Culture Shock PH was founded in 2012 out of my love for Filipino food, regional cultures, and the amazing people I have met throughout my travels in the Philippines.
San Guillermo Parish, Bacolor, Pampanga
Food is my first love. Growing up, I always had a deep appreciation for the unique flavors and ingredients that make up Filipino cuisine. I found myself constantly exploring different regional dishes and wanting to learn more about their origins and cultural significance. One of the things that amazed me was the infinite number of ways you could cook adobo, the unofficial national dish. Depending on where you are, it could be made with pork, chicken, fish, or vegetables, and could be brown, yellow, white, or red!
As I continued to travel across the country, I began to realize that there is no one Filipino culture — there are Filipino cultures! Each region has its own unique customs, and traditions that make it so fascinating and different from the rest. In indigenous languages alone, we have at least 130.
But beyond the food and culture, it was the people that truly captured my heart. The warmth and hospitality of Filipinos is unlike anything I have experienced anywhere else in the world. In the places I visited, I found myself making connections that would last a lifetime. And it was these relationships that inspired me to share the beauty of the Philippines with others.
With these passions in mind, I decided to create Culture Shock PH — a travel company that offers a truly immersive and authentic experience of the Philippines. Our goal is to take travelers off the beaten path and connect them with local communities, allowing them to learn about the place's history, traditions, and way of life in a sustainable and responsible way.
Through our tours, we aim to showcase the beauty and diversity of Filipino culture, from the delicious cuisine to the fascinating regional customs and traditions. But most importantly, we want to create meaningful connections between travelers and the amazing people they meet along the way.
In founding Culture Shock PH, my hope is to inspire others to explore the Philippines in a deeper, more meaningful way — one that celebrates the culture and people that make this country so special.