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    Zamboanga City: A Melting Pot of Cultures

    In Zamboanga, there are constant reminders of the city’s exotic past as a major East-West trading port. Zamboanga remains a melting pot of cultures, with the colorful vinta sails and the imposing stoneworks of Fort Pilar symbolizing the city’s rich heritage.

    Zamboanga ia also a shopper’s paradise, where a vast array of imported Asian wares compete for attention with local handicrafts such as brassware, woodcarving and shell products.



    Fort Pilar Shrine


    Fort Pilar was built in 1635 by a Jesuit priest engineer and Spanish authorities to ward off attacks from Moros and foreign invaders. The fort was eventually converted to a shrine and miraculous powers are attributed to the statue of Our Lady of the Pillar.

    Plaza Perishing is a quaint remnant of a typical Spanish square, renamed in honor of a former American Governor of the Moro Province. Pettit Barracks was established by US Occupation Forces in 1899 and named after its commanding officer.


    Sand is pinkish at the Great Santa Cruz Island

    The major natural tourist attraction is Great Santa Cruz Island, which is known for its pinkish sand beach. On the island is a fishing village, a lagoon and an old Muslim burial ground.



    Surigao Del Sur: Adventurer’s Shangri-La by the Pacific

    Surigao del Sur is on of the last remaining frontier provinces of the Philippines and has been describes as an “Adventurer’s Shangri-La by the Pacific.” Cagwait White Beach is on of the best unspoiled beaches in the Philippines.


    Bislig Surigao Del Sur Tinuy-An Falls

    The waves of Luzano Bay are ideal for top performance surfing. The kissing islets of San Agustin are a unique natural formation. The multi-tiered Tinuy-an Falls located in Bislig are among the spectacular in the country. The soothing Malinawa Cool Spring in Cantilan also attracts tourists.



    Tourist Spots in the Nueva Vizcaya Province

    Nueva Vizcaya, which is very mountainous attracts visitors to Mt. Pulog National Park. This is the site of the country’s second highest peak.


    Mount Pulog

    Dalton Pass is the gateway to Cagayan Region and, because of its strategic importance, was the scene of intense battle at the end of World War 2. A shrine has been erected to honor sacrifices of Filipino troops .

    Kirang Pass has a monument erected by the Japanese to commemorate the gallantry of soldiers on both sides. Historic Spanish churches include St. Dominic Cathedral and Dupax Del Sur Church.

    The Lion-Alayan Cave is a large horizontal cave system with an array of stalactites, stalagmites and columns with draperies, where water flows towards an underground river.



    Cagayan Province: Caves, Gamefishing and Other Attractions

    The major tourist attraction of Cagayan Province is caves, in particular, the famous seven chambered Callao Caves, which contain a chapel for those who wish to meditate on these wonders of nature. Other popular caves among the more than 300 that are around the region include Jackpot Cave, San Carlos Cave, Sierra Cave, and the Odessa-Tumbali Cave System.


    A church inside the Callao Caves

    Cagayan is also the gamefishing capital of the Philippines, with San Vicente, Sta. Anna and Palaui Island important destinations for sportfishing enthusiasts; the beautiful sailfish being the prize catch. Palaui also features the Spanish built Palaui Lighthouse.

    Other tourist attractions in the province are mountain treks, river trips, surfing, the Magapit Suspension Bridge, St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Miraculous Lady of Piat, a four-century old image of Mary, which was brought from Macao to the Philippines in 1604 by Dominican friars. Visit the tourist spots in Cagayan Province.



    Recommended Historical Sites in Cebu City

    Below is a list of historical sites that are recommended for tourists who visit Cebu City:

    1. Casa Gorordo Museum – In this museum are displayed 19th century paintings, relics, household items and furniture

    2. Colon Street – This street is the oldest street in the Philippines and is named after Christopher Columbus

    3. Fort San Pedro – This place is the nucleus for the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines and was founded by Legazpi in 1565. The fort was later used as barracks for American and Japanese occupiers.

    4. Lapu-Lapu Monument – this is located in Mactan, Lapu Lapu City and it commemorates Lapu-Lapu’s victory. He is regarded as the first Filipino patriot against a foreign aggressor.

    5. Magellan’s Cross – This marks the spot where the first Catholic mass and baptism in the Philippines took place.


    Magellan’s Cross (Inside)


    Magellan’s Cross (Outside)

    6. Magellan Marker – Also located in Mactan, Lapu Lapu City, this was erected on the spot where the famous explorer died on April 27, 1521 at the hands of Chief Lapu Lapu.

    7. President Sergio Osmeña Memorabilia – This contains the late president’s historic car, his personal belongings and mementos.

    8. University of San Carlos – This is the oldest school in the Philippines which was established in 1565.

    9. University of San Carlos Museum – This is an anthropological and biological museum which traces ties between Philippine society and other Asian cultures.



    Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur: The Little Hongkong of the South

    The picturesque harbor cove of Pagadian City has earned a reputation of being called “The Little Hongkong of the South.” Pagadian City’s attractions are natural, rather than man-made.


    Pagadian City Festival

    Natural Attractions in Zamboanga Del Sur

    The natural attractions in this Southern part of the Philippines are waterfalls (Pulacan Falls, Lourdes Falls, Lison Valley, Manga Falls), beaches (Muricay Beach, Bomba Beach, Poloyagan Beach, White Beach), caves (Manga Cave, Kendis Cave), and mountains (Mt. Pinokis, Mt. Susong Dalaga).


    Springland Resort, Pagadian City

    Stunningly beautiful Lakewood is regarded as on of the prime, unspoiled nature spots in the country. Tukuran Beach, a submarine landing area in World War II, also has great tourist potentiala among other attractions in Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur.



    List of Historical Sites to Visit in Ifugao

    Here is a list of historical sites that you can inlude in your itenerary when you visit Ifugao. Included is a brief description of each site.

    1. Aguinaldo Hill, Allaguia Junction – This site was used by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo as a command post during the Philippine-American War. Gen. Aguinaldo was a Filipino general, politician, and independence leader. He played an instrumental role in Philippine independence during the Philippine Revolution against Spain and the Philippine-American War that resisted American occupation.

    2. Million Dollar Hill, Kiangan – This site was given this name because of the amount of money spent by the Allied Forces in the capture of the site.



    3. Philippine War Memorial Shrine, Kiangan – This is a gigantic, pyramid-pyramid shaped shrine which commemorates the end of World War II.


    Apayao Province and its Natural Tourist Attractions

    Founded more than a decade ago in 1995, Apayao Province dubs itself the “Cordillera’s Last Frontier for Nature Richness”. Apart from the two ancient Spanish churches at Pudtol, the attractions are purely natural.


    Spanish church in Pudtol

    Included in Apayao Province’s natural tourist attractions are the unpolluted of Apayao and its waterfalls, the viewing points at Pudtol and Luna, the Agora and Anag-Sicapo Wildlife Sanctuaries and the Maton Underground River.


    Dibagat River in Apayao

    The natural attractions of the Apayao Province are truly breath-taking.



    The Rice Terraces in Ifugao

    Ifugao, up in the north of the Philippines, is known for its rice terraces. These rice terraces were built along the mountain sides like stairways reaching the sky. They were constructed approximately 2,000 years ago by the Ifugaos using bare hands and wood as tools.


    The Ifugao rice terraces which is a testimony of painstaking work and indigenous engineering skills is recognized around the world. In fact, in December of 1995, it was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List as “Continuing Cultural Landscape”.

    Where are the Rice Terraces located?

    The terraces are particularly located in the municipalities of Banaue, Hungduan, Kiangan and Mayoyao. The Banaue Rice Terraces are also known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Meanwhile, Batad is popular for its amphitheater-shaped rice terraces and the cascading Tappiyah Waterfalls.





    Tourist Attractions in Camiguin

    Camiguin Island, located in Mindanao, is what many people regard as the Philippine’s equivalent of the Garden of Eden. It is a volcanic island that is splendidly beautiful and it has a virgin jungle where exotic orchids and other flora can be found. It also boasts of hot and cold springs, majestic waterfalls and black, as well as white sandy beaches.

    Historical Attractions

    Bonbon, the site fo the massive eruption of Mt. Vulcan Daan in 1871 is the center of historical tourist attractions in Camiguin. The ruins of the old Catholic Church and the sunken cemetery, just off shore, are results of the fury of the volcanic explosion. A walkway leads to the peak of the old volcano.




    Natural Attractions in Camiguin

    One of the natural attractions in Camiguin Island is Mt. Hibok-Hibok, the only remaining active volcano. The other natural tourist attractions are the Katibawasan and Tuasan falls, the Tangub and Ardent Hot Springs and the Sto. Niño and Macao Cold Springs.

    Beaches in Camiguin


    camiguin-white-sand-beach

    A white sand beach that offers a superb view of Mt. Hibok-Hibok is White Island. This is a popular tourist destination and it is an island that is small and has sugar-fine, white sand. The other attractions with white sand beaches are Mantigue Island and Guinsiliban Cove. The best dive site in Camiguin is Jidcup. The man-made Benoni Lagoon also attracts visitors in Camiguin, Mindanao.



    Boracay Island

    The beaches of the Boracay Island is located off the north-western tip of Panay Island, Philippines. Boracay is world famous and is almost always the first beach mentioned when tourist, foreign & locals alike talk about vacation places in the Philippines.

    The island of Boracay is 7.5 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide. The popular powdery White Sand Beach (which take up most of the western side of the island) is where most of tourist go to see and be seen. Boracay Island has electricity and piped water and has grown into an international tourist hub with 20 dive sites, scores of bars and restaurants, native tattoo parlours, banks, a fire department, and a police station. There is also a Tourist Center that also serves as a souvenir shop and an airline reservation center.




    Aside from scuba diving, snorkeling & sunbathing, a common sight round Boracay Island is sailing on slender hulled boats called Paraw. Passengers occasionally seat on a webbing area between the outrigger supports. The Paraw is exceptionally fast off the wind, but difficult to maneuver, requiring the foresail to be backed. They can be hired for trips round the island, a wonderful experience if you don't mind getting wet. There are three classes of Paraw with size limits on each. Races are regularly staged each year with the winning boat getting a considerable prize.



    The nightlife of Boracay is very lively with the numerous clubs and bars spanning the whole stretch of the beach. From Friday's at the northern part of the beach to Lorenzo South at the southern end. It is specially so during Lent & Christmas season when Boracay Island is transformed into a big fiesta. It is the time when local & foreign tourist come in droves. But whatever season, If partying is your cup of tea, then the nightlife of Boracay is for you.



    Popular hang outs at the central portion of Boracay strip are: Friday's, Cocomangas, Pier 1 and Hay Jude -just to name a few. To the golf enthusiast, there is the 18 hole, par 72 golf course at Filinvest's Fairways & Blue Waters. It is a first class club and hotel located a short distance from the beach. A nice place to picnic during the day and do some diving or snorkelling is Crocodile Island. There are also Bat Caves to explore on the northeast coast of Yapak and at the southern end of Bulabug Beach, there is Sunken Forest to discover.

    You can reach Boracay Island by air via South East Asian Airlines (Seair). It has regular daily flights to Caticlan (it is nearest airstrip to Boracay). From Caticlan is a short boat ride to Boracay. You can also catch the daily flights of PAL, Cebu Pacific or Zest Airways (formerly Asian Spirit) to Kalibo, Aklan, from the airport, take a 2-hour bus ride to Caticlan, then the short boat ride to Boracay. And if you are not in a hurry, you can take the ferry boat trip from Manila to Caticlan (twice a week - Mondays & Saturdays) of WGA's Supper Ferry. The ferry boat ride takes approximately 15 hours.

    Another alternative if you are not in a hurry, is to take the Philtranco Bus (tel # 852-2523, 853-3218) from Manila (EDSA, Pasay) to Caticlan then take the short boat ride to Boracay Island.



    Resorts & Hotels in Boracay Island
    Para-sailing at BoracayAlice in Wonderland Resort Hotel
    Regency Beach Resort
    Club Panoly
    Club Ten Beach Resort
    Cocomangas Beach Resort
    Crystal Sand Resort
    Friday's Resort
    Fairways and Blue Waters Hotel
    Gold Crowne Club Resort
    Le Soleil de Boracay
    Pink Patio Resort
    Pearl of the Pacific
    Jony's Resort
    Lorenzo Hotels (Grand Villa, Main Beach & South Beach)
    Nigi Nigi Hotel
    Nami Private Villas Resort
    Paradise Garden Resort
    Tourist on a banana boat at Boracay beachPearl of the Pacific Resort
    Pink Patio Resort
    Red Coconut Resort
    Seawind Resort
    Sandcastles Beach Resort
    Seraph Resort
    Terraces Hotel
    True Home Hotel Resort
    Willy's Beach Resort
    Waling Waling Beach Resort
    357 Boracay Resort





    Baguio City

    Baguio City is the summer capital of the Philippines. Located in northern Luzon, Baguio City was established by the Americans in 1909, It is sited about 1,500 meters above sea level, high in the Cordillera mountain range giving the city an almost temperate climate.



    Baguio is a favorite vacation destination of Filipinos & foreign tourist specially during summer because of its year-round cool climate. It is also known as an educational center with its 4 universities and several colleges and institutes in Baguio City’s 49 square kilometer area.

    he centrepiece of Baguio City is the Burnham Park which features a rectangular lagoon and open fields. The eastern part of the city is dominated by high-class residential areas surrounding the Camp John Hay, a former American military recreation zone now turned into a tourist residential-commercial area.



    Places of Interest:


    The Cathedral at Baguio CityBaguio City Cathedral is a majestic church built on top of a hill, and is seen from many parts of the city. On the right side of the cathedral is Session Road. It is the main avenue of the city and is its commercial center. Along the main street and side streets are numerous shops, restaurants, and billiard and duckpin bowling alleys. Session Road is also the place visited by foreign tourists who wish to enjoy the city's nightlife.

    Hillside of the Mine's View ParkMines View Park, located at the extreme northeast of Baguio City boasts a spectacular view of Benguet's gold and copper mines.

    Camp John Hay, once a military recreational camp of the Americans during World War II is now a popular tourist destination for people who wish to see the pine forests in Baguio City. It also boasts of a sprawling country club with a full 18-hole golf course as well as many trendy restaurants and a rather nice hotel called The Manor.



    Itogon Wood Carver's Village - fills three kilometers of independent indigenous wood carvers. The works of these carvers range from very small figurines to huge statues.

    The Orchidarium is a showcase for the various breeds of flowers and plants that are The president's official residence in Baguio Citygrown in the region.




    The Mansion House - the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. One can leisurely stroll around its manicured lawns.


    Baguio Botanical Garden - also known as the Igorot Village contains many Igorot houses amidst various flora and fauna that grows in the cool climate of the city. Tourists can usually take pictures with the Igorot tribesmen dressed in their traditional costume.

    Mary Knoll Ecological Sanctuary is a haven for free minds and bodies. The Eco-tour refreshes the eyes with nature's feast of flowers. The gallery inspires one's creativity.

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    Bohol Island

    Bohol is an island paradise in the Philippines famous for its while sand beaches, the Chocolate Hills and the Tarsier, the smallest primate in the world. It is located in the Visayas island group in central Philippines. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and corral reefs, Bohol is a travel destination for tourist & travelers who love nature. The Chocolate Hills is nominated as one of the "New 7 Wonders of Nature".



    Bohol is also renowned for its wonderful dive spots. Foreign and local divers come to Bohol to see the breathtaking underwater corral reefs around the islands. The more popular beaches of Bohol are Alona, Dumaluan, Bikini, Momo & Doljo beaches. With the help of the Department of Tourism and the local government, the beautiful Balicasag Island is now being developed for tourism with careful consideration of the environment. Needless to say, water sports is very popular in these islands. Aside from the beaches, another attraction of Bohol are its numerous caves (there are more than 1,400 to explore). Most famous of which is the Hinagdanan Cave on Panglao island. The cave directs to an underground pond with many stalactites & stalagmites.



    In addition to Bohol's beaches, caves, and awesome Chocolate Hills, that visitors come to admire, it boast many monuments & magnificent churches built during the Spanish era. Every town in Bohol has its own church and each has a unique and interesting design and architecture. It will take days to see them all. If you wish to see some but have limited time, you can start with the Tagbilaran Cathedral at the capital then go to the nearby towns of Baclayon, Clarin, Maribojoc, Dauis, Loay & Loboc. A cheap way to get around the island is through the "habal-habal". It is a motorcycle for hire that serves as a "taxi' on the island.




    Other Attractions & Activities in Bohol:

    ▪ Dolphin & whale watching at Pamilacan Island - aside from the half day dolphin & whale watching tour, the island features a white sand beach and a 200 year old Spanish fort.

    ▪ Site of the Blood Compact . The place where the Chief of Bohol (Sikatuna) signified the friendship and acceptance of the Spanish Leader Legaspi.

    ▪ Loboc River Cruise - a scenic ride on a large bamboo raft while having lunch on the Loboc River. A relaxing and enjoyable way to spend the day.

    Bohol's primate



    ▪ Tarsier Trail. A sanctuary for the Tarsiers where these tiny primates are at home with people. Visitors can actually touch and hold the Tarsiers. The Tarsiers are nocturnal, they hunt & eat insects at night.

    ▪ Panglao Islands. Just a short boat ride away, Panglao offers an array of beaches, resorts and dive camps to choose from and offers different accommodations for different tastes & budgets.

    ▪ Punta Cruz Watchtower. A high point in Bohol with an impressive view the Cebu Strait (the strait between Bohol & Cebu).


    How to get to Bohol:

    There are two ways to get to Bohol (Tagbilaran). From Manila, you have a choice of going by air or by boat. By air you have a choice of airlines to fly: PAL, Cebu Pacific & Air Philippines. By boat, you can take the Supper Ferry from the Port of Manila. The boat ride from Manila to Tagbilaran is approximately 25 hours.



    Batanes Islands

    Old stone Ivatan houseThe Batanes island group is the smallest province in the Philippines in terms of population and land area. The capital of Batanes, Basco is 280 kilometers north of Apari, Cagayan (the tip of main island of Luzon) while it is only 190 kilometers south of Taiwan. Batanes lies in the vast waters of the Pacific ocean where the Pacific meets China sea. An area that for generations is almost isolated from the rest of the Philippines. Batanes consist of 10 tiny islands and islets namely: Batan, Sabtang, Itbayat, Mavudis, Siayan, Diogo, North Island and Y'ami. Only the first three islands are inhabited.



    The wind swept islands of Batanes are beautiful and enchanting and they are like no other in the Philippines. Since Batanes is separated from the country by miles of rough waters, the Ivatans (the name of the people of Batanes) have developed a different culture. Ivatans are honest, gentle and polite but brave and robust. They are proud of their their heritage and their land.

    The landscape of Batanes is also distinct from other Philippine provinces - steep cliffs, rolling hills, deep canyons and boulder-lined shores - not unlike New Zealand in some way. But the most noticeable of all features of Batanes is the architecture of the houses - stone walled and thick thatched roofs to withstand the battering of typhoons.



    The weather of Batanes is cool and windy. And it rains any month of the year. It has an almost temperate temperature from December to February where temperatures dip as low as 7 degrees centigrade. Although Batanes lies along the typhoon belt and gets hit by strong typhoons, it get it's fare share just like other provinces on the north. But in spite of the reputation of Batanes as a backward region, it now has modern conveniences like mobile phones (cell sites by Smart & Globe Telecoms), electricity and cable television but hardly any vehicles.



    There are a lot of things to do and see in Batanes, swim on the many beaches, see the fishing villages, the churches and lighthouses, island hop, but best of all, it is a beautiful place to reflect and admire nature.



    A trip to Batanes bestows one a feeling timelessness...an experience that will linger long after arriving back home. It makes one appreciate the simple things in life, but in a deeper sense. But be forewarned though, once you've experienced Batanes, it will haunt you to come back...




    Places of Interest in Batanes:


    ● House of Dakay (1887) a UNESCO heritage building.

    ● Lighthouses of Batanes

    ● St. Dominic de Guzman Parish Cathedral

    ● Mt. Iraya - A 1008-meter mountain on Batan Island.

    ● Mahatao View Deck

    ● Burial Caves - Pre-historic burial caves in the town of Itbayat.

    ● Sumhao Wind Power Plant

    ● Nakaboang Beach, Ark & Cave

    ● Songsong Ruins

    ● Beaches - Chadpidan Beach, White Beach and more.

    ● Payaman - known as "Marlboro Country", a pasture overlooking farm fields & the Pacific Ocean.


    Batanes LighthouseAbout Batanes:

    ● Land area: 230 square kilometers, Population: 18,000

    ● Literacy rate: 95%

    ● Major industry: Garlic and cattle

    ● Language: Ivatan (an Austronesian language, with pidgin Spanish and Chinese accent).




    Hotels and Inns in Batanes:

    ● Brandon's Lodging - 11 tastefully decorated rooms each with TV, aircon and toilet & bath. Contact: Madeleine Siazon at +63 919 366 2158 for reservations.

    ● Batanes Resort - P550 /day and up. Tel. # 9229621 local 327 (Ivatan Center, Q.C.)

    ● Batanes Seaside Lodge P450 /day and up Tel. # 0981-993613

    ● Ivatan Lodge - P100/1 pax, P400/ 1 or more pax/day. Email: ivatanlodge@ yahoo.com

    ● Shanedel's Inn - P200 /day 0920-4470737

    ● Troy Lodge - near airport Tel. # 0920-4470726


    How to go to Batanes:

    SEAir [Tel. # (02) 849-0100] has early morning flights daily to Batanes from Manila and vise-versa. These flights land straight to Basco on Batan Island, Batanes.

    By sea, you can catch a ferry (MV Ivatan Princess) operated by the Batanes Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Tel. # 0917-793-0102) from Currimao, Ilocos Norte to Basco, Batanes and vise-versa every Wednesday and Sunday.



    BATANGAS

    Batangas is the exact place that will give you a sudden urge to drop whatever it is you are doing and just take off to Batangas. When you get there, you will know that everything is worth leaving behind for a Batangas experience!




    Nestled just two hours away by car from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila, Batangas offers a haven for every discerning visitor. The short trip will take you to captivating sites like the world’s lowest volcano and diverse dive sites. If it’s heritage you are looking for, Batangas also has historical sites well preserved for everyone to enjoy.

    To satisfy your craving for underwater adventure, the fascinating dive sites in Anilao will Foreign tourist in Batangas about to go scuba diving.definitely fill your excitement. This marine protected sanctuary situated in Mabini, Batangas is currently rated number one in the Philippine macro photography and number three worldwide from the evaluation of international divers visiting the site. With over 40 dive sites ready for you to explore, you are sure to get your fix of underwater wonder. Night dives are sure to capture your most vivid imaginations as you swim with creatures like mandarin fishes, sea hares, catfish eels, sea goblins and blue-ringed octopuses and snake eels. This is definitely better than flipping through cable television. Also, marvel at the best-known dive spot in Anilao called the Cathedral where you’ll find two large mounds with a cross in between at 50 feet.



    Blessed by open beaches and sheltered coves, subterranean caves and deep harbors, Batangas is a must-stop for not just beach lovers but for anyone who needs to wash away their stress while sunbathing on beautiful white sand beaches. Visit serene white beaches in Laiya Aplaya and find gorgeous accommodations that will meet your exacting needs.



    Batangas also boasts on having the centerpiece attraction in Southern Luzon, the Taal Lake. Tagged as the smallest active volcano in the world, it is a volcano within an islet, within a lake, within a crater, within a volcano. This picturesque site holds a sulfuric lake inside its main crater right in the center of the island. Families and friends can enjoy abundant activities on the island like trekking, horseback riding on the way to the inner lake, camping and kayaking at the Crater Lake Resort. All these are just a boat ride away from the shores of Talisay, Batangas.



    The town of Taal also prides itself for its well-preserved colonial towns dating back to the Spanish era. Historians will definitely admire the town’s old layout combining the municipal hall, school, church, and houses. Do not miss to visit historical sites like the Marcela Mariño Agoncilio Museum, Church of Our Lady of Caysasay, Leon Apacible Historical Landmark and Escuela Pia.



    Feast on the architectural beauty of the Basilica of San Martin de Tours. Built by Father Diego Espina in 1575, the church was destroyed several times by Taal Volcano’s eruption and an earthquake but still holds the fascination of many admirers because of its baroque façade consisting of a single mass of stone shaped into artistic designs.



    If you are a patriot, you will surely love to visit the Apolinario Mabini Shrine. The shrine located in Barrio Talaga, Tanauan, Batangas is a memorial to the Philippine hero also known as the Sublime Paralytic. See the remains and personal belongings of the late revolutionary hero who also masterminded the Katipunan in 1896.

    Now all your traveling will not be complete without trying out Batangas’ famous Lechon. The people here so love this food they hold a celebration every June 24 in the town of Balayan where they dress up these whole roasted pigs and parade them at the plaza.

    If you’re not a pork enthusiast, Batangas offers a special Kilawin that will certainly reward your hunger. It is made of fresh fish just hooked straight from the sea soaked in vinegar and lemon juice sprinkled with fresh chopped onions, garlic and hot peppers. If you’re not sure where to find this dish, just ask the locals and with a familiar smile Filipinos are known for, they will surely fix one for you.



    How to go to Batangas:


    Several bus lines ply the Manila-Batangas route 24 hours a day. Most have terminals are in Quezon City and in Pasay. Here are the most popular bus lines that ply this route and their phone numbers:

    ● BLTB - Pasay Terminal, Tel. # 833-5508, 913-1525, 833-5501
    ● JAM Transit - Cubao, Q.C. Tel. # 541-4409, 831-4390, 924-7712
    ● TRITRAN -Pasay Termainal, Tel # 925-1759, 925-1758




    Corregidor Island

    Corregidor is a tadpole shaped island on the mouth of Manila Bay. When the Philippines was yet a colony of Spain, Corregidor IslandCorregidor served as a fortress; an early warning outpost to warn Manila of any hostile ships; a customs outpost; and a correctional (prison). Because of the corrective effect of hard labor on prisoners, the island was named Corregidor, from the Spanish word "corregir" meaning the corrector. Corregidor is also known as "the rock" because of its rocky landscape and heavy fortifications.



    Corregidor island is approximately 4 kilometers long, 1.5 kilometers at its widest and a total area of approximately 3 square miles. At the tip of the tail, 2 kilometers south, lies Caballo island. Both Corregidor and Caballo islands are part of the province of Cavite.

    Corregidor History

    In 1898, after almost 400 years of colonization, the Philippines was ceded by Spain to the United States after payment of US$20 million. Soon after, the Americans used Corregidor as an army post and named the it, Fort Mills in honor of Brig. Gen. Samuel M. Mills. The Americans built bomb-shelters, concrete emplacements, a hospital and trails around the island. Corregidor Eternal Flame MonumentIn 1922, construction of the Malinta Tunnel started to protect military installations and wares in case of war. In addition, 56 Coastal guns, 13 anti-aircraft artillery batteries and 10 searchlights was installed.




    In 1941, hours after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the Japanese invaded the Philippines. Corregidor served as the last resistance point of the retreating Filipino and American forces fighting the Japanese. Gen. Douglas MacArthur used Corregidor island as a base for the Allied forces form 1941 to 1942. Corregidor also served as the temporary shelter for the government of President Manuel L. Quezon and his family for two months (December 24, 1941 to February 19, 1942) prior to the eventual exile of the Philippine Commonwealth government to the United States. After the fall of Bataan to on April 9, 1942 to the Japanese, Corregidor surrendered after holding out for 27 days.



    Corregidor Today

    Today, Corregidor is a historical site and a tourist destination. The island is divided into sections, the "head" is called the "Topside". This is the main part of Corregidor where the headquarters, barracks, war memorial, lighthouse, Eternal Flame, parade grounds, golf course and all the major emplacements are located here. Then there is the "Middleside", where the campsite, aviary, bird park and some ruins are located. And the tail end of Corregidor island is called the "Bottomside". The hotel, administrative building, Gen. MacArthur Park, Gen. Wainwright Park and San Jose Chapel can be found here.



    Many of the war ruined buildings have never been reconstructed, and instead was left as is, so as to serve as a memorial to the Filipino & American solders who died here in World War II. Corregidor today is not only a place to contemplate and learn history, it Malinta Tunnel of Corregidoris also a place to relax and enjoy. There are many things to see and do. A highlight of a visit to Corregidor is the audio-visual presentation at the Malinta Tunnel of the events that occurred during World War II, including the departure of President Quezon and Gen. Douglas MacArthur on a submarine from Corregidor to Australia - Quezon and his family exiled to the United States during the war.



    One can also avail of the island tour of Corregidor on a motorized boat or do some hiking on through the hills and forest and discover some landmark ruins along the way. For those who will stay overnight at Corregidor, take the night tour with a walk around of the Malinta Tunnel, it is different and more stimulating.


    Statue of Gen. Douglas MacArthur at Corregidor, PhilippinesPlaces of Interest in Corregidor:

    ● Malinta Tunnel

    ● Pacific War Memorial

    ● Filipino Heroes Memorial

    ● Spanish lighthouse

    ● Gun emplacements

    ● Eternal Flame of Freedom

    ● Aviary and Theme Park

    ● Filipino-American Friendship Park

    ● Barracks ruins



    Where to stay in Corregidor:

    ● Corregidor Hotel is a comfortable place to stay for visitors and tourist who would like to relax after a long day visiting the sites. The hotel has a pool, souvenir shop, bar and restaurant. For those who still have energy to spend, the hotel has tennis and basketball courts. Corregidor Hotel is walking distance to the North Dock, wharf and beach.


    How to go to Corregidor:Ferry boat form Manila to Corregidor

    ● An air-conditioned ferry departs daily at 8:00AM from the ferry terminal at the CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila and returns in the afternoon. Day tour includes the ferry transfers, fees, lunch and guided tour of Corregidor (entrance fee of P150 to the Malinta Tunnel is excluded). Package day tour is priced P1,999/per person (as of March 2011). Extended or overnight stays can be arranged with the ferry's operator, Sun Cruises at telephone # (632) 831-8140 and 834-6857.




    Last edited by Magneto; 23rd Feb 2012 at 21:06.

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    Davao

    Davao is a region in south eastern Mindanao, Philippines that boast of its natural beauty and resources. Davao is composed of four provinces namely: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and the City of Davao.

    Collectively, they are designated as Region XI of the Philippines. Davao is a major producer of gold, and its mining resources include silica, silver, copper and elemental sulfur. It is where the highest peak (10,311 feet) in the Philippines is located – Mt. Apo, where only the brave dare climb.




    Davao City is the most important city in Mindanao and the largest city in Asia in terms of land area - occupying more than 244,000 hectares. Its population according to the 2000 Census is 1,147,116. It's international airport and seaport is one of the busiest cargo hubs in the southern Philippines. Davao City is also one of several cities in the Philippines that are independent of any province. The city is also the regional center for the Davao Region.


    Island Picture



    There are many places to go and things to do in Davao. Just 5 kilometers north of the city is Lanang Golf & Country Club with an 18 hole course. To the south of the city are Apo Golf & Country Club and New Davao City Golf Club. The region has many hotels and resorts to relax and unwind. For the gourmet, Davao offers a wide variety of local and international cuisines at very reasonable prices. Davao is known for its fresh seafood, notably the grilled yellow fin tuna, tiger prawns, barbeques and other delightful specialties. Not to be missed when in Davao is the Durian, the fruit that smells like hell but taste like heaven!

    Some of the more popular places of interest in Davao:


    Samal Island – unspoiled and pristine, the island prides itself for its white sand beaches with vacation facilities for different kinds of water sports.

    Tourist attraction of DavaoPearl Farm Beach Resort, is the most famous tourist destination in Davao. The Pearl Farm is located on Samal Island just a short boat ride from Davao City. The 11-hectare resort was once a real pearl farm that cultivated oysters imported from the Sulu Sea, and produces some of the best pearls in the country. Now the white sand beach resort is a top tourist attraction in Davao with cottages inspired by the Isamal native design.



    Philippine Eagle National Center, where the endangered Philippine eagle is bread in captivity. The Center provides shelter to some 19 Philippine eagles as well as other birds, animals.


    Tourist interested in local handicrafts will find artwork and various handmade products made by indigenous ethnic tribes of Davao namely the Bagobos, the Atas, the Mansakas, the Mandayas, the the Kalagans, the Mangguangans and the Tagakaolos. Their crafts can be found in local stores and museums in the city.


    One can get to Davao City from Manila by land (by bus via the Pan-Philippine highway), by sea (daily ferry boats) or Air.



    Accommodations:

    Apo View Hotel
    Grand Meng Seng Hotel
    Pearl Farm Hotel
    Waterfront Insular Hotel
    Marco Polo Hotel
    Mercure Hotel Davao
    Royal Mandaya Hotel



    Iloilo

    Iloilo is the Philippines’ Heritage Haven of Panay. This is because it is popular for its gentry living as displayed by its majestic and colonial mansions and churches scattered throughout its beautiful landscape. This beautiful province is set in a graceful and refined repose between Batiano and Iloilo rivers forming the shape of a nose. Hence, it was given the name Iloilo from the word Ilong-Ilong, which means “nose-like”.

    Iloilo City is a living testimonial of the rich cultural heritage of the province. At its city proper, the popular landmarks include: Muelle Loney, Museo Iloilo, Plaza Libertad, Arevalo, Jaro, and Fort San Pedro. Arevalo boasts of its 19th century mansions, flower nurseries, and looms that weave piña and jusi. Jaro is the province’s residential center of the rich and elite who, to this day, have maintained their grand ancestral homes in impressive and tip-top condition.



    Each town that lies along the city’s west coast possesses centuries-old churches. Guimbal shines brightly with its yellow sandstone, Tigbauan is proud of its Baroque façade, while San Joaquin boasts of its white coral. However, the most impressive of all is the Miag-ao Church, which is included in the World Heritage List. On the other hand, the eastern towns of the city lead to the town of Estancia, which will take you to the beautiful cluster of islands off the northeast Panay.



    Iloilo Festivals

    Iloilo is a host to a number of festivals people from different places not only in the country but also from around the world visit. The most popular of these festivals are: Dinagyang Festival, Ati-Atihan Iloilo version, Our Lady of Candles Feast, Paraw Regatta, Festival of Bulls or Pasungay, and the Carabao Race.

    Iloilo Travel Destinations – Places to Visit

    Iloilo has more to offer than grand churches and mansions. When you set your foot on this beautiful Panay province, you will never run out of destination. Below are just some of them:

    Bucari - Iloilo’s little Baguio is located in the town of Leon. It is a popular summer destination in this hot spot of the Philippines.

    Water Park
    Westown Hotel’s El Dorado Waterpark - This is the newest addition to Smallville, the very popular entertainment and dining center of Iloilo. El Dorado features an elegant South American inspired pools and poolside rooms. This place has also become Smallville’s daytime attraction for those who want to spend a fun and refreshing time with family and friends.



    Iloilo’s Beaches – The place to be when you want to be wet and hot. The island of Panay is blessed with beautiful islets and coasts teaming with diverse marine life and fantastic seascapes just like other islands in the Pacific. Iloilo is definitely no exception; however, it has many exceptional beaches with great potentials to become the next top tourist destination in the Philippines. From Iloilo’s northern to southern tips, you will definitely enjoy a lineup of beautiful beaches where you could get wet or be hot anytime of the year.



    How to get to Iloilo

    If it is your first time to visit Iloilo, you may opt to take the easy route by taking an airplane. Major cities in the Philippines have daily flights to Iloilo. However, if you are after a great adventure, you can take a long but wonderful route from Cebu City to Iloilo City via Negros Occidental. If you will be coming from Manila, you should first go to Cebu, then to Negros. Moreover, you can enjoy an overnight boat trip from Manila or Cebu. Indeed, Iloilo is the place to find refuge if you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy life in the city. It offers a peaceful, quiet, and calm haven to anyone who needs a more laid-back holiday. While it is a city where you can hear the birds chirping and smell the fresh fragrance of flowers, it is also a city where you won’t miss the convenience offered by a well-developed city. So, what are you waiting for? Book a trip to Iloilo now!



    Palawan

    Whilte Sand BeachPalawan is the most well preserved major island group in the Philippines. It is also the largest province in the Philippines in terms of land area. The rain forest, caves, coral reefs, mangroves, beaches and clear blue waters are its best assets.



    One has to go around the islands of Palawan to see how its people and the local government’s conservation efforts have born fruit.

    With almost 2,000 kilometers of coastline, Palawan is known as having one of the most beautiful seascapes in the world. Sprawled beneath the seas are nearly 11,000 square kilometers of coral reefs. Palawan was proclaimed as a fish and wildlife sanctuary in 1967 and to this day, this group of islands is probably the most protected province in the whole Philippines.

    Underwater corals of PalawanThe Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary in the northern Calamianes islands is home to exotic and endemic species of animals that roam freely in its verdant hills and plains. Palawan is the home of Palawan Monkeys, Palawan Parrots, Palawan Bear cats, Palawan Peacock, Mongoose, Scaly Ant Eater, Porcupine, and mouse deer.



    A must see is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (also known as Sabang’s St. Paul Subterranean National Park). It is a wonder to behold; carved by nature for millions of years; the length of cave and river network is unknown up to this day. The cavern stretches away in an almost perfect rectangle with walls and ceiling decorated with natural carvings in many colors. Stalactite and stalagmites seem like they have been intentionally crafted to awe the visitors. Further inside, one reaches a grand chamber, decorated with multi faceted colored stones. One has to be there to see its grandeur.

    Beautiful rock formations in PalawanEl Nido – the place with crystal clear waters and many wonderful dive spots with first class resorts. El Nido Marine Reserve is noted for its very expensive and edible birds’ nests that is harvested on majestic limestone cliffs that end up on our dinner table as Bird's Nest Soup.



    Honda Bay - Just 30 minutes form Puerto Pincesa is Honda Bay. One can take a boat and beach hop the dozens of beaches on the islets that dot the bay. One can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, diving or just relaxing on the beach amidst the clear waters and fine sand. The panoramic view would surely leave a lingering impression on the visitor.

    Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty and richness of marine life. Tubbataha Reef is made of of 2 atolls (North & South reefs) located 92 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City covering 33,200 hectares. The North Islet serves as a sanctuary for birds and marine turtles. Tubbataha Reef has pristine waters, lagoons, a line of extinct underwater volcanoes, two corral islands with a magnificent 100-meter perpendicular wall.



    Palawan has been called the "island of the gods" and it is not without reason, the spectacular sea and landscapes of Palawan; especially at El Nido, gives the impression of seeing heaven's beauty on earth. Acknowledged as the Philippines' last frontier, Palawan is a must see for the traveler who appreciates the majesty and splendor of nature.

    Popular Resorts in Palawan:


    Marina de Bay, Central Palawan
    Dos Palmas Arreceffi Hotel, Central Palawan
    Princessa Holiday Resort, Central Palawan
    Crystal Paradise Resort, Central Palawan
    Dolarog Beach Resort, El Nido
    Lagen & Maniloc, El Nido
    Bambua National Park, Sabang
    Green View Resort, Port Barton
    Club Noah, Tatay
    Club Paradaise, Busanga
    Coral Bay, Northern Palawan
    Discovery Dive, Northern Palawan
    Lamud Island Resort, Northern Palawan
    El Rio Y Mar, Northern Palawan
    Rio Playa Beach, Northern Palawan
    Amanpulo, the most expensive Island resort in the Philippines
    Coco Loco Island Resort, Roxas




    Pangasinan

    Pangasinan is a province 250 kilometers north on Manila. The province is bordered by the provinces of Zambales and Tarlac on the south, Nueva Vizcaya and Nueva Ecija to the east, La Union on the north and the Lingayen Gulf to the west. The name Pangasinan was derived from the word "asin" or salt due to Pangasinan's vast salt making industry. The province is also a major producer of mangoes, rice, milkfish and bamboo handicrafts.



    Today, Pangasinan is more known for its most popular tourist attraction which is the Hundred Islands National Park. A cluster of more than a hundred islands off the town of Alaminos on the Lingayen Gulf. Of which, the biggest island is named Quezon. Most of the islands are small and uninhabited and are only occasionally visited during the day by local and foreign tourist. Most of the bigger islands have beaches where visitors can spend the day or camp out for a picnic.

    However, only a few of these island have facilities. Those that offer facilities are: Quezon Island with viewing decks, toilets and picnic sheds, the Governor's Island has accommodation facilities for those who would like to stay longer and the Children's Island which has bathrooms, camping and sleeping areas.

    Now, visitors to the Hundred Islands can better enjoy their vacation with water sports facilities offered for rent at Lucap Waterfront (Tel # +63 75 5512246) for activities like jet skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, parasailing and big game fishing.

    Other Tourist Attractions of Pangasinan:

    Pangasinan CavePlaces of interest in Pangasinan are: the 2 lighthouses in Bolinao: the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse in Barangay Patar and the Port Bolinao Lighthouse in Guigui-wanen in Barangay Luciente; the Tara waterfalls in Bolinao; the pristine Balingasay river; Antong Falls in the town of Sison; the Urduja House in Lingayen; the Salasa Church in Bugallon; Mount Balungao in Balungao; Manleluag Spring National Park in Mangatarem; Bolinao Museum; Sanctuario de Senor Divino Tesoro in Calasiao; Redeemer’s Cross; Agno Umbrella Rocks and the Lingayen Gulf War Museum in the town of Lingayen.



    For the adventurous, there are several caves in Pangasinan waiting to be explored. There is the Cacupangan cave in the town of Mabini, Cindy’s cave in Bolinao and the 200 meter Villacorta Caves in the town of Villacorta with waterfalls, pools and rock formations.

    Aside form the beaches found on the Hundred Islands, one need not get a boat ride to get to a beach in Pangasinan. The coastline of Lingayen Gulf is blessed with numerous beaches for tourist and vacationers. There is the Bonuan beach, videoke stalls to match and other beaches that dot the coastline of Pangasinan.



    Best Beaches of Pangasinan:


    Beach at Pangasinan, Philippines● Abrak Beach in Bolinao has huts for rent for the budget conscious and several resorts for those with bigger budgets.
    ● Tambobong Beach, also in Dasol has pristine waters and a fishing village serves as a backdrop.
    ● Colibra Island, in Dasol has a beautiful shoreline; clear waters that is good for for diving and snorkeling. The island’s beach however has no shade. So be prepared to get a dark tan.
    ● Tondol Beach in Anda town offers a long stretch shallow and calm waters. Ideal for sunbathers.

    ● Arnedo Beach also in Bolinao offers several resorts, some with surfing facilities with reasonable rates.



    How to get to Pangasinan:

    Catch a bus from Manila going to Alaminos, Pangasinan. From the town proper of Alaminos, there are tricycles and jeepneys that ply the 3 kilometer route to Lucap town where the Public Assistance Center for the Hundred Islands National Park is located. The center also accepts reservations for accommodations to the islands. From the center, motorized boats (banca) can be hired for a trip to the islands.


    Buses that ply the Manila - Pangasinan route:

    ● Dagupan Bus Line (Quezon City to Dagupan) New York St., Cubao Tel # 929-6123, 727-2330
    ● Victory Liner (Quezon City to Dagupan & Alaminos) Cubao, Q.C. Tel # 727-4688, 727-4534
    ● Five Star Bus Line (Pasay City to Dagupan & Bolinao) Tel # 833 8339, 833 3009
    ● City Trans (Manila to Dagupan & Bolinao)
    ● Philippine Rabbit (Quezon City to Dagupan & Bolinao) EDSA, Q.C. Tel # 734-9838, 734-9836
    ● Philippine Rapid Manila to Dagupan & Bolinao)

    Last edited by Magneto; 23rd Feb 2012 at 21:25.

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    Puerto Galera

    Overlooking view of the beachAbout 4 to 5 hours away from Manila is Puerto Galera. It is a string of beaches located on the northwest side Mindoro Island. Composed of Coco Beach, White Beach, Sabang Beach, Big & Small Lalaguna & Tamaraw Beach. Puerto Galera is a haven for Filipinos & Foreigners alike. The cost of getting there, the accommodation, food and drinks are relatively cheap compared to Boracay or Palawan. On a tight budget, a weekend retreat for two can cost as little as $100. And that includes transportation from Manila, a room and food.



    White Beach on is the longest and widest beach in Puerto Galera. It is a bit laid-back compared to Sabang but Sabang is smaller but livelier because it has more bars, shops, restaurants and discos. Sabang also boast of a floating bar in the middle of the bay where local and imported drinks are served. But both Sabang & White Beach have an active nightlife although one need not stay at one beach alone, try beach hopping when your there. You can transfer from Sabang to Small Lalaguna by foot. And in between the two beaches, there is a cozy bar on the cliff called "The Point" it has a nice view of the ocean and is open until 2 a.m. The other beaches at Puerto Galera can be Cabanas on white sand beach reached by tricycle, jeep or pump boat. It is a common practice to rent a cottage at one resort and hop at different resorts and beaches during the day and at even at night.



    ou can do just about everything for your total holiday enjoyment at Puerto Galera. Day activities are usually swimming, boating, strolling, hiking, Scuba diving, snorkeling, island hopping, jet skiing, beach volleyball and of course sun bathing! One can also hire a guide to trek the mountain at the backdrop.



    Another interesting place to go while in Puerto Galera is the Tamaraw Falls. It is very easy to go to, just take a jeepney ride towards San Teodoro town and ask the jeep driver to drop you off at Tamaraw Falls. The falls is just meters from the road. And if you are the adventurous type, go jungle trekking through the mountains and see the Mangyan tribes people living in the jungle and you are lucky, you might get the rare chance to see the Tamaraw, a wild buffalo in the forest of Mindoro.


    How to get to Puerto Galera:

    To get to Puerto Galera from Manila you can get a bus to the Port of Batangas (about 2 hour trip). Almost all major bus lines in Manila have regular trips going to the Port of Batangas. From the port, the fastest way to any beach in Puerto Galera is to take a "banca" ride (outrigger boat) directly to your beach of choice. They leave the port several times a day starting at 7am (more often during peak season -the schedules change depending on the demand). There is also the "Ro-Ro" (roll on-roll off) ferryboat (2 1/2 hours trip) that leaves at noon. The Ro-Ro can accommodate cars. It docks on the Puerto Gallera pier. It leaves only once a day. You then have to take a jeepney or tricycle ride to your choice of beach. So if you are not afraid of small boats, take the "banca" direct from the Port of Batangas to your choice of beach at Puerto Galera.

    Another way to get to Puerto Gallera is to catch a bus leaving everyday at the City State Tower Hotel in Ermita, Manila (tel. # 0917 694 6918) the bus takes you to the Port of Batangas where a catamaran “Si-Kat” waits to ferry passengers to Puerto Gallera. There is also a bus leaving Royal Palm Hotel (tel 02/526 2566) in Ermita, Manila at 8 a.m.


    Public Buses plying Manila and the Port of Batangas:

    BLTB Bus Lines: EDSA, Pasay. Tel # 833-5508, 833-5501, 913-1525
    Jam Transit: Taft Ave., Pasay. & New York St., Cubao. Tel. # 541-4409, 924-7712
    Tritran Transit: Edsa, Quezon City. Tel # 925-1759, 925-1758
    Philtranco Bus Lines, Cubao, Q.C. Tel # 851-8079




    Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

    Old Spanish HousesAbout 400 kilometers from Manila is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vigan. It is the capital city of Ilocos Sur located on the west coast of northern Luzon. One can see precious remnants of old Spanish architecture throughout the center of the city. Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia with a unique European atmosphere. Several museums exist for the many national heroes that were born here. Vigan is the oldest surviving Spanish colonial city in the Philippines. The name Vigan was derived from "Biga", a giant taro plant that grows abundantly along the banks of the Mestizo River.




    Places of Interest:

    Ancestral housesOld Vigan Colonial Houses – the ancestral houses were built mostly by rich Chinese traders. These great big houses are made of thick brick walls and plastering with red clay. Tile roofs are made to survive earthquakes. The Mestizo district where more than a hundred houses line side by side along Calle Crisologo.



    St. Paul’s Cathedral - built in 1790-1800 by the Augustinians, this impressive Baroque Vigan Cathedral cathedral has most of its interior walls well preserved. The 12 altars and 3 naives only enhances the church beauty and grandeur. The bell tower is octagonal and is located 10 meters south of the cathedral. It is a place not to be missed when visiting Vigan.



    Palacio de Arzobispado – built in 1783, it is the official residence of the Archbishop of Nueva Segovia. The palace was the headquarters of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. Included in the palace is the Museo Nueva Segovia with a collection of paintings, manuscripts and religious articles accumulated through the centuries.

    Burgos National Museum. - the museum building is the ancestral house of Padre Jose Burgos. One of the museum’s best feature are the paintings of Esteban Villanueva depicting the 1807 Basi Vigan Bell TowerRevolt. The dioramas of local historical events is worth the visit. Included in the collections are antiques, manuscripts and other priceless items. There is a Tourist Information Center in Vigan to help visitors. And if you want to take a break, there are beaches to go to just a few minutes away from the town.

    A good time to visit Vigan is during the town fiesta. Celebrated for one whole week -concluding on January 25 to commemorate the conversion of the apostle, St. Paul. The fiesta is marked by street parades, beauty contest and variety shows on the town plaza.



    During the Holy Week, local and foreign tourist come to Vigan to see the religious processions of the antique and life sized statues mounted on elaborately designed carrozas that are paraded on the streets of Vigan.

    To get to Vigan City from Manila, you can get a bus or take a plane to Laoag City and take a bus ride to Vigan. There are many places to stay. Many ancestral houses have been turned into quaint hotels and inns. There are also many bars and restaurants offering a variety of local and international dishes.


    Buses that ply Manila & Vigan daily (approx. 7 hours trip):


    Philippine Rabbit Bus Lines: Rizal Ave., Manila & EDSA, Q.C. Tel # 734-9838, 734-9836
    Dominion Bus Line: New York St., Cubao, Q.C. Tel # 731-4180, 741-4146
    Partas Bus Company: Aurora Blvd., Q.C. Tel. # 725-7303, 724-9820
    Maria de Leon Transit: Dapitan cor. Gelinos Sts., Sampaloc, Manila Tel # 731-4907

    Upon arrival in the Philippines, here is where you can get a good choice of hotels with discount prices, visit Where to stay in Manila for more information.

    PAL (Philippine Airlines) flies to Laoag City 3 times a week. Laoag, 80 kilometers away from Vigan takes about 1½ hours to commute.
    Last edited by Magneto; 23rd Feb 2012 at 21:26.

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    ang ganda po

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    thanks dito reference ko ito pag napunta isa sa mga lugar na yan hehe

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    tamang tama toh ts, naghahanap talaga ako ng magandang lugar na pwedeng namin puntahan ng gf ko for our anniversary. salamat!

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