Manila is the capital city of the Philippines. It is chaotic, crowded and loud. But Manila is filled with history, rich culture, and packed with people of all walks of life. This is where you can experience and taste all different kinds of food that Philippines has to offer. This is a city that doesn’t sleep as it’s a bustling metropolis packed with different establishment that offers refreshments and entertainment all day and all night.
What better ways to experience a country but through its history. Vigan City would definitely take you back to the historical times of the Philippines through its preserved or restructured Spanish-styled ancient houses down to its streets made of bricks and stones. It’s like jumping into a history book. Due to each rich history, this city is the first and only UNESCO-declared World Heritage City of the Philippines. Places that you can visit and experience while in the city of Vigan – a must!- the famous Called Crisologo for the mentioned ancient feels, the Syquia Mansion which is the ancestral home of a former president of the country, climb through Bantay Bell Tower wherein you’ll see an enormous bell which dates back to World War II. And make sure not to forget to have the city’s famous Vigan longganisa and tasty empanada.
Words are not necessary to describe how tropical the Philippines is, but there are a few areas who are exempted from the heat, but yet, experience the cold- and Tagaytay is one of them. Tagaytay provides spectacular overlooking views that is something worth seeing. Some of the places to visit here are the Taal Volcano and Lake, one of nature’s best gift, I must say. It has the signature of a huge cratered mouth that is worth seeing. One of the best places to view the beauty of Taal volcano and the lake is at the Picnic Grove, which is another must-go-to in Tagaytay which has a lot of outdoor activities that you can do. Another place to go and see the beauty of Tagaytay is at the People’s Park In The Sky. It is the highest point in Tagaytay and it will be a nice relaxing uphill ride, but once arrive at the top, you’ll be awarded with an astonishing 360 degree view.
4. Iloilo City
This place is a must for food lovers. You’ll find mouth-watering food here such as their famous La Paz Batchoy and Pancit Molo. Your taste buds will for sure have a feast of different experience. Aside from being known for their rich flavored food, Iloilo is also home to many historical places. But above all of these, lies beautiful islands that you wouldn’t want to miss including Guimaraes Islands.
5. Bontoc, Mountain Province
You might have heard of the famous locations such as Banaue and Sagada which covers the beauty of Bontoc. This place has mesmerizing mountain sights from Mt. Fato, Mt. Kupapey and the famous Rice Terraces of Maligcong.
6. Banaue Rice Terraces
Listed as one of the “Eight Wonders of the World”, this proudly Filipino made terraces is worth the sight and the long hour trip. Hotels in this area are situated on the cliffs, providing you the experience of the beauty of the terraces and it will for sure give you the ride for your buck. But sweat not, it is definitely safe.
7. Mt. Pulag
It has made its way to be written on any traveler’s bucket list. Mt. Pulag would let you reach and be one with the clouds, and be in awe of its Milky Way Galaxy at daybreak. Mt. Pulag is called as the “playground of the gods”
Bohol is the location of the famous Chocolate Hills. The consecutive hills that turns into a brown color during the dry season will look like your luscious chocolates, only bigger. Bohol is also the home of the smallest primate in the world, the tarsiers. And besides the landscapes, Bohol can also be a good place to experience the sea.
9. Mayon Volcano, Albay
Once called as the “World’s Most Photogenic Volcano”, Mayon is ready to take selfies with you as it screams it’s perfectly-angled cone shape. Be careful and check the news though, this volcano is an active one.
Need I say more? Just kidding. This island which was closed for six months from tourists for restoration but it has now been opened again for tourists to indulge (with a limited number as of the moment). But if you’re down to experience the fine-grained white sand of one of the most famous beaches in the Philippines, visit Boracay, this place will surely make you want to come back over and over again.