Category: Philippines

Guide to Visita Iglesia 2019 – 7 Churches To Visit in Metro Manila; Melo Villareal; Out of Town Blog

Visita Iglesia is an annual tradition observed by Catholics during the Lenten […]

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Hungduan: Travel Guide, How to Get There, Where to Stay, Activities & More; Lakwatsero

The quiet town of Hungduan prides itself for being among one of the five clusters of Ifugao Rice Terraces inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list since 1995. Situated west of the Banawe, it is home to numerous rice terraces including Hapao, Bacung, Kinga, Dakkitan and Nunggulunan which are among the most beautiful and well-preserved in the the entire Cordillera.

Source: Hungduan: Travel Guide, How to Get There, Where to Stay, Activities & More

Get to Know the 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines; Jihan Estrella; TripZilla

Philippines – Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

What better places to start your historical tour of the Philippines than its renowned world heritage sites? Take your pick from churches to rice terraces, underground rivers and more.

For a landmark to be considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it should prove that it is of “outstanding universal value”, have a cultural, historical and scientific significance, and is legally protected by international treaties. It’s quite a list of requirements but the qualified heritage sites are worth it.

While Italy and China are at the top of the list with the most number of world heritage sites (with 52 and 51, respectively), the Philippines has its own sites to be proud of. If you’re looking for an interesting tour of the country, you might want to try to visit its six world heritage sites and learn more about the Philippines’s rich history:

1. Baroque Churches

There are four Roman Catholic churches in the Philippines which represent a whole new style of baroque architecture that mixes European and local elements.

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Puerto Princesa On A Budget 2018: Travel Guide & Itinerary; Yoshke Dimen; The Poor Traveler Blog

Philippines – Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Need help planning your trip? Here’s The Poor Traveler’s latest PUERTO PRINCESA PALAWAN TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG, with all the tips and information that they know such as hotel…

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What you need to know about 2018 Palaro host Vigan, Ilocos Sur; Jodesz Gavilan; Rappler

Philippines – Historic City of Vigan

This year’s Palarong Pambansa coincides with the 200th founding anniversary of Ilocos Sur

The 2018 Palarong Pambansa, the largest sporting event in the Philippines, is set to happen next week in Ilocos Sur from April 15 to 21.

This year’s host is the City of Vigan, the capital of Ilocos Sur province.

According to the Department of Education (DepEd), the hosting of the Palarong Pambansa is rotated among the 3 major island groups – Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Local governments bid for the chance to host while the final winner is selected based on its ability to accommodate the student-athletes and the needs of each sporting event.

In a report, Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson said that Vigan City’s peaceful community became its edge over others. The city bested Ilagan City in Isabela, Baguio City, the Province of Bulacan, and Marikina City.

What else do we need to know about the host city and province?

Northwestern turf

Ilocos Sur is one of the 4 provinces in Region I which occupies the northwestern section of Luzon.

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Gem of the North: The Quiet Yet Charming Ilocos Norte; Sarinah Soliano; Tours4Fun

Philippines – Baroque Churches of the Philippines

Want to head north?

Take a break from the big, bustling city of Manila and let the winds of the north guide you to Ilocos Norte.

The hometown of former President Marcos, Ilocos Norte is a great vacation destination for travelers. There’s lush vegetation, rich history, pristine beaches, and well –adventure!

It wouldn’t come as a surprise if this region is included as one of the top Philippine travel destinations among Filipino tourists. The place is seriously getting a lot of attention lately.

Eager to visit? Let your mind drift to the most fascinating spots in this quiet yet charming faraway town.

Malacañang of the North

The official residence of the Marcoses when the late Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. was still the president, Malacañang of the North sits on the shores of Paoay Lake and has well-tendered gardens. Former First Lady Imelda Marcos gave this house to her husband as a gift. It was one of the properties sequestered from the Marcoses after Marcos Sr. was ousted as president.

After 20 years in the care of the government, Malacañang of the North was given back to the Ilocos Norte local government.

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Visita Iglesia in Ilocandia: Seven Churches of Ilocos; Angel Juarez; Lakwatsero

Philippines – Baroque Churches of the Philippines

The first time I went to Ilocandia was in 2005 when we embarked on a Northern Luzon road trip covering Pagudpud, Kalinga and Cagayan. There wasn’t enough time to explore the other parts of Ilocos apart from Pagudpud so I made a promise to return.

I went back during the Holy Week of 2011, where I endured the holiday exodus and 12-hour bus ride from Manila to Laoag with the main purpose of visiting old churches. I braved the throngs of commuters, the summer heat and the uncertainties of not having a concrete plan and itinerary.

So I found myself in Laoag at noon of Maundy Thursday, and immediately fell in love with its quaintness and beauty.

I stayed in a transient room for P300 per night, it is conveniently located near the downtown. It would serve as my home for the entire trip. Dora, the owner of the room was already waiting for me when I arrived. I had my lunch with them before taking a mid-day siesta prior tony planned Visit Iglesia.

Source: Visita Iglesia in Ilocandia: Seven Churches of Ilocos

Omani explores the ‘stairway to heaven’ of Batad, Philippines; Oman Observer

Philippines – Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras

When Mustafa visited the Philippines, he was not expecting to be impressed by the beauty of a small village called Batad. Very different from what he was accustomed to in Oman, Batad is located at a very remote place about 16 hours away from Manila, the country’s capital, surrounded by lush forest with the village only accessible by almost an hour of trekking.

Source: Omani explores the ‘stairway to heaven’ of Batad, Philippines – Oman Observer

Puerto Princesa: Travel Guide, How to Get There, Where to Stay, Itinerary & More; Lakwatsero

Philippines – Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Puerto Princesa is the heart of  Palawan, the Philippine’s last frontier. Dubbed as “City in the Forest”, it boasts of being the only city in the country who has successfully balanced the harmony between…

Source: Puerto Princesa: Travel Guide, How to Get There, Where to Stay, Itinerary & More

Palawan Underground River & Sabang Beach – Natural Wonders of the Philippines; Suze; Luxury Columnist

Philippines – Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Palawan Underground River in the Philippines is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is the world’s longest…

Source: Palawan Underground River & Sabang Beach – Natural Wonders of the Philippines – Luxury Columnist