Kevin und Alvin waren unsere ersten Gastgeber auf den Philippinen. Gleichzeitig waren wir ihre ersten ausländischen Gäste – also eine Premiere auf jeder Seite! Sie haben uns gut auf das eingestimmt, was das Land an Couchsurfern und Gastfreundschaft zu bieten hat.
Übrigens arbeitet Kevin freiberuflich als Online-Englischlehrer. Er freut sich immer über Leute, die mit ihm zusammen lernen wollen. Wenn ihr Interesse habt, euer Englisch aufzupolieren, dann schreibt ihn doch einfach mal an.:
Kevin hat seine Insidertipps mit uns geteilt. Was er Reisenden in die Philippinen besonders empfiehlt, lest ihr hier:
1. Kevin, what is your favourite Filipino Music?
Anak by Freddie Aguilar. I was not born yet when that song was released but I have heard that this song was released in more than 30 countries, I think. I even heard the song while I was watching a Korean movie 2 years ago.
Check it out and sing along, if you like:
2. Which Filipino book impressed you most?
Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo from our national hero, Jose Rizal. They are actually novels about the Spanish regime. It is a bit hard to find the German version of these books. But you can download them here:
For a funny and contemporary book, you can read “Stupid is forever” from our witty and funny senator, Sen. Miriam Defenser Santiago.
3. Is there any great Filipino movie?
Heroic movies like Jose Rizal,
or Heneral Luna:
For more contemporary and award-winning films there are Magnifico,
as well as Norte: Hanganan ng Kasaysayan
and Ma’ Rosa:
4. And what is your favourite Filipino dish?
My favorite is Sinigang but the most popular is Adobo.
5. Okay Kevin, next question. Is there a funny phrase with which we can surprise locals?
We had 3 German couchsurfers last week and I was surprised when one of them shouted “Charot lang”. It is actually a gay lingo that means “Joke only” or “Just kidding!”.
6. Last but not least, please give us a reason why a young German traveler should visit your country!
I believe travelling is the best way to break one’s misconception about a country or place. The Philippines are known for its friendly, caring and hospitable people. The Philippines also have a little bit of everything from cultural, natural, historical, religious and man-made attractions. We also have urban and nightlife too!