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2. Baguio City, the “City of Pines”, is the summer capital of the Philippines for its unusual cool weather. The mountainous view sets a very relaxing atmosphere, yet, urbanized. Baguio City still highlights “Panagbenga Festival”, the annual flower festival.
3. Cebu City is surrounded by more than 150 islands and islets in central Visayas region, being the oldest city is the most developed province. The city retains landmarks from the 16th Century Spanish colonial past. Cebu is the Visayas’ main center of commerce, trade, education, tourism and business processing services. It is also a gateway to dive sites and beach resorts.
4. Davao City, the “Durian Capital of the Philippines” is located in Southern Mindanao, a highly urbanized city and serves as the main trade, commerce and industry hub of Mindanao. The home of Mt. Apo, Philippines’ highest mountain. Davao’s pride include Philippine Eagle Foundation and Nature Center, Davao Crocodile Park, People’s Park and Samal Island, known of it scenic beaches.
5. Amazing best describes an island facing the South China Sea, and the capital of Ilocos Sur. Vigan City Is considered as UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hispanic town left in the Philippines. Cobblestone streets, unique architecture and structure remain intact.
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Palawan is a top tourist destination in the Philippines. There are many places on the island to explore, but today, I will feature Pangaluasian Island, in El Nido.
The island has one of the widest stretches of powdery white beaches in Palawan. So, if you’re looking for a place to bask in the sun, view the stunning sunset and do a lot of water activities, this is the place to go. It’s very ideal for snorkeling and diving because the waters fronting the beach boasts of clusters of coral reefs. But before engaging in these activities, don’t miss watching the birds early in the morning on the awesome trail in the middle of the island. Here are some of the beautiful photos we took during our stay in the island.
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There are a lot of sights to see in Laguna and I have been there a lot of times, but it was only recently that I heard about its hidden jewel, Bato Springs Resort. Situated in the town of San Pablo, it’s a two hour drive from Manila. Before the spring was opened to the public, the flowing pool is formerly a river where several spring waters was coming out beside the river bank. People used bamboo shoots to catch the very cold water for drinking.
Last April, we decided to visit the resort. We packed clothes for an overnight stay, swimming gears, food, drinks and electronic gadgets. Of course, the kids didn’t forget to bring their ultrasone headphones with them; they can’t seem to go anywhere without their music.
We stayed in one of the resort’s air-conditioned huts where there were 4 bunk beds. We were 15 adults and 5 kids but the place was still big. Below our rented hut is a kitchen where you can cook and dine. Each hut has a ready barbecue grill, but you need to bring your own charcoal or you will have to go out of the resort to buy.
Bato Springs resort is a perfect venue if you are looking for a place to rest and relax close to nature. I would suggest though, not to go there during the holidays because there are a lot of people.
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They say you can never pick a favorite beach in the Philippines. That’s because the country has so many beautiful beaches to be proud of. With 7,107 islands edged by powdery white sand and turquoise and deep blue waters filled with a great deal of variety of marine, picking a favorite can be tough.
Here are some of the very best…
El Nido Palawan
I’ve never been to Palawan but if I’d have the chance, El Nido would be the first place in my list. Aside from the sugary white sand and crystal clear waters, the views I’ve seen from pictures and videos are spectacular. The limestone formations, empty lagoons, marble cliffs, prehistoric caves and waterfalls are what the tourists love to explore.
When you say white beach, one easily thinks of Boracay. I’ve been there only once with the family. We stayed there for 5 days and I loved every minute of it. If you love the night life, you’ll love Boracay because the beach comes alive at night with candle-lit sand castles, cozy restaurants and bars that are open until dawn. But if you are looking for some place that is quiet, there is a less boisterous side of Boracay where you can enjoy the sand, coves, caves and cliffs.
It was only recently that the island became so popular. Now, tourists and travelers come to Panglao because of its gorgeous beaches. Dolphin watching, whale spotting, diving with barracudas, jackfish, sea snakes and brilliant coral formations are just some of the fun things you can do in Bohol. While there, you may want to visit the place that made Bohol famous, the Chocolate Hills.
Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley
Palaui island is known to be a secret island and they say, only the brave and persevering bother to visit. Why? It’s because the gorgeous white sands surrounded by volcanic rocks on one side kiss the blue and green waters on the other. If you love snorkeling and diving, you’ll love it here. Palaui boasts of stunning coral gardens and a rich marine reserve.
Caramoan, Camarines Sur
The place was named after the local sea turtle, Caramoan. You’ll be amazed with the huge boulders and rock formations you’ll see in Caramoan. But the fun does not end there. They have caves, waterfalls, freshwater pools, underground streams and lagoon to explore.
These are just my top 5 beaches. I know there are still a lot that I have not mentioned but I leave them for another post.
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A recent article from CNN Travel named three of the Philippines beaches among the top 100 beaches in the world. They claim they based the list on answers coming from well-travelled friends and colleagues, suggestions from readers, and then they researched, investigated and examined the offerings of the beaches on the list before coming up with a final ranking. While the top spot went to Grande Anse Beach in La Digue Islands, Seychelles, three beaches that are found in the Philippines managed to make it to the Top 100.
Puka Beach in Boracay sadly managed to land only at 84 which is not surprising as Boracay, to my mind, is not the best beach in the Philippines but is definitely the top party place in the archipelago. The article describes Puka as the second-longest beach in Boracay with coarse sands and limited restaurants.
El Nido made it to number 14 and is described in the article as having “Powder-fine beaches and gin-clear waters” that “complement the stunning views of karst limestone formations, empty lagoons, marble cliffs, prehistoric caves and waterfalls.” The highlights of El Nido are the “surrounding waters” which “contain more than 50 species of coral and attract whales, whale sharks, sea cows, manta rays, dolphins and endangered turtles.”
Landing at 10th place is Palaui Island in Cagayan which is not yet a very popular travel destination but is most certainly one of the most beautiful beaches the archipelago has to offer. With its “glorious white sands” that “meet volcanic rocks and blue-green waters topside, while coral gardens and a rich marine reserve meet divers under the surface,” Palaui impressed the writer with its “raw beauty.” Getting there requires treks that battles “thorny grass, muddy ground and a mangrove forest” and the absence of hotels and resorts means you have to camp out or do home stays but the beauty of the place is definitely worth the effort. The island has gotten the attention of the TV series Survivor which is considering it as a location for its 27th season.
There may be a slew of other beaches in the country that deserves equal notice from CNN Travel but for the time being, it is enough that these three made it to the top 100 list. Next year presents another chance for our other beaches to make it to next year’s list.
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