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Tuesday October 17th 2017

Top Tourist spots in the Philippines

Boracay Island

The palm-studded island of Boracay – with its white, talcum-fine beach, balmy weather and warm, crystalline waters – is like a hypnotic magnet that lures many to a lotus existence.

In this tiny, butterfly-shaped island at the northwestern tip of Panay in Western Visayas , days can be spent by simply lazing on the beach and nights are for indulging in the tropical party lifestyle.

Vigan/Laoag

In north Luzon, the Unesco World Heritage Site of Vigan displays precious remnants of the splendid architectural legacy of the Spaniards. The well-preserved colonial structures create a unique 17th-century European atmosphere. The town has several museums, thanks to it being the birthplace of several national heroes.

The other northern capital is Laoag City which is a major crossroad for international trade and commerce in the Ilocos region, and gateway to some of the best resorts and beach destinations such as Fort Ilocandia Resort, Nipa Beach Resort, Pagudpud and Curimao white beach . Though bustling with business, the city has retained pretty much an unhurried, laid-back lifestyle.

Bohol

Bohol casts an enigmatic charm drawn from the many archaic mementos spread throughout the oval-shaped island – from unique rock formations to a 45-million-year-old mammal species, from massive stone watchtowers built by the Spaniards in the 18th century. Surrounding the mainland are 73 other smaller offshore islands and islets whose palm-fringed coastlines are rimmed by white sand and sheltering coves.

Davao

Endowed with a variety of picturesque landscapes, Davao’s topography dazzles: Fruit plantations and orchid farms mantle volcano-fed hills and valleys. Virgin forests nurture rare wildlife. Coral islands lie on mirror flat water. And the country’s highest peak magnificently lords over the hinterland.

Palawan

Palawan is a paradise sanctuary to an amazing variety of fauna and flora found nowhere else in the world. It is blessed with incredibly awesome landscapes that astound even the most indifferent visitors.

Baguio/Banawe

The spectacular rice terraces around Banaue, in north Luzon, have been described (like a lot of other places) as the eighth wonder of the world. Carved out of the hillside by Ifugao tribal people 2000 to 3000 years ago, these remarkable terraces stretch like stepping stones to the sky – some reaching an altitude of 1500m (4920ft).

Also nestled in the Cordillera mountain range is Baguio City, the Philippines’ summer capital. With its nippy climate and pleasant mountain scenery, Baguio is a favored destination among artists, honeymooners and others looking for a cool retreat. It is also a faith healing haven and a university town.

Subic/Clark

Subic Bay Freeport is an industrial and tourism zone in Olongapo City which was once the home to the biggest U.S. naval base in Asia. Subic banks on its appeal as an ideal business cum leisure destination where travelers may enjoy a dynamic balance of well-kept nature and world-class service facilities.

Peripheral destinations around Subic are Clark, another international tourism and business hub and formerly a U.S. air base, and Pampanga which is famous for its cuisine and heritage park, the Northern Hilaga.

Cebu

The island-province of Cebu was where the Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan planted the Cross of Christianity in the name of Spain in 1521. But even before Cebu became the Occidental gateway to the Orient, it was already a popular entry point among Asian merchants.

Cebu has since blossomed into a choice tourist destination, with many leisure establishments taking full advantage of its sea-valley-and-mountain location.

Metropolitan Cebu, the country’s second biggest metropolis, is the political, economic, educational and cultural center of the Visayas. Widest class of accommodations from luxurious resorts to budget hotels, shopping malls, entertainment halls, casinos and golf fairways are ever present in the metro to cater to every tourist’s whim.

The rest of Cebu’s 166 islands and islets are fringed with sandy beaches and sapphire-clear waters teeming with marine life, perfect for divers.

Manila

Modern Manila is a teeming metropolis, with huge tower blocks crowding those few examples of colonial architecture that survived the bombing of the city during WWII. Many people use it only as a base for further travel, but the more persistent will discover its friendliness and charm.

Like any metropolitan gateway, Manila is ideal for business-cum-leisure trip and a hub for travelers who go for “culturetainment” from vibrant markets, city golf courses, health and wellness facilities, local and international cuisine, bars and casinos, sprawling shopping malls and historic buildings to museums celebrating every aspect of the Philippines’ unique cultural mix.

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