The Philippines Expat

——————————————————————————————————- "An expat blog and local guide to food, lifestyle, travel, culture, and nightlife in The Philippines."

October 2, 2015
by Jonny

The Top 5 Most Useful Mobile Apps In The Philippines

Despite the infamously slow internet speeds in the Philippines, the way that people in this country use the internet has changed dramatically, even since I arrived in 2012. While smartphones have been available to purchase for a long time, they have only become accessible to the mass market very recently. Smartphones were previously viewed as an elite product, reserved for the upper echelons of Filipino society, whereas now you can walk into any local mall and buy one from a kiosk from as little as 1k pesos. This has opened up a host of new possibilities for local businesses and app developers, allowing them to create innovative (and possibly lucrative) apps that will be used by ever-increasing numbers of people.

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September 24, 2015
by Jonny

Top 20 Things To See and Do in Boracay

Boracay is undoubtedly one of the most established tourist destinations of the Philippines, with the infamous ‘White Beach’ still ranked as the no.1 beach in Asia by Tripadvisor. It’s especially popular among 18 to 30 year-old travel-goers due to it’s buzzing nightlife, cheap backpacker-friendly hostels, exhilarating water sports and picturesque, instagramable beaches. However, it’s not exclusively for the young, as Boracay certainly has something for everyone.

White beach, Boracay, Blue Sky

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September 18, 2015
by Jonny

A Guide To Filipino Dining Etiquette (Infographic)

Below is an infographic sent in by Gourmet Society Philippines on useful tips to remember when eating in the Philippines, particularly if you dine in the company of Filipinos!

Infographic Created by Gourmet Society Philippines

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September 16, 2015
by Jonny

16 Reasons To Visit The Philippines In 2016

This is a guest post by Sally McDonnell.

Until recently, The Philippines has traditionally been ignored by widespread tourism, overlooked in favour of other well-known (and more easily accessible) destinations such as Thailand and Singapore. However, The Philippines’ tourism industry is rapidly growing, with an increase of nearly 16% between 2014 and 2105 alone (source). Without doubt it is a wonderful and idyllic vacation destination, and one which, once visited, you’ll want to keep coming back to.

Coron, Palawan

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September 28, 2014
by Jonny

A Weekend Getaway on Bantayan Island, Cebu

Bantayan is a small island located off the north-eastern coast of Cebu. It is actually still considered a part of Cebu due to its small size and close proximity, and is mostly known for it’s pristine water and tropical beaches. It was actually almost a year ago that I went there at the time of writing this blog post, but for whatever reason I never got around to writing about it before, so here it is.

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