Philippines

Let’s hear it from Daniella!

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Where are you originally from?​
The Philippines

PEOPLE

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?
Hospitable and very welcoming to tourists/foreigners

On a scale of 1-10, how well does your country speak English?
9. Almost all of the people that you would encounter here speaks English

Can you give a key phrase/word/expression that people in your country usually say?
“Kumain ka na ba” which means ‘have you eaten?’ Or ‘Did you eat yet?’

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
You can say them as is because we don’t really greet or apologize to each other using our own language. But if you really want to know,
Hello- “kamusta?”
Thank you- “salamat”
Sorry- “pasensya na”

Are you more like laid back or party people?
Laid back

FOOD​

Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
Best food- Sinigang
Weirdest food- Balut

Best drink? Local drink to try?
Depends on your taste buds

How is breakfast served in your country?
It’s either we eat rice with the leftovers from yesterday’s dinner or we eat bread with a popular spread called Cheez Whiz

CULTURE​

Which sport are you guys crazy about?
Basketball and Volleyball

What is the craziest thing to do in your country?
Not the craziest but island hopping in El Nido, Palawan

What excursions and/or activities do you extremely suggest that visitors MUST do?
Kayaking or Canoeing in Palawan

Are there any local customs a visitor should be sensitive to?
Just be polite at all times especially with the elders

PLACES​

What is/are the most surreal places/landmarks to visit?
Every beaches! But if you like a more “unique” spot I suggest the Banaue Rice Terraces (It’s where Thanos went to after wiping half of the universe in Avengers: Infinity War)

Can you name a place that most people have not heard of? A secret spot perhaps!
Sundang Island (you can rent the island for a night!)

Where can visitors find the best beach?
Anywhere! Personally I think Palawan and Boracay has got to have the best white sand beaches

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?
If you like a more busy street, city kind of vibe you should stay at Manila or in Makati. For a more lowkey, rural kind of vibe I suggest somewhere in Laguna or Batangas

COUNTRY​

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your country?
Warm. Not only for the temperature but also the people

How many days at least should a visitor spend in your country?
Depends if you enjoyed or are enjoying your stay here. Stay for a week and see how it goes from there

When is the best time to visit?
February and March. Do not visit during June,July, August and September because it is the rainy season here.

Can you give an interesting trivia about your country?
Philippines is also known as the pearl of the orient seas also our country is the last to agree in having a Senior High School Program (11 and 12th grade). Before we only had 4 years of high school (7, 8, 9 and 10th grade).

What is your country’s most popular stereotype/cliché?
There’s this group of people we call “Jeje” or “Jejemon” because of their street-style inspired choice of clothing

TRAVEL

Are you a traveler? Which place is your favorite so far?
I’m probably going to sound bias because I have lived in this country but I love Japan the most among the countries that I have visited

What’s your best travel story?
Roaming around Singapore with only 30 dollars in my pocket and I had an old man approach me for some spare change because he apparently lost his bag

Why do you love traveling?
It makes me feel connected to the people and with their culture. I get to understand people’s beliefs and different set of values

ABOUT DANIELLA

Instagram: @danidotyes
Website/Blog: halohaloway.blogspot.com

“Halo Halo'” in Tagalog means “mix together” hence, you can find bits of every niche on my blog from programming to bullet journaling and makeup tips to blog post ideas. As of June 20, 2018 I am slowly transitioning my blog to a more specific targeted niche which is Bullet Journaling and Blogging tips.

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