It has been hard narrowing down the list of all the beautiful places, not to mention the undiscovered places in the Philippines, into just ten. There are almost 7,500 islands in the Philippines and thousands of majestic places in the country and hopefully I could go and visit and share those places with you in the future. So to help me narrow down the list, I conducted a survey amongst 100 people aged 15-50 years old, both men and women about their top destinations. Excited to know what got into the list? Let’s do the countdown!
According to Wikipedia, “Siargao is a tear-drop shaped island in the Philippine Sea situated 800 kilometers southeast of Manila in the province of Surigao del Norte.” I have to admit I was surprised to those people who included Siargao on their list because I haven’t heard much about it, so I did some research and boom! I suddenly want to run and fly to Siargao. Siargao is famous as a surfing destination, but it’s also getting famous now for island hopping activities and beach bumming.
9. Davao City
I think one of the reasons why people love Davao City is because it’s known to be one of the safest and disciplined city in the country, not to mention it is the home of the present Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. He had served as Davao City Mayor for more than two decades so whatever Davao had become, I think it’s because of his good leadership. In Davao City, you won’t see people smoking in public places and you’ll love riding taxi cabs because drivers are friendly, honest and trustworthy unlike in Manila. Aside from you’ll feel safe roaming around the city, there are a lot of good places you could visit. They have Mt. Apo if you love peaks. From its falls, Wild River, pool resorts, wildlife parks, art museums to People’s Park, night markets, Japanese tunnel, caves and a lot more, Davao City is really a one-stop place to visit.
8. Beaches of the Quezon Province
I could testify how beautiful the beaches of the Quezon province are, though many are still yet to be discovered. Aside from Mt. Banahaw, which is a real tourist draw especially during Holy week, there are a lot of hidden paradise awaiting to be concealed in the province of Quezon. Way back 2012, we island hopped on three of its hidden paradise namely Borawan, Dampalitan Beach and Puting Buhangin (White Sand). I’m proud to say that I got to visit those places before it’s revealed to the mass. Though I’ve visited three, there’s still a number I would still need to visit. I could say Quezon Province will never ran out of great beaches. Let’s have a run-through.
Of course, everybody knows Boracay. Though Boracay is so commercialized and is very crowded especially during peak seasons, it’s still one of the top destinations of Filipinos. It hasn’t lost its charm throughout all these years, it still is the dream destination of most Filipinos and non-Filipinos. If you want a fun and sexy night life by the beach, there’ll be no place like La Isla Boracay.
Baguio is the ‘Summer Capital of the Philippines’. Humidity in the metro during summer season drives people to go to Baguio. But Baguio is not the ‘Baguio’ just because of its climate but also because of the ancestral places, the pine trees, the strawberry farm, rice terraces, the giant lion head and ethnic tribes found there. Baguio will surely take you to a different place, a place distant from the everyday life in the metro.
Bohol had been famous because of its chocolate hills but now it’s also getting famous for its Ecotourism Adventure Park, white sand beach and falls. There’s a lot to do in Bohol, you could go touring around the chocolate hills with an ATV or zipline thru the hills, you could also go cruising the Loboc river, meet little exotic Tarsiers in the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary or go beach bumming in Bohol Beach Club.
Ilocos is also on my list of my to-go-places. Ilocos is loved because of its historical spots. There’s the Bangui Windmills, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Patapat Viaduct bridge, La Paz Sand dunes, numerous falls and white sand beaches, ancestral churches and museums, Kapurpurawan Rock Formations and the historical Vigan city.
I have to be biased here, Batanes is my number one dream destination. I actually even know the tourist spots by heart even if I haven’t gotten the chance to visit it just yet. It’s just number three on the list probably because it’s expensive to visit the place. Batanes is the northernmost province in the country and said to be “the New Zealand of the Philippines”. It’s great that the ethnicity of the province had been preserved because only natives can buy and build a house there. The primary reason I would really love to go there is to have even just a quick glance of how Philippines was before, the beauty of its nature, the honest and good people, the tradition that they had preserved. To add, Batanes has zero crime rate so you won’t get frightened travelling alone. Batanes is – I just really don’t know how to describe the beauty of Batanes, even by just looking at it makes me gasp, I think I’ll just leave it for your judgment.
From historical sites since the Spanish regime to century-old churches, to new-found beaches and islands plus the gigantic whale shark, adding up the awesome food, who wouldn’t want to visit the amazing Cebu?
And on the top of the list is…
When people talk about ‘beach’, there’s no argument, Palawan is the best place to be. I don’t think there’s one beach in Palawan that is not drool-worthy. Every freaking beach has its own amazing beauty and could be regarded as a slice of heaven.
The list will be endless when it comes to places worth visiting in the Philippines, every place has their own story and their own beauty. Keep track cause we’ll be diving into further details of these places on my next article. It’s truly more fun in the Philippines!