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Best 5 Places I Have Ever Been Around the Philippines

Best 5 Places I Have Ever Been Around the Philippines

For the last 30 years, I’ve been a known adventurer and I always made my self that at least once in a while I’ll go to a place which I have never been before around the country.

I really love trekking and going around places, observing their customs, trying to taste their delicacies, nature tripping and just plain enjoying every second of being in that certain place. Escaping the so-stressful and busy life here in Manila where I reside and work.

So if you’re an avid traveller and also like to be on the road around the country, I can suggest you my top 5 best places I have ever been. And I hope by this, I can help you get to it and enjoy the sight-seeing and the refreshment of the surroundings.

Hundred Islands, Pangasinan

Hundred Island Pangasinan

Hundred Island, Pangasinan

The first National Park in the Philippines, the Hundred Islands National Park. The more than one hundred islands and islets – did you think there would be an even hundred? – are said to be formed from lifted coral deposits in a process that could have taken 2 million years. Fun fact, the actual number of the islands varies on sea level. At low tide, the number is 124 and at high tide, the water covers one island, making it 123 in total.

Located at the city of Alaminos Pangasinan, the islands are spread out in Lingayen Gulf taking in the about 4,557 acres of space. Three of the many islands have been built up for tourists namely: Quezon Island, Governor’s Island and Children’s Island.

Activities include snorkeling, swimming, fishing and my personal favorite – island hopping.

Baguio City

Kennon Road Baguio City

Kennon Road, Baguio City

Baguio City probably has the most visitor attractions clustered in a relatively small area compared to other tourist destinations in the Philippines.

The most popular tourist attractions are located near each other, on the East and South sides, although there are a few near the residential areas, like Burnham Park, The Mansion, Wright Park, Mines View Park and many more.

Just 8.2 km from east to Tam-awan Village, Baguio City Philippines west and 7.2 km from north to south and with inexpensive public transportation available, the City of Pines is one of the easiest places to explore.

Pahiyas Festival, Lucban, Quezon

Pahiyas Fetival Lucban Quezon

Pahiyas Fetival, Lucban, Quezon

Just in the south part from Manila in Quezon province is a little town named Lucban, a 3rd class municipality in the province of Quezon. This municipality rests at the foot of the prestigious Mt. Banahaw. Lucban is famous around the world for the annual Pahiyas Festival which is held every May 15 in honor of the patron saint of harvest, Isidore the Laborer the Farmer.

Lucban celebrates the Pahiyas Festival every May 15 in honor of the patron saint of farmers, St. Isidore. This festival showcases a street of houses which are adorned with fruits, vegetables, agricultural products, handicrafts and kiping, a rice-made decoration, which afterwards can be eaten grilled or friend. The houses are judged and the best one is proclaimed the winner. Every year, tourists roam the municipality to witness the decoration of houses.

And after the festivities you can visit Kamay Ni Hesus Healing Church, a catholic church.

The famous food sold here are Lucban Longanisa and pansit habhab. Yummy!!

Malaybalay City, Bukidnon

Kaamulan Park Malaybalay Bukidnon

Kaamulan Park, Malaybalay, Bukidnon

Malaybalay is located in Bukidnon, the southern part of Philippines. Malaybalay is known for its cold weather and their pine trees and also known as “City of Forest” and the capital city of Bukidnon. I like to visit Malaybalay especially when the summer starts and can be compared to Baguio City. What I like most about visiting Malaybalay is that it is a quiet city and people are very friendly. Malaybalay City is like a country side type where you can see lots of trees and rice field just minutes away from the city. The city has no tall buildings because the local government preserved the beauty of the nature and it has become their asset for the travelers.

You can try to visit Kaamulan Park, Nasuli Spring for nature lovers and Monastery of Transfiguration if you’re a bit religious.

Corregidor Island

Front of Malinta Tunnel Corregidor

Me and my colleague in-front of Malinta Tunnel in Corregidor Island

Corregidor is a small rocky island in the Philippines about 48 kilometers west of Manila which is strategically located at the entrance of Manila Bay. This island fortress stands as a memorial for the courage, valor, and heroism of its Filipino and American defenders who bravely held their ground against the overwhelming number of invading Japanese forces during World War II.

Also known as “the Rock,” it was a key bastion of the Allies during the war. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines in December 1941, the military force under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur carried out a delaying action at Bataan. Corregidor became the headquarters of the Allied forces and also the seat of the Philippine Commonwealth government. It was from Corregidor that Philippine President Manuel Quezon and General MacArthur left for Australia in February 1942, leaving behind Lt. Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright in command.

Here you can visit the ruins of gun emplacements, buildings, structures, and tunnels in the island that tell a very moving story of a war that has claimed so many lives.

FYI: If you visit this place try the following, walking alone inside Malinta tunnel and the famous ghost hunting at the hospital.

Other part of the country which I visited and attested it’s beauty, which you could try to visit also are; hot springs especially Hidden Valley Resort in Laguna, Intramuros in Manila, Pagudpod in Ilocos, Laiya Coco Grove, Dive ‘n’ Trek and Eagles’ Point resorts in Batangas, Samal Island in Davao City, Cagayan De Oro City and Agusan Del Sur in the southern part of Philippines, Bohol and it’s neighboring islands like Cebu.

Enjoy!! ^_^

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