Philippines: What to See First!
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Philippines: What to See First!

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There is so much to see in the Philippines that it may be hard for you to decide where to start, so have a look over these great Philippine sites which are among the best tourist attractions in the islands

1. Intramuros, Manila

Within this ancient walled city you can find a myriad of tourist attractions which could take a whole day to see like the Manila Basilica. You can see the historic buildings within the ominous walls. There are plazas, museums and other interesting an world famous sights within the thick stone walls of the Intramuros. The old Spanish colony is within Manila so it is also easy to reach.

2. Rizal Park, Manila

Known by the locals as Luneta the park contains restaurants, statues, environmental art, museums and even a Orchidarium and butterfly pavilion. The park is named after a Philippine hero - Jose Rizal his statue in the park has been the site of many important historical events. See the free concerts in the park, visit the Japanese gardens, the Manila Ocean Park, planetarium and the Museum of the Filipino People.

3. Taal Volcano

The easily accessible island of Luzon is home to an active volcano, despite this a city, Tagaytay has grown up along the volcano rim. You can look into the volcano crater from a lofty park on the edge of this sleeping monster. Volcanoes are a rare sight no matter where you go so don't miss the chance to stare one in the mouth.

4. Hanging coffins, Kabayan, Luzon

As Hanging on the side of perpendicular limestone cliffs in several locations in the Philippines are hanging coffins carved out of one block of wood and balanced mid-cliff to gain the deceased spiritual blessing and also prevent wild animals ravaging the bodies.

5. Chocolate hills, Carmen, Bohol

Although called Chocolate Hills they are name for their appearance during the summer when their surface turns a dry brown, but at other times of the years they appear lightly dusted in green grass. The remaining portion of the seasons the Carmen Hills in Bohol are brightly covered green turf. The Chocolate Hills hold a mystical fascination as even scientists don't know how exactly they were formed

6. Vigan, Luzon

This old Spanish colonial outpost is a UNESCO heritage site and a stroll through it will reveal exquisite structure of the period. You can see many cultural influences in the towns building and enjoy quaint Plazas and St. Paul's Metropolitan Cathedral. You can also visit the house which used to be the home of former congressman Sur and is now the Cristologo Museum.

7. Underground River, Palawan

See this underground river as it flows through tunnels which can be explored by boat runs for almost an hour and a half beneath the surface. This is an amazing experience for even the most jaded traveler.

8. Rice terraces, Banaue, Luzon

Two hundred meters of partially cultivated rice terraces usually seen only in travel agency posters cascade down the hills of Luzon. They were cultivated by the indigenous people and the terraces are gradually disintegrating. Manipulated mountain streams water the rice terraces and trickle down to each level.

9. Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary, Cebu

A garden with an irresistible food supply for butterflies brings them here in the hundreds, more beautiful than captive butterflies here you are free to explore the garden together with the free flying creatures.Seeing the butterflies in their natural habitat and in such numbers is a rare experience, adults and kids alike will be enchanted by the butterfly sanctuary

10. Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene

Filipinos come to the life size black statue of Jesus to be blessed and ask for health, fertility and prosperity and it is often paraded in the streets on festival and holy days. Prayers are conducted in the small church which houses the Black Nazarene every Friday and you are welcome to participate.

With over 7000 islands and a complex and multi-cultural history you won't have a dull moment in the Philippines.

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Comments (8)

Great tour and information..voted

Interesting holiday options.

Ranked #1 in Philippines

The underground river in Palawan is making waves to the wonders of the worlds, thanks for this article Petal, for featuring my home-land - much appreciated.

Very nicely done. Excellent work.

Very interesting historical places indicated. I would not have known about all these places if I go on a tour.

I hope to see all these attractions. I already have been to three of these places.

The underground river sounds cool but I am claustraphobic,

Being a Filipino, it's nice to see tourist spots in the Philippines being promoted. These spots are definitely good places to go, I've experienced some of the places firsthand. Quite an Interesting Read. Voted Up!