Philippines According to Foreigners Who Stayed in The Country Amid the Pandemic
by Inside Manila Team, May 19, 2020 10:51pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
We don’t have to stress how much COVID-19 has affected our lives. This situation is even harder for a traveler in a foreign land when all the regulations quarantines are imposed, leaving you with no choice but to stay where you are in order to avoid the risks.
It’s inevitable that there would be some travelers who ended up getting stranded in the country as the government ordered a community quarantine. But some foreign nationals chose to stick by the country, having been charmed by everything it has to offer.
Chris & Carol of Jumping Places
“Filipinos in general are just positive people, and that’s helping a lot. We may feel a bit sad sometimes because we miss our families and friends, but at the same time we realized that we are lucky to be stuck in a place like the Philippines.”
Chris and Carol, travelers from Brazil, first arrived in the Philippines back in February. They were out on a tour in the Gigantes Islands when they heard about the quarantine. They moved to El Nido, Palawan, for better amenities. It didn’t take long for them to fall in love with the place for its easy way of life and its breathtaking beauty.
Mike and Nelly of Making It Happen
“The Filipino generosity never ceases to surprise me. I wish it were like that everywhere on planet Earth, but we are lucky to be in the situation that we can be here in the Philippines.”
Austrian travel vloggers Mike and Nelly found themselves stuck outside of Manila when the quarantine struck, so they decided to travel to Siargao, where they knew some people. While they admit that their situation is a little difficult, the generosity of Filipinos makes it easier for them to bear as they wait to be able to get back to the capital.
Jmayel and Sacha of Eight Miles From Home
“We are safe and sheltered in what can only be described as a paradise & we are grateful for that each day.”
English family Jmayel, Sacha, and their daughter, Story are staying in Siargao. They visited the Philippines as they were looking for a new home, a place to “feel content in”—and ended up in Siargao as a tourist destination right before the government announced a quarantine.
Carson and Zowie of Bisayang Hilaw
“If you look closely, you’ll see raw, authentic Filipino life. A young girl by herself on a bamboo boat with ramshackle homes by the river. Forget the tourist spots. This is what the Philippines is all about, and moments like this will always be my favorite.”
American travel vlogger Carson Moody and his Filipina-Australian girlfriend Zowie Palliaer ended up spending their quarantine in Dumaguete City. Carson, who professes a genuine love for the Filipino culture and people with his extensive content immersing himself in it, manages to stay upbeat and positive despite the quarantine.
Anna and Trevor of the Delightful Travellers
“We are in one of the most beautiful places in the world—that’s just a nice perk.The people have been exceptionally nice to us, we feel right at home, we feel safe. We feel really good about where we are.”
Canadian travel vloggers Anna and Trevor found themselves stuck in wonderful El Nido, Palawan when the quarantine hit. They arrived in early March and were given the option to repatriate in April. They turned it down after realizing that they had the chance to stay in what they considered one of the most beautiful places in the world.
George and Lucy of the Juicy Vlog
“We definitely wanna go back into our family afterwards, of course we do. It’s not gonna be a permanent move back to the UK, we still have [the Philippines].”
Manila-based British travel vloggers George and Lucy moved to the Philippines in 2019 to explore everything the country had to offer, but got caught up in the quarantine in March. The worst-case scenario hasn’t dampened their spirits and sentiments about the Philippines.
Rod of RodVivKids
“Thank you so much for helping us out—seeing the deeds, instead of just words. When we say we care for people, we should also show it in our deeds.”
Dutch travel vlogger Rod documents his travels with Filipina wife Viv and their six kids. They found themselves stranded in Marabut, Samar as they were spending their vacation. With such a big family, they eventually needed some help to get by, which they were easily able to get from both generous neighbors and fans.
If there’s anything these positive stories and these enthusiastic foreigners have shown us, it’s that we can always see the bright side of a worst-case scenario—and having breathtaking environments that the Philippines is well-known for and warm, welcoming Filipinos definitely help.
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