Iloilo-Guimaras

Dubbed as the City of Love, Iloilo boasts a huge chunk of area in the Panay Island. As a leading province during the Spanish Colonial Era, the province of Iloilo is widely known for its beautiful old world architecture similar to that of Latin American Countries. Spanish colonial Churches are amongst the well-known tourist sites in the province. Some natural sites are also in here as well as mixed-use parks that sprawl around the province.

Guimaras Island is accessible via Iloilo. It is now becoming a popular tourist destination for both local and foreign tourists because of its pristine beaches and amazing tourist spots. Guimaras is also known for its famous mangoes, which is considered one of the sweetest in the world.

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Magical Twin Islands: Dumaguete-Siquijor

Dumaguete has earned the distinction of being known as “The center of learning in the South,” or a “University town” due to the presence of universities that have made their mark nationally and abroad. The city is a melting pot of students, professionals, artists, scholars and the literati coming from different parts of the country and the world.)

Siquijor during the Spanish colonial period of the Philippines, the Spaniards called the island as Island of Fire (Spanish: Isla del Fuego). Siquijor is commonly associated with mystic traditions that the island’s growing tourism industry capitalizes on

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Bohol Island Delights

Bohol island is located right in the heart of Central Visayas (Region VII), Philippines. It is the 10th largest island in the country. The Island is oval-shaped mainland surrounded with 73 smaller islands, having a gently rolling terrain. Its main attraction is the Chocolate Hills is considered one of Philippine’s natural wonders. The hills composed of around 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped made of limestone leftover from coral reefs during the ice age when the island was submerged. They turn brown during the summer. They are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season. The visit is link with a rustic cruise of the Loboc River.

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Pampanga Culinary and Heritage Tour

Experience the famous Pampanga’s cuisine and its rich cultural heritage.Visit a local ancestral house, where Atching Lillian will serve a sumptuous Brunch with the traditional local dishes of Pampanga. Discover the secrets behind the famous Kapampangan food by a cooking demo by Atching Lillian herself. After the cooking demo, visit the San Guillermo Church, a half-buried church in Bacolor Pampanga. The church is one of the badly devastated by the lahar during the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. Not too far is the Betis Crafts showcasing their world class, high-end woodcarvings. Another must-see church to visit is the St. James the Apostle Parish also called Betis Church of Guagua. The church is known of its amazing hand-painted walls and ceiling. After the tour, be delighted in another sumptuous afternoon snack and unique pasalubong of Pampanga delicacies right at Susie’s Cuisine.

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Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar Tour

This tour will bring you in a virtual time warp, authentic 19th century Principalia Mansions and original Bahay na Bato (Stone Houses), stand resplendent around a cobblestone plaza and streets paying tribute to the magnificent craftsmanship of our forefathers. Walking along the cobblestone streets or riding one of the caruajes (horse- drawn carriages), one has to constantly remind one’s self that he is in the present somehow trapped in the past; not just peeking through a looking glass but walking, touching, living amongst history’s silent witnesses.The structures, at least 100 years old, are restored to its former grandeur creating a museum of Filipino architecture. Located in Bagac, Bataan, significant in Philippine history for the World War II Death March, this “village” of heritage houses is designed to replicate Hispanic town settlements. Lunch at the resort. Enjoy the sea breeze after lunch then return back to Manila.

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Mt. Pinatubo Tour

This world – famous volcano known to be the home of Apo Malyari “ The Great Provider “ of the nomadic aeta ( a local indigenous tribe ) in Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales provinces. The former dormant volcano rises up to 4740 feet until its massive eruption in June 1991 from a 500 year slumber reducing its height by 985 feet. This event erased entire farm communities, forced the United States to abandon its largest overseas air force base and alter the world’s climate. Trekking is forbidden during the rainy season from January to October. Mt Pinatubo is located 55 miles north of Manila. The conquest begins from Barangay Sta. Juliana in Capas, Tarlac. This will take you around 2 hours to the 2.5 kilometer emerald crater lake on board a 4 x 4 all weather jeep along O’Donell streambed. Enjoy

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Villa Escudero Tour

The experience of life in the countryside is what this resort (formerly a plantation) offers. Visitors are welcomed with songs and guitar music by rural folk in traditional costumes and are brought into the resort proper in a cart drawn by a water buffalo. The original plantation house has been preserved and beside it is a chapel and museum displaying a collection of religious art from the personal collection of the owner of the plantation.

The farm produces rice and coconut. There is a wide and green river for rafting, a village where residents graciously show off their homes and weekend presentations of traditional dances and music. Lunch is served by the flowing stream down the foot of a man-made mini waterfalls.

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Tagaytay

Tagaytay is a picturesque city perched on a ridge 750 meters above sea level and overlooking Taal Lake and the Taal Volcano Island. Taal Volcano is the lowest volcano in the world and one of the most active. The lake and the volcano are sometimes described as “an island within a lake within an island within a lake”.Two (2) hours’ drive from Manila, Tagaytay is called the “garden city” for its abundance of fruits, vegetables and cut flowers coming from the many farms around the area.There are two (2) interesting stops on the way to Tagaytay. First is the Las Pinas Church where a 178-year old organ with pipes made of bamboo still plays music for everyone’s enjoyment. Second, is the Jeepney factory. Jeepneys are the local transport that serve as public shuttle service and the term was derived from the old American World War II jeeps. Now locals manufacture jeepney out of the old pieces of automobile surplus.

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Batanes

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 breathtaking sights as it lies between two large bodies of water – the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean.

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Siargao

Siargao Island is the premier surfing destination in the Philippines. It is also famous for its “Cloud 9”, the well-known surfing spot in the country, with a reputation for thick, hollow tubes. The island is well nestled in the pristine and unspoiled Surigao del Norte.

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Dumaguete

Dumaguete, the capital of Negros Oriental, is nicknamed as the city of the Gentle People. Apart from being known as a University city, Dumaguete also boasts numerous pristine beaches and tourist spots. The city is known for having a close proximity to the famous Apo Island and Bais Island, where one can have a look at the friendly dolphins.

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Coron, Palawan

Palawan, a nature’s paradise is the last ecological frontier of the Philippines known for its crystal clear lagoons, white sand beaches, limestone cliff islands and virgin forests. From Puerto Princesa, the province’s capital, one can go to numerous islands and other natural attractions. In the northern part, group of islands namely Taytay, Coron and El Nido, are sought after for their unspoiled picturesque islands. In Palawan, there are numerous choices of resorts ranging from the basic to the most luxurious accommodation.

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Northern Palawan Wilderness

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.

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El Nido, Palawan

Palawan, a nature’s paradise is the last ecological frontier of the Philippines known for its crystal clear lagoons, white sand beaches, limestone cliff islands and virgin forests. From Puerto Princesa, the province’s capital, one can go to numerous islands and other natural attractions.

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