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Brief Introduction About the Philippines
The best time to visit the Philippines is November to May to avoid the worst of the typhoon season. The Philippines sit across the typhoon belt, making dangerous storms from July through October. The Philippines is a democratic and republican State. Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates them. Manila known as “Maynila” for Filipinos is the capital city. The Philippines claims to be the only Christian nation in Asia. More than 86 percent are Roman Catholic. It is a home for the Ms. Universe 2016 pageant. The Philippines ranks 4th among all other countries that have won the most titles for the Ms. Universe. On technology, The Philippines is an emerging tech tiger where there is a fast-growing middle class with money to spend, a large population that speaks English and addicted to social media. Currency type is PHPpeso.
Best Places to See in the Philippines
- Palawan – See Palawan, Best Island in the World
How to get there from Manila: Take a plane from MNL- Manila Ninoy Aquino to PPS-Puerto Princesa for 1h 20mins.
- Boracay – It is a small island in the Philippines located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Leisure activities available on or near Boracay include island hopping, horseback riding, scuba diving, diving helmet, snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, cliff diving, parasailing (paraw sailing – sailing old school), fly fish, standup paddling, zorb and zip line, ATV ride, mermaid swimming, island and beach relaxation, food trip, sunset watching, fire dancers and clubs.
Language: Ilonggo, Tagalog
How to get there from Manila: Take a plane from MNL-Manila Ninoy Aquino to MPH-Caticlan Malay for 1hr
- Banaue Rice Terraces – It is commonly known as “Eighth Wonder of the World” and is known as “Hagdan-Hagdang Palayan ng Banawe” in Tagalog. It is 218 miles from Manila. The 2000-year-old terraces were built with minimal equipment, largely by hand. It is fun to see its uniqueness and exciting to trek. It is a wide area to discover that’s why you have to remember to bring foods and drinks and most of all, your camera. Other things to see in the place are the Tappiya falls, Guihob Natural Pool, Tam-an Village, Banaue Reggae Garden. Other rice terraces nearby are Batad, Hapao, Bacung Spider Web.
Language: Ifugao, Ilocano, Tagalog
How to get there from Manila: While it is only 218 miles from Manila, a drive takes about 9hrs because you have to take a 2-lane highway with many switchbacks in the mountains.
- Chocolate Hills – The Chocolate Hills known as “Mga Tsokolateng Burol” in Tagalog are geological formations in Bohol. There are at least 1,260 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers. During the dry season, the grass-covered hills dry up and turn chocolate-colored hills? which its name derived from. Other things to see in the area are the Chocolate Hills Complex and Chocolate Hills Monument.
Language: Cebuano, Boholano, Tagalog
How to get there from Manila: plane-taxi (Take a plane from MNL-Manila to TAG-Tagbilaran for 1hr 25mins) and take a taxi that takes you there for 30mins
- Mayon Volcano – The volcano is also known as Mt. Mayon and approximately 344 miles from Manila. It is an active stratovolcano in the Province of Albay. It was reclassified a Natural Park and renamed Mayon Volcano Natural Park. It was named after the legendary princess-heroine Daragang Marayon. Recorded deadly eruptions are July 20-24, 1766 – Pyroclastic and lava flows destroyed the town of Malinao killing 39 people; July 7, 1853 – Eruption of ash fall, lava, pyroclastic flows that caused harm to 34 people; June 4 – July 23 – It had killed 350 people; February 2 – April 4, 1992 – It had killed 77 people and injured a few people; May 6, 2013 – It had killed 5 and hurt 7 hikers. The best time to visit the volcano is between the months of March and May. Other months can be more dangerous because of unpredictable weather.
Language: Bicolano, Tagalog
- Baguio City – It is known as the summer capital of the Philippines. It is where people go in the summer to experience a cooler weather. The average temperature in the summer months (April to May) is 70°F and other months are below 70°F. The city is situated at an altitude of approximately 1,540 meters (5,050 feet) in the Luzon tropical pine forests Top scenic spots to see in Baguio City are Mines View Park, The Mansion, John Hay Airbase, Wright Park, Botanical Garden, Burnham Park, Panagbenga Park, Lion’s Head, Butterfly Sanctuary, Baguio Museum, Baguio City Public Market.
Language: Ilocano, Tagalog
- Hundred Islands: The Hundred Islands is a well-known National Park in the Philippines and is located in Alaminos, Pangasinan. The park covers an area of 6.47 sq. miles. The islands, totaling 124 at low tide and 123 at high tide. There are boats available for tourists for a trip and hike to some of its safe islands. Other fun activities to do in the area are hiking, diving, boating, kayaking, caving, camping, zip lining, ATV riding.
Language: Pangasinan, Ilocano, Tagalog
How to get there from Manila: Take a bus for approximately 4-5 hours (Book Online)
Burgos, Ilocos Norte – Photo by Bart Mapps
- Ilocos Norte – See Visiting Ilocos, and Learning Ilocano
Language: Ilocano, Tagalog
How to get there from Manila: Take a plane from MLA-Manila Ninoy Aquino to LAO Laoag City for 1hr
- Cebu City – It is the second most populous area in the Philippines. It is close to Bohol where you can see the beautiful Chocolate hills. It is a very historic place. It is where Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer had landed in 1521 and became warfare among the kingdoms. Cebu City is close to Mactan, a coral island that offers some of the best diving, snorkeling, island hopping, jet ski, sailing and cultural activities of any island in the Philippines.
Language: Cebuano, Tagalog
How to get there from Manila: Take a plane from MLA-Manila Ninoy Aquino to CEB-Cebu for 1hr 20mins
Best Places to See in Metro Manila
Venice Grand Canal – Your chance to get a glimpse of Venice, Italy in Manila.
Manila Ocean Park – The first marine-themed park in the country.
Fort Santiago – The Philippines’ National hero, Jose Rizal was executed in this place. It is one of the most important historical sites in Manila.
Rizal Park – It is also known as Luneta park and it is one of the largest urban parks in Asia.
Binondo China Town – It is the oldest Chinatown in the world, established in 1594.
Manila Bay – It is the natural harbor located around Manila and it facilitated commerce between the Philippines and its neighboring countries. The bay was used to showcase the strength of the United States’ Naval in 1898.
Places to See Close to Manila
Taal Volcano – It is the second most active volcano in the Philippines with 33 historical eruptions.
WWII and Corregidor Island – It is called by Filipinos, “Isla ng Corregidor” and is located entrance of Manila Bay. It served as a harbor defense and a military airfield during the American Liberation.
Subic Bay – The base was 262 square miles and was the largest overseas military installation of the United States Armed Forces.
Pagsanjan Falls – A famous waterfall in Laguna.
Villa Escudero – Since 1981, the plantation has opened its doors as a resort offering village tour, museum tour, food, and accommodations.
Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar – It takes you back to the 18th century.
Hidden Valley Springs – Hundred of centuries ago, a crater more than 300 hundred feet deep formed during a fiery volcanic eruption.
Anilao Diving – The best experience you can be proud of.
Top Things to Do
- Ride in a jeepney, the over decorated public transportation system
- Ride in a kalesa, one mode of transportation in the Philippines that was introduced by the Spaniards
- Dive into the creepy graveyard of WWII shipwrecks at Coron and Busuanga
- Survive a night out in Manila (Asia’s most notorious metropolis)
- Meet the wildlife (Wildlife Sanctuary in the Philippines)
- Ride a dirt bike across rugged Palawan
- Dive and swim into Boracay’s pristine waters
- Explore the beaches
Don’t forget to visit the Shopping Malls:
Well Known Festivals:
Ati-atihan Festival – Kalibo, Aklan – Third Sunday of January
Dinagyang Festival – Iloilo City – Fourth Sunday of January
Feast of the Black Nazarene – Quiapo, Manila – It is celebrated 3 times a year – January 9th, Good Friday, December 31st
Higantes Festival – Angono, Rizal – November 23rd
Kadayawan Festival – Davao City – Third week of August
Pahiyas Festival – Lucban, Quezon – May 15th
Pamulinawen Festival – Laoag City – February 10th
Panagbenga Festival or Flower Festival – Baguio City – All month of February
Moriones Festival – Marinduque – Holy Week
Masskara Festival – Bacolod City – Third week of October
Sinulog Festival – Cebu City – 3rd Sunday of January
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