Traveling to the Philippines? Take These 5 Memories Home
Sep 20, 2022, 5:58 p.m.
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Boasting a multitude of islands, a vibrant culture, delicious cuisine and picture-perfect beaches, the Philippines is a dream destination for many.
And of course, when you visit this beautiful country, buying a souvenir that keeps you hooked in your #travel diaries goes without saying.
So on that note, here are five amazing things you should take home after your trip to the Philippines.
Traditional musical instruments
Musical instruments make great souvenirs, not least because they capture the spirit of a place through sound.
In the Philippines, get your hands on a Kubing – a traditional musical instrument about 25 cm long and made of bamboo.
It is played by pressing the mouthpiece with the lips and pinching the tip.
Also consider buying handmade and colorful guitars.
You may not know it, but the Philippines has several coffee growing regions that produce Arabica, Robusta, Excelsa, and Liberica variants.
Liberia or Kape Barako is a specialty coffee that is grown in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite.
It is associated with masculinity as “Barako” means “stud”.
With this, you can reminisce about your #PhilippinesDiaries one sip at a time.
“Journey” back to the Philippines
Jeepneys serve as a means of transportation in the Philippines and a visit to this country is incomplete if you do not drive there.
These are refurbished military jeeps dating from the Second World War and painted in bright colors.
They also feature stickers, flags and metallic accessories.
Although you can’t take them home, you can still buy their miniature versions or toys that are widely available across the country.
Filipinos are quite crafty, creative and skilled with wood.
You will find a host of local artisans and carvers offering wood products across the country.
One of those items is the iconic “barrel man” which you have to buy because it’s a hilarious souvenir.
In addition to this, you can also buy Sungkaa local board game that uses seashells and a hardwood board.
banig is a hand-woven rug made from dried seagrass leaves and is one of the best souvenirs from the archipelago.
Filipinos dye dried sea grasses in a variety of colors and weave them into beautiful patterns.
The inhabitants use it for sleeping, sitting and as a decorative element to adorn their walls.
You can easily find them in markets or department stores.