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3 Hours in EDSA: The 5 Best Places To Go To in the Philippines Within 3 Hours

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Choose Philippines | Sep 14, 2015

Recently, the talk of the town has been the recent debacle along EDSA, and how local officials have failed so gloriously and hilariously with controlling, managing, and ultimately disciplining drivers with the flow of traffic. In fact, just last Thursday, we came upon this photo that clearly shows how nearly all Filipinos felt about the ongoing “Carmageddon” along EDSA.


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And so we decided to build on it! Now, here are our top 5 traffic-free places to go to in the Philippines if you have 3 hours to spare:



This destination is one of the many Philippine locations that seem to be so expensive and hostile towards your wallet, that you ignore every opportunity of ever visiting this majestic island. However, home stays, inexpensive air fares, and unique experiences prove that Batanes is not only perfect for your budget, it’s also perfect for your young and carefree self!

Estimated travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours via plane.

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Though famous for its Chocolate Hills, Bohol offers much more than just looking at glorified mounds of cacao: for example, you can find the famed Ermita Ruins at Dimiao, go cave-hunting at Jagna, and of course, climb Catugasan and see how the world looks like from above. Doesn’t that excite you?

Estimated travel time: 1 hour 20 minutes to 2 hours via plane

Vigan and Paoay  

Tell us, when you hear Vigan, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? If you didn’t think “kalesa” or “longganisa” automatically, you aren’t telling the truth. But truthfully, Vigan and Paoay are one of the few destinations in the Philippines that completely immerse you in a bygone Spanish era: the design of the communities, the food, and the entire experience emulate colonial times. Plus, Vigan Longganisa, and its by-product, Ilocos Empanada has been cited as one of the best in the world.  

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The place where the first Filipino lived is also the place where a lot of Filipinos go to annually. Being the country’s largest province, it can accommodate the sheer amount of people, but why would people keep going here in the first place? Easy: It’s just so beautiful. 

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The best escape the Philippines can probably offer is, surprisingly, quite close by. Corregidor was once a strategically-placed island used in defense, as well as spotting potential threats to Manila. Now it stands silent, but still basking in the glory of the service it once gave to achieve the freedom of Filipinos. As a bonus, you can go ghost hunting here at night!  

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