The Philippines, being an archipelago, offers countless of destinations to see, adventures to experience and activities to do. The country is blessed with a rich environment— lush forests, tropical islands, white sand beaches, lakes, rivers, mountains— and friendly, artistic and hardworking people who are always happy to welcome visitors and friends. When you come for a visit, be sure to stay for a long time so that you can enjoy the different exciting experiences that the country has in store for you. Whether its learning a new dance moves, or taking a history lesion making new friends or simply enjoying one of the best cuisines in the world , the Philippines has so much to offer in 2016 !
Following the success of the Visit the Philippines Year (VPY) 2015 campaign, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) are launching another exciting campaign that will not only attract more foreign visitors to the country but will also make them want to visit the country all over again with Visit the Philippines Again (VPA) 2016.
Here is a list of top things to do in the Philippines in 2016 to help you plan and maximize your stay.
Madrid Fusion Manila 2016
After its successful and well-attended debut edition in April 2015, Madrid Fusión Manila (MFM) will return next year for a bigger and more exciting culinary extravaganza. Supported by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), MFM is set on April 7 to 9, 2016. It will see participation of Michelin-starred chefs from Spain, Japan and other parts of the globe, including both 3-Michelin-starred Chef Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, and Chef Eneko Atxa of Azurmendi in Larrabetzu, Spain; and 2-Michelin-starred chef Yoshihiro Narisawa of Les Créations de Narisawa in Tokyo, Japan.
Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship for sports and outdoor enthusiast
IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship heads to the Philippines on August 7, 2016. The championship event will now be rotated annually throughout the Asia-Pacific region, starting with IRONMAN 70.3 Philippines, Cebu. About 2,500 tri-athletes will gather from over 45 countries, including former world champions and rising stars of the sport. You may even bump into Apl de Ap of the black-eyed peas or Formula 1 racecar driver Jenson Button. Both have participated in this race. The event also boasts of the one biggest and most complete triathlon expo to date. Local celebrities, actors and actresses, local politicians are also avid supporters of this race, making it the biggest and brightest race in Asia.
MTV Music Evolution 2016
The event will be a live music concert, in the mid of year, that will bring to life the evolution of a music genre and enables young people to experience and discover how music styles and sounds have evolved over the years.
Learn New Dance Moves at 800 year old festival The amazing Ati-Atihan is the Philippines’ wildest and best Mardi Gras, a week-long street party that ranges from dawn to dusk, peaking on the third Sunday in January. Honoring Santo Niño (an image of the infant Jesus), it is a wetting of the head like no other, a religious celebration cloaked in very secular sequins. The elements of Ati-Atihan date back to the 13th century, when a group of light skinned Malay immigrants from Borneo chose to show their regard for the local Ati people by painting their faces black, singing and dancing in thanks for the land and food that was offered to them. Today, in keeping with its origins, participants in the main parade paint their faces with black soot and wear costumes that would not look out of place in a Rio samba school.