Islands and Beaches
3 Teleseryes That Featured the Philippines' Best Places in 2015
Choose Philippines | Dec 17, 2015
Television is every viewer's small window to the rest of the world. some of the local network's biggest TV shows have used this avenue to not only showcase primetime drama but also feature some of the Philippines' most beautiful provinces and wonderful sceneries.
As we close 2015 and look forward to another year of travel, let's take a look at the three primetime teleseryes that went beyond the studio and into some of the breathtaking Philippine destinations.
1) Pangako Sa 'Yo
In the remake of melodrama-romance television series starred by Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, the families of the lead characters lead their lives in and around the fictional province of Punta Verde—Zambales in real life. It used Sitio Coto, a fishing village in Masinloc, and Crystal Beach, a surfing destination in San Narciso, as its two main locations.
Zambales is the second largest among the seven provinces of Central Luzon. It is known not only for its mangoes but also for its long coastline on the western seaboard of the Philippine archipelago. It boasts of a 173-kilometer shoreline dotted with coral reefs, dive spots, surfing areas, coves, and inlets.
2) On The Wings of Love
To date, the rom-com OTWOL starred by James Reid and Nadine Lustre toured us around three locations in Luzon: Manila, La Union, and Ilocos.
Manila may be an often overlooked destination because it is, after all, just a capital city. It also teems with grime on its most desolated streets, bursts with noise pollution especially during the worst traffic jams, and is riddled with old buildings that are always on the brink of demolition. But in an episode of the teleserye, Clark and Leah made us fall in love with Manila all over again by reintroducing Manila Bay, Intramuros, and Binondo in all its glory.
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La Union and Ilocos Sur were also featured in the teleserye. Leah is an Ilocano and it was part of Clark's pamamanhikan to meet the soon-to-be-bride's family in northwestern Luzon. They stopped by the famous "Surfing Capital of the North" in La Union and experienced the heritage street of Vigan in Ilocos Sur.
Locals and frequent surfers in La Union fondly call their homebreak "eLyU," a play on its acronym and sound. The most popular spot is located eight kilometers of San Fernando, which is Urbiztondo Beach in San Juan.
The South swell in the months of May to August and North swell in the months of October to March appeal to both the beginner and advanced surfer, especially since there are separate spots for soft waves breaking on sand bottom and for trickier waves breaking on coral reefs.
With its cobblestone roads, ancestral houses, and well-preserved 18th century buildings, Vigan City in Ilocos Sur has been hailed time and again as one of the best spots to visit in the Philipppines.
It was listed in 1999 as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and was declared as one of the New 7 Wonders Cities in 2014.
San Vicente, Palawan was the playground of Ningning (Jana Agoncillo) in the drama series. It is located in the northwestern side of the main island of Palawan and is 186 kilometers from Puerto Princesa City.
Palawan has been hailed time and again by local and international travel sites to be the best and most beautiful island in the world. It houses the Puerto Princesa Underground River, which is one of the New7Wonders of Nature (2012) and reputed as the world's longest underground river. The cave system features a river that winds through an intricate system of caves before flowing into the West Philippine Sea. The world-renowned Tubbataha Reef is also in Palawan's backyard.
We're looking forward to another year of world-class Philippine wonders and teleseryes!