In their Top 10 Countries to visit in 2014 Rough Guides puts the Philippines on the 10th spot. This is their reasoning:
In the wake of the terrible devastation wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan, tourism has become even more important to the Philippines, bringing crucial support to the economy. An estimated 97% of the country remains unaffected, including Boracay and the southern parts of Cebu. Though the Philippines boasts a dazzling array of pristine reefs, volcanoes, sleepy backpacker islands and the famed rice terraces, the country mostly remains off the beaten path, despite being relatively safe for travelers – flare-ups of political violence (mainly in Mindanao) are easily avoided. New direct flights from London to Manila mean that it’s now even easier to get there from the UK.