Archive for June 4th, 2010

Baguio City: A City in the Sky

Experience the best tourist spot in the Philippines where thousands of locals and tourists are climbing up to the so-called “City of Pines”.

A visit in the City of Baguio is like reaching the sky that you could actually touch and embrace the clouds. Baguio City is at an altitude of approximately 1,500 meters (5100 ft) in a moist tropical pine forest conducive to the growth of mossy plants and orchids. It is a highly urbanized city in northern Luzon in the Philippines. Baguio City was established by Americans in 1900. Baguio City was designated as the Summer Capital of the Philippines on June 1, 1903 and incorporated as a city on September 1, 1909. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 252,386. The City of Baguio will be celebrating its Centennial on September 1, 2009. It is the most popular tourist spot of the Philippines because of its relatively cool climate.

Here Are the Most Popular Tourist Spots and Attractions of Baguio City

There are 3 major highways leading the way up to the City of Pines namely; Kennon Road, Marcos Highway and Naguilian Highway. These roads are literally highways because they’re very steep but the steepest is Kennon Road however, it’s the shortest way up to Baguio City. On the way up to Baguio via Kennon Road you will pass by numerous waterfalls cascading down from the top of the mountain. A few kilometers before reaching the city proper, you’ll see one of the most famous landmarks of Baguio or probably the country – the gigantic Lion’s Head.

Lion’s Head

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A trip to the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” is incomplete without stopping by and taking some photo souvenir on this impressive roadside attraction which is synonymous to Baguio City. From this famous landmark, you can proceed to Camp John Hay.

See more tourist destinations in Baguio City HERE

What Makes Batanes Unique From Other Tourist Destinations?

Let’s find out why Batanes in the Philippines is considered a unique tourist destination.

Batanes is the northernmost province of the Philippines. It is the smallest province in terms of land area and population. You will surely love this place. It is the best place for nature lover and people who love tranquility and serenity. This is where the Pacific Ocean merges with the South China Sea. Batanes is great for summer vacation, fishing, hiking and scuba diving.

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What makes Batanes unique?

One of the most notable facts about Batanes is its claim to a zero crime rate. Violent crime is unheard of on the islands and even petty theft is a rare occurrence. Visitors who misplaced or lost personal items are told to visit the local radio station in Batanes so that an island-wide bulletin can be aired. Locals who have found items are also likely to drop

See more beautiful destinations in Batanes HERE

Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines

List of some of the best places to visit in the Philippines as conferred by UNESCO by declaring them World Heritage Sites.

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have included six places and four Catholic churches in the Philippines in the list of world heritage sites. (Two of which landed on the top ten list for the New Seven Wonders of the World).

The list includes the historic city of Vigan, Ilocos Sur; Nuestra Señora dela Asuncion also in Ilocos Sur; Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha National Marine Park both in Palawan; Banawe or Ifugao Rice Terraces in Ifugao; Apo Reef National Park and Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park both in Mindoro; Sto.Tomas de Villanueva Church in Iloilo; San Agustin Church in Manila and Church of San Agustin in Ilocos Norte.

1. Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, Palawan

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It’s home to over 300 coral species and 400 species of fish. It is currently ranked number 5 on the list for the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Tubbataha is a reef ecosystem made up of two atolls located in the middle of the Sulu Sea. It is a sanctuary for marine life. The reefs lie on the Cagayan Ridge, a line of extinct underwater volcanoes which starts from the north at the Sultana Shoal and it ends in the south at the San Miguel Islands. It was proclaimed as a National Marine Park on August 11, 1988 and inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1993, in recognition of its outstanding universal value in terms of marine life species diversity and richness.

See more UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines HERE

Ifugao Rice Terraces: 8th Wonder of the World

Details and compelling reasons why the Ifugao rice terraces is considered the 8th wonder of the world. Find out.

The Ifugao Rice Terraces or popularly known worldwide as Banawe Rice Terraces was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995 because of its great beauty that expresses conquered and conserved harmony between humankind and the environment. This primitive agricultural engineering feat is well known all over the world.

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It was built 2,000 years ago on the slopes of the towering mountains of Northern Luzon, Philippines by bare human hands. If place end to end, it would extend more than 22,500 kilometers, that is, 8 times longer than the Great Wall of China, or more than half of the earth’s circumference, amazing isn’t it?

The Ifugao rice terraces are largely regarded as the “8th wonder of the world.” It is also well known that the Banawe and other Ifugao rice terraces were built without forced labor, unlike the other Seven Wonders of the World, which employed slaves.

Ifugao rice fields are worthy of high rank among the wonders of the world. There are places where they reach from an altitude of 2500 feet to one of 5000 feet, and many places where they extend from an altitude of 1500 feet to one of 4500 feet. Ifugaos must be highly commended for constructing the rice terraces, since they did not have surveying instruments and modern machinery at their disposal.

The rice terraces are more than a sight to behold and an ancient monument-they are actually a very functional agriculture and ecological masterpiece. Likewise, the rice terraces have been producing rice for centuries, showing that the Ifugaos were able to maintain the fertility of the rice fields’ soils and even contain soil erosion.

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Top Eight Best Diving Spots in the Philippines

Here’s a list of world-class diving sites in the world.

Looking for the best diving spots in the world? Here’s a list of the top eight best dive sites in the Philippines with world class diving facilities and white sand beaches.

The Philippines was cited as one of the top three best diving spots in the world, together with Maldives and Palau. Among the internationally recognized best dive spots in the country are;

1. Tubbataha Reef Marine Park,Sulu Sea

It is famous for its diverse marine life. Tubbataha Reef Marine Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world and the best place for snorkeling and diving in Asia.

The Tubbataha Reef Marine Park covers 33,200 ha, including the North and South Reefs. It is a unique example of an atoll reef with a very high density of marine species; the North Islet serving as a nesting site for birds and marine turtles. The site is an excellent example of a pristine coral reef with a spectacular 100-m perpendicular wall, extensive lagoons and two coral islands.

2. Malapascua Island, Cebu

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It is famous for its rare sharks. Malapascua is one of the least spoiled tourist spots in the Philippines. Labeled as the next Boracay by the Lonely Planet, Malapascua has everything for the traveling diver.

Malapascua diving offers: the only daily thresher shark sightings in the world, white tip sharks, mantas, hammerheads (seasonal), wrecks, mandarin fish, pygmy seahorses, cuttlefish, beautiful unspoiled coral gardens and a huge diversity of marine life.

See more diving spots in the Philippines HERE

11 Reasons Why You Have To Go to the “Hundred Islands”

One of the most beautiful tourists attractions in the Philippines where you can have a happy and memorable summer vacation.

The Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City, Pangasinan, Philippines is 250 km. away from Manila. This National Park covers a land area of 1,884 hectares with 123 islands.

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A trip to Hundred Islands National Park and its home, Alaminos City, is a great diversion from the hustle and bustle of the busy, urban life. Breathe in the refreshing views – rice paddies, azure sea – and the rustic and peaceful lifestyle as you make your way to Alaminos City. And upon arrival, savor the city’s unique and dynamic spirit, friendly atmosphere and especially, the beauty and adventure awaiting in the hundred wonders of the Hundred Islands.

This summer, experience and enjoy one of the best tourist attractions of the Philippines. Here’s a dozen way to ensure a happy, enjoyable and worth remembering summer vacation in the Hundred Islands National Park.

1.) Snorkeling

Slip your body into the Park’s inviting water and swim your stress away. Glide with manta rays, groupers and other fabulous sea creatures. The romantic temperature is best for couple bonding. And you can also have fun tagging the kids along for a visual treat.

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