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Beautiful Places to Visit in the Philippines

Updated on October 19, 2014

Boracay

Boracay is an island located south of Manila. In 1990, it was voted by the BMW Tropical Beach Handbook as one of the best beaches in the world. In 1996, it was voted by British publication TV Quick as the world's number one tropical beach. In 2007, it was chosen as the World’s Most Popular Beach according to Yahoo! Travel. Boracay is part of the municipality of Malay in the province of Aklan , which is located in Panay. It can be reached from Manila by flights on Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, Asian Spirit, Seair, and Pacific Air. Caticlan airport is near the island.

Boracay Island beach, Philippines - Best Beach in the world
Boracay Island beach, Philippines - Best Beach in the world

   

Visit the Philippines and Come to Boracay, the Best Beach in the World

  

Vigan

It's a trip back in time. You will love their food like bagnet, ilocano pizza, empanada (filled pastry), tupig (rice cooked in bamboo), ukoy and the ever famous longganiza. They have quaint cafes along Calle Crisologo Street as you go about your night photo shoot. Some old houses have been converted to 'bed & breakfast' so you might feel their creepy aura.

Calle Crisologo Street - Vigan, Philippines
Calle Crisologo Street - Vigan, Philippines

Laoag

It is known for Ilocano delicacy, then the feast for architectural photography, many churches, especially the Paoay church - cited as UNESCO world heritage site. You may want to see the late strongman President Ferdinand Marcos in his glass tomb in Batac. Moving upwards, there's the famous lighthouse in Burgos overlooking Babuyan Channel onto Batanes.

Paoay church, Laoag - cited as UNESCO world heritage site; baroque church
Paoay church, Laoag - cited as UNESCO world heritage site; baroque church

Pagudpud

Saud Beach is the Boracay of the north, less the pollution, not yet  commercialized so it’s clean.  You’ll love the blue waters, white sand, and the waves.  Then just a little distance from the sea, you’ll have some fresh water experience from those falls from the Cordillera mountains.

Saud Beach in Pagudpud, Philippines
Saud Beach in Pagudpud, Philippines

Camarines Sur

You will enjoy the wakeboarding especially for the young and the not so young.  Even celebrities come back often to Caramoan, Camarines Sur.  They have cabanas for overnight stay.  A cabana is a small hut or shade structure built with a thatched roof commonly built in tropical climates near bodies of water.  It sometimes has traversing curtains, decorative drapes, or solid walls.

Cabanas in Camarines Sur
Cabanas in Camarines Sur

Bohol

You can take a plane ride from Manila to Cebu and the fastcraft into Bohol. While there, stay in the tropical villas (with private swimming pool) yet adjacent to the sea in Panglao Island. Enjoy island hopping, snorkeling, the eat-all-u-can while cruising Loboc River, and more destinations!

Chocolate Hills in Bohol
Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Cebu

Cebu City is the capital of Cebu, known as the oldest city and the second most significant metropolitan centre in the Philippines. It was the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines in the 16th century. In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan landed in Cebu. The Spaniards baptized the native islanders. Magellan failed to claim the Philippines for he was slain by Datu Lapu-Lapu, a chieftain, in the Battle of Mactan.

The city's most famous landmark is Magellan's Cross (aka Cross of Magellan) which is now housed in a chapel. It is a symbol of the beginning of Christianity in the Philippines.

Not far away from the Magellan's Cross is the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño (Church of the Holy Child) which houses the country's oldest relic, the image of Santo Niño de Cebu (Holy Child of Cebu). A religious event is celebrated known as the Sinulog festival, held every third Sunday of January. It celebrates the festival of the Santo Niño, the patron saint of Cebu. The Sinulog is a dance ritual wherein the dancer moves two steps forward and one step backward to the rhythmic sound of drums.

Magellan's Cross in Cebu City
Magellan's Cross in Cebu City


There are many more beautiful places to visit in the Philippines like Palawan, Davao, Baguio, Subic, Laguna, Tagaytay, Cavite, Batangas, and of course Manila.

Please come and visit the Philippines!

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hi dyesebel10.

      What a great well researched hub! Id love to visit the Philippines one day :) I just simply love travel and traveling and writing about my travel haha :). If you could check my hubs our and comment and leave your feedback it would be highly appreciated

      Thanks

      Lee

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      travelholidays 4 years ago from India

      Love these places , nice to read thanks for sharing :)

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      roland jasa 4 years ago

      visiting our own beautiful destination in our own country can make us proud in our citizenship, i am proud of our beautiful sceneries here in the Philippines, I'm proud head over heels, even some of these i had seen only in pictures but its awesome in my eye and i am sure it is awesome in other eyes specially those foreigners visiting in our country....i have a bulk proud to became a Filipino citizen.

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      katrina 5 years ago

      i love to go to the wonderful places in our country. . especially in boracay i wished that i spend my 18th birthday there together with my family and my love ones. . . because its more fun in the phillipines. . ,,,,

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      These are fantastic places to visit. i would love to be there. Pictures are awesome.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Thank you for sharing.I love it. It´s time for me to see the beauty of my own country. It is very beautiful and very informative for me.

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      rihsam05 6 years ago

      Maldives is the wolrd number one destination for holiday makers.find more details of maldives https://hubpages.com/travel/MaldivesResorts

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      dyesebel10 6 years ago from USA

      To Arun, don't forget to visit Boracay, Palawan, Baguio City, Tagaytay, or Cebu City.

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      Arun Nair 6 years ago

      I'm planning a trip to Philippines for my anniversary this year. We plan to stay there for 5 nights. What would be the ideal itinerary?

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      Cagayan de Oro map 7 years ago

      Oh my, my feet are itchy for traveling again! I'm on for Vigan at the end of the year.http://www.cdokay.com

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      wangdu781109 7 years ago

      nice

      please my site,thanks

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      dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

      I'll visit Lingayen Beach of Pangasinan someday.. thanks Lita for dropping by.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      Summertime 2010 is just about to end here in our country, the Philippines. If you happen to visit, I may add to your collection of wonderful tourist spots. Come and enjoy the pristine beauty of the Lingayen Beach of Pangasinan. "Pistay Dayat" (feast by the beach) is a month- long celebration that attracts tourists.

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      dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

      thanks genrp, I'll visit Pagudpud someday.

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      Genie Rose Palabay-De Guzman 7 years ago from North Hollywood, CA, USA

      Pagudpud is the best place I've seen..been there several times..very close to nature..

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      dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

      My family and I were supposed to visit Boracay last year but plans have changed due to hectic schedule. Thanks for adding me in your article.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      beautiful dear, I went to Boracay and the Pagudpod, it is awesome, BTW I added you to the article I am grateful to HubPages, sorry about that, Thanks for your fetaure of our country, Maita

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      dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

      Glad you liked it. Thanks, Jeremy.

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      cojaqmarketing 7 years ago from Carmel, Indiana

      What a nice distraction from the reality of living in Indiana!! Thanks for sharing.

      Jeremy