Top 10 Reasons Why Filipinos Should Visit Guam

Top 10 Reasons Why Filipinos Should Visit Guam
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Home to pristine white-sand beaches, crystalline ocean waters, and endless aquatic activities, Guam is the ultimate travel destination for any traveler looking for their next grand adventure. It is, however, more than just Instagrammable landscapes and things to do. Guam is also a paradise to experience a unique and rich culture.

Filipinos will be glad to find a sense of connection when they come to this small island. Guam’s diverse cuisine, jubilant festivals, and remarkable historical sites will remind them of home. If you still need a little convincing to visit this stunning archipelago, here are a few more reasons why Filipinos should visit Guam.

1. It's the nearest US destination to the Philippines

Guam is the nearest US destination to The Phillipines

Filipinos with a passion for travel most likely have the United States of America in their travel bucket lists. Although it is much closer to North Korea than any state in North America, Guam is a good place to start for Filipinos who want to visit US territories.

Filipino travelers need not suffer long flights and jet lags as Guam is merely 2,491 km (1,548 mi) away from the Philippine coast, making it the nearest US destination.

2. It's a budget-friendly tourist destination

Why Filipinos Should Visit Guam

Achieving that state of vacation-induced euphoria should not be costly. Practical Filipinos who value experience over price tags will find that their long overdue escape from the city is just within reach.

The Philippines is the only country in Southeast Asia with direct flights to Guam, making these flights the cheapest trips to a US destination from SEA. One-way tickets are offered by the United Airlines or Philippine Airlines at only 150 USD (PHP 7,500). The Manila-to-Guam flight time only takes less than four hours. Second thoughts begone! Book a trip now and savor that well-deserved vacation in Guam.

3. You can get your COVID-19 vaccination

Air V&V Guam - Vaccination and vacation
Source: Air V&V Guam

With the recently launched Air V&V program, Filipinos can get their COVID-19 vaccination while vacationing in Guam. This program has been created through the efforts of the Guam Visitors Bureau in collaboration with Guam’s medical and tourism authorities.

This program also offers COVID-19 testing, digital vaccination records, and vaccine administration. Participants may choose among Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen. For their convenience, Filipinos may avail themselves of concierge medical service in their lodgings. Guests can take their pick from participating top luxury hotels such as Dusit Thani Guam Resort, Lotte Hotel Guam, The Westin Resort Guam, and The Tsubaki Tower Guam. A hassle-free vacation awaits Filipinos coming to Guam.

Air V&V Guam

Click below for more information about Guam’s Air V&V (vaccination and vacation) program.

4. The weather feels just like home

Summer weather in Guam

Ah, what one wouldn’t give to just bathe in the sun while drinking ice-cold lemonade in the beach. In Guam, the weather is so similar to that in the Philippines that Filipinos will feel easily at home. Guam is gifted with a tropical marine climate: generally warm and humid, moderated by northeast trade winds.

Similar to the Philippines, Guam also has two seasons, the wet season that starts in July and ends in December, and the dry season which starts in January and ends in June. Filipinos who are accustomed to these seasons will find planning and sticking to the itinerary easy enough due to the familiar weather.

5. There's always a familiar face in the crowd

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

One of the main reasons why Guam is so attractive to Filipinos... Familiarity. In this mural, Pinoys can easily...

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It’s common to find Filipinos in Guam, as the second biggest ethnic origin on the archipelago (second to Chamorros). Filipinos have been coming to Guam ever since the 17th century, when the Philippines was under Spanish rule. The importation of labor and immigration after the Second World War also led to more Filipinos settling on Guam permanently.

Today, visitors from the Philippines find it easy to blend with Guam locals, who mirror their warm and friendly spirit. There are many similarities between the cultures in Guam and the Philippines - among them is valuing belongingness. Come to the island and experience the warm welcome of its communities.

6. Some dishes will give you a taste of home

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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Posted by Visit Guam on Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Filipinos will find that they share more than just colonial history with Guam. Guam’s cuisine is rich and diverse - some Pinoy favorites, as well as similar Guamanian dishes, await for a comforting gastronomic experience for Filipinos visiting the island.

Just like in the Philippines, rice is a staple in Guam’s cuisine. Fans of the Filipino kilawin will delight in kelaguen, a Chamorro dish made with raw meat or seafood marinated in lemon juice, hot peppers, and salt. Have a taste of kelaguen at Chesa Guam.

If you’re visiting Guam and find yourself nostalgic for some Filipino favorites, there’s Jollibee Guam where you can savor the familiar taste of Chickenjoy and Jolly spaghetti; Filipino-style pancit is served at Ben N’ Yan’s; hearty “pakbet” (pinakbet) is available at Imeeh’s Kusina; and lechon lovers can have their fill with Cafe Panadero’s lechon belly.

Jollibee Guam

Address: Micronesia Mall, 1088 W Marine Dr`, Dededo, 96929, Guam

Website: Jollibee Guam

Opening hours: 7am - 9pm (daily)

Ben N' Yan's

Address: 108 Manhattan Blvd. Army Drive Dededo, Guam 96929

Website: Ben N’ Yan’s

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 11pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 11pm

Chesa Guam

Address: 241 San Vicente Drive, Barrigada, Guam, Guam, 96913

Website: Chesa Guam

Opening hours: 7am - 7pm (daily)

Imeeh's Kusina

Website: Imeeh’s Kusina

Cafe Panadero

Address: Yigo, Guam

Website: Cafe Panadero

Opening hours: 5am - 3pm (daily)

7. You can go on a pilgrimage to various religious sites

San Dionisio Church Ruins - Umatac, Guam
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Daderot used under CC0

On your Guam vacation, you might also want to spend some time to stop by religious sites. As the only Catholic country in Asia, Filipinos are religious by nature and it is not uncommon for them to travel abroad for soul-searching experiences.

Fortunately, Guam has several religious sites for Filipinos to visit. They can go on a pilgrimage at San Pedro Calungsod Shrine, Blessed Diego de San Vitores Church, Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica, and Our Lady Of Peace and Safe Journey Catholic Church. They can also visit the ruins of San Dionisio Church at Umatac.

San Pedro Calungsod Shrine

Address: Tumon Bay, Guam

Blessed Diego de San Vitores Church

Address: 884 Pale San Vitores Rd, Tamuning, 96913, Guam

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica

Address: 207 Archbishop F.C. Flores St. Hagatna, Guam 96910

Website: Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica

Our Lady Of Peace and Safe Journey Catholic Church

Address: 520, S. Kanton Tasi, Rt. 04, Chalan Pago, Guam

Website: Our Lady Of Peace and Safe Journey Catholic Church

8. Feel the thrill with action-packed adventures in Guam (from USD 56.0)

Filipinos will enjoy going on these thrilling adventures with their friends and family, or even go solo! Experience the adrenaline on a go-kart race, explore the marine life on an underwater adventure, or go on an off-road buggy ride around Yigo.

Filipinos would also not want to miss out on trying scuba diving, one of the things Guam is famous for. Also, experience skydiving with Skydive Guam! Meanwhile, they can also glide close to the crystalline ocean waters by going ziplining with Guam Adventures. With all these to try out, there’s no reason to stay indoors on your stay!

Skydive Guam

Address: 17-3404 Neptune Ave, Barrigada 96913-1600

Website: Skydive Guam

Opening hours: 6am - 6pm (daily)

Price: 299 USD onwards

Guam Adventures

Address: Guam International Raceway, Yigo, 96913, Guam

Website: Guam Adventures

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 8:30am - 5pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

Price: 55 - 75 USD

Go Kart Racing

Duration: 15 to 30 minutes

Off Road Buggy Adventure

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

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SeaTREK Experience in UnderWater World Guam

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9. Enjoy the best of tropical island life

Piti Channel Guam

With breathtaking beaches to visit, diving spots to try, and water-based things to do, this wonderful tropical island is a paradise for Filipinos. Guam also has the lush greenery and stunning landscapes to end the fun-filled day with the solitude and tranquility of nature. When looking for a captivating retreat, Filipinos can never go wrong in choosing the tropics of Guam.

10. You can go on a tax-free shopping spree

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by SM Island Guam on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It’s a safe bet that whatever is included on Filipinos’ wish lists, Guam malls have it available and ready. Enjoy tax-fee shopping at SM Island Guam or Lotte Duty Free at Guam International Airport to make your vacation even more memorable.

Luxury brands are within reach; Filipinos can shop till they drop for quality bags, clothes, accessories, and electronics. It’s also a great way to shop for loved ones waiting for pasalubong (souvenirs) at home!

SM Island Guam

Address: 302 Route 4 (2,393.47 km) 96932 Hagatna, Guam, Guam

Website: SM Island Guam

Opening hours: 11am - 7pm (daily)

Lotte Duty Free At Guam International Airport

Address: Guam International Airport - 355 Chalan Pasaheru B224-A, Tamuning, 96913, Guam

Website: Lotte Duty Free At Guam International Airport

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Have the ultimate island getaway in Guam

Air V&V Guam - Vaccination and vacation
Source: Air V&V Guam

Time for Filipinos to scratch that dream island vacation off their bucket list! This country provides not only the best “Filipino” things to do, but also the perfect summer activities and attractions. With the Air V&V program, Guam offers the chance for adventure-seeking Filipinos to achieve their ultimate island getaway. Go for that long-awaited summer getaway and travel to Guam today!

Air V&V Guam

Click below for more information about Guam’s Air V&V (vaccination and vacation) program.

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