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Baguio City , the Philippine’s summer capital, is situated 1,500 meters above sea level.
It is one of the few places in the Philippines with a cool climate, being always eight degrees cooler than in the lowlands.
Baguio was developed during the early 1900s by American colonial officials who sought for a mountain retreat away from the heat of Manila.
One little known fact is that the original city plan was modeled by architect Daniel Burnham after that of Washington D.C.
Its name derives from bagyiw, an Ibaloi word for a moss that grew in the mountains’ damp, swampy areas.
Bohol, the Philippines’ tenth largest island abounds with geological formations, historical monuments, beaches and dive sites.
It is famous for its Chocolate Hills composed of 1,268 limestone hills scattered in several areas around Carmen and
declared as a National Geological Monument. Across the capital of Tagbilaran are the white-sand beaches and other natural wonders of
Panglao Island. Alona Beach is the best in the island.
There are many places of interest in Cebu. One is Magellan's Cross which was named after Ferdinand Magellan,
the Portuguese explorer who discovered the Philippines in 1521. Pieces of the original cross are believed to be encased in the present cross.
The monument is just across the street from the Sto. Niño Basilica in downtown Cebu City.
The basilica houses the famous Santo Niño the patron saint of the Cebuanos.
Another place to see is the Spanish Fort San Pedro where the Lapu-lapu shrine is (Punta Engaño)
and where the Battle of Mactan took place.
Davao City is Mindanao’s premier city and the gateway to the region’s attractions. At 244,000 hectares, it is the world’s largest city
in terms of land area. Points of interest include Etnika Dabaw at the Insular Waterfront Hotel with its weaving demonstrations;
Dabaw Museum with its indigenous artifacts; the souvenir stalls of Aldevinco Shopping Center the Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague;
Gap Farming Resort; and the Lon Wa Temple.
- Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Norte which is famous for its natural and cultural scenery, is located at the northernmost tip of Luzon.
The capital of Laoag City features the Sinking Belltower, which has sunk to the ground because of its weight.
Beside the Cathedral of St. William is the plaza complex with its historical Abolition of the Tobacco Monopoly Monument,
Ilocos Norte Capitol, and the Ilocandia Museum. The La Paz and Suba sand dunes are favorite movie settings ranging
from classic local films such as Nora Aunor’s Himala to Hollywood gems like Tom Cruise's Born On The Fourth of July.
Farther up north is Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, a charming structure set on a hilly terrain.
- Ilocos Sur
Ilocos Sur’s towns boasts of old houses, churches, and watchtowers, notably in Sta. Lucia, Candon, Narvacan.
Bantay, San Vicente, Magsingal and Sinait.
Notable structures include the Syquia Mansion (belonging to President Elpidio Quirino), Crisologo Museum, Burgos Museum
(once the home of martyr priest Jose Burgos), and the Quema House.
Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is located by the mouth of the natural harbor of Manila Bay and is one of Asia’s most vibrant cities.
Manila was established as a Spanish city in 1571 when conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legaspi ordered the construction of Walled City.
Through the centuries, Manila incorporated several suburb of the walls, was redesigned under American hands,
almost destroyed by World War II, and reconstructed and expanded until it became the big metropolis that it is now. Malacañang Palace,
the official residence of the President of the Philippines, is an architecturaly distinct grand structure, which stands on the banks of the Pasig River,
which snakes through the metropolitan Manila. RizaI Park is the city’s chief landmark where national hero Jose Rizal was executed.
Palawan is the Philippines’ most exotic tourist destination with its coral reefs, deserted islands, limestone cliffs, misty mountains,
and teeming wildlife. Attractions in the capital of Puerto Princesa include the Palawan Museum, Palawan State University Museum,
Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (with its famous crocodile farm), Butterfly Garden, and Puerto Princesa Bay.
Tagaytay is in Cavite province, the birthplace of the Republic. It is 688 meters above sea level and has the best views of
Taal Lake and Taal Volcano.
Tagaytay's playground is the popular Picnic Grove, featuring thatch huts line along the gentle slopes of the Tagaytay Ridge.
It is a prime location, providing the finest view of the volcano far below.
It is in Barangay Sungay East. Palace in the Sky , the unfinished mansion of former President Ferdinand Marcos,
has been converted and renamed the People's Park in the Sky . It is an artful blending of natural and man-made attractions,
poised on the highest point of Tagaytay City. It stands on a 4,516 sq, meters solid ground and overlooks four bodies of water –
Taal Lake, Balayan Bay, Laguna de Bay and Manila Bay. It is located at Dapdap West and Dapdap East,
approximately 6 to 7 km away from Silang Crossing.
Boracay is a tropical, butterfly-shaped island located approximately 315km (200 miles) south of Manila and 2km off the northwest tip of the island of Panay in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. It is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.
Boracay is world famous for its white powdery sand, crystal clear water and dramatic sunset.