Pilipinas In A Nutshell

Who doesn't love a sale?

In less than an hour, I've toured the whole Philippines. My arrival coincided with the recently concluded 20th Philippine Travel Mart at the SM Megamall last weekend, an annual gig that I last visited in 1996. It was supposedly a longer foray into the many booths at the Megatrade Halls to find out trips Beyond The Usual but fatigue from my long flight caught up with me. Even two other travel bloggers who I planned to meet didn't materialize. There I was, hoping against hope to "see" as much without showing my gaping yawn and my drooping eyelids.

Now pack your bags and go!

Since becoming an American citizen two months ago, I arrived technically a foreigner but very much felt at home. Booths from various provinces reminded me of previous visits. "Seeing" some of them again instilled pride in what this beautiful country can offer visitors. I felt doubly proud to see so many Filipinos more than the sprinkling of Caucasians all trying to figure where's the hottest destinations in the archipelago. Undoubtly, it's the Sale Ng Bayan that enraptured itchy feet. Airline tickets were selling like hotcakes and tours booked as if the Philippines will disappear tomorrow. I won't be surprised if someone out there creates a new travel blog later on.


  1. PhilipPines must be pROud of what it have.. db? Even we bel0ng in the 3rd world, may mga bAGAy na dapat pa din tay0ng ipagmalaki.

  2. hanep sa picture taking! pati kumukuha ng picture, nakapose din he he. nway, enjoy your stay!

  3. Too bad...I missed it ! :-(
    I still need to discover so many places in the Philippines!

    So... I can say "Hi Joe" to you now ! ;-)

  4. anak ng... kakaiingit naman..ako nga di pa nalilibot ang pinas..hanggang norte lang ako.

  5. sigurado din ako na sa mga susunod na araw pasok sa at gagawa sila ng travel blog...ganda!

  6. I probably had went there, too, if I'm in Manila. I miss Megamall. Sigh.

  7. u have been and u will always be a pinoy by heart talaga. this is kinda' promoting whats good and hidden in our very own. i remember tuloy the song babalik ka rin..

    true. there r lots of wonders to see outhere. all we need to do is to find ways and means to explore. alas, ung iba mas prefer pa to explore ung sa labas ng bansa. minsan daig pa tayo ng foreigners.

    looking forward for your articles out of your phil travel adventures

  8. Enjoy your vacation. Buti ka pa!

  9. Anonymous4:18:00 AM

    welcome back, or should i restate it as welcome home and mabuhay!
    enjoy pinas before you miss it again :D

  10. woooow sale!!! I should have went.. sayang!!


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