“Kuya, Kuya, let me paint your face!”
I volunteered at an art even for underprivileged Metro Manila children. One of the stations was about face painting. I had thought that the kids could paint their own faces. I was about to find out that I was wrong. It was about painting the faces of the volunteers.
Before I had a chance to decline, my face already featured three colorful strokes. As one of the kids at the event, painted my face and reminded me to “please hold still”, I thought about my time in the Philippines.
I had the honor to live in the Philippines for 21 months. If someone would have told me that one day I would consider Philippines my home, I would have not believed that person. But it’s exactly what happened.
“What do you like most about Philippines?”
A question that I was asked often. “Hard to say, there is so much I love about this place…” I would usually answer. “How much time do you have?”
Philippines offers everything: great travels, delicious dishes, amazing people, a rich culture, mesmerizing landscapes, incredibly diverse maritime wildlife, active volcanoes, pristine beaches – and millions of bright smiles. It’s naturally hard to pinpoint one reason why Philippines are a great place. So here are some of the main reasons that were substantial to making Philippines a home.