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The varied cuisine of the Philippines
The range of typical dishes you'll find are a mixture of traditional flavours developed from local ingredients for thousands of years, to influences from surrounding countries and colonising nations. The Spanish flair is easy to recognise, with lechón, a celebratory pork dish, and paella being two examples. Pastries like sugary cheese ensaymadas and cashew marzipan cakes are other products that have come from Spain.
Rice remains at the heart of many savoury meals in the Philippines, and may be served with fish flavoured with coconut or cured meats. Don't leave the country without trying the noodle dish pancit, or a regional version of chicken adobo—there are almost as many as there are Philippine islands! Exploring the markets and picking up ingredients to cook in your holiday rental is a great way to enjoy local foods. Or, head out and enjoy the thriving street food scene, either outdoors or in the many shopping centres you'll find throughout the Philippines.
Exploring the culture of the Philippines
In cities like the capital, Manila, and Quezon City, you'll find museums, grand houses, and landmarks to explore. In the capital, don't miss the beautiful Coconut Palace as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. The Quezon Memorial Circle is a large national park in the heart of the city, containing the tomb of the country's second president, Manuel L. Quezon. The Museum of Filipino Culture in Quezon also offers insight into the country's past.
In terms of looking beyond the cities, the province of Basilan, part of the Muslim minority area of this predominantly Catholic country, is just one example of an intimiate hotspot on these far-reaching islands. Its pristine beaches, intimate markets selling local crafts, and natural wonders like the Bulingan Falls make it well worth visiting.
Deciding where to go in the Philippines
With many different, uniquely beautiful islands, you may have difficulty choosing where to explore. The northern Luzon collection of islands is where you'll find Manila and many of the other bigger cities, ideal for experiencing the country's modern culture.
Visayas, at the centre of the archipelago, is generally where sun-seekers head to soak up some rays on gorgeous beaches. Finally, in the south is Mindanao, the most untouched part of the country, where you can get intimate views of traditional Philippines culture.
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