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Flights from the Philippines

Known as the texting capital of the world, the Philippines sends more text messages daily than the U.S. and Europe combined! Not only does the Philippines record high texting activity, it also records an enormous amount of volcanic activity due to its location along the Pacific Ring of Fire. Nevertheless, when they are idle, the volcanoes are marvellous works of nature that serve as key tourist attractions.

Made of more than 7000 islands, there are lots to do in the Philippines, from admiring nature to taking part in local fiestas. So before you leave, make sure you’ve checked out the highlights of the following cities:

Iloilo City

At the heart of the Philippines is Iloilo City, which Filipinos affectionately call the City of Love. In Iloilo, you’ll find museums and galleries that speak to the Chinese and Indian influences on the city, before it became a Spanish colony. You’ll also find historical landmarks such as Plaza Libertad, a mark of Filipino freedom, and Fort San Pedro, which once protected the city from Muslim hostilities. Additionally, celebrate Dinagyang Festival with the locals in January to see the streets fill up with colour, dancing and fireworks.

Baguio

Baguio has a nice cool temperature all year round, good for leisurely walks through the city. In its centre is the Burnham Park, where you take in the greenery and also participate in some boating and sports activities. Lovers of horses can head to Minesview Park for a ride, or if you’re looking for a unique experience, visit the Philippine Military Academy to learn the true meaning of discipline.

Vigan

Vigan has an olden feel, with the city design reflective of the Philippines’ past Spaniard affiliations. The definitive district is Calle Crisologo, where you’ll see designs of various cultural influences and horse-drawn calesas along the streets. Vigan also has an animal reserve, Baluarte, that offers an interactive wildlife experience.

As your time in the Philippines comes to an end, consider prolong your travels at the following destinations:

Thailand

Thailand is one of the Philippine’s neighbours and offers a great time of shopping, eating and relaxation. Siam Discovery, MBK and Emporium are all comprehensive, well-furnished malls where you can buy a wide array of goods. Then, go to Phuket, Krabi and Koh Phi Phi Ley to hit the sandy beaches and blue seas.

Malaysia

Malaysia is a short flight from the Philippines and assures mouth watering food of Malay, Chinese and Indian origins. These include Roti Canai (dough based finger food), Asam Laksa (spicy noodle soup), Satay (barbecued sweet meat), Nasi Lemak (coconut rice) and many others. Also, visit Taman Negara for exciting treetop walks or Tioman Island for untouched scenery complete with diving and snorkelling programs.

Singapore

Singapore sits at the tip of the Malay Peninsula and presents a beautiful city skyline. Orchard Road is the main shopping district in Singapore, where many international brands can be found. Also, look out for interesting buskers performing on the wide pavements of Orchard Road and how the area comes to life with dazzling decorations during the festive seasons. Alternatively, take on wild, action-packed rides at Universal Studios Singapore, located on Sentosa island.

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