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Best Christmas Destinations in the Philippines

Best Christmas Destinations in the Philippines

The Philippines is a country well known for its long Christmas celebration.

Filipinos have the tradition of the so-called “BER months” wherein September marks the long celebration of Christmas Season. The country literally transforms into a spectacular place of lights and sounds where Christmas decorations are all over the street. You will be amazed of the decors you can find in every house. You can hear Christmas carols everywhere. What makes it more exciting are the famous Bibingka and Puto Bumbong.

Love is also all over during this season. Families gather together to celebrate the birthday of Jesus. Some choose to stay home for Noche Buena while others go to different beautiful places in the country. More than any other celebration, what matters most during this season is the bond of each family.

If you are planning to have an extraordinary Christmas season this year with your family, then here are just some of the beautiful places you can visit.

1. San Fernando, Pampanga

Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival

You will surely be amazed with the lights and sounds, which you can see in every corner of the city, which is also the Lantern Capital of the Philippines. If you are asking for more, then you can visit the city during its annual lantern festival. This event exhibits massive lanterns, which will make you dance to sounds and lights. The place is perfect for sightseeing, not to mention the cold breeze of the wind during the season. Your family can surely enjoy the beautiful lights of the city.

2. Baguio City

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Well, it does not snow in the Philippines. Everyone knows that but if you want to wear your jackets and boots then Baguio city is the perfect place for you. The city is popular for its cold weather. In fact, it is the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”. Enjoy the cold weather with your family while roaming around the city. Baguio has many tourist destinations to offer. Mines View and Burnham Park are just some to mention. You can also visit night markets where you can find affordable items. Do not forget to try their popular products like peanut brittle and strawberry.

3. Zambales

Anawangin Cove Zambales
Anawangin Cove Zambales

If you want to move out from the hustle and bustle of the busy city and want to do something extraordinary then you can visit the province of Zambales. I am sure you will have a celebration out of the usual in this place. Your family can go to the beautiful beaches of the province and enjoy the peaceful surrounding. Camp with your family beside the beach and celebrate Noche Buena.       

4. Cebu

Cebu
Cebu

When it comes to tourist spots, the Queen City of the South surely has a lot to offer. Cebu City is popular for its historical churches, which are perfect to visit with your family during the Christmas Season. The City is not only known for its truly amazing sceneries, it also offers unique and delicious foods you and your family can surely enjoy.

5. Palawan

Amanpulo, Palawan
 Palawan

No doubt, this place will be on the list. In fact, Palawan is a great escape during holiday seasons. Not only ordinary people visit the place but as well as celebrities do. It is a place away from the noisy sound of the city. Palawan is a perfect place to visit with your family. It is popular for its beautiful beaches where you can enjoy different activities. You can also celebrate Noche Buena in the popular restaurants in the place.

6. Misamis Occidental

Christmas Symbols
Christmas Symbols

This province may not be as popular compare to the other mentioned above but you will definitely love the place especially if you are more inclined to Mother Nature. The Christmas Symbol Capital of the Philippines is located here. If you love spending your Noche Buena  thousand feet above sea level you can experience it here and staring at the dark night sky lit by thousand of stars while waiting for fireworks display  in the city .

More than the celebrations, we must always remember the true spirit of Christmas, giving and sharing. Let us also do not forget to give thanks for all the blessings we received.

Misamis Occidental : A Breathtaking Countryside

Misamis Occidental : A Breathtaking Countryside

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In my years of living abroad there had been no time that i forgot my hometown. A place where I grew up and molded me to become the best person that I can be. It is where I find solitude and serenity by simply walking along the countryside of this magnificent province. 

Misamis Occidental is a province situated in the northern part of Mindanao. Oroquieta City is the capital and Ozamis City is the business hub of the province because it is where the airport located and mostly business establishments are there. It’s just an hour and 15 minutes away by plane from Metro Manila and there are two flights daily either by CebuPac or PAL.
As a person it is important not to take for granted the place that saw all your endeavors and achievements in life. As the famous line ” ang Hindi marunong lumingon ay di makakarating sa kanyang paroroonan” so it is with great pride and honor to take you to a place that will make you fall in love again.

Taboc Hanging Bridge
Taboc Hanging Bridge
City Plaza
City Plaza

First, Oroquieta City, my birth place. It’s just an hour away from the airport by land travel. If you love Mother Nature then this is the best place for you. Upon reaching the City, it won’t be hard to find a place to stay coz there are cheap yet nice hotels around the area. One famous destination in the city is their Boulevard or “the city plaza” as the locals call it. The Boulevard is facing the sea and the best spot to experience the best sunrise you’ll ever witness. A breathe of fresh and crisp air, sound of the waves that rushing thru the shores and a peaceful surrounding will make everyone’s soul ameliorate from stress. Taboc Hanging Bridge is another spot that you shouldn’t missed when you’re in the city. The bridge is made up of woods and been there for decades and still stand thru the test of time.

Sunrise Beach
Sunrise Beach
The Cove
The Cove

Next is the Municipality of Baliangao. The place is famous for its white powdery sand beaches, fresh seafoods and fruits. The beaches here are untouched and clean. It’s a haven for couples or even those singles who just want to have a private moments in their life as the place is quiet and placid. And try their freshly catch seafoods and fresh fruits lined on the street in a very cheap price.

Christmas Symbols
Christmas Symbols
Hoyohoy highland Park
Hoyohoy highland Park

And then visit The Christmas Symbol Capital of the Philippines, Tangub City. As the tag line itself i need not explain to you what the City is famous of. The tradition usually starts on the 1st of December until first week of January. Every year the City has different themes for its symbols. Afterwards you can visit Hoyohoy highland Park. It is believe to be the highest and the longest zip line in Asia. Whilst in the Park you can try horseback riding or simply staring at the sea of clouds that are covering some parts of the Province.

Dolphin Rescue Center
Dolphin Rescue Center

In the Municipality of Sinacaban where MOAP is located that stands as Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park. The Park is also a sanctuary for different and some endangered species that can only be found in the Philippines. Another thing that the Park is famous of is the Dolphin Rescue center where you can have the chance to feed some rescued dolphins and turtles and can even play with them. A motorboat or bangka will take you to the island coz it is situated in the middle of the sea, a manmade island.

Baga Falls
Baga Falls

Meanwhile in the Municipality of Sapang Dalaga where you can find the hidden waterfalls known Baga Falls believe to be homed of some fairies because of its stunning beauty and calm place. On the highest peak of the area prepared to be taken away of the view of the whole municipality, it’s simply amazing and indescribable.
And if you are hungry and looking for some native and sweet delicacies then the Municipality of Clarin will satisfy your cravings. It is where you can find the best delicacies in a very reasonable price.

St John the Baptist
St John the Baptist

And for the historically inclined and buffs people you must visit Jimenez for it’s also named as the little Vigan in the Province where you can glimpse a touched of Spanish inspired houses and the oldest church is also located there St. John the Baptist and declared as one of the national treasures by the NCCA. Or visit Ozamis Cotta and behold this old Spanish Fort after which you can drop by at the miraculous “Birhen ng Cotta”.

Ozamis Cotta
Ozamis Cotta

These are just a few of what the Province of Misamis Occidental has to offer to its visitors. I’ve already fall in love with the place and will never be tired of loving this beautiful place. I hope you will include this on your next travel adventures and experience a different kind of hospitality that you can only find here.

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