Happy Independence Day Philippines!

 

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Finally, I’m back and let me start the week on a positive note.

June 12, 2017 marks the 119th Philippine Independence Day and every filipinos around the world are celebrating.

With that said, enjoy your holiday guys!

Now, here’s a quick view on what our Philippine flag symbolizes and thanks to google for making it easier to find this image.

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The eight-rayed sun symbolizes the first eight provinces (Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Bulacan, Laguna, Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija) that revolted against the Spanish colonial government. The three five-pointed stars represent the three main island groups: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. (cto)

I won’t be sharing why and how we gained our independence because it’s going to take us forever to finish, instead here is a link if you’re interested about the History of the Philippines.

Also, here is an image of our National Costume.

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One of the most popular means of public transportation is called Jeepney. The nicer it looks, the more passengers you get.

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photo by your’s truly

We also have Motorela (tricycle).

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and Tri-sikad, a bicycle with a sidecar.

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Philippines consists of 7,107 islands and there are so many wonderful places for you to see. Though I know that it’s known for terrorism, abduction and more. But just like every other countries, it depends on where you go.

To name a few, here are some amazing places that Filipinos loves to visit and even foreigners from all over the world have explored too!

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Boracay Beach and Resorts ft. white sand
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Coron, Palawan (cto)
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Chocolate Hills, Bohol (cto)
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White Water Rafting (pride of your’s truly) – cto

Check out the “10 Top Tourist Attractions in the Philippines” HERE.

Philippines is also where you can find the world’s smallest monkey also known as Tarsier.

Tarsiers are small animals with enormous eyes; each eyeball is approximately 16 mm in diameter and is as large as its entire brain.[15]The unique cranial anatomy of the tarsier results from the need to balance their large eyes and heavy head so they are able to wait silently for nutritious prey.[16] Tarsiers have an incredibly strong auditory sense because their auditory cortex is very distinct.[16] Tarsiers also have very long hind limbs, due mostly to the extremely elongated tarsus bones of the feet, from which the animals get their name.

To know more about this cute and unique creature, you may click HERE.

Tarsier
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Food

Filipinos LOVEs dried (salted) fish. You can find this on the streets around the supermarket. To foreigners, the smell is awful but to us it smells divine. ❤

Photos below were taken during my trip back home last November.

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The infamous Lechon (Roast pig) which is cooked over charcoal. The meat is very tasty and tender while the skin is super yummy and crispy. You will find this in different occasions may it be your birthday, anniversary, christmas, new year or even without any occasion. Everything in this Lechon is edible, from the tongue to the tip of the tail. This is basically the centerpiece and Philippines national dish!

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photo taken during our family get together

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green mango with soy sauce, vinegar and shrimp paste (my all time favorite)
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Halo-Halo served in young coconut with mixed beans, ube (taro) ice cream, mixed fruits, crushed ice, milk and more
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Halo-Halo (mixed fruits, mixed beans, ice cream of your choice, milk, crushed ice, gelatin and more)
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Pancit (Lo-Mien) served in banana leaves and a squeeze of lemon

National Regular Holidays in the Philippines

Just so you know, people in the Philippines are so spoiled when it comes to holidays. Here are the list of non-working holidays that we look forward to.

New Year’s Day  –  January 1, 2017 (Sunday)
Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9, 2017 (Sunday)
Maundy Thursday – April 13, 2017 (Thursday)
Good Friday – April 14, 2017 (Friday)
Labor Day – May 1, 2017 (Monday)
Independence Day – June 12, 2017 (Monday)
National Heroes Day – August 28, 2017 (Monday)
Bonifacio Day – November 30, 2017 (Thursday)
Christmas Day – December 25, 2017 (Monday)
Rizal Day – December 30, 2017 (Saturday)

Nationwide Special (Non-Working) Holidays List

Additional special (non-working day) – January 2, 2017 (Monday)
Chinese New Year – January 28, 2017 (Saturday)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary  – February 25, 2017 (Saturday)
Black Saturday – April 15, 2017 (Saturday)
Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21, 2017 (Monday)
Additional special (non-working) day – October 31, 2017 (Tuesday)
All Saints Day – November 1, 2017 (Wednesday)
Last Day of the Year – December 31, 2017 (Sunday)

I guess this post is getting longer and longer so I better end this here.

I can go on and on and on about the history of the Philippines and even more, but what’s important is that, our country is one of the best countries out there. It has a lot to offer than what others think. From the hospitable people, to it’s one of a kind beauty of nature!

With it’s tagline “It’s More Fun in the Philippines“, our independence made everything possible.

To sum it all up, check this out video out!

 

Happy Independence Day Philippines!

I’m proud to be a Filipino. ❤

 

until

cyberhug

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8 thoughts on “Happy Independence Day Philippines!

  1. OH That food looks sooo good! One of my good friends growing up was from the Philippines and whenever I would go over to her home we’d have halo-halo! I loved it soooo much!

    I also had coworker visit the Philippines a year ago and he loved it! He said how the locals were super kind and welcoming to foreigners! I’ve always wanted to go and explore the beaches.

    Really educational post! That’s for sharing all this info!

    I hope everyone had a great Philippine Independence Day

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    1. MyStyleInsideOut

      Wow that’s good to hear that you have tried Halo-Halo and yes, they are one of our favorite dessert especially when the sun is shining brightly (well, all the time anyway..lol). And you have to go and visit, the beaches are wonderful. We also have hot springs and cold springs and so much more. I’m glad you enjoyed this post and I’m sure everyone is enjoying their 3-day weekend too! ❤

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  2. Interesting to learn more about the Philippines! I want to ride in a Motorela and Tri-sikad!
    Oooh all that food – I think I would like to try dried salted fish.
    Happy Independence Day, Philippines!

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    1. MyStyleInsideOut

      The salted fish is soooo good! we ate that with freshly cooked rice (steaming hot) dip in vinegar and chili pepper..now I’m hungry! and yes, the motorela and tri-sikad is fun when you’re not in a rush, it will take you from one place to another. Tri-Sikad used to me my bestie when I was still in school, our house is a walking distance to our school but to not sweat under the heat of the sun, Tri-sikad to the rescue and it’s so cheap too. I miss those days.. haha
      And yes! Happy Independence Day us. 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by.. ❤

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