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Got something to share? PLN is looking for new writers to join the team

Philippines Lifestyle News is on the search for new writers to help us continue raising our game. Broadly speaking, there are three main areas we’d like to expand. Broadly speaking, they are ‘practical advice on living in the Philippines’, ‘personal stories/experiences’ and ‘travel/lifestyle advice/experiences’. So, in the first case, we’d…


In the Philippines, the premium placed on height is no tall tale

Two of the great obsessions of the Filipino people – basketball and beauty pageants – both, generally, favour taller people. However, even in comparison to their regional neighbours, most Filipinos are diminutive folk. So, it’s no surprise that height is a valued commodity in the islands, and some people will go…



Five most tolerant Southeast Asian countries for gay travellers

Many gay people assume that South East Asia isn’t a friendly destination for travellers of their sexuality, but they couldn’t be more wrong. While some countries, such as Malaysia, Brunei and parts of Indonesia are notorious for their lack of tolerance, most other places are entirely relaxed. Here, avid traveller…


Philhealth gouges foreigners – premiums to rise steeply

As I’m sure many expats have heard by now, those of us who are taking advantage of local rates for Philhealth are about to have our premiums go up. Rather significantly. No more are we going to get away with a few hundred pesos per quarter, a price worth paying,…





High five: A solo traveller’s top experiences in the Philippines

Reshma Narasing is an avid traveller from India, who particularly loves to fly solo and get off the beaten track. Here, she shares some of her favourite experiences in the Philippines (and one disaster) that can be found beyond the country’s perfect beaches: The Philippines is a nation of more than 7,000 gorgeous…