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Updated on February 2, 2013
Beach in Boracay
Beach in Boracay

Boracay: One of the Most Stunning Beaches

Named as the world's best island getaway of 2012 by the international travel magazine, Travel + Leisure, Boracay Island is once again voted as one of the ten most stunning beaches in the world. Its magnificent powder-soft white sand beaches that stretch over 3.5 kilometers, and its crystal-clear waters continually attract both local and foreign tourists.

Boracay, which literally means "teeming with life", is located at the northwestern tip of Panay in the Western Visayas region. It is significantly sheltered from easterly winds, making it suitable for vacation anytime; although it would be best to go there between September and June when the weather is very favorable.

It's very easy to get to the island, too. From Manila, you may take a 50-minute flight to Kalibo, Aklan; then, you take another two-hour inland trip by bus or the local land transport, called jeepney, to Caticlan, where an outrigger boat will take you to Boracay island. There are around 300 accommodation facilities in Boracay for you to choose from. Depending on your budget, you may opt for a suite room or a standard lodging.

The other beaches named in the Top Ten Stunning Beaches include:

  1. Tulum Beach (Mexico)
  2. Whitehaven Beach (Australia)
  3. Maya Beach (Thailand)
  4. ZIatni Rat ("Goden Cape") Beach (Croatia)
  5. Hanalei Bay (Kaua'i Island, Hawaii)
  6. Navagio Beach (Greece)
  7. Boracay Island (Philippines)
  8. Maldives Beaches (Maldives)
  9. Pink Sands Beach (Bahamas)
  10. South Beach (Miami, USA)

So Much Fun Await You in Boracay

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Valencia, Negros Oriental

Valancia, Negros Oriental
Valancia, Negros Oriental

Valencia: The Greenest Municipality in Negros Oriental

Valencia, one of the three interior towns in Negros Oriental, is known for its sustainable development programs and eco-tourism destinations. The municipality conscientiously promotes environmental education and protection, community-based resource management, and community development through tourism and environmental protection. Nestled on the hills at the foot of the famous Mount Talinis, Valencia is a first class municipality located 9.4 kilometers west of Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Oriental province.

Valencia is home to a geothermal power plant operated by the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), which supplies the electricity needs of Negros, Panay, and part of Cebu province. The municipality also hosts the Valencia Hydraulic System Technologies (HYDRATECH), an eco-zone export enterprise that manufactures hydraulic water pumps, spare parts, and components for the fishing and drilling industry in Europe.

Moreover, Valencia is proud of its eco-tourism sites, namely:

  • Casaroro Waterfalls. This uniquely narrow waterfalls is lodged deep into the natural rock formations of Valencia mountains, with its cool waters gushing down to a swimming hole 100 feet below.
  • Banica Swimming Lagoon. Also called Tejeros resort, Banica Swimming Lagoon has two man-made stone pools fed by the Banica River. Its cool waters give soothing relief to the skin especially during summer. The place is enclosed by a beautiful and spacious garden dotted with cozy native cottages.
  • Forest Camp. Formerly a private property strategically located along the curb of the Banica River, Forest Camp quickly became a favorite weekend picnic site even for outsiders, who were allured by the cool waters and beautiful environment. Today, it has become a camping ground for backpackers, and can accommodate up to 250 people in its conference/reception hall.
  • The Spanish Fountain. The strong influence and governance of the Spaniards in Negros Oriental is evident in this relic of an ancient waterspout. Built in the late 1800s, the Spanish Fountain, invented by an Augustinian friar, used to channel water from an upland spring to serve as the municipality's major source of water supply. The relic is found right at the heart of the town plaza.
  • Cata-al War Memorabilia. This is a personal accumulation of Porforio Cata-al, a World War II survivor, that includes old American and Japanese banknotes, coins, grenades, bombs, seared parts of a military uniform, medals, and a mummy of a Japanese soldier. Now maintained by Cata-al's son, the memorabilia are found in his residence cum museum in the town.

Valencia has still so many more to offer to its visitors. If you love lanzones (scientifically known as Lansium Domesticum) and rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum), come in October or November when these fruits are ripe enough.

It is easy to get to Valencia. Depending on where you come from, you can take an airplane, boat, or land transport system to go to Dumaguete City, your jumping-off point to the municipality. But for a guided tour, you may visit the local office of the Department of Tourism or arrange it with your travel agent.

Valencia Plaza
Valencia Plaza

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