5 Day Hikes Outside Metro Manila

When urban living gets claustrophobic, there’s nothing like a hike to lift the spirits.

Stay Close To The Action At These Entertainment-Focused Hotels

Catch a Broadway show, do some luxury shopping, party all night—or all of the above.

What Lockdown Looks Like for 10 People Around the Globe

Apart, but somehow not alone. Here’s what lockdown looks like for 10 people across the globe.

Escape to the Philippines With This Recipe For Bicol Express Chicken

Food might be our favorite way to escape outside our homes these days. Here, a writer muses about the Philippines’ region of Bicol and offers her recipe on zesty Bicol Express Chicken.

These Are the Places that We Can’t Wait to Travel Back To

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10 of the Most Colorful Places in Asia

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A Gastro-Tour of Manila

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Where to go 2020

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Bacolod Might Be the Philippines’ Most Welcoming City

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Discovering Batanes in the Philippines’ Verdant North

At the top of the Philippines is a clutch of windswept islands where the bonds of community have been forged by the elements. In verdant Batanes, Stephanie Zubiri dances among lighthouses, absorbs lessons from tribal elders and just lets go.

New Take on an Old Brew: A Glimpse Into the Philippines’ Coffee Heritage

With just basic farming knowledge but a lot of love, photojournalist Lester V. Ledesma started a coffee farm—which was really just an elaborate excuse to dive into the little-known world of the Philippines’ rich coffee heritage.

Bar Hopping in Manila’s Poblacion Neighbourhood

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Boracay

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A Walk Through Manila’s Chinatown

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Pack These 8 Philippine Designed Essentials For Your Next Beach Getaway

Made up of more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines has its beachwear sorted. Here are some of our favorite Filipino designs to pack for your next stylish seaside escape.

Small-Town Surfing Center Siargao Island Needs to Be on Your Radar

If small-town surfing center Siargao island isn’t already on your radar, it will be very soon. Jeninne Lee-St. John propellers out to the eastern edge of the Philippines, where hand-woven hammocks hang on still-empty sands, laissez-faire beach life sets the tone at bars, in boutique hotels and on the breaks—and the pacific currents roll in uninterrupted.

Okada Manila

Lavishly executed in every detail. Unprecedented in its bold take on elegance. Okada Manila sets a new standard for luxury.

5 Chef-Driven Eateries in Manila

Young chefs in the Philippine capital are whipping the local food scene into a frenzy with their cool restaurants.

5 Unforgettable Dishes You Have to Try

Whether they’re served in a bar, a humble street restaurant or a Michelin-worthy gastronomic temple, some specialties are worth seeking out no matter where in the world they may be.

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay

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Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa

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The Peninsula Manila

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