Tourist Spots in the Philippines
Where to Go
- Chinatown. Oldest Chinese settlement in the world located north of Intramuros in Binondo, Manila. Famous for its authentic Chinese food and merchandise.
- Rizal Park. Famous for being the site of Jose Rizal's execution.
- The Walled City of Intramuros. Fortification built by the Spanish during the 16th century. Now famous for its ruins and churches.
- Fort Santiago. A defense fortress built for Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. It is situated inside Intramuros.
- Metropolitan Museum of Manila. A museum devoted to modern and contemporary visual art in the Philippines.
- Malacañang Museum. A museum inside the Malacañang Palace featuring memorabilia showcasing the heritage of the President's office.
- National Museum of the Philippines. Also called the National Museum of the Filipino People, this is the official repository established as a natural history and ethnography museum of the Philippines.
- Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). This is the premiere performing arts center located in Roxas Boulevard, and is the best venue for classical concerts, ballet, musicals, and other cultural events in the Manila.
- Manila Cathedral. This minor basilica inside Intramuros is the seat of the Archbishop of Manila since the Spanish occupation.
- San Agustin Church. The oldest church in the Philippines, this church is one of the grandest architectural pieces inside Intramuros. It also features a museum of Manila memorabilia.
- UST Museum. Regarded as the oldest existing museum in the Philippines, the UST Museum features various collections ranging from natural history pieces to religious images. It is located inside the University of Sto. Tomas grounds.
- San Sebastian Church. This all-steel basilica is the first in the world, and is a perfect example of Gothic revival in the Philippines.
- Makati City
- Ayala Center. This commercial complex is a staple for any Manila tourist's itinerary. Here you can find various shops and restaurants set against a background of skyscrapers.
- Rockwell Center. This is Makati's other commercial center, located near the banks of the Pasig River. Aside from office and apartment buildings, Rockwell has the Power Plant Mall, a shopping center.
- Ayala Museum. This modern museum also located at the Ayala Center houses important pieces of historical significance, while its fine arts collections include those of Juan Luna and Fernando Amorsolo.
- Taguig City
- Ilocos Norte
- Paoay Church. This majestic church in honor of St. Augustine is one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in the Philippines. It is included in UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites in the Philippines, together with other Baroque churches in the country.
- Bangui Windmills. These windmills have been steadily gaining popularity not only among the scientific community, but also among travelers to the Philippines. These energy generators standing proudly at Bangui Bay were prominently featured in one of the country's tourism advertisements, firmly asserting its status as a tourist destination.
- Laoag City. The capital City of Laoag is home to a selection of tourist destinations, including Marcos-era mansions and a Spanish-inspired five star hotel. More importantly, the city is rich in heritage amidst its developing economy, making it a significant yet convenient traveler's pick.
- Paoay Lake. This freshwater lake not only offers the tourist a magnificent view of the Ilocos landscape, but it is also a biodiversity hotspot, elevated as a national park and protected area.
- Malacañang of the North. Once the official residence of Former President Ferdinand Marcos in Ilocos Norte, this palace is now a museum showcasing memorabilia owned by its previous occupants. It also presents a great view of the Paoay Lake.
- Marcos Mansion. The ancestral house of the Marcoses has been converted into a museum displaying souvenirs of the late President Marcos' 20-year reign. It also houses the preserved body of the late President.
- Fort Ilocandia. This sprawling complex south of Laoag is a great getaway up north. Aside from the estate's beautiful architecture, Fort Ilocandia also has great restaurants, a shooting range, paintball, archery and a variety of water sports. It also offers a tour of the nearby Suba sand dunes.
- Pagudpud. Pagudpud is hailed as the “Boracay of the North,” sans the gazillion tourists. The secluded Maira-ira Beach brings the vacationer a most sought-after relaxation, as there are hardly any visitors on these fantastic shores. One can also see a view of the Bangui Windmills, the magnificent power generators situated in Bangui Bay.
- Ilocos Sur
- Mestizo District. Found in the City of Vigan, the Mestizo district is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Philippines. It contains the largest concentration of ancestral homes and other colonial-era architecture in the Philippines, built by Chinese merchants who settled in Vigan. The houses are still preserved and maintained by the Ilocos Sur Tourism Information Center. The district is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines.
- St. Paul's Cathedral. Also known as the Vigan Cathedral, this church's most prominent feature is its separate belfry, built 15 meters away from the main structure. The structure was built in "earthquake baroque" style, meaning it has thick walls and buttresses that can withstand strong natural disasters.
- Palacio de Arzobispado. The Palacio de Arzobispado, or the Archbishop's Palace, was built in 1783, and it served as the official residence of the Archbishop of Nueva Segovia. Currently it is the only surviving 18th century archbishop's residence in the Philippines. Inside it is the Museo Nueva Segovia, a museum which showcases archdiocesan archives, a throne room, antique portraits of bishops, manuscripts, and other religious artifacts from various colonial churches all over Ilocos Sur.
- Burgos National Museum. The former residence of the martyr Padre Burgos, a member of the GOMBURZA priest triumvirate, is now a museum exhibiting various treasures and antiquities depicting the Ilocano culture and society. A display of Padre Burgos' memorabilia can also be found in the area.
- Santa Maria Church. This Baroque masterpiece found in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It was built on a hill elevated from the central town plaza together with its distinctive bell tower.
- La Union
- Agoo-Damortis National Seashore Park. This is a biodiversity hotspot and a declared National Park in the municipality of Agoo, La Union.
- San Juan Beach. Regarded as the "Surfing Capital of the North," this stretch of white sand beach facing the South China Sea is a must-go place for surfers and watersports lovers. Ideal surfing months are from November to February.
- Hundred Islands National Park. This national park is famous for the beautiful islets dotting the coast of Alaminos City is considered as one of the most beautiful locations in the Philippines.
- Cape Bolinao Lighthouse. This lighthouse standing at Bolinao, Pangasinan was built by the Americans in 1903 on a 300-feet high promontory at the western section of Cape Bolinao. Up to now it still sends signals to vessels passing by the nearby sea.
- Manlaleuag National Park. This forest area was declared as a National Park in 1940, and is a host to both scientists and tourists interested in the environment.
- Our Lady of Manaoag Church. A sure destination for any devoted Catholic, the Our Lady of Manaoag Church in Pangasinan is believed to be a miraculous shrine.
"Where Adventure Never Ends"
- Province of Cagayan
- Callao Cave - Located just outside Peñablanca town proper, this cave has seven chambers which are all explorable. The guide says that there are more than seven chambers but the others are not yet open to the public. The cave has great rock, limestone and mineral formations. It also has two skylights and a man-made chapel inside Chamber 2.
- Pinacanauan River - The river can be seen from Callao Cave. It offers boat rides and rafting, kayaking and swimming.
- Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat - Found in the town of Piat, this basilica houses the famous and miraculous image of Our Lady of Piat, which was brought to the Philippines from Macau in 1604 by the Dominican friars. The image is also known as the Black Mary.
- Calvary Hills - This is a favorite pilgrimage site during the Lenten Season since it has larger than life concrete statues of the 14 Stations of the Cross. It is located on top of an 11 hectare rolling hills in Iguig.
- Buntun Bridge - This is the longest river bridge in the Philippines connecting Tuguegarao City proper and the town of Solano. The bridge crosses the famous Cagayan River.
- Sta. Ana and the Palaui Island - is 158 km. from Tuguegarao City. It is the "PHILIPPINE SAILFISH CAPITAL" famous worlwide for its abundant marine life. The CAPE ENGAÑO LIGHTHOUSE in Palaui Island dates back to the Spanish regime and is the only existing lighthouse in the Northeastern coast with white sand beach, rich marine resources and uncontaminated environs. It has been declared under coastal environment protection. Also in STA. ANA is the CAGAYAN SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE AUTHORITY and FreePort and the white sand beaches of Angib and Gotan Coves.
- St. Philomene Church - it is located in Alcala and it is the widest brick church in the province. Located along the Maharlika Highway, it stands as a mute witness to the several regimes that have enriched the province's culural heritage. Alcala town is famous for its carabao milk candy. Also visit the Ponce's Ancestral home - a typical Cagayano house used as a hospital during the FIL-AM WAR.
- Sta. Maria Bell - in San Jacinto De Polonia Church is said to be the oldest bell in the Far East. Forged in 1595, it was brought to Manila in February 1937 as part of the attractions during the 33rd International Eucharistic Congress. Camalaniugan town is 93.6 km. from Tuguegarao City.
- Portabaga Falls - in Sta. Praxedes is one of the tallest falls in Cagayan. Approximately 15m in height, it has man-made pools and picnic huts for excursionists. Sta. Praxedes is 194 km. from Tuguegarao City and is about 100m from the highway.
- Calayan Island - is a destination for nature and adventure lovers; its waters - the Babuyan Channel is home to dolphins and whales. Still in its rare untouched form, the islands are best visited during summer for adventure and nature tripping, an island get-away with similar offerings like Batanes. The islands are accessible by boat from Appari.
- Odessa - Tumbali Cave System - is acknowleged to be a true cave system, having multiple entrance and widespread plan shape. It could be the LONGEST CAVE in the country at 12.6 kms. A relatively shallow-through river cave, it provides for excellent wet sport caving.
- Sierra Cave - has two entrance; one for tourist and another one for acknowleged cavers. The biggest challenge is crawling through a very low and narrow opening called "Celica's Passage". Attractions include flowstones, columns and draperies.
- San Carlos Caves - is probably the toughest cave the Philippine could offer, When inside the cave, spelunkers will learn the art of cave crawling. A chamber "Ice Cream Parlor" contains cluster of white stalagmites that resemble scooped ice cream. The "John the Baptist" chamber is a sump that one has to take a deep breath and swim to the other side of the chamber. Sharp and rough stones could scratch skin and tear clothing. San Carlos requires a lot of swimming because more than half cave is covered by cold running subterranean river.
- Batanes Islands
- House of Dakay. This traditional Batanes house is one of the only five remaining structures that withstood the 1918 earthquake which leveled the town of Ivana to the ground. It was constructed by Luisa Estrella in 1887, and later on she gave the house to her nephew Jose Dakay Estrella. The house is made of limestone walls and cogon roof.
- Lighthouses of Batanes. The lighthouses of Batanes are being setup in strategic locations in different parts of the province, providing fishermen a guide while exploring the nearby seas. Climbing these towers also provide the tourist a good view of almost the entire province.
- Mount Iraya. Usually covered by clouds, this dormant stratovolcano can be climbed by mountaineers in about five hours and descended in three. It is a primary forest that is of great interest to ecologists and environmental scientists.
- Sabtang Island. Though the province of Batanes makes one feel that he has left the rest of the world behind, Sabtang Island, north of Basco, further increases the feeling. The lifestyle is more laid back and traditional, and the scenery is more beautiful, with the island's limestone-house villages, rocky coastlines and small beaches.
- Isabela Province
- Magat Dam Tourism Complex. Once the biggest dam system in Asia, Magat Dam offers the tourist a variety of water-based activities, such as fishing, boating, and water skiing, among others. The plant is accessible through jeepney and bus stationed on Santiago City.
- Sta. Victoria Caves. These caves feature naturally formed lattices and rock formations ideal for sightseeing. The nearby Pinzal Falls also offers the tourist recreational activities such as swimming and horseback riding. The park is 15 km from Ilagan town proper.
- Northern Sierra Madre National Park. This natural park is the largest protected area in the Philippines, with more than 300,000 hectares of rainforest. With its rich biodiversity it is one of the top 10 biodiversity hotspots in the world, and is the habitat of endangered species such as the Philippine Eagle and the Cloud Rat.
- St. Mathias Church. A declared National Historical Landmark, this unique ultra-Baroque church is famed for the extensive use of baked clay in its finishing and ornamentation, as well as its cylindrical bell tower. Traces of Chinese ancestry are also evident on its architecture.
- San Pablo Church. The Church of San Pablo, built in 1624, is the oldest church in Isabela. Its six-layer belfry made from adobe bricks is also the tallest in Cagayan Valley.
Cordillera Administrative Region
- Baguio City
- Barasoain Church - A national shrine, the historic Barasoain Church is the site of the Constitutional Convention of the first Philippine Republic, making the Philippines the very first Asian Government to promulgate a Constitution. Can be found in Malolos City
- Biak-na-Bato National Park - A huge split boulder in San Miguel which is the mountain hideout of the revolutionary forces during the Spanish regime and the place where the Malolos Constitution was signed by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and Pedro Paterno
- Corregidor Island
- Mayon Volcano
- Vinzons' Historical Shrine
- Cagsawa Ruins
- Bulusan Volcano
- Donsol, Sorsogon
- Camsur Watersports Complex
the national monument of Dr. Jose Rizal
Entrance to Chinatown
The front entrance of Fuerza de Santiago
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Facade of Manila Cathedral
Facade of Barasoain Church
Entrance to the Subterranean River
The Windmills in Bangui Bay, Ilocos Norte
- San Juanico Bridge - built during Marcos time connecting the islands of Samar and Leyte
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Front entrance of Fuerza de San Pedro.
- Camiguin. Camiguin features the following tourist destinations.
- Cross Marker and Sunken Cemetery. Located in Bonbon, Catarman a huge cross marker has been installed by the Provincial government to mark the community cemetery that sunk during the 1871 volcanic holocaust. Years ago, gravestones were visible during low tide. Today, it is an interesting diving site.
- PHILVOLCS Observatory Station. The Observatory houses a seismograph that monitors the activity of the island's fiery resident, Mount Hibok-Hibok.
- Katibawasan Falls. A 250-feet waterfall surrounded by ground orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders. Its ice-cold waters provide an ideal summer splash to locals and tourists alike.
- Tuasan Falls. The trek to the 25-meter high strong waterfalls is fun and exciting. One will have go through a very scenic hike passing through the quaint barrio Mainit before being refreshed under the thunderous falls.
- Tangub Hot Spring. A volcanic spring by the sea. Water temperatures turn cold, hot and lukewarm as the tide changes from high, low and medium, respectively. Diving is good to about 1020 meters in a gradual drop off. It is an ideal site for scuba diving.
- Macao Cold Spring. Located in Mahinog, the Macao Cold Spring is one of Camiguin's idyllic springs. One will be amazed with the cool splash of crystal blue-colored water. Swimming along the pool, one could be accompanied by a school of small fishes. Huge century-old trees surround the pool, keeping it cool and shady.
- Mantigue Island. One side of the island is ideal for swimming as it is shallow and has few corals. The opposite side is a deep drop off ideal for snorkeling and diving.
- Mount Hibok-Hibok. The only active volcano in the island, the 1250-meter slope is a challenge even to the seasoned mountaineer, as he has to contend with loose rocks and boulders. Mount Hibok-Hibok has a crater lake at the peak and has steam outlets abound. The peak also offers a breathtaking view of the islands of Cebu, Negros and Bohol.
- Old Volcano. A unique underwater lava formation is the main attraction in this site that rises from the depths of more than eighty feet from the bottom forming a series of pinnacles. The coral-covered molten rocks are surrounded with tropical fishes such as anthias, clown fishes, damsels and the like.
- White Island. Two kilometers off the coast of Agoho, Mambajao is the Camiguin's popular sand bar. At times it is in the shape of the letter C, sometimes the letter I, depending on the ocean tide. It has the picturesque Mount Hibok-Hibok and Old Vulcan as its backdrop. It is ideal for swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling.
- Jicduf Shoal. The seabed rises forming a shoal of about ten hectares in size. The Jicduf Shoal is one of the best diving spots in Camiguin. It offers a wide variety of aquatic life for the diver to observe and enjoy. It is an ideal site for underwater photographers and novice divers.
- Burias Shoal. A favorite spot for high-adventure-seeking divers, the Burias Shoal can be reached after breezy thirty-minute speedboat ride. One can find schools of jacks, tuna, surgeons, mackerel and barracudas. The shoal boasts of a lush black coral covered bottom. Strong currents may make diving tricky, however, the experience is worth the effort.
- Catarman Church Ruins. The devastating volcanic eruption in 1871 wiped out the Spanish settlement of Catarman that was established in 1697. The remains of an Old Spanish church, ruins of adobe walls, belfry and convent are mute witnesses to the wrath of nature. It also allows us a glimpse into the culture of Spanish-era Camiguin.
- Lake Sebu. This mountaintop town boasts seven waterfalls, one after the other, (collectively called the Seven Falls) and three mountain lakes. Members of the indigenous T'boli and B'laan tribes, wearing their traditional regalia, perform their dances and sell their traditional handicrafts such as t'nalak, beadworks and brassworks. Cuisine: tilapia dishes and freshwater shrimp.
- Gumasa Beach. One of the few white sand beaches in the area, Gumasa Beach is still largely untouched by tourists. No commercial structures of any kind, not even a sari sari store, just sand, sea and sun. Bring your own food and umbrellas.
mabua beach of mabua tandag city is one of tne most visited place in tandag city nowadays.
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Dipolog Fish Market; Dipolog City