21 PH Destinations That Share The Same Name With Other Local Spots

21 PH Destinations That Share The Same Name With Other Local Spots

Choose Philippines | July 10, 2017

21 PH Destinations That Share The Same Name With Other Local Spots

Choose Philippines
Choose Philippines | July 10, 2017

We all know it too well— Philippines, with its more than 7,000 islands, has a couple of them that sound too alike.

Don't get these places all mixed up, especially if you've been to a place that share the same name with an island situated in another province: 

Talisay Island, Tinalisayan Island, and Talisayen Cove

Talisay means ‘beautiful’ in the Filipino languange. This name has been used quite a lot. Well, we can’t blame them. There are too many spots in the Philippines that hardly shy away from what is considered ‘beautiful’. From islands, mountains, waterfalls, caves, and coves, we just can’t get enough of this paradise country. So to end the confusion, there is Tinalisayan Island in Masbate, Talisayen Cove in Zambales, and lastly, but definitely not the least, Talisay Island in El Nido, Palawan.

Talisay Island, Palawan


Feeling a world away, on this secluded beach ???? #talisayisland #palawan

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Tinalisayan Island, Masbate

Talisayen Cove, Zambales



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Virgin Island

It seems that when an island is relatively unexplored, locals and foreigners alike would just call it the ‘Virgin Island.’ Usually places that are called virgin are pristine and royal, from its lush vegetation, waters, and shores. There’s two: One in Cebu, and the other in Bohol which is now known as the Isola de Francesco.

Virgin Island, Cebu



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Virgin Island, Bohol



Sombrero Island

Sombrero is a Spanish term for ‘hat’ and with our history with Spanish colonialism, Filipinos have used this term more than its local translation. Islands named as 'Sombrero' almost always resemble a shape that of a hat. We remember there are three in this country. There’s one in Batangas, in Iloilo, and in Masbate.

Sombrero Island, Batangas

Sombrero Island, Iloilo

Sombrero Island, Masbate


#island hopping #sombreroislandmasbate #advntrsoftheherreraboy

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Apo Island, Apo Reef, and Mt. Apo

Apo translates as “granchild” in the local language. There seems to be something special about calling a place “Apo.” The highest point in the Philippines is called Mt. Apo which is found in the province of Davao. In Occidental Mindoro, we find one of the most beautiful and richest marine biodiversity in Apo Reef. Lastly, there is an island in Dauin, east of Negros Oriental, that houses marine protected sea turtles which is known as Apo Island.

Apo Island, Negros Oriental


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Apo Reef, Occidental Mindoro

Mt. Apo, Davao del Sur


5. Minimize Campfire Impacts #LeaveNoTrace

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Balagbag Island, Balagbag Falls, and Mt. Balagbag

“Where do we go this weekend?”, your friend asks. You say, ‘“Balagbag” but then your friend wonders if it’s in Quezon Province or Camarines Norte? The island or the waterfall? Or is it the mountain? Balagbag means “placed crosswise” in the local language. The island is located in Calaguas in the province of Camarines Norte, the waterfalls is in Quezon, and lastly, Balagbag’s peak is in Norzagaray, Bulacan.

Balagbag Island, Camarines Norte


#balagbagisland #calaguas #camarinesnorte #bicol

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Balagbag Falls, Quezon Province


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Mt. Balagbag, Bulacan


Tinago Falls and Tinago Hills

Tinago means “hidden”, apt for these waterfalls located in the province of both Biliran and Iligan. On the other hand, Tinago Hills located in the province of Camarines Norte, is one that is not much hidden with it’s wide open spaces in slopes, giving a phenomenal view of Mahabang Buhangin beach of the well-known Calaguas Island.

Tinago Falls, Biliran

Tinago Falls, Iligan, Lanao del Norte

Tinago Hills, Camarines Norte

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