Every 4th Sunday of January, right after the celebration of Sinulog Festival in Cebu and Ati-atihan Festival of Aklan, the streets of Iloilo City are filled with colorful décor, joyous music and exhilarating dances. This marks the beginning of Dinagyang Festival, celebrated to honor the Santo Niño and commemorate the arrival of the Malays in Panay and the sale of the island to the settlers by the Aetas.
Sinulog Festival of Cebu is considered to be one of the most festive, most popular - the grandest festival in the Philippines. Sinulog Festival consistently brings together millions of people each year to commemorate one of the major events in the country’s religious history and celebrate in honor of the patron saint of Cebu, Santo Niño or Child Jesus.
Albay is one of the hot spot tourist attractions in the Philippines because of the famous Mount Mayon. However, recently, a different tourist attraction has been catching the attention of many visitors of Albay. It is as breathtaking and as mesmerizing to see because it actually gives you a great view of Mount Mayon - the Sumlang Lake in Camalig.
Only an hour away from the provincial capital of Albay, in the town of Camalig, is the place where you will find one of the hidden gems of the province. A prized possession of Camalig, it is a 400-hectare terrain which gives quite a similar impression of the famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol. However, its fame did not come from its similarity with the Chocolate Hills, but it comes from its uniqueness; it has its own distinguishing factors. With its beautiful mounds, it gives off a kind of charm that leaves you speechless. But more than this, actually, the backdrop of the Quitinday Hills is the strikingly perfect Mount Mayon.
With more than 7600 islands to explore, the Philippines is a country full of beautiful and scenic places. Its rich biodiversity features forests, lakes, mountains, beaches, and historic sites. Albay, found in the Bicol Region, is one province that boasts of tourist spots, interesting local dishes, and exciting activities. The province was declared as a Biosphere Reserve due to abundance of endemic flora and fauna. To enjoy the most out of Albay, tourists are encouraged to proceed to Legazpi City first. There are local tours around the capital city, which would be a great start of your Albay adventure. After the city tour, you can now explore scenic spots outside the city.
Badian, Cebu is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines to visit—a 3rd class municipality with lots of lush greenery and nature. But the definite star of the show is the Kawasan Falls, a stunning three-layered waterfall which is a popular tourist destination, known both locally and abroad.
Cebu is one of the most popular travel destinations in the Philippines—and for very good reasons. The Visayan province is known for its beautiful culture and significant historical landmarks - as well as their famous lechon, or roasted pig.
Guimaras, an island province located in the western portion of the Visayas Region, may just be the next new destination to add to your bucket list for your next great vacation. Considered to be one of the smallest provinces in the Philippines, the hidden treasures of the island make it a beloved destination for many travelers. Not only is it famous for its breathtaking sights and sounds, but it also very well known for incredibly sweet and tasty mangoes.
Right in the province of Capiz, is a third class municipality specifically called Panay. This town was once the capital of the province as established by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in the Spanish era. But in the present times, the place has become a tourist destination because of its most popular church - the Santa Monica Parish Church.
Going to church does not only mean you must be holy to visit them, sometimes it can also mean understanding and learning about both the culture and history of a certain place/country through the most historical buildings it has; in some cases, happen to be the church.
Schoolies is the most awaited time for high schoolers in Australia. Once they are done with the studies, they head on to their dream destinations to have the time of their lives. After high school, you may move to a new city to get admission at a university, so you may not be able to hang out with your friends for a long time. Schoolies week provides graduates with a great opportunity to spend some time with their friends.
If you frequently travel via airlines, it must be a challenging task for you to manage your frequent flyer points. Many people let their flyer points go waste so as to avoid the hassle, but you can enjoy various benefits through tactful planning.
Whale watching is a lovely treat, one that tends to make you jump up and down with joy. Of course, capturing this wonderful moment is a must but photographing whales can be a little tricky. There’s a right way to do it and there’s a wrong way to do it such as if your boat accidently bumps into a whale, do not flock to the side and start petting it like a zoo animal. While whales are gentle creatures, they are the ones that like to initiate the interaction. It’s possible they might strike back in the gentlest of manners but due to their size and weight, the blow will be more than you anticipated.
The Miagao Church a.k.a. Church of Saint Thomas of Villanova Parish is found in Miagao, Iloilo. Its history dates back to 1731 when its namesake, Saint Thomas of Villanova, established the church as an independent Augustinian parish. After several relocations, it was finally completed in 1797 with a sculptural design so artful it can take your breath away.
Philippines is a country rich in culture and natural resources, and Iloilo has its abundant share of the many jewels of attraction Filipinos are proud of - one of which is the San Joaquin Cemetery. Located along the national highway in the town of San Joaquin, which is 50-60 kilometers away from Iloilo City, the historical site is one of the oldest cemeteries in Panay Island; its founding dates back to 1892 by Fray Mariano Vamba in the Spanish era.
Every fourth Sunday of October, Bacolod City celebrates the MassKara Festival. With vibrant costumes coupled with headdresses and masks, the streets of the city come into life. As others say, it is the happiest and most colorful festival among all festivals in the Philippines. This is why Bacolod City is considered as the City of Smiles. This month-long celebration is enjoyed together with food fests, activities, concerts, and even street parties.
There are tons of place to go here in the Philippines that give you a perfect summer vacation. However, why not try to stir away to the common or usually travelled to places in the country, and visit someplace else that is equally or even more breathtaking than your typical Boracay or Palawan trip.
La Union is now one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. During summer, La Union is filled with tons of people; most of whom are excited to go surfing. But aside from surfing, this province has much more to offer than what most people think. The places are beautiful enough to even entice tourists – both local and international visitors. Additionally, another reason to visit La Union is because of their grape farms.
If you are thinking about traveling somewhere then you should definitely read our article where we have gathered six reasons why you need to try a solo trip!
Islas de Gigantes is the best place to go to when you want to maximize the summer season. It is a group of islands found in the northeastern section of Iloilo, Philippines. This group of islands is a famous all-year-round destination for Filipinos and foreigners alike.
About 50 kilometers southeast of Cebu City is where Sibonga situated. It is a 3rd municipal income class municipality in the province which blooms perfectly in the ears of tourists and Marian devotees because of their popular pilgrimage destination – The Mary’s Shrine, Simala Shrine, Simala Church, Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, Marian Temple or Sanctuary Castle of Mama Mary as it is being called. Whatever it may be, people are heading to visit the shrine of hallowed Our Lady of Lindogon who is the Blessed Virgin Mary and is locally known as “Birhen sa Simala”.
Siquijor Island is one of the must visit islands in the Philippines. Rich in turquoise waters and wonderful beaches. This remote area in Visayas is one of the most magnificent and paradise-like places. As you hear about Siquijor, you might think about spiritual rituals, witchcraft, and other mysterious stories about the island.
Sometimes the best vacation you can have is not wherein you’re staying in a hotel room with majestic pools and cool aircon. There are times that the best way to relieve your stress is to remove yourself from modern things and immerse yourself in places that make you embrace nature.
In Philippine history, Siquijor province was known as a province to have mysterious witchcraft and home for many spirit healers. But in present time, Siquijor province is famous for the mysterious way it helps heal any visitor by just the mere beauty of the place. As impossible at it seems even problems of the heart, Siquijor help you forget them all.
Longing for white-sand beaches that surpass even that of Boracay’s? Head on to Anda, Bohol. The place boasts its clean and unspoiled beaches. Around the vicinity of the area, you can see no trash as you can only see natural wastes such as coconuts, wood, shells and sea grasses being washed ashore. Anda, Bohol, by far, is a precious gem that is yet to be discovered.
There are more than 7,600 islands here in the Philippines! And each island, each province, has a lot of beautiful and breathtaking destinations that cannot even be counted by two hands. One province here in the Philippines that seems like it has an unlimited things to see and to do is Bohol.
There is more to Australia than its popular cities in the eastern side. Try exploring the western part of the Land Down Under and you will be in awe. Western Australia’s capital, Perth, is an interesting city with a great combination of natural attractions and modern living. Each traveler will certainly have fun discovering plenty of things while here.