The Philippine culture is very variegated, because is the result of the interaction that the territory had with different populations who traded in the region and controlled it during the years. The Philippine food show the Chinese, Malaysian, Spanish and American influences adapted to local ingredients and tastes. The cooking combines, inside the dishes, sweet, sour and salty creating recipes surprisingly good.
The Filipinos, traditionally, eat three principal meal pro day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) plus an afternoon snack called meriénda. The dishes can alter from simple recipes, as fried fish combined with rice, to more sophisticated ones. Filipinos do not use sticks to eat, indeed the Spanish, with their three centuries of colonialism, have introduced piece of cutlery, but Filipinos use just fork and spoon and do not use the knife. Before Spanish came in the Philippines, Filipinos used to eat with the hands and this habit is still alive. The Boodle Fight is a way to serve a meal typically Filipino that come from military habits: the food is served at the center of a long table on banana tree leafs and people eat communally using the hands.
Filipinos are mostly Christians with a strong and heart-felt credo. Every city in the Philippines has its own cathedral and churches and all the religious festivities are considered very important as well as bishops. In the Philippines are organized many religious events, very popular among local people, as the Black Nazarene in Manila and the Senulug dedicated to Santo Nino in Cebu, that are actual festivals, with processions. This strong credo can be observed also inside the applicable laws, indeed, in the Philippines, divorce and abortion are considered illegal. Even though more than the 90% of the population is Christian, every city present its Muslim community, particularly in the region of Mindanao. In the entire nation, it is effective, in any case, the freedom of religion and there is a big multiculturalism related to the nation history.
Palawan and the Bacuit Archipelago
Sector Professionals have voted Palawan as the most beautiful island in the world. Palawan is a Philippine island and region with a total length of 434 Km and a maximal width of 39 Km. Palawan praises, thanks to their naturalistic value, two UNESCO heritage places: the Tubattaha Reef marine park, with its crystals, and the Puerto Princesa underground river park, the longest of the world.
Every year, the 9th of January, millions of Filipino meet in Manila for the Black Nazarene procession, an human size black Jesus sculpture that break down under the weight of the cross on the 6.5 Km path from Rizal Park to Quiapo cathedral.
It is a cultural and religious festival that take place every third Sunday of January in Cebu and it is a celebration to Santo Niño. The festival attract every year 1-2 million persons from all over the Philippines and beside the religious fest the festival is famous for its street parties organized during the festival nights.
These are the Filipino most famous waterfalls. They are a natural swimming pool characterized by clear and cold water. They are reachable with a pirogue travel along the river or from above with a short excursion starting from Cavinti.
Bohol Island and the Chocolate Hills
Bohol is a splendid island characterize by uncontaminated coasts, picturesque coves and by the Chocolate Hills, limestone rocks with a roundish form that attract tourists from all over the world. The hills are more than 1000 and they cannot be climbed , but can be observed from an observation point. During the hottest season, the grass that cove the hills dry out and acquire brown colors, hence the name.