What is the Philippines like?

Street food industry in the Philippines

Iu2019ll instead show you what my country is like:,Blessed with more than 7000 islands, we do have some nice beaches making it a popular tourist destination.

,Cebu:,Surigao:,We eat often, typically 5 times a day (snacks in between lunch and dinner), with rice as our staple food.

Palette is more on the sweet side (who would put sugar in spaghetti, right?).

However, we do have a lot of cuisines available (american, japanese, indian, italian, you name it!),Cost of living is generally low.

1 USD can buy you a lunch at your nearest canteen, meal from a fast food would be around 3 USD, 10 USD when dining at a restaurant.

,My 10 USD dinner as seen below.

Our serving size is typically smaller as compared to western countries.

,Religion is predominantly Roman Catholic, you can see a lot of churches everywhere.

This was influenced by the Spaniards who conquered us for 300 years.

Generally speaking, the country is still conservative and traditional.

,(image c/o google),Politics is often an interesting discussion because of current president, Rodrigo Duterteu2019s war on drugs.

There are also war on religion somtimes especially on the southern island of the country, Mindanao.

,People are generally friendly and optimistic.

Here is a picture I took last week when we had a typhoon, streets were flooded and yet these people are still smiling!,We have beautiful tan skin but most of us want to have whiter complexion.

Glutathione and papaya soaps everywhere!,Family ties is strong so it is still common to have an extended family living in one roof.

,There is such thing called u201cfilipino timeu201d.

If the appointment time is at 12noon most of us will be there by 1230 or 1pm.

,Traffic is bad, drivers are creative especially those who are driving jeepneys and motorcycles.

The train and bus system is not that good as well,l.

There is no regular schedule of trips as opposed to other countries, no defined stops as well for public transportation.

,(image c/o google),Most of us can speak english, which contributes to the growth of the shared services industry in our country.

,Overall, a good mix of crazy yet awesome country!

List of street foods in the Philippines

I think so.

,I *LOVE* street food.

I consider it a major part of the travel experience but you also need to be careful about what youu2019re choosing and sometimes itu2019s the stuff you donu2019t think is a problem, which will be the thing that gets you.

,When we went to India, a couple of our local guides were doing the equivalent of slapping stuff out of my hands.

I want to try everything and they were like u201cNo No NO, You cant have that!u201d ud83dude2a,Image source: Me.

Sunrise at the Taj Mahalu2026You can tell I went shopping in India.

Also #niceshoecoversIf weu2019re travelling without a guide Iu2019m very much an u201cf#ck it, Iu2019ll risk itu201d kind of person.

But the guides also know the local food so I listened to them - I think they were more careful of my tummy than me!,The rules they had were pretty strict and if youu2019re not exactly adventurous or have concerns, theyu2019re good rules to follow:,They approved stuff that was freshly cooked (only).

If it had been sitting there for a while, even though it was cooked on-site, it was a no go.

,Nothing with fresh or uncooked greens.

(Itu2019s not the greens thatu2019ll get ya, but probably the water they wash them in).

,No local frozen treats (ice blocks/creams had to be international brand).

They might be made using local water.

,No consumption of local water.


Even when brushing your teeth or rinsing your toothbrush.

,We didnu2019t get sick even once in India.

,Yet when we were in Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines, we ate *everything*, vegetables and all.


,If youu2019re worried, take the basic precautions listed above but I do recommend at least trying some of the street foods available.

Not trying any of them means you miss out on many of the flavours of the country youu2019re visiting.

,A lot of people arenu2019t aware but there is actually a vaccination option against Travellers Diarrhoea and Cholera (Dukoral).

We had it.

Street foods in the Philippines essay

No doubt that Filipinos has charming qualities that other people from around the globe admire.

Hospitable, family-oriented, religious, these are just some of the examples that best describes us.

We are also known for being able to handle tough situations and even smile through it.

Thats why our catchphrase is u201cItu2019s more fun in the Philippinesu201dBut we also cant deny that we have not one, not two but a lot of horrible traits that will definitely not make us say that we are proud to be a Filipino.

Filipino TimeIts not a surprise that Filipinos are not known for being punctual.

Oh, you are meeting your friend at 10 am? Chances are your friend just got up at 10 am even if he/she said that they are on their way.

,Mau00f1ana HabitAlso known as Procrastination.

,Oh I have tons of work to do.

I have to write a 2000 word essay, I need to feed the dog, I need to wash the dishes, my projects deadline is next week.



Nah Ill take asleep and do it later.

,This is honestly not a good trait.

Most of us (including me) are being struck with laziness that we ended up procrastinating then using adrenaline rush to finish all the work.

Sometimes it is successful but I cannot speak for the quality of work being done.

,Which leads to another horrible mentality called the Bahala na.

The bahala na (whatever will it be) pertains to letting things happen because it is just the way it is.

We have no control over it.

,I remember a popular childrens story called Juan Tamad (Lazy Juan).

Juan wants to eat that santol fruit but he is too lazy to climb up to the tree so he decided to sit there and wait for the fruit to fall on his mouth.

This is how I see some Filipinos (I repeat SOME not all).

They dont work hard enough or do anything that will make their lives better.

They just love to complain.

,Oh boo hoo, we are so poor.

Its not our fault.

Should we do something about it? Nah.



God will provide.

,u201cBahala na ang Diyosu201d (Leave it to God),But I personally prefer this quote better.

,u201cBahala na si Batmanu201d (Leave it to Batman),Why Batman? because heu2019s Batman!,Now, why is this trait bad.

It can promote laziness, lack of initiative to do better or even try to improve things.

,Your mediocre art project in school? Your work? That government project to build roads and bridges?,As soon as the work is accomplished.

People will utter u201cPede na yanu201d (Thats good enough) without ensuring the quality.

And look where this attitude actually takes us.

,Collapsed Zamboanga footbridge cost P12 million, lawmaker bares[Video] Provincial officials fall into murky water after wooden footbridge collapsed,A lot of them are not innovative and would likely stick to what they are used to do.

Very few of them actually have the guts to take risks trying something new.

,Crab MentalityThis is the trait that I hate the most about Filipinos.

Maybe it is not just for Filipinos but the majority of them have it.

This is basically people who are trying to pull others down out of envy if they see other people achieving something good in life.

,I often notice this even in the simplest conversations with friends.

,u201cWow, Angela looks great now! Shes so sexy and flawless!u201d,A person with a crab mentality will usually respond with anything that can drag others down to negate the compliment.



Shes probably taking laxatives and glutathione.




Yana has a foreign boyfriend now and he is Dutch.

They look cute together.


Shes probably a gold digger.


u201d,u201cWow this Thai singer is amazing!u201du201cPlease, there are Filipino singers that are way better than her.

u201dWhy canu2019t we just be happy for other peopleu2019s successes?,Internet WarfreaksFilipinos are one of the worlds top social media users.

I dont know anyone who doesnt have facebook, twitter, Instagram and other social media websites.

Even my grandmother has facebook!,While our presence in the internet world is strong.

Its also a common sight to see the toxicity of Filipinos in social media.

Dont ever argue with a Filipino online or else the conversation will go on and on and on, youll end up drowning in the comment section trying to catch up.

,In every news especially politics related, every Filipino suddenly becomes political analysts when stating their opinions.

And if your opinion doesnt match theirs, in their eyes, you are wrong! And if they cant win the argument, theyll just use their secret weapon.

That is their ability to speak English.

Yes, English.

,Apparently the ability to speak English equates to being highly educated in the Philippines.

It is the language preferred by elites or social climbers to make them sound and look more, oh I donu2019t know.

Smart? Sophisticated? Classy? Haha!,And if pointing out your weak English speaking skills wasnu2019t enough, theyll start picking on your grammar.

If both dont work, theyll just start to take it personally and attack you or make false premises out of nowhere.

,u201cOh, you are an atheist? You must be a satan worshipper then!u201du201cYou donu2019t support extrajudicial killings? Why? Are you one of those drug addicts?u201dAnd If you play any online game like DOTA 2 chances are youve been trashed talked by an angry Filipino player yelling u201cPutangina mo!u201d multiple times in the chat.

,Inability to follow simple rules.

(No Jaywalking or No crossing the street),Or this one.


,(Dont litter),The same thing can be applied almost everywhere in our daily life.

Simple queuing for bus stops? road rules?,I remember a video taken by a netizen about a woman being fined for not wearing a helmet while riding her motorcycle.

Her reason? She used her helmet as a basket for her food.

Do you think Iu2019m kidding?,Helmet used as basket gets pair finedFilipinos canu2019t even follow simple guidelines and donu2019t expect that someone actually gives a crap about the law either.

They actually think that rules do not apply to them.

*Rolls eyes at corrupt politicians*,And yet here we are wondering why this country is still a third world.

History of street foods in the Philippines

Why isnt Spanish spoken in the Philippines? Id often wondered about this myself and here are facts Ive gathered:,During the time of the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, Spanish was the official language of laws and government, the Church and higher education, but it was not spoken by ordinary people on the streets.

,The Spanish colonial government in the Philippines did not want a repeat of their experience in South America, where people revolted against Spain after they were educated and learned how to speak Spanish.

If Filipinos were taught Spanish, they would have read the laws and they would have understood the laws to be biased against them.

This would enflame resentment at the injustice and oppression and would push the subjugated population to revolt.

So, instead, the Spanish friars learned the native languages of the Philippines and created dictionaries for other friars and missionaries and government officials who will come to the islands to succeed them.

,In the Philippines, Spanish was the language only of the upper classesu2014the Spanish friars, the Spaniards in the colonial bureaucracy, the peninsulares (full-blooded Spaniards born in Spain but who grew up in the Philippines as residents and colonists), the insulares (full-blooded Spaniards born in the Philippines and resided here), and the ilustrados (the educated middle and merchant classes).

Everyone else who was brown-skinned spoke their native language (Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Bicolnon, etc), but they pretty much understood Spanish.

,For the most part, Spain succeeded in quelling rebellions and revolts from 1571 until 1898 because the peoples of the islands only waged mini revolts that were confined to their provinces.

This was due in part to Spain not imposing their language to be taught to the indios.

The Spanish language did not become a unifying factor of the indios.

,The indios had regional languages and they identified themselves by the part of the islands where they lived and by the language they spoke.

Others around them who did not speak their language, they considered as u201cothers.

u201d Thus, the problems that Tagalogs had with Spains oppressive policies may not have been thought of by Ilocanos or Kapampangans, Bicolanos, or Cebuanos as their problem in common.

In other words, the Spanish language did not become a unifying factor for the indios to revolt against Spain as the indios did not speak the same language.

To this day, the Philippines has regional languages.

,The Spaniards did not implement universal basic education for the masses in the Philippines until 1840s about 50 years before Spanish colonial rule ended.

Prior to this, there was no public school for all children of school age, or else, all children would have learned Spanish at school.

There were parochial schools but children learned by rote.

They memorized lines of poetry or Scripture or catechism without understanding them.

,The children of the principalia, the illustrados, the merchant classes, the children who were bi-racial, born from the intermarriage of Spaniards with indios, or Spaniards with the Chinese, or Chinese with indios, their families could usually afford to hire private tutors.

And then, if the child were academically gifted, they might be able to attend college at the Letran or at the Universidad de Sto.


The Universidad de Sto.

Tomas is the royal and pontifical university in the Philippines, established on April 28, 1611 (and older than Harvard University).

The rich families who could afford to send their children to get a university education often sent their children to study in Spain.

,Education in the Philippines was also limited to the education of boys.

Girls were not educated in the same way as boys.

They were taught home arts (cooking, baking, sewing, food preservation, painting, drawing, music), things women need in order to manage a household and teach their children.

Proof of this was a letter sent by a group of women from Malolos to the Spanish Governor General of the Philippines, asking for the establishment of a Spanish-language night school in their district.

,The national hero and poet Jose Rizal heard of the womens letter to the governor-general and he wrote a poem in support of their request.

Note that the letter request and the poem were all written in 1889, just around the time when the Philippines revolted from their Spanish colonial overlords.

Spain had been on the islands since 1521 and Spanish colonial government began in 1571 when Miguel Lopez de Legaspi established Manila as the capital of Spains new colony in Asia.

The refusal of Spain to impart their language to the inhabitants of the Philippines is one of the reasons why Spain was able to hold power for 330 years.

,And this is also, in part, one reason why Jose Rizals novel, Noli Me Tangere was so hated by the Spanish colonial government and the Spanish friars.

It was written in Spanish, to begin with.

The novel satirised the friars, but the novel, according to Benedict Anderson, in his book Imagined Communities, also dared to depict the Philippines as an u201cimagined communityu201d of people comprising a nation.

That was what was rebellious and ground-breaking in that novel written by an indio from a Chinese mestizo family, in the Spanish language.

In Rizals novel, what united the inhabitants of the islands was not their race or their blood or the language they spoke, what united them was their experience of subjugation and degradation under Spanish colonialism.

That was what the Spanish colonizers were afraid of in those novels.

The novels proposed that the experience of oppression was what Pilipinos all had in common and what held them together as a nation.

This recognition of their own oppression was the gateway to seeking independence even if it meant revolutionary war.

,This is also why there has been much resistance to all efforts of the Philippine government to require Filipino high school and university students to learn Spanish as part of the curriculum even when the 1935 Constitution established English and Spanish to be official languages.

Since 1946 when the Philippines gained its independence from the US, by law, Spanish was part of the high school and college curriculum.

A lot of Filipinos then did not wish to learn Spanish and a lot more do not wish to learn it now; they think it is a tedious chore or an alien tongue that will not enhance their employability.

Just the same, there is an estimated 150,000 Filipinos living and working in Spain according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

They had no problem assimilating to the culture or language, apparently.

,There has been an active cultural effort to depict Spanish as an elitist language.

When I was small, I used to come home in the afternoon and the only shows on TV were re-runs of old movies from the 1950s and 1960s.

Guess what? All the rich men and women were called u201cDonu201d and u201cDou00f1a and part of the characterization of these rich people was that their dialogue had bits and pieces of Spanish in it: u201cu00a1Quu00e9 horror!u201d or u201cu00a1Sinvergu00fcenza!u201d Most movies I watched characterized the Spanish-speaking rich people as greedy or u201cmata-pobre (their treatment of their workers is so bad, it kills the poor people who work for them in their factories or in their homes).

,The rich villains in old Philippine black and white movies were usually mestizo-Espau00f1ol and they peppered their dialogue with Spanish expressions or else spoke Tagalog with an accent (imitating the accent of the Spanish colonial officials and the friars who learned Tagalog to be able to deal with the natives).

The protagonists in cinema were usually orphans or illegitimate children of a rich Spanish merchant or politician whose pedigree and birth were made secret and only revealed in the end.

Or, the protagonist is a poor indio/India who marries into a Spanish mestizo family and is mistreated.

,A lot of Filipinos do not understand that because of the Spanish colonization of parts of Central and South America, Spanish is still one of most widely spoken language in the world.

Speaking the Spanish language, I suppose, would mark Filipinos as post-colonials.

To speak Spanish is to be identified with and constantly reminded of the past colonial history, and that is something Filipinos do not want as it is painful.

And it is well and good if a fairer-complexioned Filipino spoke Spanish as it would not be u201calangan (unbecoming) but for a brown-skinned and flat-nosed Filipino to be speaking Spanish is often thought of as putting on airs or daring to assume linguistic markers that belie their social status.

You see, to the colonial overlords, brown-skinned Filipinos were ignorant savages who were doomed to laze around if the Spanish colonizers had not stepped in to civilize them.

That is where the resentment against the Spanish language lies.

,But contact with the Spanish language within the context of colonization has forever altered our native Philippine languages.

We have expressions such as: u201cSana buwenasin ako ngayonu201d or u201cSana suwertehin akou201du2014if a Spanish speaker heard a Filipino say those phrases aloud, they would catch the words u201cbuenasu201d or u201csuwerteu201d which mean, u201clucku201d.

When children misbehave, they could be u201cpilyou201d or u201cpilyau201du2014these come from the Spanish words u201cpillou201d or u201cpillau201d.

,Because Filipinos were not taught Spanish during the colonial period, they simply incorporated certain u201cborrowedu201d Spanish words into the Filipino language but often, they u201cFilipinizedu201d the spelling.

Filipinos count interchangeably using English, Spanish and Filipino counting words.

For example, go to any market and point to two fish you want to buy, say u201ctwou201d u201cdalawau201d and u201cdosu201d to any street vendoru2014use any of these counting words and you will be understood.

When counting money, say, P150, people on the street will say, u201cone hundred fiftyu201d or u201cciento cinquentau201d.

,Everyday words of Spanish origin are used by Filipinos without realizing that they are Spanish words: kutsara (from u201ccucharau201d or spoon), tinidor (from u201ctenedoru201d or fork), baso (from u201cvasou201d or glass).

Even our food has Spanish names and we donu2019t even think of them as Spanish: adobo (from u201cadobaru201d which means, to roast), cocido, mechado, caldereta.

Our colors: asul (from u201cazulu201d), negro, verde, etc.

,When I was in law school, we read a few landmark cases where the opinion of the court was written in Spanish.

Our legal system borrowed Spanish words: korte (from u201ccorteu201d), kontrata (from u201ccontratau201d), aresto (from u201carrestou201d), huwes (from u201cjuezu201d), u201cabogadou201d, and so many more.

We adopted criminal law concepts like destierro, arresto mentor, arresto mayor, prision correctional, prision mayor, reclusion temporal and reclusion perpetua.

This is because the civil and personal laws in the Philippines, as well as the criminal laws, are all derived from Spanish laws.

,In Zamboanga and Cavite, they speak a Pidgin kind of Spanish called Chavacano.

Everywhere else, when you go from island to island where languages vary, you cannot go wrong when you use the phrase such as u201cKamusta?u201d (how are you?) when you are first introduced.

This phrase comes from the Spanish phrase u201cu00bfCu00f3mo estu00e1?u201d.

,To get around in the Philippines when you are familiar with Spanish will not be difficult as you will hear a lot of Spanish in everyday conversation.

If itu2019s really early in the morning and you bump into a friend, you might say, u201cNag almusal ka na ba?u201d (have you had breakfast?) the word u201calmusalu201d comes from Spanish u201calmorzaru201d (to eat a snack).

If you want sugar to sweeten your coffee, just say u201cpahingi naman ng asukal para sa kape kou201d (please give me some sugar for my coffee).

Did you see it? The word u201casukalu201d comes from u201cazu00facaru201d and u201ckapeu201d comes from u201ccafu00e9u201d.

If you see a friend wearing a new wristwatch, you would say, u201cWow, ang ganda ng bagong relos mo.

u201d (You have a beautiful watch.

) The word u201crelosu201d is from the word u201creloju201d which means, a watch or clock.

If you saw a friend with a smudge on their sleeve, you would say, u201cBakit madumi ang mangas mo?u201d (Why is your sleeve dirty?).

Notice that the Spanish word u201cmangasu201d is plural (sleeves), in the Philippines, even if you are referring to only one sleeve, you would still say u201cmangasu201d.

Itu2019s the same for sapatos and tsinelas.

Filipinos have taken Spanish words and altered them to fit the vernacular.

,Filipinos use Spanish expressions but they do not use them in the same way or in the same sense.

For example, u201csiempreu201d which means u201calwaysu201d in Spanish, is used differently, more in the sense of u201cof courseu201d or u201cnaturallyu201d.

When a child, for example, asks his parent, u201cMama, mahal mo ba ako?u201d (Mom, do you love me?) the parent would say, u201cSiempre namanu201d (u201cBut, of course, yes.

u201d) Another example, is the word u201csegurou201d.

It means u201csureu201d in Spanish.

But here, it means, u201cmaybeu201d.

For example, when asked, u201cPalagay mo, mahal ka niya?u201d (Do you think he loves you?) a person may answer u201cSeguro, pakakasalan ba niya ako kung hindi?u201d (Maybe, would he marry me if he didnt?u201d).

Another example: u201cporqueu201d in Spanish means u201cbecauseu201d but here, people use it in the sense of u201cjust becauseu201d.

For example: u201cPorke bat babae ako, mag-aasawa ako?u201d (Just because Im female does it mean Ill marry?).

,There are so many phrases such as u201cnakaka-imbiyerna (invierna) is used to mean bored or aggravated.

The Spanish word u201cinvierna means winter.

There is no winter in the Philippines and yet we hear this phrase often.

We hear kids complain when their friends or older siblings tease them, u201cnang-aasar nanaman kayo.

u201d The Filipino word u201casaru201d may have come from the Spanish word u201casar which means to roast or to grill.

Filipinos use Spanish words in ordinary conversation without knowing that the words they use are Spanish or derived from Spanish.

,In short, if you come to the Philippines and asked a Filipino, u201cDo you speak Spanish?u201d They would probably say, u201cNou201d.

But listen to them speaking in Filipino, and you will hear echoes and reverberations of 300 years of Spanish colonization.

Filipinos just do not know that they are already speaking using Spanish words.

,Soy filipino.

Aquu00ed, en las Filipinas, no se habla espau00f1ol, se habla filipino.

Usamos las palabras espau00f1olas sin darnos cuenta.

Chicken street food Philippines

In Philippines we have many street foods that found anywhere in this country.

,Hereu2019s some street food that iu2019m sure you didnu2019t probably know.

,FISHBALLFish balls are a popular street food in the Philippines and are often sold by street vendors in mobile wooden carts at almost every street corner.

The balls, primarily made from fish meat ground to a paste, are deep-fried until golden and then skewered in wooden sticks and dipped in a variety of sauces ranging from spicy, sweet to sweet and sour.

,(Sources from: Homemade Fish Balls with Spicy Fish Ball Sauce),KIKIAMThese are made of ground pork and vegetables wrapped in bean curd sheets.

They are then deep fried and dipped in sauce similar to fishballs.

*,KWEK-KWEKDeep fried eggs covered with orange-colored batter.

These are usually dipped in sauce made of vinegar, onions and chili.

It is usually partnered with chopped cucumber and can be bought almost anywhere.

*,ISAWCharcoal-grilled chicken intestines on a stick.

Although this might sound unappetizing for some, this is one of the most popular street foods among Filipinos.

It is also dipped in sauce that is made of vinegar and soy sauce or the special brown sauce similar to fish balls and kikiam sauces.

*,GRILLED CHICKEN FEET (ADIDAS)Another exotic snack popular on the streets.

The scrumptious skin surrounding the feet is dipped in brown sweet and/or spicy sauce.

The bits of meat and ligaments also deliciously add to this distinct and quirky snack experience.

*,BETAMAXNamed after its shape resembling the old movie tapes of the 80u2019s, Betamax is made of dried pig or pork blood skewered and grilled.

This is a testament that nothing gets wasted in any part of a livestock in the Philippines.

It has a bittersweet taste when combined with vinegar or the same sauce used in fishballs.

*,ISKRAMBOLAnother popular summer treat loved by Filipinos especially kids.

It is available even during rainy season and can usually be found in parks and street corners near schools.

It is made of crushed ice with food coloring, milk powder, chocolate syrup and sometimes topped with colorful sprinkles and marshmallows.

*,TAHOIt is made of soft tofu, arnibal (made of sweetener and flavoring) and sago (tapioca) pearls.

It is a popular breakfast alternative for Filipinos as it is light in the stomach and provides a good excuse to eat something sweet in the morning.

Delightful and hearty, it is a good source of protein perfect to jumpstart your day.

*,MARUYAMaruya is a type of fritter from the Philippines.

It is usually made from saba bananas.

The most common variant is prepared by coating thinly sliced and fanned bananas in batter and deep frying them.

They are then sprinkled with sugar.

,(Sources from: https://www.


com/maruya/),*(Sources from: http://primer.



Facts about street foods in the Philippines

There are a lot of stereotypes, which makes me sad:,Food was often called as worse than the other southeast asian countries - which it is not.

This was maybe propagated by some so called u201cfood bloggersu201d or some journalists, who maybe only walked trough one street, then only saw deep fried Kwek-kwek, Chicharon and similar deep-fried stuff and maybe have seen a lot of Jollibee, but didnt know anything about the truth.

Its a wonderful cuisine, which is, for sure, in some parts a bit more western than every other asian cuisine, but especially that creates dishes that every westerner will crave for ;) and also, there is a lot of effort in the last years to put more traditional food on the table.

There are also unique dishes not found somewhere else.

nJust let me tell you, the filipino cuisine is as diverse and tasty as at least all the other cuisines you hear about.

nAnd for me personally, its as good as thai, malaysian and indonesian cuisine.



many do not know much about filipinos, but if they know them, they for sure all say the same: They must be the nicest people on earth :) Which they are, I think, and in an authentic way.

Thai friendliness is often only as long as the Farang is around otherwise they dont like them very much.

The filipino people have the best personality in the whole world :),Places.

Maybe they have seen some pictures but I am always shocked that so many people know not one place in the Philippines, and that despite the fact that the Philippines have the most beautiful beaches in the whole world.

Or dont know that the stock photo dream beaches are often beaches in the Philippines.


Which the country has also much more of, than other countries.

On almost every island there is at least one beach that is a dream - and the islands are at least 7000 ;),I dont know how this happened, why the people know so less and also outdated stuff, but maybe because of the troubles a while ago, which made the Philippines feel unsafe.

,But I am sure that will change soon, because of the internet and all the videos around.

Many will say its the new trend destination.

Because hey, everybody was in Thailand and maybe Viet Nam, but if they then also find out about the Philippines, they will say, u201cYes its really nice there, but I tell you a -secret-, in terms of landscapes and diversity, beaches and people, you have to go to the Philippines!u201d ;),I just hope that the filipinos dont loose anything of their good qualities and dont get their nature destroyed, because of tourism profit reasons.

,And also dont forget their heritage in food again, just because the american tourist demands his burger and chicken wings, because everything he doesnt know he doesnt eat ;) But well, for those, there is at least Jollibee and Mang Inasal so on, because even the fast food is better, its real chicken, not nuggets, and much juicer than even KFC ;)

Filipino street food Menu

I have lived approximately 3 years in the Philippines between stays, my wife is filipina and one of my kids is half filipino and born there so I have gathered some experience about what Filipinos eat on a daily basis, as a snack, at home, at a restaurant, party or as street food.

,I will show you a selection of pics, some are mine and some others i took from the web.

I will start with breakfast, then I will go on with snacks, some famous dishes, weird dishes, street foods, party food and alcoholic drinks.

Filipinos like sweet stuff(even pasta dishes and grilled sausages are sweet) but also sour dishes and use quite a bit of vinegar, soy sauce and calamansi (lime)and guys generally love hard liquor.

Pork is the meat of choice and chicken is a close second.

The national fish are tilapia and bangus and the food no filipino will ever give up is RICE.

Rice accompanies every single meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner and is mostly white boiled rice with no salt but being mixed with the food of choice there is no need to add it.

At restaurants, anyway, you usually have the choice of requesting garlic rice which is tastier IMO.

Bakeries sell pastries at all hours of the day and night sometimes and are extremely cheap (0.

10 $ per piece).

Filipino food has been heavily influenced by the chinese, the spanish and the americans who colonized the country in the past and by the overall modern globalization of fast food.

Filipinos eat with spoon and fork and generally dont use any knives (only for cooking preparations).

They usually dont know how to use chopsticks (unless they travelled to other asian countries).

Main ingredients in their dishes are meat, fish , regular oil,soy sauce, garlic, red onions, chillies, vegetables, calamansi(lime) fish and also flavour enhancements products.

They fry a lot of stuff from fish and pork to chicken and have one of the weirdest foods in the world such as balut (please google it I dont want to explain), dinugguan and whole grilled chicken feet and they dip dried fish in rice and chocolate in the morning(champorado , simply delicious).

they have fantastic fruit with Mangoes and jack fruit rating extremely high in quality and amazing taste,Filipino food is an acquired taste, not easy to market for the masses.

This is a small selection of dishes that you will find if you travel to the Philippines.

the beach photos are from amazingly beautiful Bantayan Island , Cebu Province, where we lived for some time.

,ENJOY!,Philippines produces its own coffee but most people drinku2026,.

NESCAFE! You can find this even in the jungle lol, imagine the billions of $ that Nestlu00e9 does here.

,Bangsilog breakfast (bangus fish, rice and egg),Longsilog (with sweet longanisa),Delicious champorado, one of my favorites,A lot of Filipinos use flavor enhancements,Chicken adobo, the national dish,Pork adobo, same as above but different meat,Sinigang mix,Pork Sinigang (sour soup),Sizzling sisig, simply delicious.

Its basically chopped pork ears and other cartilage cooked in a very hot plate and extremely tasty and not chewy at all because pieces are small.

I have found sisig only in restaurants, never in homes,Siling labuyo grows everywhere and its pretty hot not as hot as habanero or bhut jolokia but will still numb your tongue,More labuyo peppers,Soy sauce, lime and chillies,Chicken afritada,Me helping to cook Lechon baboy (pig roast),Mang Tomas sauce, a must for pork meat,Pig feast,Crispy pata,Chicharrones,Grilled liempo, one of my favorites, the fatty part is the best,Kwek Kwek (orange quail eggs?),BALUT, please Google it, dont want to explainu2026,.

,Grilled (or fried in this case?) chicken feet,Grilled intestines,More grill,Another favorite, dinugguan, also this u201cdeservesu201d to be googled,Pancit canton,Yes I know Im Italian so for us it is a sacrilege,Banana ketchup,Red hot dogs,Filipino spaghettiu2026mainly eaten at birthday parties if eaten at home, otherwise eaten very often at the Jollibee fast food chain,Grilled squid,Grilled fish,Chinese influence :siopao,Xiao mai,Lumpia shanghai,A typical bakery,Pandesal,Empanadas,Maruya (banana fritters) one of my favorites,It follows a Youtube on how to prepare Maruya (banana fritters) at home :),Turron,Jollibee is a very popular fast food in the philippjnes,Below, Chicken and rice, a classic joliibee filipino fast food favorite.

Mc Donalds in the Philippines had to have the same (called chicken Mc Do) otherwise Im sure that they would have lost a ton of customers and possibly go bankrupt.

Still I have heard most Filipinos comment that the Jollibee version is better,Edit:as someone suggested in the comments this photo below belongs to Chowkingu2019s Chicken Lauriat plate, a popular menu item.

Chowking is a Chinese style fast food chain that I think it is owned by the Jollibee corporation after all.

,Burger steak and rice with gravy sauce,Red horse beer,The national drink:ginebra.

It tends to cost less than a bottle of mineral water lol,My wife,Mangoes in Cebu, simply the sweetest and the best IMO,Drinking coconut water,Jack fruit, the biggest fruit in the world, the big ones can kill you if they fall on your head, be careful.

In the picture after this check how it compares to a pineapple to understand its size,Jack fruit tree in my wives grandmas property,Ripe Jack fruit is eaten as fruit and the unripened one is used for cooking delicious recipes (often mixed with coconut milk),Leche flan, delicious, also known worldwide as creme caramel but this is done with condensed and evaporated milk.

Follows a YouTube video on how to prepare a Filipino Leche flan,Uniquely Filipino :HALO HALO, SO.

GOOD!,PINALTOK,me blowing the candles on a pizza for my birthday eheh,Our son Marco