I and my college friends spent fun Halloween and reunion in my hometown in Las Vegas a week before supertyphoon Haiyan, locally named Yolanda, left thousands dead and homeless in central Philippines. Who would have thought what happens next... As I watched news reports about the tragedy, it was too hard to comprehend how much destruction Haiyan brought to the country's Visayas region, especially in the province of Leyte. It readily left me in shock, and in no time, in tears. By second week of November, I found myself back in Philippine soil. Right from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila,
Filipinos are known for their hospitality and appreciation when receiving gifts, tokens, and freebies. When coming from abroad, or even when traveling from a local place outside a person's residence, it is customary to bring souvenir items when meeting friends and relatives (traditionally called "pasalubong" in Filipino) in the Philippines. Even new acquaintances can get that much-loved “pasalubong” as well. This guide is primarily for foreigners intending to buy gifts for Filipinos. When looking for popular gift ideas, these don't necessarily have to be grand or expensive, as even a simple keychain or any small souvenir can make Filipinos feel happy and remembered.
Planning to enjoy the adventure of traveling alone for a single's vacation in the tropics? A good number of travel packages can suit the preferences of anyone seeking the excitement of meeting new people and escaping the world where a person should be responsible for oneself alone. Going the exotic route like having a vacation in the Philippines, an archipelago known for its world-class beaches and natural attractions, may be something worth considering. Enjoying the Beach and Nightlife in Boracay Boracay is a world-renowned tourist destination attracting tourists from every corner of the globe. It is best known for its crystal blue waters,