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Philippine Top 15 Destinations

Cebu, Philippines

Cebu ranks number one because of the current unity that has never before been seen in any province: unity among elected officials, unity among business groups, unity among its people, and unity between the private and public sectors. There are many universities and other educational institutions that serve as magnet to students from other provinces, a major factor of a highly skilled and efficient workforce in Cebu.

Overall, Cebu continues to excel and investors are drawn to Cebu because of the culture of professionalism and craftsmanship among its people, the vast highly skilled manpower resources resilient amid trying times, its fair weather, relative peace and business-friendly atmosphere.

Boracay Island, Philippines

Boracay is a tropical island of the Philippines located approximately 315km 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. The island comprises the barangays of Manoc-Manoc, Balabag, and Yapak, and is under the administrative control of the Philippine Tourism Authority in coordination with the Provincial Government of Aklan.

Davao City, Philippines

The City of Davao is the largest city on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines in terms of land area. It is also one of the Philippines' most progressive cities. Its international airport and seaports are among the busiest cargo hubs in the southern part of the Philippines.

Metro Davao can also be dubbed as The City of Royalties or The Royal City, because of the presence of the kings and queens of nature present in Davao. The Queen of Philippine Orchids which is Waling-waling, the King of Exotic Fruits, which is Durian, The King and Grandfather of Philippine mountains, Mt. Apo, the largest eagle in the world and the King of Philippine skies which is the Philippine Eagle. Davao City is also named by the Foreign Direct Investment Magazine as the 10th "Asian City of the Future".

In recent years, Davao has emerged as the business, investment and tourism hub for the entire southern Philippines. The city boasts of some of the finest beaches and mountain resorts in the country, and proximity to the Philippines’ most captivating diving spots as well as its highest peak, Mount Apo.

Camarines Sur, Philippines

Camarines Sur is located in the Bicol Region in Luzon. Its capital is Pili and the province borders Camarines Norte and Quezon to the north, and Albay to the south. To the east lies the island province of Catanduanes across Maqueda Channel. Camarines Sur is the largest among the six provinces in the Bicol Region both in terms of population and land area. Its territory encompasses two cities: Naga City, the lone chartered city, is the province's and the region's commercial, educational, financial, and cultural center, while Iriga City, a component city, is the center of the Rinconada area. Lake Buhi is where the smallest commercially-harvested fish can be found, the Sinarapan (Mistichthys luzonensis).

Zambales, Philippines

Zambales coastline is well known for its white sand beaches and crystal clear water. Its deep blue sea and beautiful coral reefs make tourists want to come back after their visit. If you’re in Zambales, make sure you visit Potipot Island. It is about 1 kilometer away from the mainland of Uacon, Candelaria, Zambales.

Bohol, Philippines

Bohol is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the Philippines. Bohol is a picturesque island-province replete with ancestral homes and centuries old churches. Bohol is situated at the heart of Visayas, to its West is Cebu and to the East is Leyte. Along its coastline are the numerous isles of Panglao, Pamilacan, Cabilao, Jao, Mahanay and Lapinin, which are also excellent dive spots.

Bohol is the site of the 1565 blood compact between Boholano chieftain Rajah Sikatuna and Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. Bohol's historicity is evident in the province's relaxed, laid-back pace. Excavation in ancient burial grounds reveal artifacts dating back to China's Tang Dynasty.

It is evident that the province already had strong trading ties with the Chinese long before the Spaniards set foot in the country. Every year, the compact between the Muslim chief and the Spanish conqueror is celebrated through the Sandugo Festival in July. All year-round, the museums and churches attest to the province's rich heritage and culture. The Chocolate Hills in Carmen is the most famous natural attraction. The province is home to the world's smallest monkey, the Tarsier. Other equally exotic flora and fauna can be found amongst the forests of Bohol. Bohol's various mountains and water formations also serve as a natural playground for the adventurous tourist.

Oriental Mindoro, Philippines

Oriental Mindoro is a tropical island paradise of the Southern Tagalog Region blessed with unsurpassed beauty of nature. Its abundant unspoiled natural treasures speak of this province's magnificence. Oriental Mindoro has been admired reflections of creation such as ambience of waterfalls, white beaches, green forests, caves, variety of seafoods and the Mangyans.

Negros Oriental, Philippines

Tourism arrivals continued to increase since 1987 until 2002. The most number of tourists are Filipinos, followed by Japanese. Other tourists include Germans, Australians, Italians, French, etc. Negros Oriental boasts of 1,377.6 km. of scenic white and golden sandy beaches. Each of the 17 coastal municipalities and cities has its own unique and mystifying beaches to choose from. The municipalities of Valencia, Mabinay, Pamplona and the City of Canlaon are located in the interior portion of the province and do not have beaches but have other interesting sights to offer.

Palawan, Philippines

Palawan is located in the MIMAROPA region. Its capital is Puerto Princesa City, and it is the largest province in the country in terms of total area of jurisdiction. The islands of Palawan stretch from Mindoro in the northeast to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. The province is named after its largest island, Palawan Island, measuring 450 kilometers long, and 50 kilometers wide.

Palawan is composed of the long and narrow Palawan Island, plus a number of other smaller islands surrounding the main island. The Calamianes Group of Islands, to the northwest consists of Busuanga Island, Culion Island, and Coron Island. Durangan Island almost touches the westernmost part of Palawan Island, while Balabac Island is located off the southern tip, separated from Borneo by the Balabac Strait. In addition, Palawan covers the Cuyo Islands in the Sulu Sea. The disputed Spratly Islands, located a few hundred kilometers to the west is considered part of Palawan by the Philippines, and is locally called the Kalayaan Group of Islands.

Palawan's almost 2,000 kilometers of irregular coastline are dotted with 1,780 islands and islets, rocky coves, and sugar-white sandy beaches. It also harbors a vast stretch of virgin forests that carpet its chain of mountain ranges. The mountain heights average 3,500 feet in altitude, with the highest peak rising to 6,843 feet at Mount Matalingahan. The vast mountain areas are the source of valuable timber. The terrain is a mix of coastal plain, craggy foothills, valley deltas, and heavy forest interspersed with riverine arteries that serve as irrigation.

Ilocos Norte, Philippines

Majority of the visitors are domestic travelers who enjoy not only the arts and sights of the locality but the cuisine as well, notably bagnet, the crispy deep-fried large chunks of cross-section pork cut into biteable pieces and eaten with the flourish of fresh onion and slices of ginger and tomato; longanisa, the spicy ground pork seasoned with salt and pepper and packed in cleaned edible small intestine, wind-dried for days to mature, then fried crispy-red; kilawen kappukan, fine slices of soft lean raw beef from the freshly-butchered cow, soak-dipped in native vinegar mixed with fine salt or soy bean sauce, among others.

The new development, the first of its kind in the entire Ilocos province, will provide a life of luxury both to fellow kababayans in Ilocandia and to the growing number of visitors to the province, further boosting the tourism industry in the area.

Legazpi City, Philippines

Legazpi City, Albay is one of the Bicol Region's top tourist destination. It is where the Mayon Volcano, one of the Philippines' most famous volcanoes is located. Mayon Volcano is the Philippines' most active volcano and is considered to be the world's most perfectly formed volcano for its symmetrical cone. It is also a convenient jump-off point to other tourist destinations in the region such as the Cagsawa Ruins, the upscale resort of Misibis, Donsol, the site of one of the world's largest annual migration of whale sharks and the white sand beaches of Sorsogon and Catanduanes. The city is served by Legazpi Airport which accommodates Airbus A320, Boeing 737-400, and Boeing 727 and has the Mayon Volcano as its scenic backdrop.

Surigao City, Philippines

Surigao City is a mosaic of islands that lies at the rim of the Asian continental shelf. It is perched at the northeastern tip of Mindanao, a southern island in the Philippines, and faces the Philippine Deep. The historic strait bound it on the north and east by the Pacific Ocean, on the south by the provinces of Agusan Del Norte and Surigao Del Sur and on the West. It is blessed with abundant mineral reserves, fisheries and aquatic resources, and tracts of fertile arable lands, which are the primary sources of its people's livelihood. Its location in the coast offered enough opportunities to enjoy its wide array of beaches ranging from white, grayish-sandy to the gravel smooth pebbled ones, as well as other places of interest. Its outlying islands fronting the Pacific further augment the fun and adventure, especially surfing.

Sorsogon, Philippines

Sorsogon offers the visitor a wide variety of diversions, including SCUBA diving, snorkeling, sport fishing, swimming, boating, island-hopping, sunbathing, beachcombing, mountain climbing, biking, hiking, spelunking, or just simply touching base with nature at its pristine best. Or revel in the pageantry, celebration and merrymaking during its numerous festivals and barrio fiestas, and imbibe and experience its rich cultural heritage.

Samal Island, Philippines

the Island Garden City of Samal was chosen as one of the tourist destinations because of its inimitable beauty and unspoiling natural attraction such as white sand beaches, crystal waters, caves and others. The city government is tasked to preserve the potential spots in the island without impairing its natural resources.

Tourists arrival in the island is noticeably increasing. Based on the 5 day traffic count in the selected 19 inland and Beach Resorts, there were 8,086 tourists arrival.

La Union, Philippines

La Union is still "young" when compared to older provinces such as Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Pampanga, Cebu and Cavite. It is a class - A, progressive and developing province. Its 155 years of existence since 1850 testifies to reality of the original vision, a province geared towards peace, prosperity, growth and development. The original "dozen" towns have grown to 19 municipalities and a city. Although the rate of economic progress has been noticeable faster in the coastal towns, the interior towns have coped with the pace. The network of modern infrastructure has contributed to the present progressive condition in agriculture, commerce and industry. In the late 1990's, the national leadership declared La Union as one of the archipelago's 12 regional industrial centers.

Featured Philippine Beach Resorts
Boracay Regency Resort, Boracay
Jonys Beach Resort, Boracay
Panglao Island Resort, Bohol
Costabella Beach Resort, Cebu

Featured Philippine Hotels
Dusit Hotel, Makati City
Astor Hotel, Makati City
The Manila Hotel, Manila City
The Holiday Inn Galleria Suite

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