When people picture the Philippines, it is usually the powdery white sands of island paradises Boracay or Palawan that come to mind. In fact, many see its sprawling capital of Manila as merely a stopover. Sure, to the incurious traveller Manila is simply a concrete jungle, a network of crowded roads connecting skyscrapers and shanty towns alike. But give it the attention it deserves and Manila opens up to reveal a developing city of excitement and leisure; one that truly deserves your full attention.
Christmas is just a western thing isn’t it? Well, not entirely. If you find yourself not wanting to succumb to hosting a dinner for 500, and wanting to escape any family arguments that may just escalate over who has control over the TV remote, you could always fly over to Asia for a different kind of Christmas. Right?!
Asia currently has the highest proportion of Buddhists, however, there are still millions of Christians home to Asia, as well as the East being more and more open to adopting western practices and celebrations. Whether it’s just for commercial capital or a serious sequence of morning mass, we’ve looked into how Christmas is celebrated across Asia:
Summer may be over in the Northern Hemisphere, but we’re already dreaming of winter sun, with only one destination on our minds; Boracay Island, Philippines. Picture stretches of postcard-perfect, white sand beaches, with the ideal combination of seclusion vs plenty to do.
Our insider experts narrow down five reasons why Boracay Island should be on your minds too. Compared to what could be it’s tourist-friendly, popular equivalent of Phuket, a large island just off Thailand’s southwest coast, it comes up top in every level.