As an archipelago, the Philippines is globally renowned as a country filled with places that you will not find anywhere else. Our natural wonders and man-made masterpieces transcended across time. This is why, I shall keep a list of the spots that I deem worthy to be seen before I kick the bucket.
I suggest that you do the same thing too! Here are some ideas to give you a head start:
World-class Breeze of Baguio City
I was one of the lucky few who had a very pleasant childhood. Apart from opening delicately packed Christmas gifts, I look forward to our annual family trip to Baguio City. Its chilly weather and the picturesque surroundings filled my heart with glee.
I signed up for the lush pine trees, rich terrains, wisps of fug, and vibrant flowers.
Do not miss the unique experience of picking strawberries at the La Trinidad farm and floating up high at Camp John Hay’s Superman Ride. Aside from this, you may frequent the sidewalk bazaars and local markets that are oozing with bargain prices.
Timeless Charm of Vigan City
Vigan City not only survived the onslaught of WWI and natural calamities, but it also survived the challenges of the contemporary age. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vigan is one of those rare places in the Philippines. It is renowned for its genuine 16th-century houses and quaint cobblestone streets. Simply, it is a well-preserved Spanish colonial village.
This rustic gem is worth including to your bucket list as it embodies unique architecture and rich history.
Postcard Staple of the Laguna Province
Whenever I encounter a swinging booth of Philippine postcards, the Pagsanjan Falls or Magdapio Falls is ever so present. It is one of the top tourist attractions in the province of Laguna. To reach it, you must brave a river trip known locally as “shooting the rapids”. The earliest written account for the boat ride was dated in 1894.
Spend some time to bask in the majestic beauty of this waterfalls. You will not regret it.
Man-made Wonders of the Ifugao Province
Let us take things into a different level. The Banaue Rice Terraces is a great example of the harmony between man and nature. The terraces were made by carving into the mountains of the Ifugao province. The technique, spanning two millennia, was passed down by the ancestors of the indigenous people. Choose from the many rice terraces in Banaue such as the Grand Rice Terraces and the Rice Terraces of Mayoyao.
Where else can you witness the contouring of mountains to cultivate rice paddies? Try visiting this place at least once in your life.
Highest Mountain of Mindanao Island
Most of the avid climbers in the country dream of conquering the Mount Apo. Mt. Apo was bestowed with many amazing things. For starters, it has three peaks and is considered as the “King of Philippine Peaks”. It is capped by a 500-metre-wide volcanic crater containing a small crater lake. This is why Apo is a potentially active stratovolcano.
Passage through Apo is not exclusive to people from Davao City as it can also be reached through Kidapawan and Bukidnon. So, widen your options to multiple possibilities.
Underground Marvels of Puerto Princesa City
Located approximately 80 kilometers North of the Puerto Princesa city center is the “Puerto Princesa Underground River”. The river is beneath a marvelous limestone karst mountain named St. Paul.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also referred to as the “Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park”. You see, this natural park is one of the main biodiversity conservation spots in Palawan. You will be able to greeted by monkeys and monitor lizards on your way to the cave. How can you say “NO” to this experience?
We, as hospitable inhabitants, are blessed with a myriad of stunning places that are both from nature and man. Make it a point to explore the Philippines first before planning a quest to the rest of the globe.