I am only just getting around to planning my summer vacation to the Philippines. I don't have a lot of background knowledge about holidaying there. I will be flying into Manila from my home in Korea on Sat July 26th and returning on Tues 12th August (about 17 days). I know this will be rainy season but it can't be helped.
I am traveling with my wife. We are in our mid-20s.
We like to keep to a budget (cheap hotels etc) but don't mind spending a bit for things that are worth it (impressive sights, good food etc).
Our main interests for visiting the Philippines are:
Cultural- particularly Catholic churches and WW2 history as well as general history.
Food- We want to sample as much food as possible (spicy is more than fine with both of us!)
Activities- Hiking is our main pastime but we wouldn't mind doing some other leisurely outdoors stuff such as relaxed kayaking (no whitewater etc!) or bike riding. Snorkelling and diving are no-no's!
We dislikes clubs, partying etc (a nice drink here and there is a must though!) and I am not a fan of group tours since I prefer the freedom we get by ourselves.
Thanks in advance for any ideas you might have!