2017 definitely means more places to see as this year gives us another 365 days to wander in this archipelagic paradise. We’re sure you’ve been scrolling down various travel blog posts and have been wanting to add ‘just another one’ to that never-ending bucket list.
Check out our recommended Philippine destinations that are for all types of travelers:
Year after year, Palawan has proved to be one of the most sought after places in the Philippines. It has gained a lot of buzz in the global scene as international lifestyle magazines hailed it to be #1 in the list of the “Most Scenic Places in the World, alongside Maldives and Hawaii to name a few.
There are a hundred reasons why you should follow the mainstream craze on Palawan. It offers a haven for all types of travellers - the backpackers, flashpackers, and high-end tourists.
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Island hopping is number one on the list as there are quite a number of tour companies offering different sets of island visits. Scuba diving, freediving, and snorkelling is your best bet, at least, especially now that you’re in the “center of the center of marine biodiversity” in the world. Do not let your chance pass at seeing vibrant marine wildlife, all the while, grasping a richer experience of the Philippines.
This landlocked province located in the Northern Mindanao promises a taste of the Philippines’ staple food, rice and corn, since it’s the major producer of agricultural products in Mindanao.
Aptly named “Bukidnon” which means ‘mountain dweller’ or ‘highlander,’ the province houses the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 8th highest mountains in the Philippines - Mt. Dulang-dulang, Mt. Kitanglad, Mt. Kalatungan, Mt. Maagnaw, named respectively.
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Mountains in this province welcome those looking for the ’ultimate adventure’, especially with mountains ferociously standing tall 2,938 meters above sea level. Bodies of water, such as waterfalls demand much attention too.
The historical-savvy travellers will have the time of their life in this province. Located in Central Visayas Region, Cebu was once the harbor center for trading in the time of ancestral Filipinos.
The province houses one of the oldest houses, churches, and even streets in the Philippines. Many of what transpired during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines is engraved in the land of Cebu. “Magellan’s Cross” planted by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers is in Cebu City as a symbol of Filipino Christianization.
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A city tour must be on top of your list when in Cebu. Otherwise, the beach-bummers and island-spirited travellers are never out of place too as there are impeccable white-sand beaches sparsely located around the province.
Located in the North of Luzon, this province tucked away from the bustling cities of Metro Manila is truly a gem to behold. If a quick break from the lush tropical paradise is much needed, this place is idyll.
The province serves as a promise land for souls seeking some sort of solace from the rather touristy vibe. There’s a lack in the number of people who are willing to stay at least 3 days exploring forests of pines, moss and grass. Those who are willing to saunter with 10 kilograms or more of hiking equipments are nonetheless rewarded with no less than a marvelous sight that will surely last a lifetime.
In fact, it’s a haven for the Filipino actor, Piolo Pascual who has always been traveling around the country. In an interview with Choose Philippines, Piolo expresses how travel inspires and humbles him as a person.
In his words, “It brings out the survival instinct in me and it makes me look at the world in a different way. I’ve always been a nomad. I love learning about life, about culture, and even (learn about) my identity.”
He recounts how meeting different people in different cultures enriched his soul and perspective of the world. Piolo has been all around the Philippines, including the ones in this list - Cebu, Bukidnon, Palawan, and Mountain Province.
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Hiking is number one on the list with quite a number of beautiful mountaintops to explore. There are also heritage sites around the province that definitely tell a lot about the culture of the bygone era. Never pass on the chance to walk through the thousand-year-old Cordillera Rice terraces - an agricultural legacy passed on from one generation to the next.
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