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Manila : Discover the Capital

Manila : Discover the Capital

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If we talk about an interesting city in the Philippines and in Asia, we cannot deny that this deals about Manila. This city offers various interesting blends of traditions, historical landmarks and unique experiences. When talking about the most impressive factor when visiting and enjoying a stay in Manila, this is all about its lively nightlife and this makes it a great vacation spot for the youngsters and adults.

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For elders who had visited or lived in this city, they discovered contrasting lifestyles of urbanity, rusticity, quiet and chaos. The reason is that it has a lot of nightclubs, historic church structures, museums, malls and residential communities where everything is available. Of course, there are real historical landmarks to consider if you want to experience the history of Manila before.

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One of the most interesting tourist destinations is the National Museum of Philippines. When you visit and explore this place, it can educate you about the rich traditions and history of the country. Because of this, you can then answer different questions about the Philippines from your relatives or friends. Visiting Manila is more enjoyable and interesting if you spend time inside the National Museum of Philippines, of course. Inside the building, you discover sections for botany, zoology, anthropology and archaeology.

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Another interesting tourist spots is the historic Intramural or known as the “Old Town” in the city of Manila. This secured place is near the banks of River Pasig and features different antique landmarks and structures inside. This is actually one of the most visited spots in the city because it has convention centers, malls, parks, hangouts and more. Of course, visiting Intramuros gives you an easy access to visit the historic Luneta Park and the Manila Hotel.

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If you want to learn about a unique oriental architecture where the different presidents of the Philippines resided, then you have to visit the Malacañang Palace. According to history, this palace existed since the 18th century and continues to serve as the official residence of every Filipino elected as the head of state.

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A visit to Manila is not complete if you will not go to the Manila Cathedral. This historic cathedral truly represents the courage and strength of the country. Based on the shared information about this church, the structure had been destroyed several times, which include the 1945 earthquakes and the Manila Liberation Movement bombing incident. Despite of this, the government was able to reconstruct the cathedral and until now, it still has few of the original stone carves as well as rosette windows.
Surely, these mentioned places can give you a satisfying vacation in Manila and so you need to include them on the list of your itinerary to enjoy!

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Ilocos Norte – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ilocos Norte – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

A country like the Philippines can offer a lot of good things to worldwide tourists. Just like when the province of Ilocos Norte at the northern area of the country, one of the best destinations here is the wonderful city of Laoag.

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Surely, Ilocos Norte is one of the most commercialized and industrialized places in the Philippines and so its capital city experienced a rapid growth in economy. This is the main reason why the local government is continuously making an effort to improve its tourism because countless of local and foreign visitors are coming here all year round.

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According to the information shared about the tourism in the province, majority of the tourists are Chinese and Taiwanese nationals who love to stay at the heart of the city.
Of course, these people love to choose the popular Fort Ilocandia Hotel and Resort while enjoying their time playing at the casino. This particular accommodation is recognized as one of the 5-Star resort hotels in the province and in the Philippines. Besides the beautiful casino, it has a decent golf course and offers different cozy fine dining restaurants that serve the best cuisines in town.

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Another perfect vacation spot in the province is the beautiful island of Pagudpud. This is actually home of the famous giant windmills and the best white sandy beach resorts. Pagudpud is a very tranquil destination and so it is a great place for people who love to relax, enjoy and experience the beauty of Mother Nature. Of course, there are many side trips to enjoy while heading to this remarkable point of destination.

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Tourists who visit the Ilocos Norte province can as well rediscover the historic Paoay Church. According to the history of this religious structure, they built it back in 1694 and famous because of its authentic oriental-gothic-baroque architecture. To prove its historical value, UNESCO already recognized the church as one of the best heritage sites in the world.

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To complete an enjoyable and memorable vacation in this beautiful province in the north, it is advisable to visit the famous Gameng Museo Ilocos Norte. The location of this destination is only a few minutes from the town plaza and features different original Ilocano artifacts. The other popular and visited museum is the Marcos Museum wherein tourists can discover the memorabilia of the late and former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

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Definitely, dining places and accommodation is will never be a problem when visiting Ilocos Norte. Within Laoag City itself, there are many resorts, motels, inns, vacation houses and apartments with reasonable price ranges. Of course, there are also expensive hotels in the place for those who want to experience a luxurious stay here.

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Boracay A Staycation like no other

Boracay A Staycation like no other

For many seasoned travelers out there, they value the opportunity to visit a beautiful island wherein they can enjoy a tropical vacation getaway on earth. To experience this, it is important to visit a place that can offer a breathtaking paradise with sparkling blue water to relax and appreciate the nature.

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Of course, one of the most popular provinces to consider is Aklan in the Philippines. The reason is that this place is home of the world famous Boracay Island. According to the information about this island, it is about 7 kilometers long and its white sandy beach is part of the Yapak, Manoc-Manoc and Balabag, and Yapak barangays. The local provincial government and Philippine Tourism Authority are responsible in managing this beautiful vacation destination.

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Going to Boracay is very convenient because you can ride a bus from the other Panay areas, ride a ferry from the Batangas Port or by plane from Manila heading to Caticlan, which is the main gateway to access the island.

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This beautiful island in the province of Aklan will let the tourists experience the best vacation getaway in the Philippines. Among the most popular water adventures here include scuba diving, swimming, snorkeling, island hopping, banana boat ride, paragliding, jet skiing and a lot more to enjoy. Of course, this stunning place is very popular in the world because of its crystal clear blue water and breathtaking talc sand.

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Many experienced and licensed divers are also visiting here regularly because they enjoy the available diving safaris as part of the most interesting activities not to be missed. In most cases, it is best to stay in Boracay for a week to appreciate the diving safaris and experience the satisfaction it offers tourists across the globe. As for newbie divers, there are also existing dive sites that are suitable for them.

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One of the best options to consider is the Laurel Island 1 and they consider this one as a great place for newbie divers to swim through a hole in the island and view the different corals.

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As for those who love to discover impressive coral gardens, the best destination to consider in Boracay is the Fridays Rock, as it offers a close view of these incredible gardens. The other attractions here include the different sea creatures include the moray eels, starfish and sea cucumbers, among others.

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As expected, visiting the province of Aklan does mean enjoying Boracay Island alone. There are other remarkable things to do here like during the month of January, the Aklanons are celebrating the renowned and annual Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo. Thousands of tourists worldwide are visiting the place and joining the colorful street parades on the main streets.

The Beautiful Island of Bohol

The Beautiful Island of Bohol

Bohol is undoubtedly one of the best islands to visit and enjoy while in the Philippines. Located at the central Visayan region and, it offers remarkable tourist spots just like its nearby provinces such as Cebu and Leyte. Definitely, this beautiful province continues to attract more tourists who are visiting the country during summer.

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If you can ask people who had been to Bohol especially those who spent time at the stunning beach resorts here, they compare it to the wonderful white sandy beaches of Boracay and Palawan. These are actually the other popular tourist destination in the Philippines with millions of visitors all year round.
When visiting here, majority of the residents here are Boholano speakers and this dialect is somehow related to the Cebuano. However, history reveals that the migration of different races in the province allowed the resident to learn to speak English, Chinese and Tagalog, which is the primary language in the country.

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According to the tourism department of the province, thousands of travelers worldwide are visiting Bohol each year and they continue to increase in numbers. These people travel here to relax and enjoy the best attractive tourist attractions and natural wonders of the entire province. Of course, the most popular destination here is the world famous Chocolate Hills in Carmen. The province also has the popular rivers that continuously grabbing the attention of many tourists known as the Loboc River and Inabanga River.

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For people who love to spend time with their loved ones in beautiful white sandy beaches, the best place to visit in Bohol is the Panglao Island. The different beach resorts here offer remarkable accommodations for both local and foreign travelers who desire to stay and enjoy the breathtaking sceneries. Of course, Bohol is home of the smallest primate in the world known as the Tarsier and visitors can have a glimpse of this animal creature when they visit.

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Besides the stunning tourist destinations, people who visit here can also enjoy the different annual festivals in the province. To mention a few of them include The Sandugo Festival, SidlaKasilak or Festival of Lights, the Tagbilaran City Fiesta as well as the Bolibong Kingking Festival. These are all popular celebrations in Bohol and worldwide tourists will definitely appreciate what they can discover from these festivities.

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Going to the province is not a problem because there are different accessible means of transportation. People who want to come in Bohol can ride a ferry, airplane or by bus through the RORO hi-way. The Philippine government had already established the best seaports as well as airports to make the entire province accessible to many travelers and enjoy the beautiful island.

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Without a doubt, visiting this remarkable province in the central Visayan region offers different kinds of adventures, beauty of nature and history. This is one reason why many people are choosing this place a one of their dream vacation getaway.

Palawan : World’s Best Island

Palawan : World’s Best Island

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We cannot deny that Palawan is the last frontier of the Philippines and this is proven with its stunning natural beauty. Every year, this place continues to captivate the attention of millions of tourists worldwide because of its inviting views and attractions that surround the entire region.
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With the impressive and flourishing tourism industry within Palawan, there are now different types of resorts, accommodations and restaurants around the area. Of course, the Internet likewise offers trusted websites that provide tour packages in Palawan with great discounts.

In most cases, these available tour packages include the following enjoyable activities:

• Mountain/Cliff Climbing
• Scuba Diving
• Kayaking
• Trekking
• Island Hopping and a lot more to enjoy

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Besides these mentioned tour attractions, tourists who visit this wonderful place are spending time in exploring and witnessing the famous St. Paul Subterranean Underground River. It features the breathtaking views of the different stalactites and stalagmites formations that surround the cave. In addition, the island of Palawan boasts the most interesting ecological attractions with the countless of existing fauna and floras around the place.

For people who love to experience breathtaking wreck diving, the best place to visit in Palawan is Coron. According to the history of this wonderful place in the northern part of the island, a lot of Japanese shipwrecks sinked back in World War II sunk are found within the northern coast of Coron. Because of this, millions of tourists particularly those wreck divers are visiting Palawan to discover the shipwrecks with rich natural corals and reefs below the ocean.
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With the stunning and colorful marine life, it is definitely enjoyable to discover the underwater sights of Coron. Of course, thousands of photographers across the globe are likewise visiting here to take advantage of the impressive beauty of Mother Nature in Palawan Island.

Another enjoyable outdoor adventure is the available snorkeling activities. For the past years, thousands of tourists who visited here do not forge to experience island hopping and snorkeling. Usually, they visit the Barracuda Island for a thrilling experience in discovering the almost 40 feet long barracuda sight. Of course, there are different existing reef and corals on the sunken ship in this area, which easily capture the attention of worldwide tourists.

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Without any doubt, an opportunity to visit and explore Palawan reveals the beauty of the Island with its numerous ecological sites. Aside from the usual trekking sites, cliffs and mountainous peaks, this place gives you a stunning view of the remarkable white-sandy beaches around the island. They also consider this as an interesting sanctuary in the Philippines because if offer different endangered species such as the Palawan Peacock, Palawan Mouse Deer and Cockatoos.

Corregidor: A Historical Island

Corregidor: A Historical Island

Many tourists who visited the Philippines will surely agree that this country has many stunning beaches and attractions. Like what they always say, this archipelago has about 7,107 islands and is one of the most visited places in Southeast Asia.
When talking about the best and historic places in the country, this definitely includes the historical island of Corregidor. Commonly known as “The Rock,” Corregidor is one of the most important landmarks in the history of World War II. Some of the interesting attractions inside the island include the old cannons, which played tremendous role in helping the courage of Filipino and American soldiers who died fighting for dignity and honor.
Here are some of the most notable attractions to visit and explore:
• The Malinta Tunnel

The Malinta Tunnel
The Malinta Tunnel

This is actually one of the major attractions inside Corregidor. According to history, the United States Army Corps of Engineers built the Malinta Tunnel and measures about 253 meters in length, 7.3 meters wide, and 5.5 meters in height. This played an important role during the Battle of Corregidor because American General Douglas MacArthur and the USAFFE utilized the tunnel as their headquarters. When visiting the island, tourists can take picture of this historic tunnel as part of the tour package.
• The Pacific War Memorial

The Pacific War Memorial
The Pacific War Memorial

They completed the construction of the Pacific War Memorial back in 1968. They actually built this structure to give tribute to the great soldiers from the Philippines and United States who fought courageously during the World War II. They use it as the memorial hosts where they displayed the pictures and artifacts about the Pacific War. When visiting Corregidor, they offer documentary films for the public to understand more about the wartime.
• The Battery Way

The Battery Way
The Battery Way

Another interesting tourist attraction inside the island is the Battery Way. When you visit here, it lets you discover the historical 4 pieces of 12-inch mortars that has the capacity to fire in any targeted direction. They constructed the battery in 1904 and completed in 1914. However, they only decided to use it before the end of the siege in the island when they attacked the Japanese soldiers to leave Corregidor.
• The Spanish Lighthouse

The Spanish Lighthouse
The Spanish Lighthouse

Visiting the Spanish Lighthouse is another great trip in remembering the memory of the historical island in the province of Cavite. When viewing the Spanish lighthouse, they constructed it at the highest point of Corregidor and stand almost 628 feet above the sea level. This definitely makes it a very interesting attraction that reveals the beauty of South China Sea, Manila Bay and even the province of Bataan when standing on top.
These mentioned attractions are only a few of the other tourist spots when visiting Corregidor. Besides learning about the historical World War II, this beautiful island also reveals the courage of the Filipinos who died for freedom.

Palawan : An Escape to Always Remember

Palawan : An Escape to Always Remember

Palawan has always been included on the best islands in the world for years now and just recently it landed on the second spot behind Boracay island. It’s a dream paradise for locales and foreigners alike. 

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Palawan

Aside from its famous top of the line white sand beaches and pristine turquoise water, one of the new seven natural wonders of the world is located here The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.
Palawan can be reached by plane and ferries from neighboring cities that is traveling alternately on a daily basis. It will take you an hour and 20 minutes by plane from Metro Manila to Puerto Princesa the capital of Palawan.
So what made Palawan then one of the best islands in the world? One of our family friends who is now living in The Netherlands who recently visited the Beautiful island of Palawan made a 7 minute compilation video of their getaways and escapades in the island.

Jerry and Lhanie Abad Family
Jerry and Lhanie Abad Family

The video has all it takes to prove why Palawan deserves the title and included in the list. Jerry and Lhanie showed in the video everything they experienced even the smallest details that would make Palawan a memorable place to visit. From freshly caught seafoods to snorkeling. From Riding a motorcycle to gliding down thru the longest zip line in the country you will be awe of what you will see on your side, a creator’s masterpiece ,a spectacular sight to behold.

Please click the link below to view the video :

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Thus, It’s really more fun in the Philippines with its more than 7 thousand islands to choose from, Every tourists won’t be run out of place and adventures for every island has its unique and distinct things to offer.  

Jerry and Lhanie Abad Family
Jerry and Lhanie Abad Family

Just like Jerry and Lhanie Abad and their beautiful daughter Alexa, I’m pretty sure you will enjoy this island paradise as much as they did and would keep on coming back to discover more of this haven as each visit would be an escape to always remember.

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.

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Taboc Hanging Bridge
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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.

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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.

Majestic Tourist Spots in the Philippines

Majestic Tourist Spots in the Philippines

The Philippines offers a lot of great tourist spots for everybody. Whether you are a foreign or a local tourist, make sure to consider these travel spots on your bucket list. One of the most defining traits of the Filipinos is their hospitality. Wherever you go, you will be welcomed with a smile and with friendliness. The Philippines has so many vacation spots to offer, which is why there is no wonder that millions of tourists from all over the world visit the country annually.

I listed the best tourist destinations in the Philippines, so you can get an idea how diverse the culture and the offerings in the country. It is important to make sure that you consider these on your next trip because you will never go wrong. With a rich cultural heritage and delicious foods that will surely make your travel more awesome, the Philippines is truly one of the best countries to consider for your next vacation.

The Best Tourist Destinations In The Philippines

Albay, Bicol – Albay is the home to the world-famous Mayon Volcano. Just by looking at this perfect cone-shaped volcano will give you the awe, but in a good way. Tourists can enjoy a number of great activities in Albay like climbing, hiking, camping and of course, photography. If you want to get the full scale of the Mayon Volcano, go to the nearby Cagsawa ruins. You can take pictures from there. The Cagsawa Church was nearly destroyed by the most devastating Mayon Volcano eruption in 1814. Now, only the belfry of the church is left. Still, it is a great place to visit in the Philippines.

Mayon Volcano , Albay
Mayon Volcano , Albay

Puerto Galera – If you like beaches, then you are in for some adventure. Puerto Galera, located south of the country’s capital, Manila, is one of the best places to visit if you like to spend time at the beach. With a wide range of marine animals in Puerto Galera, as well as top-rated beaches, you will surely enjoy your visit. You can likewise go snorkeling to be with the amazing marine environment. Likewise, the beaches of Puerto Galera have their own offerings, such as dining, shopping, and hotel accommodation.

Puerto Galera
Puerto Galera

Bohol – Bohol is the home of the Chocolate Hills. Chocolate Hills are among the Philippines’ top tourist spots. At least 1,268 hills are scattered throughout the island of Bohol. When it is summer, the grasses of the Chocolate Hills turn brown, therefore, the name. Likewise, there are other attractions in the place such as hiking. If you are with your friends, the Chocolate Hills in Bohol are a must visit. Their food choices are also a must-try. The local delicacies will surely make your trip more worthwhile.

Chocolate Hills , Bohol
Chocolate Hills , Bohol

Puerto Princesa – The Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines is another top tourist site. It is located in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, and it is home to different marine animals. The reef is made up of two atolls, namely North Atoll and South Atoll. They are separated by a deep channel. If you are into diving, then the Tubbataha Reef is a must visit. It is open for everyone who loves diving excursions. If you consider going to the Tubbataha Reef, be sure to book your visit between the months of April and June. These months have the calmest waves, so you can maximize your trip.
If you love the Philippines, then you have to consider these tourist spots. There are more travel destinations in the Philippines that can help you have a great trip. But consider the travel destinations mentioned above. With the warm hospitality of the Filipinos, you will totally enjoy your travel getaway! Do you want to consider these places on your next travel? Let us know in the comment below.

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