Are you a Happy Filipino?

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One of the reasons why I love being in the Philippines are my friends. While I love traveling overseas, coming home excites me because I can spend time with them again and share stories from my trip. Yes, Skype and Hangout makes it easy to talk to each other when you’re miles apart, but there’s just no comparison to hanging out together , feasting on isaw and barbecue.

Boracay circa 2005
I’d post a picture of us, but my friends wouldn’t like that.

One of my most memorable trips was the first time I went to Boracay in 2005. It was our first big trip, and we stayed in the island for two weeks (some staying longer). There were mornings spent languidly having breakfast in D’mall, afternoon walks along the white beach from Station 1 to Station 3, nights spent partying at the Big Fish events. The thing is, whether we’re in Boracay, UP Diliman or each other’s houses, we have a blast just being together.

I’ve traveled more since then, and made new friends. One thing that I’ve noticed is that Filipinos really do love to laugh and have fun. Always ready with a smile and a joke, this is what I miss when I go abroad.

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In his new video, Bogart the Explorer takes his new friend Kirk around the Philippines to see what makes the Filipino so happy. They photobomb a group shot, videoke their hearts out, join street dancers and even eat Chickenjoy.

Bogart says it best: “The Filipino culture is hard to define. We’re mixed, we’re diverse. But the best thing about visiting the Philippines and what sets us apart from other countries is our people. We’re our country’s greatest treasure.” Do you agree?

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 7 Comments
  1. Joyce Iyog says:

    Filipino hospitality is one reason why many tourist is coming back to Philippines.

  2. Haha, okay, I really liked that plug. Bogart’s such a character — and now I’m craving some Regular Yum. Walang kamatayan.

  3. Mindanaoan says:

    Hahaha go Bogart! That was fun. Davao reprezeeennttt!!!

  4. Scarlettie says:

    Hi! :) I’ve read your posts and it’s fun to read. I hope to be as great blogger as you are. Want to read mine? it’s about relaxation and enjoyment through travels, books and movies. So far, it has a few posts but many posts to come! :D

  5. Katie says:

    The Philippines seem so cool. A friend of mine went last year and said it was an amazing experience.

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