Start your journey by riding the small flamboyant bus, populary known as Jeepney, dated back to the aftermath of World War II when the US military jeeps were being modified and decorated for the civil use. Since then, jeepney has come a long way with local manufactures build the vehicles with the designs varied from one city to another.
With the regular routes in the cities, get the feel of locals that rub shoulders inside this public transportation. And just remember that there may be some flexibility in its time schedule, but, hey, it’s a holiday!
To give you some tips on the etiquettes and best practices of riding Jeepney, you could refer to the following Youtube video.
With its extra large eyes, which are almost as the same size as its brain, Tarsier is perhaps the cutest animal for 15-cm-and-under of the primates order. Being carnivorous, tarsiers’ ideas of delicacies include insects, lizards, and even birds!
In the Philippines, you could see its forest habitat in the southeastern islands, such as Bohol, Mindanao, Leyte, and Samar. As the nocturnal animals, Tarsiers are active during night time and those huge eyes equip them with a superb night vision to hunt their preys.
Learn more about the endangered species at the Philippine Tarsier Foundation in Corella, Bohol. Just by spending P50, you get a guided tour to learn more about this shy animal that often avoid contact with humans.
Rice, rice, rice
Filipinos have a deep affair with rice and you could see it is being served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The importance of rice as a staple food is also being reflected on the research effort organized by institutions, such as International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and PhilRice. To sample the rice in the Filipino dishes, you could try the rice meals from the famous fastfood Jollibee or practically any meals in the Philippines (including soup, stew, and fried chicken) of which it will not be complete without the presence of rice.
While balut arguably made its first international appearance on the Fear Factor gameshow in 2002, the food is quite common to be found on the street of the Philippines.
Balut is the embryo of the duck being boiled alive and sometimes mixed with salt or even garlic and vinegar with option of the chili taste. If you buy balut, make sure that it has not being opened yet and you would likely to buy when it is still pipping hot.
Crack the shell on the rounder part of the egg, sip the liquid, put the seasoning, bite the yolk and finish eating the rest of the content. Learn to eat balut with step-by-step pictures from wikiHow.
What so unique about these marine limestone hills is that the changing colour of the hills from green to chocolate brown in the dry season; hence, the name! To enjoy the view of the hills, two resorts offer viewing stations; one is from the Carmen City’s Chocolate Hills Complex and the other is from Sagbayan Peak located in Sagbayan town. Both locations are in Bohol province, more than an-hour flight from Manila to Tagbilaran.
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