By Sara Darling
WHEN THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY OF THE PHILIPINNES CAME TO WESTFIELD to let people know more about it, it was certainly a riot of colour and entertainment.
Taking place over five days, Westfield Shepherds Bush was transformed into a tropical paradise, with high energy fashion shows, music, Filipino food and a champion bartender, proving that it definitely is "more fun in the Philippines".
Along with daily catwalk shows showcasing traditional fashions by acclaimed designer Renee Salud, the crowd was wooed by original Filipon dances by the Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Company, and had access to films, local food and hammocks to really get into the mood.
With a varied culture and traditions, I can confirm that the Philipinnes is a country with lots to offer for the adventure seeker, and even Conde Nast Traveller has voted the island of Palawan to be the most beautiful in the world. Although if you prefer something a little bit more low key, there are 7000 more to choose from!
You can fly directly to Manilla from London, and are pretty much guaranteed sunshine- this should definitely be on your next destination hit list.