A TO Z Philippines
Abra is a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. Its capital is Bangued, and it borders Ilocos Norte and Apayao on the north, Ilocos Sur and Mountain Province on the south, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur on the west, and Kalinga, and Apayao on the east.
Giant footsteps, an underground river, a heroine, and old churches make Abra a place worth discovering if you have an explorer’s spirit. Huddled in between the Ilocos and Cordillera Mountain ranges, it’s been described as “rugged” by travel books, but won’t be under-the-radar for long.
TOP THINGS TO DO
- Get wet!!!
- Lakes, rivers, hot springs—Abra has it all. Just channel your intrepid spirit and prepare to get soaked!
Honor a lady hero!!!
- Learn more about one of Philippine history’s most honored heroines. Drop by the Casa Museum Carino and the Gabriela Silang Art Gallery.
Agusan Del Norte
This bountiful province, although bursting with natural attractions, rarely sees tourists. Discover Agusan del Norte and unravel its blissful underwater life.
Pack your diving and snorkeling gear and head out to Goso-on Fish Sanctuary! Plunge into the unfathomable Vito Wall and explore its stunning wonders!
Canoeing in the placid Lake Mainit surrounded by lush scenery is on the bucket list of tourists visiting Agusan del Norte. This stunning lake is one of the largest in the Philippines and is a sanctuary of varied fish species. Go boating around the serene Kalinawan River and commune with the dense wilderness that envelopes you.
Speaking of wilderness, scale up the gorgeous peaks of this region. If you are fairly fit, trek Mt. Hilong-hilong. You can also climb the stunning Malimono Ridge. But if you want to see a surreal sunset, head to Mt. Carmel and take in the lovely scenery!
Discover the iridescent marine life in Goso-on Fish Sanctuary. If you are a dive junkie, try the abysmal Vito Wall.
Row your boat!!!
Canoeing around the placid Lake Mainit is a surreal experience. This fourth largest lake in the country is home to varied species of fish. Or paddle around Kalinawan River. You can also sail in the astonishing Nasipit Cove.
Scale up the peaks!!!
Hike up the scenic mountains of Agusan del Norte—from the mystical Mt. Hilong-hilong and the panoramic Malimono Ridge to Mt. Carmel.
Explore the Panlangan Cave near Lake Mainit with stunning cave formations. In Brgy. Crossing is the equally majestic Anibongan Cave where you rappel on its vertical entrance.
HOW TO GET THERE
[ Air ]
There are daily flights from Manila to Butuan City. The airport is roughly 10 km west of the city center
[ Land ]
There are several buses at Butuan Integrated Bus Terminal that runs to and fro Surigao City, Balingoan (Cagayan de Oro), and Davao City.
[ Sea ]
There are ships from Manila and Cebu sailing daily to Agusan del Norte through Nasipit and Surigao.
A tour of Bacolod’s attractions starts at the city plaza, where you’ll find San Sebastian Cathedral (built in 1876). Its coral stone is from Guimaras and its hardwood is from Palawan. The historical building of Palacio Episcopal (Bishop’s Palace), built in 1890, served as a refuge for the Spanish colonizers during the revolt of 1898. The Fountain of Justice in front of the old city hall is where the Spanish colonizers surrendered to Filipinos in 1898.
TOP THINGS TO DO
- Do as the locals do!!!
- Hang out at the lovely Provincial Park and Lagoon, a favorite picnic spot for locals. There’s a beautiful man-made lagoon at its center.
- Walk and pray!!!
- Visit the old San Sebastian Cathedral, and the adjoining Palacio Episcopal (Bishop’s Palace). Other remarkable religious structures are the Diocesan Shrine of St. Thaddeus, the Sta. Clara Chapel, and the San Antonio Abad Church.
- Learn about a bygone era!!!
- Visit the Negros Museum and the Dizon Ramos Museum for a glimpse of the culture and history of the Negros region. Check out the 19th-century Yulo Ancestral House, and the stately Lizares Mansion.
In world history, the province is best known for the Bataan Death March during World War II. There are markers and shrines all over the province that commemorate the soldiers that have fought hard to protect the Philippines during that period. The Shrine of Valor in Mt. Samat is one such shrine.
If WWII history isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry, Bataan has killer beaches. In Morong the coast is dotted with high-end and family-owned resorts. The area is covered by mountains too. Try 80% coverage. You can climb mountains like Mt. Natib or enjoy waterfalls such as Paskulan and Duskulan Falls.
TOP THINGS TO DO
- Climb a Mountain!!!
- The Philippines is a mountainous island, thus we have tons of mountains to choose from. Bataan, like most provinces, has several mountains and potentially active volcanoes. And you can climb them all. Mt. Natib rises 8,000 feet above sea level. Filled with endemic and exotic species, it takes about four hours to climb to the summit.
- Pilar and WWII!!!
- Because the Americans occupied the Philippines, the country was dragged into World War II when the Americans and Japanese fought. The infamous Bataan Death March is a stark witness to this devastating war. Seventy-eight thousand Filipinos and Americans walked beginning from Mariveles, Bataan all the way to Capas Tarlac. Go on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Valor in Mt. Samat, and pay homage to the heroes of WWII.
- Beaches Galore!!!
- In Morong, Bataan, there is a stretch of beaches that affronts the Western Philippine Sea. Here you can also find turtles, which is a sign that the water is healthy and clean. Need a place to stay? Try Morong Beach Club.
- Live in the Spanish Era!!!
- Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac is a heritage resort that’s developed into a replica of a Philippine town during the Spanish era. And it comes with authentic houses and structures painstakingly transferred to the site and rebuilt. If you fancy a luxury vacation with a historical flavor, better head on over here.
Baguio is gifted with a variety of cultural, historical and scenic attractions that make it an important and interesting destination, favorited by local and foreign tourists, whole families on vacation, honeymoon couples and large convention groups.
Boasting great natural beauty, chilly weather, a tourist-friendly people and extraordinary vistas, the City of Pines is the culmination of your search for the idyllic escape from the tropical heat of the Philippine lowlands.
Banaue & Sagada Banaue / Sagada / Baguio
Batanes, the northernmost province of the Philippines is one of the dream destinations in the country of both local and foreign tourists because of its serene environment and breath-taking sights as it lies between two large bodies of water – the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean
Batangas is one of the most popular tourist destinations near Metro Manila. It is home to the famous Taal Volcano, one of the Decade Volcanoes, andTaal Heritage town. Batangas is known for its fan knife, called balisong by the natives.
Batangas is also known for its livestock industry.
Batangueños are very regionalistic. When one learns that a person in the room is also from Batangas, expect them to be together until the end of the event. It is also expected that those in office would favour their fellow Batangueños as long as the rules could allow it.
Bicol Region has a large amount of rich flat land, and agriculture is the largest component of the economy with close to 50% depending their livelihood on the industry.
Nature’s splendor abounds in the island of Bohol. It is famous for its Chocolate Hills, a group of uniformly shaped hills that turns brown during summer, and the many old Spanish churches. Despite the strong Spanish influence, the people have retained much of their local culture. The island’s natural countryside blends well with the people’s hospitality and simplicity. Bohol is proud of its beautiful white sand beaches and many interesting dive spots.
Bulacan is dubbed as "The Gateway to the Northern Philippines". The province is linked with Metro Manila primarily through the North Luzon Expressway and Manila North Road (better known as the MacArthur Highway).
Boracay is also famous for being one of the world's top destinations for relaxation. It is also emerging among the top destinations for tranquillity and nightlife.
Cagayan Valley is a condensed version of the entire country. It’s full of undulating valleys, mist-filled mountains, azure waters, verdant jungles, pristine waterfalls, mystical caves, vast agricultural lands, traditional boats, hand-woven products, Spanish-colonial churches, Chinese temples, Muslim mosques, and different people living in harmony.
Cagayan De Oro
Cagayan de Oro may very well be the happiest place in the country. The “City of Golden Friendship,” as it is sometimes called, is home to especially friendly and warm Filipinos. Their ready smiles are a fitting welcome, with Cagayan de Oro’s accessible location also making it the “Gateway to Northern Mindanao.”
The largely uncharted province of Capiz has excellent diving spots, and majestic caves tucked in its woodlands. Then there’s the seafood, which we could go on and on about.
Very little is known about Caramoan. Isolated from the rest of Camarines Sur, it is no surprise why Philippine's Secret Paradise remains unexploited from commercial tourism.Caramoan gives 'island hopping' a new meaning. Enjoy its beauty in many ways.
Small area lie seven volcanoes. Lovely little Camiguin is the island “born of fire.”
Aside from the celebrations of town fiestas, the province of Cavite celebrates festivals as forms of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest.
Rugged mountains meets rolling green hills meets international surfing destination. This is the largely unexplored wonder that is Catanduanes.
March to August promises drier weather, but the surf, swell, and howling winds of October and the rainier wet months attract more extreme adventure-seekers.
Cebu is one of the top destinations in the Philippines, and is known for its historical sights and beautiful beaches. It has grown into a dynamic tourist destination for its many international flights and world class facilities to welcome visitors. Travelers can have a complete holiday package from the various beach resorts in Mactan Island or at Cebu Mainland. One can be in Cebu for business and, at the same time, have a perfect holiday.
- Step back in time
- Pig out on lechon
- Live it up
- Go over the edge
- Get your dining and retail fix
Cotabato is considered as Mindanao’s food basket. It is a major producer of cereals, tropical fruits, vegetables, sugarcane, coconut, coffee, freshwater fish and livestock.
Clean. Progressive. Modern. If you’re searching for city that capitalizes on the outdoors, you might just find Davao City a pleasant surprise.
Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Oriental province, while a wonderful place to visit by itself, is also the perfect jump-off point to surrounding islands, towns, and cities. Whether it's dolphin and whale watching in Bais Bay, or diving in Apo Island, or climbing Mount Kanlaon, find it all in here!
The city has two world-famous prized possessions—yellow fin tuna and the world’s most famous boxer, Manny Pacquiao. Their marks are everywhere, from the local eatery serving fresh tunakinilaw (ceviche) to the tourist spot and home of Manny Pacquiao dubbed as Mansion II. It’s easy to get around in General Santos, just hop on a tricycle.
Guimaras is considered one of the exotic islands in the Philippines.
In its glory days, Iloilo City was called the Queen City of the South. It was the last Spanish-colonial capital of the Philippines when Manila surrendered to the United States of America. You’ll see remnants of its splendid past standing proudly amidst the bustling and chaotic streets of Iloilo today.
The Ilocano history reveals his struggles and victories – in battles for colonial independence from Spain and America, to Philippine leadership. The new Ilocano searched for greener pastures towards new lands local and foreign - Palawan, Mindanao, Hawaii, the United States and Greece. The Ilocano material culture and spirituality can be seen in the past - images of Spanish santo (saints), antique but intricate wooden furniture and quality local fiber. The native Ilocano is a weaver, wood carver and pottery expert.
Kalibo is the capital of the province of Aklan, in the northwest of Panay Island, Philippines. It is a First Class Municipality and the "International Gateway" of the Western Visayas Region.
It’s only a few hours away from Manila, and so is the closest surf spot from the capital. With the fifth longest coastline on the planet, San Juan has dozens of surfing areas waiting to be explored.
Laguna – Pagsanjan
Leyte today is notable for the geothermal electric power plants near Ormoc.
This is a heart-shaped island-province of clear blue waters and stunning shores. It’s quiet and peaceful here. It’s exactly what it should be.
Masbate is the ranch capital in the Philippines, where cowhands on horseback herd cattle across a wide and beautiful landscape.
There are no flights directly to this area; but the drive, whether from Manila, Baguio or Banaue, is well worth it. Yes, the roads may be rough at times, but the awesome view of vegetable gardens, unspoiled forests and rip-rapped rice terraces won’t disappoint even the most seasoned adventurer.
This province is almost always mistakenly called a “mountain,” a tidbit locals find funny. Won’t it be amusing if someone says “Atlantic” instead of “Atlantic City?” So just make sure you say both names—no shortcuts.
The province of Misamis Occidental has the Mindanao Sea to the northeast, Iligan Bay to the east, and Panguil Bay to the southeast. Its coast notwithstanding, Misamis Occidental’s terrain is mostly hilly.
Misamis Occidental’s culture is a unique marriage of indigenous cultures and Spanish influence.
Misamis Oriental is rich in natural resources – both underwater and on land. It’s also the most convenient starting point when planning a trip to Northern Mindanao, because the provincial capital of Cagayan de Oro City has daily Manila flights. Misamis Oriental is also a special place for Catholic pilgrims.
Negros Occidental isn’t all about the past. The province also boasts of gorgeous tropical islands and dive sites. You need to visit the marine sanctuary and the sandbar.
This landlocked province is famous for its high quality citrus fruits. Unsurprisingly, this has given it the nickname of “Citrus Capital of the Philippines.”
Nueva Ecija is a landlocked province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is Palayan City.
Oriental Mindoro evokes images of a genuine tropical paradise – white sand, crystal clear water, lush green forests covering majestic mountains and splendid waterfalls.
General land surface features that characterize Occidental Mindoro are mountains, rivers, hills, valleys, wide plains and some small fresh water lakes.
Puerto Galera is a soothing vision of shimmering seas surrounded by lush mountains. It is considered one of the most beautiful and developed beach resort community in the country.
Farming and fishing are the two main industries. Major products include rice, corn, sugar cane, and tilapia.
Pangasinan is located on the west central area of the island of Luzon in the Philippines.
Palawan - Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa is a city located in the beautiful island of Palawan. It is one of the country’s most popular tourist spots with its beach resorts and seafood restaurants. Acclaimed many times as the cleanest and greenest city in the country, Puerto Princesa is the perfect destination for those who want to enjoy being one with nature and to see scenic landscapes and waterscapes.
Palawan - Coron / El Nido
Palawan is an archipelago of 1,780 islands located in the western part of the Philippines, lying between the South China Sea and Sulu Sea. It is the least populated island in the Philippines and is known as “The Last Ecological Frontier of the Philippines” because of the island’s scenic landscapes and high-biodiversity.
The Calamian Archipelago is in the north of Palawan, where the largest group of islands in the region, Busuanga, and the town of Coron is located. Busuanga, is where the airport is based. Wedge-shaped limestone cliffs with fresh water lakes and salt water hot springs can be found in the southern part of Coron. This group of islands is also a famous diving site because of the World War II shipwrecks that can be seen, ranging from 25 to 40 meters in depth.
A major tourism draw to the province is Mount Banahaw. The mountain is surrounded by spiritual mysticism with many cults and religious organizations staying on the mountain. Numerous pilgrims visit the mountain especially during Holy Week.
But Siargao is not all about surfing. It’s also well known for Game fishing a game fishing event is held every summer. The coast abounds with tuna, mackerel, marlin, and even crabs, squids, octopus, and sting rays.
It’s one huge playground for everyone. This once American Naval Base is a Freeport Zone that marries eco-wilderness, industrial parks, top-of-the-line resorts, time shares and glorious beach.
Yes, they do have these places on Earth, and Subic Bay Freeport Zone is one of them. Don’t confuse it with Subic though. Although an equally exciting trip, the town is about 10 kilometers from the area.
It is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations because of its outstanding scenery and cooler climate provided by its high altitude. Tagaytay overlooks Taal Lake in Batangas and provides one of the iconic views of the Philippines, the view of Taal Volcano Island in the middle of the lake, viewable from several vantage points in the city.
Cobblestone walkways, horse-drawn carriages, mansions of yester-years. This is Vigan, one of the few remaining 16th century towns in the Philippines.