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Soaking up life in the Philippines

Third:  Malapascu island, a gorgeous stop for tourists island hopping all day. (Shiara Naveen/YJI)

In the heart of Southeast Asia, where the blue skies kiss the turquoise sea, lies a tropical haven called the Philippines.

Spending a week there, I found myself immersed in the culture, the nature, everything.

There are more than 7,000 islands (many of them unnamed), and while I couldn’t explore every cove and island, the warmth of the people, and the vibrant tapestry of cultures across the island left me with memories that I will never forget. 

Tourists hold onto the boat in the Bohol Sea, getting ready to snorkel. (Shiara Naveen/YJI)
This cove, located in the South China Sea of Mimaropa, Philippines, is only reachable by kayak, a popular way for tourists to explore these natural wonders. (Shiara Naveen/YJI)
Walking on a bridge to get a view of the sunset over the Visayan Sea. (Shiara Naveen/YJI)
A bird’s eye view of one of the islands in the Philippines. (Shiara Naveen/YJI)
A marketplace located in a mall in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. (Shiara Naveen/YJI)

The Philippines has a diverse and rich culinary tradition. Filipino cuisine is a mix of indigenous, Spanish, Chinese, and American flavors.

The traditional Filipino diet includes a variety of ingredients and dishes like rice (a staple food), a variety of seafood such as shrimp, crab, and squid, and vegetables like ampalaya, which is bitter melon. 

Assortments of food like shrimp, rice, and fish are being laid out on this table.  (Shiara Naveen/YJI)
The yellow vehicle shown in this picture is called a tuk-tuk, a popular mode of transport on the islands. (Shiara Naveen/YJI)

Shiara Naveen is a Reporter with Youth Journalism International.

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