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In the US, you have to go to Sea World to see a dolphin. But at Badladz Resort, you can just go to the water and play with the dolphins. Bring your kids along and they’ll have something to brag about to all their friends back home.

Friendly Country 1 But one of the strangest things about the Philippines is not that the dolphins and sharks are friendly. If you try to go around the entire country, you’ll notice that even though  the locals may speak different languages and have different customs, they are very friendly and they greet everyone with a smile (especially foreigners). The fabled hospitality of the Filipino people isn’t an exaggeration. In fact, it’s an understatement.

Talk to Anyone 

If you don’t believe me, check out all these YouTube videos of foreigners talking about the Philippines. Some guy even took a walk round the poorer parts of the country with a camera while talking to every person he met. The city was actually flooded at the time, and you’d think that the people would be surly after such a horrible event. Yet the people were actually smiling and all to eager to pose for the camera, and life went on.

That’s typical of every Filipino, actually. People open their doors to others all the time, and if you are their guest then you’ll get the best of what they have to offer. You’ll be fed right and even if they’re poor they’ll give up the best bed in their home.

Smiling People

This is one of the best traits of the Filipino people. Even after a tragedy, they can still find something to smile about. And this country has seen doozies when it comes to calamities. They mourn on a regular basis, as they have earthquakes and volcano eruptions and dozens of typhoons on a yearly basis. They grieve for their lost loved ones, and then they go on with their lives. Soon after, they’ll find some way to focus on the good things they have and they’ll be smiling in no time.

In Badladz Resort, that’s the same philosophy that reigns here. The staff are all Filipinos, but there’s enough of a Western influence (courtesy of this good-looking white dude) so that you can get a touch of the familiar from back home. But all in all, it’s all good. When they say the locals are friendly, they really mean it here.

So if you are tired of the surly waiters of France or the rather ferocious demeanor of African predators, come on over to the Philippines, and to Badladz in particular. Just about everyone will be happy to see you, and it will seem like everyone’s mission will be to make sure you have a good time.

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The Philippines embrace many different cultures from around the world. Take any dancing fad that’s famous anywhere, and you’ll find someone here who not only knows the dance steps but can probably teach you all the moves as well.

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In fact, parties and other celebrations in the Philippines always involve dancing. People like to dance as they do in every other Western country, so they go to clubs where hip-hop and electronic music are played. In parties, American music is usually played.

That makes the Philippines a lot like Western countries, but in some ways dancing in this country can be quite different. Consider the following examples:

  1. Dancers are respected as pop celebrities, and they’re part of every TV entertainment show. Celebrities are expected to dance on TV while they sing. While their voices may not be exactly great, they can compensate by putting more effort in their dancing. And even if their dancing can be somewhat awkward, at least their efforts are well appreciated.

And that’s the kind of attitude that’s actually very common in the Philippines. You don’t have to be perfect, or even good. But when you try, your efforts are appreciated. That’s the attitude that pervades just about everything here and not just dancing.

  1. Korean dance styles are popular among the Filipinos. While salsa and other Latin dances will always have its legion of fans, the current popularity of Korean dancing styles may baffle you.

That’s because the Philippines is US-centric. Filipinos watch American movies, and they watch American TV shows. People congregate in front of the TV during the NBA Finals. Teenagers here know Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

But because of PSY, that’s changing a bit. There’s also the fact that there are lots of Koreans here studying in various universities. Koreans have become so widespread here that there are even Korean actors and singers frequently appearing on local TV programs in the country.

  1. Have you seen the videos of dancing Filipino prisoners on YouTube yet? They first came out back in 2007, when the video showing hundreds of prisoners dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller was released to the public. As of last count, the video has garnered more than 53 million views. After that, lots of other similar videos have been released.

Can you imagine something like this in US? Prisoners aren’t exactly the kind of people who would go for this sort of thing, right? Usually, prisoners don’t really get along well with others, and they don’t usually have the discipline and dedication to practice dance moves without any sort of reward. But here in the Philippines, it’s part of their “rehabilitation program.” Who knew.

The Philippine national dance entails dancing on bamboo poles that can very well hit their feet if they’re not careful. But for many Filipinos, there’s absolutely nothing strange or scary about it. So, if you find yourself visiting this country, be prepared for all the strange things you will encounter and just have fun!

 

 

 

 

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Filipino Sailors and Shipwrecks

August 19, 2014

The beaches in Puerto Galera offer great spots for divers, and you can find lots of marine life and even sharks in your dives. But you can also explore several wrecks under the sea. It can give you flashbacks of watching Titanic, except that this time, you’re not watching a movie. You can see what’s […]

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Reasons Why Diving in Puerto Galera is Very Popular

August 5, 2014

Most people come to Puerto Galera because of the stunning beaches. But this place is more famous for its dive sites. There are about 40 dive sites in Puerto Galera and they are absolutely world-class. We’ve asked many tourists around here to find out why they prefer to dive in Puerto Galera than in any […]

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The Best Diving Spots in Puerto Galera

June 28, 2014

Puerto Galera has always been one of the most popular tourist spots in the Philippines, and one of the reasons for this is the great diving spots like nothing you’ve ever seen before. There is a treasure trove of diving sites in Puerto Galera as there are at least 30 dive sites you can choose […]

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The Best Beaches in the Philippines

June 28, 2014

The Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 islands, which means you will many options when it comes to choosing the best beaches in the Philippines. You can probably come up with a list of the top 50 beaches easily, simply by checking out forums online. But how do you define “best”? Is it […]

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Meet Bob , the biggest sea turtle around.

June 15, 2014

This right here is Bob , Bob is our resident Green turtle that lives here pretty much year round , Everybody loves to meet him since he is such a large figure sitting under the water. 95% of the time we go to visit him he is there and what is even better is that […]

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Badladz wins tops travel award

May 28, 2014

Wow  , we are really proud to get awards like this. Thanks to everyone who reviewed our resort and helped us get here and an even bigger thank you to all our staff who with lots of hard work made this possible.  We hope there is many more of these to come and we look forward […]

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The Best Hotel Beach Resort in Puerto Galera

May 28, 2014

If you want to have the most memorable experience in one of the best beaches in the Philippines, it helps if you stay in the best hotel beach resort in Puerto Galera. And by most accounts (including Trip Advisor’s), the Badladz Beach Resort is the best of them all. Just about everyone who stayed at […]

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WOW !!! , another rare Hairy frogfish found in Puerto Galera

May 21, 2014

Every now and again we find something that even surprises our dive guides, not too long ago we found this very rare Hairy Frogfish, one of our guides has done more than 1,000 dives in Puerto Galera and this was the first one he ever saw. We hope to be able to show you it […]

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