What I loved: it’s cheap, you can go diving with whale sharks, so many islands to choose from, gorgeous nature (cliffs, underground rivers, beaches, forests, mountains, etc), people are sooo nice! safely stayed in $5 accommodation (always a plus for a traveler on a budget)
What I didn’t: the food is pretty bland, least favorite food in SE Asia. Have you ever thought: “Why aren’t there any Filipino restaurants around?”
Quick travel tips: There are 7,107 islands in the Philippines, maybe the food isn’t so bad on most of them. Also, get ready to get mauled by a mob of taxi drivers and salesman every time you step off the bus anywhere – there are many islands and tourists are a valued commodity.