How about planning a vacation to explore the Philippines? We have found some great deals on some great cheap flights out of Chicago to Manila in the Philippines from April-May then September to December for only $497 RT. What should you do in the Philippines? Visiting the Philippines is big fun. Perfect beaches. Friendly locals. Beautiful nature. Plus, it’s a cheap country to travel, you’ll get a great value for your money. In our experience, from all the Asians we have met, Filipinos are the most kind and friendly people, extremely welcoming and curious, but also respectful. They always seem happy and smiling, and they love to sing and to dance whenever there is an occasion to celebrate.