10 Things You Must Experience This Summer in Luzon

Renzelle Ann Palma
Renzelle Ann Palma | Mar 13, 2014

1. Be a daredevil!

You know that famous YOLO ("You only live once!") quote of this generation? Yes, we suggest that you “YOLO” and let out your adventurous side!

From Whitewater Rafting in Cagayan, a 4x4 ride on the sand dunes of Ilocos Norte, doing the Spiderman at Lignon Hill in Legazpi, to an unforgettable ATV ride through the different terrains of Mayon Volcano, Luzon has so many activities that can make you feel carefree and spontaneous. Shout "YOLO!" on the top of your lungs.


Cagayan Whitewater Rafting (photo from


4x4 ride at the Paoay Sand dunes

To know more about the Paoay Sand dunes adventure, read our related article.


ATV ride to Mayon

Doing the Spiderman Zipline at Lignon Hill

2. Rediscover classic dishes you grew up to.

We all love food, especially summer food. Ah, the things we'd surrender for the best halo-halo available or some wildly flavored ice-cream.

How about a modern spin to cuisines we all love? Look for the crunchy sisig in Pampanga or try the Laing Cordon Bleu in Bicol. Now, who’s hungry?

Salabat, Tinutong, Sili, Malunggay, Cocoa, Taro and Pili Ice cream


Pampanga's Sisig

DJC Halo-Halo of Tiwi, Albay

See more of the cheesiest halo-halo in our related article.


Junior MasterChef finalist Louise Mabulo's Laing Cordon Bleu

Get the recipe in our related article.

3. See Manila in a different light.

Manila is slowly becoming a culinary hub with the numerous restaurants popping out from everywhere, and honestly, most serve the best food one can enjoy.

Also, you can go on a staycation in one of the hotels in the metro. These establishments can give you a quick reprieve from the normal and a chance to pamper yourself, not to mention the fabulous buffet that they offer. Go ahead, you deserve it.


Manila Bay Sunset, one of the best in the world


Manila from Intramuros

See the Philippine Top-Rated Hotels in our related article.

4. Roadtrip to the North.

Looking for the perfect route to go on a road trip? Go up north and take the La Union-Vigan-Ilocos Norte route. With the advent of SCTEX, TPLEX, and the La Union expressway in 2015, the north has become more accessible to roadtrippers.

Learn to surf or skimboard in La Union, walk on the cobblestones of Calle Crisologo in Vigan, and fall in love with every part of Ilocos Norte, from Badoc to Pagudpud. Make sure to have your cars checked before embarking on this adventure.


Learn to surf and skimboard in La Union


Relive the past in Vigan


Eat your heart out in the North

For more roadside eats in the North, read our related article.


Kapurpurawan Rock in Ilocos Norte

Check out the Choose Philippines, Choose Ilocos Norte info-map here.

5. See what the Cordilleras are all about.

If you’re looking for a region in Luzon where the culture is as palpable as its natural beauty, you must experience the Cordilleras.

Go spelunking in the caves of Sagada, get to know the tattoo artists of Kalinga, marvel at the beauty of the rice terraces (trust us when we say that photos don't give justice to this natural wonder), know more about the Ifugao and other indigenous peoples, or just enjoy Baguio's cold temperature. Every moment will be worth it.


The Batad Rice Terraces in Ifugao


Inside Sagada's Sumaguing Cave


A tattooed woman of Kalinga (photo from Pinoy Adventurista)

Read our article on the tattooed women of Kalinga.

6. Drive through the country's scenic rivieras.

Who knew that we have our own version of the French Rivieras? And I bet, ours are more beautiful.

Just drive through the Patapat Viaduct at the northernmost tip of Luzon (Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte), or the Partido Riviera in Patitinan (Camarines Sur to Albay route) to know what we're talking about.


Patapat Viaduct


The view while driving along the Partido Riviera

7. Be one with the animals.

Close encounter with lions? How about a civet bearcat on your back? Why not feed the crocodiles? Or you can hold a sea urchin… great idea, no? All of these, you can do all in Luzon.


Close encounter with a civet bearcat in Puerto Princesa, Palawan


This croc is ready to eat -- fortunately, you're not on its menu


Are you ready to hold a sea urchin in El Nido, Palawan?

8. Get out of your comfort zone.

Climb a mountain, trek to a falls, or kayak your way to another island. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty and your legs cramped at the end of the trip.

Conquer your fears and fulfill your imaginations by being out there and experiencing adventures firsthand. Go. Now.


Trek along the lava of Mayon


A new trail to the top of Pinatubo

Read how we conquered Pinatubo here.


In Camarines Norte, you can get a massage from nature

9. Experience the past and live in the present.

Know more about our past with heritage destinations across Luzon, such as the Las Casas Heritage homes in Bataan, the walled city of Intramuros in Manila, and beautiful centuries-old churches like the St Michael Archangel in Caramoan.

While on the road of discovering the past, you can also reflect on the present, especially this Lenten season, by visiting spots perfect for prayers: Monasterio de Tarlac and Kawa-Kawa Hill & Nature Park in Legazpi.


Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bataan

For more on the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, read our related article.


Monasterio de Tarlac

See more of Monasterio de Tarlac, the home of the True Cross, in our related article.


Stations of the Cross at Kawa-Kawa Hill & Nature Park in Legazpi


St. Michael Archangel, the red brick church of Caramoan

10. Time to have MORE fun!

So many events are lined up this summer all over Luzon, such as festivals. Here’s a list of the top events you’ll want to experience:

Daragang Magayon Festival


Read more about this festival in our related article.

Summer Siren Festival


What's this event about? Learn more here.

Check the list of artists playing at the event here.

Moriones Festival


Read more about the festival in our related article.

Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival


Get up to speed with the developments regarding the festival here.

Also, download the map and schedule of the PHABF.

Philippine Airlines flies daily to different parts of Luzon. Book your flight NOW!

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