Category: Travel

A Chart on Philippine Tourism 2008


Ever wondered where our foreign tourists come from? Here are the EXACT statistics for the months of January thru July 2008. Do you think the Americans are still on top? Read on…

1. South Korea – 380,619 tourists arrivals

2. USA – 366,662 tourist arrivals

3. Japan – 216,114 tourist arrivals

4. China – 102,653 tourist arrivals

5. Taiwan – 72,946 tourist arrivals

6. Hong Kong – 68,946 tourist arrivals

7. Australia – 67,436 tourist arrivals

8. Canada – 60,667 tourist arrivals

9. Singapore – 57,332 tourist arrivals

10. United Kingdom – 52,939 tourist arrivals

11. Malaysia – 39,515 tourist arrivals

12. Germany – 33,268 tourist arrivals

The Koreans feel like the Philippines is a second home to them. How about us Filipinos?Do we also appreciate our country as much as the Koreans do?

I love to travel! But before ever leaving the Philippines to see what the world has to offer, I’d like to be sure that I did not miss anything from the many beautiful places worth visiting in my native land. I’ve been to several destinations so far, yet I still have so many places to see. This year, I plan to visit at least two more destinations. If only I have the means, I’d leave Metro Manila on a weekly basis. Ha!

Here are a few pictures and notes of the great Philippine destinations that I had so far visited. In spite of the many obstacles and problems of this country, it is still a glaring fact that God truly blessed the Philippines.

1. Ilocos Norte – History, Beaches, and Nature Trails Combined. Must sees are Saud Beach, The Blue Lagoon, Paoay Church, Burgos Lighthouse, Kaibigan Falls, Malacanang of the North, Fort Ilocandia, and many more churches and natural sceneries. Superb province! (See first 18 pictures below)

2. Sagada, Mountain Province – This place is just so tranquil and majestic. The many fascinating views and walks that you can take from your hotel are nothing but a great feast for the eyes. Culture and nature combined – great cool weather too. Everything is just worth seeing – the rice terraces, the hanging coffins, the wondrous falls, the impressive church, everything!

3. Boracay – Need i say more? Boracay is JUST the BEST BEACH IN THE WORLD! Whitest sand, best nightlife, clearest waters,a tastiest food…what more can you ask for?


To be continued….