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Double Win for the Philippines: Palawan Declared as World's Best Island, Boracay is 12th


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Choose Philippines | Oct 26, 2014

If the search for the world's top island is a raffle draw, the odds will always be in the Philippines' favor. After all, we have three major island groups and more than 7,000 smaller ones --"the more entries, the more chances of winning," as they say.

This isn't the case, however, for the recent Readers' Choice Awards of US-based luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler. It was no lottery nor a game of chance, but just the votes of the top-rated magazine's nearly 77,000 readers -- and we won a title and then some.

Palawan: Number 1 among the "Top 30 Islands in the World"

An aerial shot of Palawan | Photo credit: Patrick Kranzlmüller

Palawan placed first in the Top 30 Islands of the World Category, beating the islands many of us Pinoys only dream of seeing. The tropical destination bested the US Virgin Islands in the Carribean, the picturesque landscape of Santorini in Greece, and even the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Pandan Island, Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa | Photo credit: Robert Fabros

El Nido | Photo credit: Allan Soul

Its claim to fame is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River found in the middle of the elongated island. Featuring a river that winds through an intricate system of caves before flowing into the South China Sea, it has been distinguished as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2012 and is reputed to be the world's longest.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River | Photo credit: Robert Fabros

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River | Photo credit: Storm Crypt

VIEW: Our Travel Insider Philipp Dukatz returns with an account of his adventure in Busuanga, Palawan—and how he got lost in its beauty.


Boracay: Number 12 among the "Top 30 Islands in the World"

An aerial shot of Boracay


Who doesn't know Boracay? When one thinks of powdery white sand beaches, this island in the Visayas has become the default answer. (Not the only one, of course!)

The idyllic destination can be likened to a one-stop shop where one can swim, snorkel, watch the sunset, go on a foodtrip, and party until sunrise. It even beat the mythical Bermuda.




VIEW: ChoosePHL’s editor-in-chief, a frequent traveler to Boracay Island since childhood, casts a gaze wider than world-famous White Beach and invites us to revisit this Philippine paradise.


Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa: Number 11, Top 20 Resorts in Asia

Photo credit: Daniel Go

Sprawling on 30 acres, the resort is perched on a hillside along the coast of the quieter side of Boracay, Puka Beach. The room interiors feature local materials like local capiz shells, Abaca weave, and oars as art. This first and only deluxe resort in the island debuted in 2009.

Photo credit: Dianne Rosete

Photo credit: Daniel Go

So, which Philippine island are you most proud of?

You have thousands of islands to choose from!

Other Philippine Destinations that are World's Best:

1) BenCab Museum (Tuba, Benguet): One of Asia's Top 25 Museums, TripAdvisor's 2014 Travelers' Choice Awards

Photo credit: Grace M

2) El Nido Resorts (Palawan): Recipient of the 2014 Asia’s Responsible Tourism Award


3) Vigan City: Finalist, New 7 Wonders Cities

Photo credit: Bar Fabella

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