The culture of the Philippines is a fusion of the indigenous traditions of varied cultures put together especially the Spanish and American which have had a major influence on the lifestyle of the people. A country with tropical climate and home to 7,000 islands contain the most beautiful Cordillera Mountains and a multitude of lakes, rivers, springs, and brooks.
The Philippines, host a number of cultural activities and some of the major cultural agencies include the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the National Historical Institute, and The National Library. The San Agustin Church in Manila is the oldest extant Christian sanctuary in the Far East. The magnificent antique images tucked into gilded niches can be seen throughout the sanctuary. Rooms converted into the museum display rare works of art accumulated from Asia and the Philippines over the centuries.
Manila, being the premier city, is a major tourist attraction; Globalization has influenced the cuisine all across the country from French, Italian, Middle Eastern and Japanese to Thai and Indian. With a much variety of tropical fruit available in the Philippines and temperature most likely at 28 degrees Celsius, a fresh drink is always welcome. A juice or a shake of fresh mango, pineapple, water melon or apple it’s all here.
Apolinario Mabini Street is famous for its art galleries and handicraft stores. Along Roxas Boulevard are some of the best coffee shops, nightclubs, restaurants and bars where live acoustic bands can be heard. Visit Manila Bay with its giant kaleidoscope lamp posts, one can view a spectacular and breathtaking sunset.
Head out to the “Bistro Remedios” a place where hometown flavors are distilled into an authentic yet imaginative menu. On the adventurous side, then one must try crunchy tiny crabs or quail and crisp pata (deep-fried whole pork). Located on Luna Street in Manila is “Ilustrado”, a popular coffee shop in the day, turned into a formal dining area at night. It’s in this beautifully reconstructed Spanish- era house one can find Paella and other Spanish dishes, along with the exotic house specialties.
Boracay Island, located on the northwestern tip of Panay, is the perfect island getaway; four miles of beachfront restaurants offer every kind of food you can imagine. With its white sandy beaches, azure blue waters, and lush hilly landscapes it's an idyllic tourist haven.