7 Natural Wonders...of the Philippines

If you are fond of traveling and visiting other places, Philippines should be a part of your itinerary. You’ll find everything that you want here – beautiful places, delicious food and friendly people. You’ll definitely never run out of things to do (and see) here in my country.

As part of my countdown before hitting the second “hub” milestone (this is my 48th hub), I would like to present to the readers the natural wonders of the Philippines. There are many, believe me, but in the interest of space (and time), I have limited them to seven. These are by no means official but these are made by nature and are some of the top tourist destinations in my country. So read on and enjoy the pictures.

Banaue Rice Terraces

Widely considered as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, the Banaue Rice Terraces are already 2,000 years old. They were carved in the Ifugao mountains and were (are still, actually) used for planting rice and vegetables. These rice terraces were largely believed to be made by hand (with minimal or no equipment at all). Spanning about 4,000 miles, these rice terraces are said to go around half the globe if the “steps” are placed side by side. It is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

Courtesy of: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/17/Rice_Terraces_Banaue.jpg
Courtesy of: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/17/Rice_Terraces_Banaue.jpg

Tubbataha Reef

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tubbataha Reef is home to very beautiful corral reefs. It is located in Sulu Sea (about 150 kilometers southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan) and houses a lot of marine creatures. The reef was declared a national marine park by the then-President Cory Aquino in 1988. It is open for divers from around the world from March to June of every year.

Courtesy of: http://www.thinkphilippines.com/pictures/tubbataha-reef1.jpg
Courtesy of: http://www.thinkphilippines.com/pictures/tubbataha-reef1.jpg

Mayon Volcano

Located in Legaspi City, this is one of the most active (if not the most active) volcano in the country. It is known for its near-perfect cone and is also the mountaineers’ favorite because of the challenge of climbing this volcano. Seen near the volcano is the bell tower of the church of the town of Cagsawa, the only reminder of its most destructive eruption on Feb. 1, 1814.

Mayon Volcano with the bell tower in front. Courtesy of: http://media.photobucket.com/image/mayon%20volcano/Pnong_pino/5.jpg
Mayon Volcano with the bell tower in front. Courtesy of: http://media.photobucket.com/image/mayon%20volcano/Pnong_pino/5.jpg

The Hundred Islands

These hundred islands are located in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. The age of these islands? Approximately 2.0 million years old. They are actually “ancient corals that extend well inland”. Of all the islands, only three are actually developed for tourism: Governor Island, Quezon Island and Children’s Island. The islands cover about 18.44 square kilometers.


Courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HundredIslandsNationalPark20050420.jpg
Courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HundredIslandsNationalPark20050420.jpg

Taal Volcano

Another one of the active volcanoes in the country, Taal Volcano is located between the towns of Talisay and San Nicolas in Batangas. It is considered an island inside Taal Lake, a body of water surrounding the volcano which is actually believed to be a former crater or mouth of a larger volcano. It is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, making it very volatile. The volcano has become a very famous tourist spot; as a result, various establishments have been set up surrounding the lake. Due to its proximity to these establishments and human activities, the volcano is kept under close, tight watch for any signs of volcanic activities.


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Courtesy of: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1060/541816359_9c44a89af4.jpg

The Chocolate Hills

Another one of Philippine’s pride, this one is located in Bohol and is considered one of this place’s most famous attractions. The number of hills varies. Some say about 1,200 hills, others about 1,700 hills. Regardless of the number, the hills are, more or less, uniform in shape (about 30 to 50 meters). Why are they called chocolate hills? Because these hills are covered in grass, which during the end of the summer months, turn chocolate brown.

Courtesy of: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/136/336635045_2b8cab156b_o.jpg
Courtesy of: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/136/336635045_2b8cab156b_o.jpg

Mount Makiling (or Mount Maquiling)

This one is a “dormant” or potentially-active volcano. Located in Laguna, it is one of the most popular destinations for hikers. There are actually roads going up this mountain but if you really want to see its beauty, you have to veer away from these roads and hike on foot. This mountain has a lot of hot springs inside, which are the source of the hot spring resorts surrounding the mountain. Part of Mount Makiling is located in the University of the Philippines, the premier university of the country and one of the designated caretakers of this lovely mountain. From afar, the mountain looks like a reclining lady, said to be Maria Makiling, the “guardian” of the mountain.

Courtesy of: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1086/737951237_06aba45ce2.jpg?v=0
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milynch43 7 years ago from Philippines

Great Hub. There is so much beauty in here in such a small place.


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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for letting us see all these interesting and becautiful sites. I wish I could go there to see. What an experience this must be.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Beautiful :)


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

Wonderful! My daughter goes to Tubbataha to dive and she say's it's one of the best in the world! Mt Makiling, Taal and Hundred Islands bring many memories for me. Thanks kabayan!


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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Wow emievil nice hub here, you did a splendid job of hihglighting our naturalwonders, but I wonder where is the Rice Terraces... Hmmm nice title too LOL nyahahaha Philippine version... Emievil please get rid of the spam I made in one of your hub please I maybe slapped with deductions with that... Please I beg you :)


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

milynch43, thanks. Hope you didn't mind my linking to your hub. I got the inspiration from there.

Hello, come over so that I can properly say hello to you. =)

Ripplemaker thanks =).

IslandVoice, thanks for dropping by. I love to visit the other places here. I have been to Taal and to Mt. Makiling. The rest, in my dreams only =)>

GH, all right, all right. LOL. I'll delete it. Where are the rice terraces? You're much nearer to it than I am GH. It's in the Ifugao Province =). Thanks for dropping by.


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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Just joking you hehehe, thanks for making hundred islands one of the seven wonders hehehehe, I was in a hurry when I saw this hehehe, and busy again hayz, ill comeback to read this very creative and resourceful hub...


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

hehehe, just for that, I'll undelete that spam message. LOL j/k. okay run away now li'l bro. =)


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maribin 7 years ago from USA

yah I agree, being a filipino myself, we have a lots of tourist spots in the phil.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

thanks maribin. There are so much more beautiful spots here. Hope we can create more hubs featuring them. =)


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

Hi emie, I'm really happy that you wrote about our beautiful spots here in the Philippines. At least I can say that I have been to most of them. However, I wonder why you did not include the underground river in Palawan.

I have started a new pinoy blog in another website and I hope you wouldn't mind if I place a link to your hub.

Actually, I wish to invite all of you pinoy hubbers to contribute some stories in my new blog. I will place the link to this pinoyblog in my profile page here.

Thank you!


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hey Jill. You know what I really wanted to include the underground river (the Diwata cave also) but I just couldn't find enough materials on the Internet. =( Maybe I can write another hub featuring solely the Diwata Cave and Palawan =).

Hey, what's the URL? Quick, I wanna join =).


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Your country is so beautiful emievil. If only I did have the finances to travel, but with rent and life it never seems to happen. I enjoy looking at the pictures and reading the descriptions of over places though :).


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks SweetiePie. Who knows? Maybe in the future, you'll get to come here =). Thanks for dropping by.


mtsi1098 7 years ago

Very nice...I think my next trip will be the Philippine’s and you will find me on the Chocolate Hills :)


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks mtsi. It's a compliment that you will visit my country =).


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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Great Hub here emievil hehehe, but I think the list is shortlisted you could've have more hehehehe... Thanks for sharing hehehe our beautiful and splendid tourists spots...


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

LOL, if I did that it will become 50 natural wonders and I will really run out of space. Why not write the part 2 of this hub? =)


R.G. San Ramon 7 years ago

:D Only reached mayon volcano, 'cause my father is a bicolano, and taal volcano, because we had a dangerous trip there during my freshman year in DLSU. The journey was sooo dangerous that it was not repeated in the university. Insurance might be the main reason why.

Too bad the lake is not that productive, because of the heat. And too bad mayon volcano's perfect cone shape is repeatedly being "destroyed" by itself, along with some bicolanos residing near the area.

I remember that some tourists insisted on reaching the danger zone of mayon volcano, and they succeeded. And I only got to see the volcano on our way to catanduanes. :))

And oh, I sent you an email about the blog thing. Cheers.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks R. G. My husband and I talked about Taal Volcano and how really the river is part of that volcano. The locals and the tourists either do not know or they know but choose to ignore this little tidbit. My husband's family live near that place.

Hehehe, you know what, I've only been to Mt. Makiling and Taal Volcano. I haven't been to the other places. =)

Thanks for the email. I'll check it in a jiffy. =)


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

Hi emie,

I placed the URL in my profile page here in hubpages. Please check it out there. I don't know how to add a URL in the comments section.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hey thanks. I'll find that URL. I already accessed it through your profile. =)


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Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

This hub makes me think that this world is such a wonderful place and we don't even know about many great places in other countries. Thanx for adding these to my to the places on my list for visiting.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Anytime UH. drop me a note if you're coming over =).


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HKrafston 7 years ago from Columbus, OH

Wow. I wish I could be there. Its beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Nice Hub.


Shoestring Travel 7 years ago

Beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing!


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks HKrafston and Shoestring Travel.


ressel 7 years ago

sana tulong tulong tayong mag vote sa underground river ng palawan para makasali sya sa 7 wonders of the world nature


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

ressel, saan ang link?


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Filipino girls 7 years ago

You're reminding me of what I'm missing, even though I live in the Philippines


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Filipino girls.


tin castro 7 years ago

Its so very nice place, i ever see..........


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Tin.


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midnightbliss 6 years ago from Hermosa Beach

philippines also has a very wide coastline because of its scattered islands and this give the philippines a lot of beautiful beaches.


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yvonne16 6 years ago from Phillipines

great hub..highlighting our natural wonders so other countries will also know more about our tourist spot..too bad that Mayon Volcano is having a massive volcanic activity..bad timing for this holiday seasons...let's pray for my kababayan in Bicol...


Jack 6 years ago

The only word for the hub can be “Wow”.

Pis are also very good.

No doubt, it is one of the hottest tourist spot on the earth.

I will definitely plan my holiday trip to this country in the year of 2011. I really liked the Chocolate Hills. Also just found some good holiday packages on the http://www.southalltravel.co.uk


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digitalexplorer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

This is only a very small fraction of what the Philippines can offer. Nice to feature some of these stunning places and Im still discovering some of them!


kishinaomi28 6 years ago

::its so BEAUTIFUL::i love this sights..

(:


hasgdfh 6 years ago

hai to all


leah 6 years ago

i love Philippines ^_^ muah


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FashionFame 6 years ago from California

Wow!! Pictures are just fantastic. I just want to pack my bags and head to Philippines. Loved it.


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mega1 6 years ago

Very beautiful places - very different than any I've seen. Lovely hub.


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

@FashionFame, come over and visit my country anytime. Promise you won't regret it.

@mega1, thank you. Philippines is indeed beautiful.


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

You have done it, you made me want to visit. Thanks for enriching our lives with such great travel advice.


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Steve. Hope you'll have a wonderful time here.


baby g 6 years ago

LOVE! the PHILIPINE WONDERS!!!!????? mostly them =D !! ^_^!!!


melissa 6 years ago

Wow! nice.... we filipinos are truly blessed, we are given the chance to have all this kinds of wonders..


marionne 6 years ago

what a beautiful views!!!!!!!!!!!


melissa 6 years ago

ikeep on looking at the pictures because its so nice...


cj goli 6 years ago

ang ganda ng pilipinas!!!^_^


jade 6 years ago

hi 2LL....


cleo 6 years ago

wow......ganda naman kasi ng pilipinas


shel'sky  6 years ago

WOW.....nakaka-enjoy panoorin VIEW ng PILIPINAS


juzt MEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 6 years ago

HI!SA Mga kapatid na igorot and to everybody


Phobie Allanah S. Celoso 6 years ago

the seven natural wonders of the world is so beautiful


Mee Mee 6 years ago

The phil. is great......I luv it's splendid forests and natural resources....i luv my country.....but i wish our new president won't be corrupted like the other ones...."Mabuhay mga Kabayan


jonabell 6 years ago

15 yes ago i sw the beautifull place in banaue rice terraces in ifugao


cagayan de oro 6 years ago

I like your hub! Yep, I agree with these seven wonders of our country. But that's just the discovered ones. There still are a lot of undiscovered scenic spots in this country. Meanwhile, discover the city of Cagayan de Oro as well!


von carlo balabat 6 years ago

What a wonderful living things that god create for as to

see how philippines is beautiful???


PHOEBE 6 years ago

SO CUTE .


mica 6 years ago

wow garbe talaga ang daming magagandang lugar dito sa pilipinas ????


james 6 years ago

wala ako masabi sa ganda ng pilipinas akal ng iba buro basura dito satin pero nagkakamali sila may ipagmamalaki din tayo


Boracay Hotels 6 years ago

Panalo talaga sa kagandahan ang Pilipinas.. kaya dapat ipag malaki natin to mga Pinoy.. kaya naman madaming tourist dito sa ating bansa dahil sa kanila walang ganan.. ehhehe.. diba.. TAMA... Pati Boracay ngayon sikat na.. Boracay Hotels


Paulyn 6 years ago

Wow..super duper.grbe ang gnda ng phIlipPines n0h??


ruzielito & richardo 6 years ago

the philippines have the most beatiful view of all...it can relax our stress body......


walang katulad ang pilipinas 5 years ago

wala nang katulad ang pilipinas ..wala na siguro makakatalo pa..Philippines is the best..


Jimmsparks 5 years ago

Philippines is one of the most beautiful country I've seen. You guys are blessed with great wonders. Maybe I could visit there some time during summer.


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emievil 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Jimmsparks.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a wonderful hub. I love exploring different countries at HubPages. I would really like to see the Philippines in person, but there are so many countries that I want to visit that I don’t know how I will find the time or the money! Your photos show very interesting geography. I am interested in animals and would especially like to explore the Tubbataha Reef. Thank you for the information.


wayne 5 years ago

yes nakita rin


wayne 5 years ago

thanks because you said philippines is beautiful


sophia lyn vequizo  5 years ago

maganda talaga ang pilipinas dapat lng ipagyabang

mabuhay ang pilipinas


CatsHere! 5 years ago

NICE!


pasaway 5 years ago

i like it....its nice....

so we have to be proud to our country...


Jhem Regunan 5 years ago

That's the creation of God!!!!ang gaganda talaga ng mga nilikha ng Diyos sa pilipinas!kaya dapat paka-ingatan natin ang kayang mga nilikha dahil lahat ng yan ay biyya ng Panginoon.....


Jom 5 years ago

Ifugao Rice Terraces is not a natural wonder, it's a man-made wonder. That should not be included in the list.


graciela 5 years ago

makiisa sa campaign na no to mining in palawan please


albert 5 years ago

the best ang gandda ng pilipinas")


collin 5 years ago

ganda tagala nang atin kultur nu


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Prisana 5 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

Beautiful and informative hub!


ernalyn 5 years ago

what a wonderful place here in philippines...that's why i loved to live here


Abdulrahman edtiG 5 years ago

Ya alLAH ur createD is verRY wonderfFUL and Nice view..


andrew 5 years ago

ganda mo

ganda ko


jayson 5 years ago

wow!!!! its so nice to be here in the philippines. there are so many beautiful places and also girls..


graizel anne 5 years ago

wow...philippines ang ganda mo talaga!


leniejoy 5 years ago

very nice so beautiful palawan.,:)


dadzkie 5 years ago

hi there....nice infos for us Filipinos..but to add for that natural wonder pls help vote PPUP (Puerto Palawan Underground River)pls click below

http://www.new7wonders.com/vote-2


nilda midelo 5 years ago

i know that every filipino deserve this


lapzz mamalo 5 years ago

,,,i'm proud 2 be a Pilipino,,, ganda ng Pinas!!!!!!!!!!1


Neil Yuan reyes 5 years ago

its nice to see this photo's ^^


maryjoy 5 years ago

wow! philippines ganda talaga ng mga tourispots


tengcabual 5 years ago

Philippine Palawan underground river is nice... Wow the best...


mauris alzona 5 years ago

napaka ganda ng pilipinas hindi ko akalain na may ganitong kagandang lugar sa ating bansa ...

( WONDERFUL )


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lzlpio90 5 years ago

yes, yes, yes,,beautiful country, beautiful people and beautiful landscapes... that is Philippines!!!


angel 5 years ago

wla ang laoag city mganda nman po xa huhuh


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emievil 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Sorry Angel, hanggang 7 lang ang kaya ko.


Roland The Great 4 years ago

What a nice places, someday i'll see the beautiful places :)


zaivhen 4 years ago

love those pic!!!!!!?


PHOEBE 4 years ago

WIW ANG GANDA ..GRAVEH.TALAGA C GOD WALANG KAPANTAY..HOOOOOO LOVE IT.


kyle joshua :) 4 years ago

I Love my Country PHILIPPINES :)


john renzo 4 years ago

ilike this nature


soul 4 years ago

XIE XIE TILIM


Sarah 4 years ago

I lyk that^


sugandh 4 years ago

nice nature image


fiona angelica flores 4 years ago

i lyk our 7 wonders in the philippines ... so nyc..


katrina 4 years ago

thanks cause i got the answers here because we have an assignment


Shena Jane Azores 4 years ago

it is really amazing to see our Natural Wonders in our country..and i like the picture image though it's to far for me to go there but because your site...i already see the natural wonders "Discover the Natural Wonders in the Philippines"

http://shenajaneazores.blogspot.com/


perla lozano 4 years ago

yes, philippines tourist spots is so beautiful especially here in davao city.

yes philippines

yes, there are


kris formalejo 4 years ago

ang ganda nang philippines im really love my own and native land


jewelryn dullano dadivas 4 years ago

how great thy CREATOR who made this gift of nature........

lets hold in hand in preserving His blessings to the Filipinos!!!!!!!!!!!!


jeric afunay 4 years ago

wag namang sirain ang kalikasan


Vacation quest 4 years ago

It's really a good place for enjoying travel.I eager to know about this great place.


aeron capalad 4 years ago

the country of phil. are beautiful


lance 4 years ago

anganda talaga ng tanawin ang pinoy


DIANA JANE CENIZA 4 years ago

I LOVE 2 LIVE IN PHILIPPINES


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jeanihess 4 years ago from Cape Town South Africa

Beautiful and interesting:)


julieivieorido 4 years ago

Philippines is really gifted.

To see more interesting things about it, visit this http://julieivieorido.blogspot.com/.


alyz 4 years ago

the good thing is there are still a lot more beautiful places in the Philippines.

try to see here

http://alyzamonicaaguilar.blogspot.com


Shena Jane 4 years ago

It's really amazing to see our naturals wonder

http://shenajaneazores.blogspot.com/


arvin 4 years ago

sobrang gnda tlaga d2 s pilipinas.....


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prea 4 years ago from Philippines

great hub :)


jean 4 years ago

love it


jean 4 years ago

love it


sonofman 4 years ago

the Philippines is the beloved city of GOD as mentioned in revelation

in the Bible....


gio 4 years ago

i love it


hana emily 4 years ago

are you sure


Gago You 3 years ago

Walang Palawan cave bakit.


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creativeaqua 3 years ago from India

Wow. So many of God's incredible creations. That Chocolate Hills look funny. Only if the ground was really made of chocolate, I will become a cow.


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tastiger04 3 years ago

So many great places to see! I have been to Taal Volcano, I will have to visit the rest! :)


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Although my wife and I have several Filipino and Filipina friends, they never told us about these places. So next time I meet them, and it could be as early as Thursday, I am going to complaint that they didn't lol.

With all these natural wonders, plus an opportunity to see the giant and elegant Philippine eagle, my family is going to have a helluva time in Philippines.

Thank you for sharing such a positive hub on this country that we love dearly because of our friends.


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bella34 3 years ago

Nice hub!


hershey caga 3 years ago

so beautiful i love it


cassy 2 years ago

amazing


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aesta1 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

The Philippines offer so many natural beauties. I heard Camiguin is really beautiful


Lester Moore Lambac 23 months ago

Great top list of tourist spots in the Philippines. I have also written a blog post about Top 10 Tourist in the Philippines. Find out here in http://touristspotsfinder.com/


Stella 15 months ago

I love Philippines but my last trip to Thailand was also amazing. I never did skydiving and it was my first experience and it was thrilling. I found low cost price on http://www.skyjetairtravel.co.uk from London to Thailand.

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