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LIST: Unconventional travel ideas for Filipinos

MANILA, Philippines — Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore are among the most popular international destinations for Filipinos, but there is still much of the world to explore and enjoy.

During the recent International Media Marketplace in Singapore hosted by TravMedia last October 24, managed to meet with tourism boards from different countries and territories, each making their pitch about why Filipinos should consider somewhere new for their next vacation.

From the City That Never Sleeps to the cultural hotspot of Japan, here are few travel suggestions for your next flight.

Amy Lo of New York City Tourism + Conventions claimed that the Big Apple is the city with the second-largest Filipino population in the United States.

It doesn’t come as a surprise then why Filipinos love travelling to New York whenever choosing to fly to the East coast; the same can be applied for San Francisco on the West coast.

However, Filipinos often always seem to go to the typical tourist spots like the Manhattan or Brooklyn Bridge, a boat trip to the Statue of Liberty, or dropping by Times Square that they miss out on some of the city’s other attractions.

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Lo suggested two walking tours that highlight New York City’s culture and appeal to Filipinos’ love of music.

First among these are the three-hour walking tours around Harlem and Brooklyn to showcase the birth and growth of hip-hop, which turned 50 years old this 2023.

The other is a simple visit to the Museum of Broadway, which houses the history of Broadway productions, where visitors can book an hour-long walking tour with a Broadway performer or crew member serving as a guide.

The island of Sentosa is not unfamiliar to any international tourists in Singapore, again a top destination for Filipinos.

Far Eastern Hospitality – Sentosa Hotels acknowledged that Filipinos enjoy visiting Sentosa, but only for a daytrip rather than staying in a hotel or resort, with hefty prices being a primary issue.

The hotel operator suggested staying in one of its properties, all of them located in central Sentosa, as it is convenient to visit