Foreign Bloggers Who Love The Philippines and Filipinos

By Kach Umandap - Howe November 5th, 2020 Posted in Inspiration and Love Stories, Philippines Travel Blog, Travel Blog 62 Comments

We all know that we Filipino bloggers certainly love our own country, but when a foreigner loves our country, we feel proud of being from the Philippines. Here’s a list of Foreign Bloggers Who Love The Philippines!

Foreign Bloggers Who Love The Philippines and Filipinos

I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about the Philippines – I’ve seen travel writers who’ve been there, planning to go there, or who dream of going there and I love how so many writers are showing the world what an amazing place our home is. So, check out this list of world-class bloggers who have fallen in love with the Philippines!

1. Nathan Allen of I Dreamed of This

Foreign Bloggers Who Love The Philippines and Filipinos

Nathan Allen describes himself as ‘a hyper-observant culture-junkie who recently spent a year taking photos and documenting the Philippines.  A long-term traveler, he lives by the motto “spend less, see more.”‘ During his year in paradise, he spent time living and traveling in many parts of the country, even learning to speak Tagalog as well as bits and pieces of other languages too. As he came to the end of his time in Asia, he wrote his biggest Philippines article yet – What I really think of the Philippines, in which he put to one side his self-confessed always on the bright side approach for an objective, down to earth look at real life in the Philippines. Check it out, and it’s an awesome read.

2. Kulas of Becoming Filipino

Foreign Bloggers Who Love The Philippines and Filipinos

His name is Kyle Jennermann from Canada, but he now has his Filipino name, “Kulas.” It seems like the only foreign blogger I know who wanted to become Filipino, impressive!! If you’ll ask him why, here’s his answer:

“I had never experienced what I got to experience in the Philippines.  I have never met such kind, giving, friendly, hard-working, outgoing, proud, and happy people.  Philippine culture inspires me every single day. It is a place where the natural environment is unbelievably beautiful.  The waterfalls, beaches, mountains, rivers. I could go on and on about it. But what inspires me about the Philippines is the PEOPLE.  If you are Filipino and you are reading this.  Thank you for being Filipino.  Thank you for being part of a culture where a family isn’t the only family, but friends and even strangers are families. Where smiling is genuine, giving is natural and sharing is a part of everyday life.  A culture that goes through a lot of really tough times and suffering, but still shares a great big SMILE. “

3. Sabrina of Just One Way Ticket

Foreign Bloggers Who Love The Philippines and Filipinos

Sabrina, a world-class travel blogger from Berlin, has been traveling the world since 2008 and has spent a total of 8 months on four different trips to the Philippines.

‘In my experience, from all the Asians I have met, Filipinos are the kindest and friendly people…always seem happy and smiling, and they love to sing and to dance whenever there is an occasion to celebrate!’ Find out why in her article – 10 Reasons why you should travel to the Philippines.

4. Jonathan of Two Monkeys Travel

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Of course, I had to add Jonathan to this list as he’s been writing in his travel journal about all the places he wants to visit in the Philippines. He’s already had quite a thorough introduction to Filipino culture and hospitality, and he cooks a great Tinola. But he keeps putting carrots and peas in it, because (in his words), ‘Filipino food is incredible, but it’s brown!’  My next mission is to teach him Tagalog before we go back to the Philippines… Well, he just wrote his viral article – “What I’ve learned Dating a Filipina.”

5.  Sharon and her whole family of Where’s Sharon

 

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Sharon is a family travel blogger from Australia; this wife and mother of two young children are on a mission to inspire others to travel more and show that traveling with kids isn’t just possible, it’s exciting, fun and rewarding! Check out how they felt about traveling the Philippines with kids and other articles.

6. Alex of Alex in Wanderland

Foreign Bloggers Who Love The Philippines and Filipinos

New York native Alex has been travel blogging since 2009 and shows no signs of stopping now. Splitting her time equally between The States, Thailand, and exploring the rest of the world, she’s an expert in turning travel into a sustainable lifestyle. Being an expert diver, her last visit to the Philippines was all about the underwater fantasy land off the coast of Donsol. Check out her article here – Consider my mind blown: Diving in Donsol.

7. Tony and Thomas of Contemporary Nomad

Foreign Bloggers Who Love The Philippines and Filipinos

These two contemporary nomads have been traveling together for over twenty years! In 2007 they both quit their jobs in Berlin to travel the world full time. When they visited the Philippines, they initially planned to stay for a couple of months, but they ended up staying for more than five months and writing 87 posts about it – clearly, it was a hard place to leave! Check out their final thoughts and photo summary of their Philippines adventure.

8. Mithun of Mithunonthe.net

This Indian blogger who grew up as an expat in Bahrain has been blogging since 2009 and has visited the Philippines three times and is what you could call a true Urban Explorer; he has quite possibly explored Manilla more than any other backpacker out there! Check out his many Philippines articles here.

9. Ivana and Gianni of Nomad is Beautiful

Foreign Bloggers Who Love The Philippines and Filipinos

Ivana (Slovakian) and Gianni (Italian) are digital nomads from Europe. They left Europe in 2013 to travel around the world, they’ve started in Thailand and even spent one month in Antique last year and wrote a few articles about the region and the Philippines & its people: Check out this article about the Beauty of the Philippines and Filipinos. Check out their many articles about the Philippines here.

10. Hannah and Adam of Getting Stamped

Foreign Bloggers Who Love The Philippines and Filipinos

Hannah and Adam are o an around-the-world trip since June 2013. They visited the Philippines and loved it, so I asked them why their answer “It’s hard not to love the Philippines. There are 7,000 islands with Crystal clear waters and almost 100 million warm friendly people. We came for the amazing beaches, but once we were there, we found that there is so much more to the Philippines than just water and sand. Not to downplay the beaches because they are some of our favorites in the entire world, but we also got to experience the friendly Filipino culture. In addition to the vibrant life on the islands, we also got to see a whole other world just off the shores. Diving in the Philippines was one of the many highlights of our trip. We drove through the WWII shipwrecks and reefs around Coron. At the end of every day in the country, we found ourselves near the water watching the sun sink into the sea from the beautiful islands of the Philippines.” Read their article about Boracay on a $20/ day.

11. Christian of Lost Leblanc

 

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Christian Leblanc is a Canadian daily vlogger. He left the corporate world to pursue his dreams for film making and sharing the world through his lens. The Philippines is his favorite among all countries he has traveled to. He loves the beautiful landscape and incredible locals. He spent 3 months in the Philippines and plan to do it again. You should watch his videos especially the Philippines Top 10.

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62 thoughts on “Foreign Bloggers Who Love The Philippines and Filipinos

  1. Great photos! I love the Philippines! I’ve been there over 6 times. Unfortunately, most of my visits to the Philippines have been to the northern Isle of Luzon. Boracay was nice as well but had too many tourists. I would like to visit Palawan next. Any suggestions?

  2. I was really flattered while reading your thoughts about my wonderful country. I really want cry! You guys are amazing! All I can say from the bottom of my heart ” Maraming, maraming salamat po”.

  3. I also regularly blog about life in The Philippines, although more based on day to day life as opposed to travel blogging, I look forward to hearing from you soon.

  4. NOBODY WRITES ABOUT THE “REAL” PHILIPPINES. IT IS TOTALLY BIAS TOWARD FOREIGNERS. I HAVE LIVED HERE FOR 8 YEARS. TRUST ME… I KNOW.
    THE FIRST AND BEST ADVICE I CAN GIVE A FOREIGNER… DON’T BUY LAND FOR YOU AND YOUR FILIPINA WIFE. IN 2006 THE PHILIPPINE SUPREME COURT RULED, “IF A FOREIGNER SPOUSE BUYS LAND, THAT LAND BECOMES THE “SOLE” PROPERTY OF THE NATIVE FILIPINO SPOUSE…. PERIOD! IF YOU BUILD A HOME ON THAT LAND, REGISTER THAT HOME IN YOUR NAME, THE NAME OF THE FOREIGNER. REGISTER ALL BUILDING IN YOU FOREIGNER SPOUSE’S NAME. THAT IS THE WAY THEY DO IT HERE. NOW DON’T BE A FOOL AND TELL ME I LOVE MY WIFE AND WE GET ALONG GREAT. TIMES CHANGE AND MEN CHANGE TIME. THEY DON’T ALLOW WOMEN TO CHOOSE HERE, THEY ARE INSANE WITH THE CATHOLIC RELIGION. IT IS TAUGHT IN NEALY ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND MASS IS CONDUCTED WEEKLY IN MOST PUBLIC SCHOOLS. MY POINT IS THEY HAVE A BIRTH RATE THAT IS ENORMOUS. IN 1985 POPULATION WAS 40 MILLION.. TODAY DEC. 2016, IT IS 95 MILLION. ONE “GOOD” WAY TO LOOK AT IT FOR US FOREIGNERS. 50% OF THOSE BIRTHS ARE WOMEN…..???

    THE COURT SYSTEM HERE IS LOUSY, IT IS VERY BIAS TOWARD FOREIGNERS. A FOREIGNER CAN’T WIN, THE JUDGE WILL ALWAYS RULE FOR THE PHILIPPINE WHILE ACTING AS IF THEY ARE UNBIASED. IT IS ALL A FRONT. YOU ARE SCREWED THE MINUTE YOU ENTER A PHILIPPINE COURT. EXAMPLE: DTI, DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY GOVERNS THE CONSUMER AND MERCHANT STATUTES. IT STATES THE “CONSUMER” HAS A CHOICE WITH A DEFECTIVE PRODUCT; REPAIR, REPLACEMENT OR REFUND. I PURCHASED TWO MICROWAVES FROM ROBINSON APPLIANCE. ONE BECAME DEFECTIVE.3 MONTHS AFTER PURCHASE. I TOOK IT BACK. ROBINSON WAITED TWO WEEKS BEFORE RESPONDING TO ME. THEY TOLD ME THEY WILL REPAIR IT. I TOLD THEM NO,, YOU WAITED TOO LONG, GIVE ME FULL REFUND. THEY REFUSED. I FILED A CASE WITH DTI. AT THE HEARING ROBINSONS MANAGE WAS EXTREMELY LATE IN ARRIVING. I LEFT AFTER WAITING 20 MINUTES. THEY RESCHEDULED THE HEARING,, RATHER THAN ISSUING A DEFAULT. AT THE REHEARING BOTH PARTIES TESTIFIED THAT THE MICROWAVE WAS DEFECTIVE. THE DTI JUDGE RULED IN FAVOR OF THE MERCHANT. I APPEALED. THE APPEAL IS SUPPOSE TO BE ACTED ON WITHIN 30 DAYS BY STATUTE. IT WAS ONE YEAR AND SIX MONTHS BEFORE GETTING AN ANSWER. ON THE APPEAL THE DTI OFFICIAL STATED THE MICROWAVE WAS MISUSED AND COOKING OIL DAMAGED THE COMPONENTS, CAUSE BY THE CARELESS USE OF THE CONSUMER. NONE OF THIS WAS IN THE ORIGINAL HEARING. THE DTI OFFICIAL MADE IT ALL UP. ANY MORON KNOWS COOKING OIL IS NOT USED IN A MICROWAVE. IT IS FOR HEATING, NOT FRYING.

    THIS IS JUST ONE IN MANY BIAS INCIDENTS AGAINST FOREIGNERS. THE SENIOR CITIZEN ACT IS ANOTHER PAIN IN THE ASS FOR FOREIGNERS. YOU HAVE TO FIGHT AND ARGUE DAILY FOR THE 20% DISCOUNT ALLOWED TO ALL SENIOR RESIDENT/CITIZENS. THE SC ACT DOES NOT ADDRESS NATIONALITY. IT MERELY STATES YOU MUST BE A RESIDENT CITIZEN. LOOK UP THE DEFINITIONS. I HAVE A PERMANENT RESIDENT CITIZEN CARD. IT IS CALLED AN I-CARD. STILL I SHOW THE CARD AND THEY ALWAYS ASK FOR MY SENIOR CITIZEN CARD. THE STATUTE STATES ONLY A GOV’T ISSUED CARD SHOWING THE BIRTH DATE OF THE SENIOR PERSON IS NEEDED FOR THE 20% DISCOUNT.

    TAXIS IN MANILA, 50/60% OF THE TIME REFUSED TO TURN ON THE METER. THEY WANT A FLAT RATE FOR TRANSPORTATION FROM POINT A TO POINT B. THIS IS AGAINST THE LAW. THEY ARE REQUIRED TO TURN ON THE METER. AIRPORT TO US EMBASSY IS USUALLY P120. THEY WANT TO CHARGE P300 TO P500. THE DOPE ALWAYS SAYS TRAFFIC IS HEAVY. I TELL THEM TO TELL THEIR MOMMA. ANY AND EVERYONE KNOWS, IN MANILA THERE IS ALWAYS TRAFFIC.

    I CAN GO ON AND ON WITH THE BIAS TOWARD FOREIGNERS. THIS TAXI PROBLEM COULD BE EASILY FIXED BY THE MAYOR OF MANILA IF THEY WANTED TO.

    MOST OF THE FILIPINO ARE GREAT PEOPLE. YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH THE CULTURE BUT NOT THE LEGAL SYSTEM. MOST FILIPINOS ARE IGNORANT OF THE LAWS IN THEIR FAVOR. THEY BUY SOMETHING,, IT IS DEFECTIVE AND THE MERCHANT TELLS THEM NO REFUND, THEY MUST BUY SOMETHING OF SAME OR SIMILAR VALUE WHICH IS NOT WITH THE CONSUMER STATUTES. THESE MERCHANTS ARE WEALTHY, DO A LOT OF BUSINESS BUT THEY STILL CHEAT THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS.

    LIVING IN PHILIPPINES IS VERY CHEAP. YOU CAN RENT A NICE PLACE FOR $200 A MONTH. YOU CAN EAT A GOOD MEAL FOR TWO FOR JUST P120. THE EXCHANGE RATE IS P49.60 TO $1. VERY GOOD FOR US AMERICANS. FOREIGNERS CAN’T BECOME CITIZENS WHO CAN VOTE UNLESS WE GIVE UP OUR AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP. FILIPINOS CAN BE DUEL CITIZENS AND MANY ARE. ALWAYS GO TO WHERE THE NATIVE FILIPINOS EAT AND DRINK. YOUR PRICE WILL BE CHEAP I PROMISE. IN BORACAY I PAY P1000 PER NITE FOR NICE ROOM, NEAR BEACH; HOT WATER, AIR-CON AND FEE WIFI ALL INCLUDED IN PRICE. THEY ARE BUILDING HOTEL AFTER HOTEL ON BORACAY. THIS IS GOOD FOR US FOREIGNERS. THE PRICE GOES WAY DOWN. JUST SEARCH AND YOU WILL FIND A CHEAP NICE PLACE, THERE ARE MANY.. DON’T GO TO SHAKEY’S PIZZA AND PAY P1000 FOR A MEAL FOR TWO. THEN PAY P90 FOR A GLASS OF BEER. YOU CAN WALK A FEW FEE TO A SARI-SARI (SMALL STORE) BUY A BOTTLE OF SAN MIGUEL BEER FOR JUST P30.

    OK NOTHING MORE FOR NOW. TRANSPORTATION IN PHILIPPINES IS VERY CHEAP. TRICYCLE AND JEEPNEY AND BUSES, ALL ARE VERY CHEAP TO USE AND YOU CAN TRAVEL THE ENTIRE NATION IN ONE OF THE THREE OR USE ALL THREE IN YOUR TRAVELS.
    MY NAME IS JAMES, I LIVE ON THE ISLAND OF NEGROS ORIENTAL.

    MY SUGGESTION

    1. sO TRUE James, I love my being Filipino but I’m not proud of my government and the legal system. It SUCK big time…

    2. This is very true. I am a Filipino but I’m also not a fan when it comes to our system, whichever system it may be. The thing is, those in the position in the government don’t really deserve their positions. Some just sit in the throne because their father is the former mayor, or they are famous so they won the election, something like that.
      Filipinos are good people, yes. Getting in a friendly relationship is no hard. Filipinos are witty, intelligent, humorous. But the bad thing is, some got no discipline. Even when the sign says NO SMOKING, still some smokes. Even when the traffic light says STOP, some will go especially if no one sees. I’m proud of being Filipino but in some point, it sucks.

    3. All in caps lock??? Awefull! You just need to reorient yourself. It is but natural for any Government to favor their own citizens in case of doubt as it is done also in other countries like your country. If you’re screwed up here in the Philippines you may have been playing i believe as a “tigasin” believing that because you are a foreigner you can do all things you want here in the Philippines. An age-old saying states: “when you are in Rome, do what the Romans do.” Since you are here in the Philippines, do what the Filipinos do. Belittling the people, their culture and means of transportation in the island where you are staying now is the most notable bad attitude you got. you don’t deserve to stay long here.

  5. Great job on your Blog and I would love to Participate in collaboration! I also have promoted Philippine travel and have tried to help others connect to share in the beauty and wonders of and within the Philippines. Love the Fiestas, and pageantry, dive sites and exploring / best regards!

  6. Will be traveling to the Philippines after living in Thailand for a 8 months. Glad to find all of these great resources all in one place. The internet is an amazing thing! Thanks!

  7. Great post! I visited the Philippines recently and fell in love. I have decided to start running a small tour group to Palawan showing people around before it goes the same way Thailand went. I’ll have to try and check out all these blogs before going back.

    1. Thanks Pete! Yup! Palawan is highly recommended if you want to go to the Philippines and you’re so lucky to have a chance to visit that place. We’ve been only to Coron on our last visit there, we’ll be back for sure 😉

  8. I follow Nathan Allen on Facebook and Rob Brand on Google Plus. They’re pretty cool. 🙂 The other bloggers are intriguing too. Checking out a few now.

    Hey, I also think it’s cool that Jonathan’s learning Bisaya. More people speak Bisaya than Filipino. 🙂 Great post!

  9. I already commented in here but probably there was a problem with it. I am one of the people who genuinely love the Philippines very much, as to stay for more than 4 months in a row, discover the real deal and wanting to go back asap! I know a few of the bloggers in here…and met them in the Philippines obviously 🙂

    1. Hello Clelia, amazing! Can you send me an email (kach@twomonkeystravelgroup.com) with 1 paragraph why you love the Philippines and Filipinos then a link to your favorite article, 1 photo and social media details? Looking forward adding you in the list! YAY!

      Om and love,

      Kach

  10. please add Trekking with Twins

    we met them on our tour in palawan.. i lost their business card though

    the couple were a chemist and an engineer who sold their stuff to travel

    if you see the twin (Jasper and Aurora, 3yrs-old) they are too cute with blue eyes but aurora is kinda shy around people while Jasper he is so talkative and if he don’t know the answer to a question he’ll say “mommy and daddy knows”

    🙂

  11. Hi, Kach, this is such a wonderful list! It’s lovely to hear (read) them talk about how beautiful Philippines and Filipinos are. 🙂

    ‘Filipino food is incredible, but it’s really brown!’
    I thought this was hilarious – and not far from the truth!

    Cheers,
    Issa

    1. Hello Issa, you know British sarcasm! I was initially thinking if I will include that but he insisted! hehe! Thank you so much! Jonathan is doing a Tagalog time channel in youtube.. if you need a good laugh with his tagalog gay lingo too then check it out! hehe

  12. I def need to check out these blogs. 😀 we were there last year doing some relief work and fell in love with the country. we definitely want to go back at some point to explore more!

  13. this is a very interesting article. I know Philippines has a lot to offer to its guests and visitors. Pity to myself, I explored more of Europe than my home country. I hope to be backed for good in the future to explore it.

    1. Hello Ruby! Indeed, that’s our plan too! Backpack around PHL after this trip, but it’s never too late to visit our country! =)

  14. Thanks for this list. I’ve been following the blogs of the top 3 here.

    And I am so happy to know more bloggers who love our country.

    I tweeted this post! 🙂

  15. The Philippines are trendy, they’re attracting more and more exposure in recent years. A wonderful country I’d also like to visit.

  16. hello! you can add kyle jennerman of #becomingfilipino to this list. in fact, he should be #1 because he has “lived” here for about a year now (that does not include his past visits), exploring different regions, he speaks bisaya well, he has a home in cagayan de oro and his hastag is becoming filipino! go check him out!

    1. I agree. Kyle “Kulas” of Becoming Filipino should be added. He’s totally embraced the Philippines & Pinoy culture. And proud of it.

  17. Oh great post!!! I am going to the Philippines in two weeks and I am so excited! Also I hope to be in this list once I am back and blog about my experience, I am sure it will be amazing! Cheers 🙂

  18. cool.. it’s nice to know that there are foreigners who love the Philippines not because locals treat them much better because of the $$ in their eyes ^_^… great list still

    1. Thank you Grasya! I think it happens abroad to- they call it Gringo price in South America and Magic White Man in South East Asia so not only in Pinas! We Pinoys are way better! =)

  19. Cheers Kach, feeling honored to be mentioned here. As a matter of fact, I spent three months in the country and had an amazing time. Especially liked the more of the beaten track places. Maraming salamat and all the best for 2015. Philipp

    1. Philipp, thanks for letting me know! Will update it! =) I really love your travel blog! Great 2015 for us!! =)

  20. We had a fab time there back in July last year, definitely the friendliest place we’ve been. Made some videos sharing discoveries on Cebu and Bohol for Expedia and their Travel that Matters campaign, on our YouTube channel now. Much more to share on our blog this year.

    1. Kirstie, awesome!! Can you share your blog links to me? I’m on facebook – facebook.com/kachkuwait (my personal account), easier to talk there so I can get to the info and add you on the list! Thanks!! =)

  21. Thanks for including us here and sharing our love of the Philippines. We love your country!! Hoping to go back again later this year to see some more.

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Written by Kach Umandap - Howe

Co-Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 143 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she got married then a year later bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.

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