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In the Philippines, you can find a lot of exotic animals in their zoos and also find even more excitement underwater when you go diving. But even walking in the streets can give you a very adventurous time, especially if you live in the US or Europe.

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  1. Dogs. Filipinos love their dogs. Although there was a time not so long ago when eating dog meat was common here, and one Filipino author even wrote a book entitled The Dog Eaters.  But the Internet changed that quickly enough. Since tourism is a very big deal here and the government didn’t really appreciate having foreigners accuse Filipinos of being inhumane, dog eating was outlawed and now such a practice has become very rare (at least officially).

You’ll find dogs in the streets, and for the most part you won’t find collars. These dogs have learned to adopt a “live and let live” philosophy, so they won’t bother you if you don’t bother them. The only problem is when a dog is not allowed to go roaming in the streets—they become quite attached to their home and property so they bark a lot when they see a stranger.

  1. Cats. Many of the cats you see here don’t have owners. They just go from place to place trying to find food from garbage bins, but if you find one in your property and you want to keep it, then you just leave your leftovers for them. Soon they’ll stay with you on a permanent basis, and then all your rodent problems are solved.
  2. Rats. While city rodents are a problem all over the world, here they are actually farm rats that don’t eat garbage. They eat grain, so they’re pretty clean. Some locals even eat them just as some people eat squirrel or raccoons in other countries.
  3. Birds. There are plenty of birds in the Philippines, even in highly urbanized cities like Manila. They can be very noisy in the morning, but you won’t notice them since there are noisier things going on in the streets.
  4. Bats. In the city, when the sun is about to set, you may notice some “birds” in the sky with weird flying motions. If you look more closely, you will realize that those things aren’t birds, they’re bats. And no, they’re not rabid and they won’t attack you.
  5. Roosters. Roosters are everywhere in the Philippines. These roosters aren’t for eating, they’re for cock-fighting. While dog-fighting is almost unheard of here, cockfighting is a national pastime. Even government officials are open advocates of cockfighting. They actually have competitions in the big cities which can fill up entire arenas.

What’s more, some of these regular cockfighting competitions are shown on television. There are more than a couple of shows devoted to it, and some foreigners such as those from the American South, participate as well. And these shows even show slow-motion replays of spectacular moves.

  1. Spiders. Local kids like to pit spiders against one another, and they do this until they grow up and graduate to betting on fighting cocks. It’s one of those things that are common around here especially in the provinces.

The Philippines is a different country and it has a different culture. Once you accept that, then you’ll appreciate it even more. Just be careful of certain places where there are giant crocodiles. Just kidding! (Actually, it‘s not a joke—Google it!)



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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