Foreign SEABA Players and What They Should Try While They’re in the Philippines

Southeast Asia Basketball Association (SEABA) is a subzone of FIBA Asia consisting of countries from Southeast Asia. This year will be its 12th Championship and will serve as the qualifying tournament for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup. This will be held from 12 to 18 May 2017 in this year’s host country, Philippines.

Foreign players were expected to come a week or days before their actual game, so they will have plenty of time to prepare and adjust in their new environment. They will probably consider exploring the country and make their stay memorable as possible.

Here are a few things they must try while they’re in the Philippines!


There are a lot of spectacular places and magnificent man-made structures to visit in the country that's just waiting to captivate the eyes and the hearts of foreign people. The UNESCO World Heritage Site; Banaue Rice Terraces; the well-preserved Spanish-style architecture in the historic town of Vigan, Ilocos Sur; one of the oldest churches in the country, San Agustin Church in Paoay Ilocos Norte; the volcano with the most perfect cone shape, Mt. Mayon in Legazpi, Albay; the unique land formation of Chocolate Hills in Bohol and many more...


If players are longing for the beach waves and cold breeze, Philippines just happen to have it all. Since it is a beautiful country made up of more than 7,000 islands, players might want to chill out in the most famous beaches in the country like Boracay island in Aklan, Pagupud beach in Iloscos Norte, Mactan Island in Cebu and many more. Expect to relax as these remarkable beaches attract you.


All around the country, there are many restaurants offering different mouth-watering Filipino and foreign cuisines like American, Chinese, Indian, Greek, Japanese and French. But it would be a best experience for them to try the weirdest yet very tasty food in the country. Indulge and try Isaw (chicken intestine), Balut (egg: boiled developing bird embryo), Betute (stuffed frog) and many other flavorful dishes to satisfy your taste buds.


Jeepney is the most used public land transportation in the Philippines and is one of the cultural signs of the country. It has two benches facing each other and can carry 18-22 passengers. It is most likely recognizable since this type of vehicle has a lot of colors and unique styles. To get familiarized with the place from the Filipino’s perspective and to see how they communicate, Jeepneys are a fantastic way to explore the country and riding it is a must.