Philippines Dos and Don'ts

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Koronadal, Visayas Islands, Philippines
When you are in Koronadal City, take a side trip to Lake Sebu which is barely an hour away. Enjoy the indigenous culture and savor the fresh fish from the lake. The locals has created various ways of cooking "tilapia". You will have this fish in sweet and sour, fried, "kinilaw", and paksiw. Having dinner or lunch at a restaurant which is floating on the lake is indeed a wonderful treat. You will also be entertained by young people showcasing their native dances. After eating, enjoy the karaoke on board. Then, take the 1 hour cruise that will bring you around the lake guided by a local tourist who are very helpful. The cruise guide is supposed to be bilingual but its not. The local language, b'laan, is nice to hear. After the cruise, enjoy shopping of locally made products... mostly earrings and necklaces using beads. On your way back to Koronadal and off to General Santos City, pass by the huge pineapple plantation at the foot of Mt. Matutum. Its pineapples and pineapples as far as your eyes could see. You may also buy fresh fruits along the highway. Ten years ago, the road to Lake Sebu was not so good. Today, it is very accessible and safe.
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Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines
Very beautiful town! Good accomodations and very friendly locals!
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Pasay, Luzon Islands, Philippines
be aware of your surroundings.
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Cebu City, Visayas Islands, Philippines
Be sure to take advantage of all of the little islands around Cebu, which have beautiful beaches but not so many tourists. If you like diving or snorkeling there are lots of great places to go--but plan in advance with a travel agent because lack of organization can make planning inside of Cebu quite confusing if you don't speak the local dialect or are being escorted everywhere by a local.
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Catanduanes Island, Luzon Islands, Philippines
If you like going back in time and seeing how the locals lived a hundred years ago, then go to Catanduanes. The people are very friendly; the food is great and we even got to see a local puppet show at the town theater. The Pacific ocean is really rough in comparison to the calm South China Sea in the western part of the Philippines. Don't forget your mosquito repellent!
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