Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese practice that started in the 1980’s. It is basically connecting with nature through all your senses, like smelling the forest air, feeling the leaves and the branches.
Why try Shinrin-yoku?
There are studies that show how forest bathing brings health benefits to an individual. Phytoncides, the antimicrobial chemicals released by trees to prevent from rotting also helps in giving health benefits to humans.
Most trees also contain organic compounds that support our own natural killers (NK) which fights off cancer.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has recorded 3.4 million international tourists who visited the Philippines from January to May 2019.
This is a 9.76 percent increase compared to the figures in the previous year, according to the tourism department.
“The numbers are very encouraging. From 3,178,984 tourists recorded from January to May in 2018, we are already close to breaching the 3.5 million mark this year. This only shows that the preservation of our environment can go hand in hand with economic gains,” according to tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
Tourists from Korea holds the highest number of 788,530 January-May arrivals. This is followed by China with 733,769 arrivals, and the United States and Japan with 472,469 and 281,988 arrivals respectively.
Meanwhile, the month of May recorded the highest growth in number of arrivals for 2019. There is a 15.62% growth with 621,719 tourist arrivals compared to 537,743 last year.—AAC
Palawan ranks 8th in the best places to visit in Asia according to a travel website.
According to the Lonely Planet, “long known as the Philippines’ last frontier, Palawan has ridden a slew of media accolades to the cusp of international superstardom.”
Travel site, Lonely Planet, has listed 10 best places to visit in Asia which includes Margaret River & Southern WA, Australia, Shikoku in Japan, and Bay of Islands & Northland, New Zealand as the top three places.
“The crown jewel is El Nido, where skyscraping karst formations rise out of blue water in Bacuit Bay.
New rules restrict visitor numbers at signature sights like the Big Lagoon on Miniloc Island, while a ban on single-use plastic bottles on tour boats is helping to tackle marine pollution,” the website reads.—AAC
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