• Alex Gillam

Where in the World: The Philippines

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

With more than 7,000 individual islands, few places can rival the mixture of culture & nature that the Philippines has to offer; here, densely populated mega-cities ripped straight out of the future give way to fantastical volcanoes with secret lakes, otherworldly trekking landscapes, deserted stretches of beach, and so much more.

Banana ketchup first made waves throughout the country during World War II, when the country experienced a tomato shortage that brought about a scarcity of the condiment; as a result, in 1942, a local Filipino woman named Maria Orosa first created banana ketchup, a sweeter version that uses red food dye to resemble the classic sauce. Banana ketchup is still popular throughout the country even today, with many stores & restaurants using the sauce as a delicious contrast to the country’s salty dishes.

In 1939, then-President Manuel L. Quezon nearly appointed a young Lieutenant Colonel Dwight D. Eisenhower (who was stationed in the Philippines at the time) as the Chief of Police, but the young soldier turned down the offer as he promised his wife he would return home after his tour of duty came to an end.

Whether you come to view the world’s most densely populated city (Manila), or come to get away from it all on one of the country’s idyllic islands, there is never a shortage of experiences to enjoy during a visit to the Philippines.

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