Biggest, Smallest, Best
The Philippines is a country of many wonders, treasures and stories. However, striking out on the strictly touristy road might not take you through some of the more interesting places around the country.
To really savour the delights of the Philippines, you have to get off the beaten track and seek out what lays beyond it. Come with me as I show you some of the curiosities that this country has to reward an adventurer.
The Biggest Bivalve Mollusc:
Weighing 200 kilos and spanning 4 feet in length, Tridacna gigas or the taklobo is the living bivalve mollusc in the entire world. It can be found in different parts of the country, especially off the Batangas cost.
Most fisher folk augment their income by making necklaces, bracelets and key chains made of shells that you can buy as pasalubong for loved ones back home, but the taklobo is currently off the market because of its endangered species status.
The Smallest Fish:
You might mistake the sinarapan for tiny baby fish, but they’re not. Prized for its tasty flavor and unique size,
the sinarapan, a type of goby, can be found only in Lake Buhi, Camarines Sur.
Don’t stop at just snorkelling and swimming in the beach—at CWC, you can go kneeboarding, surfing and, parasailing to your heart’s content.This is a convenient detour on the way to or from the Camarines Sur Water Sports Complex where you can indulge in several aquatic activities.
The Biggest Shoe:
True to its heritage, the city commissioned the crafting of the biggest shoe in the world. Measuring 5 feet, these male boot is definitely something that you can’t pack easily in your hand-carry luggage.
The Smelliest Fruit:
The durian is a cousin of the jackfruit, easily recognizable by its prickly outer skin and distinctive odour.
If you’re not ready to take a bite out of the fruit itself, you can settle for the durian ice cream, candy and cookies that are also on sale in most supermarkets.
For the freshest durian, head down south to Davao.
The Largest Underground River System:
Palawan is home to one of the contenders to the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, a cavernous underground river system criss-crossed by caves and tunnels.
The best thing about it is that you can traverse these dark, mysterious depths via small boats, and even swim in some of the shallower areas.