About The Philippines and Interview with Robert Graham
It’s made up of more than 7000 islands that are home to more than 100 million people who make up the third largest English-speaking nation in the world, has outstanding beaches, a vibrant culture, excellent cuisine and is eight hours flying time from Australia. The Philippines, now being discovered by a new generation of travellers looking for something different to the usual south-east Asian destinations.
Robert Graham, chief executive of wholesaler All About Asia which he founded in 1991, has travelled the length and breadth of this sprawling archipelago and shares his thoughts on a destination which in the past has, to a degree, been overlooked by Australians.
Robert was interviewed by Travel Writer, Mike O’Connor.
Q: What is it about the Philippines that you most enjoy?
A: Without a doubt it’s the people. They are friendly, engaging and incredibly good natured with an infectious sense of humour. They are largely English-speaking and like nothing better than having a chat with tourists.
Q: What are your favourite destinations in The Philippines?
A: My number one favourite is Bohol, followed by Coron, Bicol, Cebu, Boracay, Siargao and of course, Manila. The Philippines is famed as having some of the best white sand beaches in the world but there is so much more to see than just its beaches.
Q: When is the best time to travel to the Philippines?
A: It is in the tropics so it is warm all year. The dry season usually runs from November to May but with so many islands scattered over the archipelago, the weather can vary in different destinations.
Q: What is your favourite Filipino food?
A:I have to say Adobo. It is the most famous and you can get anywhere but many cooks have different styles. But I have found them all good.
Q: Is the Philippines a destination for shoppers?
A: Manila is a shopper’s paradise boasting a large number of malls including the third largest in the world.
Q: What should travellers to the Philippines remember to pack?
A: Sunscreen and good walking shoes for exploring its many attractions and, as with travel to any destination, their travel insurance details.
Q: How can people obtain a quote for the tours you recommend?
A: The best way is to get their travel agent to contact All About Asia. I have been travelling to the Philippines regularly since 1979. I know the country and I know the people and can suggest itineraries that cover all segments of the market.
You're not Robinson Crusoe!
It's an old saying meaning that you are not alone as he was on a deserted island, as the story goes. All About Asia often receives calls from agents who say that they know very little about the Philippines. One recently said they had protentional clients come in and tell them that they had been to three agencies and they told them they could not help them with a Philippine quote. Luckily the last agent knew who to call. All About Asia prides itself of having extensive Philippine Tourism knowledge developed over 40 years and kept up to date with regular visits by owner/ manager, Robert Graham and having a Manila office managed by Julie Christensen. Agents are not alone when they need help with the Philippines. Just call 1800 066 526. It is that easy.