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Metro Manila

Manila is, the capital, largest city, and major seaport of the Philippines. The city is located on central Luzon Island, on the eastern shore of Manila Bay, at the mouth of the Pasig River, just west of Quezon City. It is the commercial, administrative, and cultural center of the Philippines. The Manila metropolitan area, or Metro Manila, officially called the National Capital Region, comprises an area of 636 sq km (246 sq mi) and includes Manila proper, Quezon City, Pasay, Caloocan, Makati, and the municipalities of Las Piñas, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinglupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasig, Pateros, San Juan del Monte, Taguig, and Valenzuela. A small Muslim settlement named Maynilad was located in the vicinity of present-day Manila when the Spaniards arrived in 1571. 


für den der das erste mal hier landet wird die Stadt ziemlich chaotisch wirken zumindest war das bei mir der Fall. Wenn man sich aber etwas orientiert hat und sich langsam an philippinische Verhältnisse gewöhnt hat ist die Stadt recht interessant. Es gibt jede menge Shopping Mals, Märkte und recht viele Sehenswürdigkeiten wie die spanische Altstadt durch die man sich mit Pferdekutschen fahren lassen kann VORSICHT IMMER ERST DEN PREIS UND STRECKE GENAU AUSHANDELN EVTL. LIEBER DARAUF VERZISCHTEN. Das gilt generell auch für Taxis wenn kein Zähler vorhanden oder nicht eingeschaltet wird "weil er nicht funktioniert" und Trysicle Interessant ist auch die Jebneey Fabrik  An der Uferpromenade haben sich einige Restaurants angesiedelt wo man auf langen Piers welche ins Meer hinaus gebaut wurden sitzen und sich bei angenehmer Briese kulinarisch verwöhnen lassen kann. Vorsicht! Zum Geldwechsel konnte früher der Monychanger an der Ecke empfohlen werden, leider hat sich die Braunsche zu professionellen Betrügern entwickelt und Verluste von 35 bis 40 % beim wechseln sind keine Seltenheit. Sicherer wechseln sie am Flughafen. Thema Sicherheit, wenn man nicht mit den "dicken Pesorollen" herumläuft und sich auch sonst nicht wie der reiche Weiße benimmt und bestimmte Lokalitäten und dunkle wenig frequentiert Strassen meidet kann man sich recht sicher in der Stadt bewegen. Für den der weiter reisen möchte ist Manila die richtige Drehscheibe. Von hieraus gehen Flüge nach Palawan. Panay, Boracay, Mindanao um nur einige Verbindungen zu nennen. man kann auch per Überlandbus oder mit der Fähre die Inselwelt erkunden. Wer das vor hat sollte auf jeden Fall den aktuellen "Jens Peters" dabei haben. In diesem Reiseführer finden Sie die meisten Infos zu Hotels, Fähr und Busverbindungen. Ein absolutes Muss für den "Phillistrotter".

Luzon is the biggest island in the Philippine archipelago and is home to about half the country’s population.

It importance as an agricultural and industrial region is manifested in its contribution to the country’s economic growth;Luzon accounts for more than half of the country’s gross national product.For travelers,Luzons attraction are as diverse as ist provinces and the cultural groups found on the island.



Thifty People and Spanish Ways


ILOCOS SUR and ILOCOS NORTE are two provinces with intertwined souls.The two provinces have a lovely,if spartan,landspace of sand dunes,mountain and coastal plains.The geographic conditions and coastal plains.The geographic conditions created a society made up of industrious people and saturdy structures.

calesa in vigan streets

The north is basically Marcos country,and here you can find several memorabilia of the countrys most notorious president,including his refrigerated remains in the marcos mansions in Batac.Probably the best and most attractive location Ilocos norte has offer,however,is Pagudpud on Bangui Bay,which is more known to the locals as the back drop to several local films.

Vigan,the capital city of Ilocos Sur,is known for its Spanish-inspired architecture as shown in this turn-of the century houses called bahay na bato and churches.Vigans allure is hinged on its preserved antiquity and quaint setting reasons enough for citified antique enthusiasts to frequent this sleepy town,the long drive notwithstanding.

ilocos paoay church

Paoay church Ilocos Norte

La Union is a strectch of land bounded by China Sea on the west and the Cordillera Mountains on the east.Tourist attractins are numerous and varied,with the presence of beach resorts,hotels and other tourist facilities found in the towns of San Fernando(the provincial capital)Bauang,San juan,Caba and Agoo.The province is five hours away by car from Manila.

panggasinan hundred islands

 Hundred  Islands

Located north of Manila,Pangasinan province is known for its lovely beaches.The Hundred Islands National Park is its major tourist attraction.Scattered off the coast of Lucap in Alaminos are 123 islands and islet looking like giant turtles.Some of the islands have facilities for swimming,boating and snorkelling.



Cool climate and Rice Terraces


The central part of Luzon features the Cordillera Administrative Region which is composed of the five provinces of Abra,Benguet,kalinga-Apayao,Mountain province and Ifugao,as well as the chartered city of Baguio.

Abra has fertile valley which grows various crops,among them,rice,corn and tobacco.One of its attractions is Victoria Park on Casamata Hill which has a lovely view of the Abra River and the surrounding Cordillera mountains.other attractions include the famous Licuan Rice Terraces,Lagayan Caves, the Sibudsibud Cave,the Ar-Arbis waterfall and the Consoliman Cool Spring.One can also find a number of hot spring resorts.the Don Teodoro Brillantes Family Museum offers some of the best exhibits on Abra’s culture.

The Mountain Province is composed of 10 municipalities.Sagada,one of the nine towns comprising the Mountain Province,is known for its limestone structures,while pine trees surround the place,Sagada’s points of interest include numerous subterranean caves used as burial grounds by the natives as well as the so-called"hanging coffins".Aside from caves,the Bokong Falls,located 30 minutes from the village proper,is an attractive waterfall with a natural pool.from Baguio,one can travel to Sagada via Bus,jeepney or private vans.


Bontoc is the capital of the Mountain Province,and is the center of the ruch and colorful Ifugao culture.The town has an Igorot Museum which showcases the culture of the different tribes in the Mountain Province.Mainit Hot Spring is a mineral spring located about 8kms.from the towns proper.Bontoc also has its own rice terraces,the Malegcong Rice terraces.

banaue rice terraces mountain province

Ifugao has gained fame for its rice terraces.Considered the Eighth Wonder of the world,the terraces were contructed some 2,000 years ago by the Ifugao tribes people using only their hand and primative tools


Benguet is located 5,000 feet above sea level.Lying on top of the Cordillera Mountain,Benguets terrain valleys have attracted foriegners from various part of the world.They have a nice tourist spots including the Kabayan mummies,Ambuklao and Binga Dams,Timbak Caves,La Trinidad Valley and Mt.Pulog.The second highest mountain of the Philippines,is a spot among mountain-climbers.

baguio ifugao tribes



Baguio City is where one can appreciate the scent of the pine trees,the beauty of fresh flowers,the freshness of vegetables and fruits.The countrys summer capital with a 1500 meter altitude enjoys cool climate most of the year.It also has many scenic spots which make it an important destanation especially during Easter holidays.Burnham Park is located in the heart of the city and serves as the venue for programs and festival,most notable of which is the Panagbenga or Baguio Flowers Festival.

baguio city souvenirs


The Mines View Park allows one to see a panoramic view of calleys,hill of Cordilla and gold mines of Benguet,The Lourdes Grotto which has 252 steps leading to the grotto and allows one a view of the city,And St.Louis Silvershop,a well-known silver handicraft and jewerly center.Several domestic carriers offer one hour flights to Baguio,cutting the usual six-hour land travel time.



Cave Country

Cagayan Valley is interlocked by the Central Cordillera on the west and the Sierra Madre to the east.It is made up of the provinces of Nueva Viscaya,Quirino,Isabela,Batanes and Cagayan.

Mt. Iraya

Batanes,often referred to as "The Home of the Winds"is the smallest province in the Philippines.The capital town is Basco is about 860 kilometers north of Manila.There are several attractions,ranging from the dormant Iraya,Volcano,Naidi Hills,Mt.Matarem,Radar tukom to the Spanish Churches and Limestone houses reminiscent of Irish country homes.Visitors can also explore the Racujaide Cave,Sarokan Cave,as well as the burial caves.The island favors such activities as trekking,fishing,swimming,diving,camping and adventure photography.For those who go for stormy weather,Batanes is the island for you as it is exposed to storms seven months of the year.Best months to visit are from April to May.

Cagayan is rich in natural resources.Interesting sights include the Cagayan River,the longest and widest river in the country.Callao Caves located in its capital,Tuguegerao.The caves and its seven chambers are wonderful sights to be hold.The Sierra cave in Penablanca,20 meter from Callao caves,has attractive calciten formations which look like popcorn or a cauliflower.Cagayan is also known for interesting historic baroque churches.One worth visiting is the more than 300 years old Pamplona Church which once served as a Japanese garrison and is said to be the exact site of the famous Yamashita treasures.

Nueva Viscaya is some 260 kms.from Manila.Its attraction include the majestic Caraballo Mountain and the zigzag road that leads to the historic Dalton Pass(formely Balete).The Pass offers an enchanting view of the country two valleys:the Pampanga Valley and the Cagayan Valley.Other attraction are the Salinas salt spring,the century-old church located at the heart of the provincial capital,bayombong,The Spanish-inspired architecture of Solano,the industrial center of the province.

Isabela,the countrys major tobacco-producing province.Its rice and tobacco farm are nourished by the Cagayan River.Isabela lies along the typhoon belt,but the province is protected by the presence of two mountain ranges:the Cordillera ranges and Sierra Madre. The Magat Dam is located in Santiago,one of the more than 30 towns in Isabela.The dam is an important source of water in the province.Resorts can be found in various parts of Isabela.

Palanan,another town,is known in the philippine history as the town where Gen.Emilio Aguinaldo,the countrys first president,was captured by the Americans on May 23,1901.


Central Luzon:

Nueva Ecija,the largest provonce in the Central Luzon,has total area of 550,718 hectares.Scenic spots include the Minalungan National Park in Gapan,the hot springs in Rizal and Talugtog,the waterfalls in Carranglaan and San Jose,the Pantabangan Dam in Pantabangan,the Diamond park in San Jose City and the Rubber Dam in Llanera.Another attraction is the Aurora Park which covers more than 5,000 hectares of jungles.

Bataan has occupied an important part in history of the Philippines.Filipino and American troops retreared to the island during the World War II.a national monument to the victims of the Battle of Bataan marks the battle field where American and Filipino soldier died.



Corregidor Island

        The name Corregidor was derived from the Spanish word“corregir“meaning to correct or to check,as this island served as a checkpoint for vessels entering the port of Manila.

        Corregidor is located about 41 kilometers south of Manila and can be reached by sea or air.Several fast ferries carry passenger daily to and from the island and trips include a guided tour.Buses made to look like turn-of the century streetcars are used as tranportation around the island and usually ply island routes.


Daily day tour include roundtrip ferryboat transfer and guided island tour by bus,overnight accommodation,shrine and terminal fees.The ferries are docked at the Bay Cruise Terminal at the CCP complex in Manila.

        After decades of silence,the island comes back to life.rehabilitated into a war memorial it offers,aside from World War II memorabia,a good hotel,lush green surrounding,a small golf course and a beautiful beach.One of historical sights in the island is the Malinta Tunnel which was contructed during during World War II.The tunnel was used as a shelter for embattled Filipino and American forces whose planned effort delayed the Japanese occupation of the country.Almost a kilometer long,the tunnel is now the venue of a vividly staged Light and Sound Show which features a reenactment of the islands role in the war.


Pampanga is still trying to recover from the tragedy brought about the eruption of Mt.Pinatubo in 1991.The provincial capital is San Fernando,whish named after King Ferdinand III of Spain.  


        Pampanga province can be accessed through the North Expressway.The expressway passes through flat rice lands,until a lone volcano Mt.Arayat,slowly rises magnificently in the cane and paddy fields.


        Mt.Arayat national Park has swimming pools fed by free-flowing spring water,picnic areas and trails leading to the top of the volcano.Adventures who want to trek the Mt.Arayat have to allot two days for the journey.A day for the climb up,spend the night at the summit and then descend following day.Be sure to hire a reliable local guide before your trek.

        Aside from Arayat,Pampanga is the site of old churches which dates back during the Spanish era.These churches are sturdy,and extensively decorated,especially those in Betis,Sta.Ana and Arayat.Fine furniture is carved by artisans in Betis and Guagua.However,some Pampanga towns are suffering from mud flows as a result of Mt.Pinatubo eruption.

        Paskuhan Village or Christmas Village is another attraction the province offers to travelers.Only an hours drive north Manila by car,the village is visible as you take the San Fernando exit of the north expressway.Actually a small amusement park shaped like an over sized Christmas star,it houses a number of shops specializing in Christmas decor made from native materials.The busiest month of the village is,of course,December,when it plays host to the Pampanga Lantern Festival.the event hosts a parade of large paper lanterns that are colorful marvels of folk design,all lit up in moving swirls of kaleidoscopic colors and form.


Betis Altar,Gua Gua ,Pampanga

Angeles was known as the home of the Clark Air Base of the US Armed Foeces.Sudden withdrawal of its former American Residents.However,have been made to clean what is now called the Clark Special Economic Zone which is planned to become a world-class industrial,airport and tourism complex.

In the town of Arayat,the Arayat Mountain is the best known tourist destanation and is now a national park.Mt.Arayat is also being flocked by the mountain climbers.The town of Guagua and Lubao are known for their woodcarvings,Dau,another town of Angeles City has many stores selling imported goods.Pampangas pride lies in its cuisine,which has been unqualled by any of the countrys group.Its cured meat,tapa and tocino,as well as the native sausage,longganisa,are delicious.

Tarlac famous town is Capas,where Filipinos and American prisoners captured during World War II staged the infamous Death March,where thousands of the prisoners died.A monument now stands in memory of that event.Another World War II memorial is the Camp O'Donnel,where the prisoners marching from Bataan were taken. 

Bulacan has carved its name in the Philippine history as the birthplace of the heroes and the sites of the historic events such as the Constitution of Biak -na-Bato in 1897 and the declaration of the first Philippine Republic in 1899.

The town of Meycauayan is known for its leather tanneries,while Bocaue has it famous Bacaue River,where a cross,believe to be miraculous,was found 200 years ago.The Barasoain Church in the town of malolos was constructed in 1844 and was the site of the Malolos Congress.




In Quezon Province

        Most popular of Quezon Provinces tourist attractions is Villa Escudero.This rice and coconut farm situared by a lake best typifies Filipino country lifestyle.As visitors pass through the coconut groves and rice fields,they are welcomed by resort staff dressed in native costumes and are first led to a pink chapel which has been transformed into a veritable museum of religious icons and other turn of the century artifacts.

        To reach the main resort area,visitors ride a carabao(wasser bufallo)or water buffalo-drawn cart while being serenaded by the staff with local folk songs en route.The resort area has several cabanas for overnight visitors,two large swimming pools, a lake for swimming and boating and a man-made waterfall where diners can eat native dishes while thier feet are immersed in cool running waters.bikes are also rented out those who want to explore the hacienda on their own.

        An additional attraction is the light and sound show on the Philippine history usually schedule in the late afternoon.travelers who want to include this resort in their itinerary should make arrangements with local travel agencies prior their visit.


quezon villa escudero quezon pahiyas festival lucban church

                                            Villa Escudero            Pahiyas sa Quezon Prov.         Lucban Church

Batangas,province is approximately 2 hours drive from Manila,and is the favorite destination of those pinning for some sea and sand without the long commute.Matabungkay is home to some of the most popular beaches frequented by visitors from Manila.Nasugbu have gained popularity for their white sands and watersports facilities.Several first-class resorts are based in Nasugbu.For serious scuba diving,however,the best place to visit is the town of Anilao.

 TAAL;If you like old houses of vintage Spanish architectural lines,you should try a walking tour of the town of Batangas.Only two hours drive from the scenic Tagaytay ridge,this is a great destanation if you have a day to spare to extend your vacation.

        The walking tour,more formally called the Taal Heritage Tour,was organized by the taal Heritage Foundation to given the Filipino youth land Foriegn tourists an opportunity to experience the lifestyle of a glorious race from a bygone era.Its culture,cuisine,religious devotion,crafts,its charm and the warm hospitality of its people has endeared Taal to many a visitor.Anyone in taal can point you to the location of Heritage Foundation.


        The tours highlight includes a list of ancestral houses cum museums,shrines and churches.Topping the list is a visit to the massive centuries-old Basilica of St.Martin of Tours,which is licated right at the very top of this hill town.

        The heritage Itinerary also includes a tour of the factories of various local crafts that make great souvenir items.Batangas is known for fan knives called balisong in various forms.There is even a knife hidden inside a regular ballpoint pen ala James Bond gadget,giving a new meaning to the world,penknife.There are also tiny balisongs made to look like key chains.Taal is likewise popular for hand-embroidered barongs,pundas(pilow covers)and handkerchiefs.


In Las Pinas

        The city of Las Pinas is famous for its unique bamboo organ in the San Jose Church.Started in 1816 by Spanish father Diego Cerra,it was made from bamboo to save money and was finally completed in 1824.Standing over five meters high,it has 832 pipes of bamboo and 122 of metal.From 1973 to 1975 it was overhauled in Germany and now sounds as good as new.The public can view the organ from 2p.m. to 4 p.m. on regular weekdays.Bamboo organ music played during Sundays when mass in the church is celebrated.It is best heard however during the Bamboo Organ Festival which is held every second weel of Febuary.


        If you desire a keepsake of the visit,there is a small shop in the church porch that sells records and cassettes of organ music.

        Las Pinas also makes jeepneys-those public transportation that you see all dressed up in brightly colored paint and many decals on manilas clogged arteries.

Sarao Jeepney Factory

One of the better known brands of jeepney is called“Sarao“which has a factory located about three kilometers further south on the main street.People working in the factory are cordial and happy to have visitors look at their craftsmanship.



        Because of its high altitude(2,500 feet above sea level)and cool climate.Tagaytay is seen by many as an alternative resort to Baguio.The spawling town offers visitors a marvelous view of ist main attraction,Taal Volcano .The volcano is the smallest in the world and the only one located in a lake  within a volcano.Viewed from any place along the slopes

By the city’s highway,Taal Lake beguiles with deep blue waters that  seem like folds of satin around the mystical volcano.Because the water of Taal Lake tend to be rough in the afteernoon,it is best to defart from a point close to landing area.The trips to the volcano island takes about 45 minutes.Ittakes about 15 minute uphill walk from the base of the volcano to the small crater.The older crater and central lake is an hour further,and is best accessed with the assistance of an experienced guide.

        Travelers are always welcome;there are tent farms,inns,hotels,hostel and especialty restaurants around the area.The rich climate yields an abundant array of fruit and vegetables.A visit to the tagaytay market on the way home is a must.Best buy are fresh beef,sweet delicacies,fresh like pineapple and tiny but very sweet senorita bananas.

About 10 kilometers east of Tagaytay on Mt.Gonzales is the Peoples Park ,formely knowns as the Palace in the Sky of former Philippine president Marcos.The unfinished villa was originally intended as a resthouse for the ailing dictator and his wife Imelda Marcos.Its contruction.

Began in 1981 but was discontinued after  1983.From this vantage point,you can get a terrific view of Lake Taal to the south and almost as far as Manila to the north.

Tagaytay,about 56 kms.south of Manila.A part of Cavite province,the city overlooks the Laguna de Bay and is a heaven for those who want to rediscover nature and all its splendors.Rising 2,500 feet above sea level,Tagaytay is known for its mountains and cool climate.From Tagaytay,one can get a good view of Taal Volcano,an active volcano in the middle of the lake.There are several good picnic spots of every budget along main road which offer scenic view of the volcano and lake.

        From Manila,one can take a bus or a car to Tagaytay.The drive takes only 45 minutes to an hour depending on the traffic.Organized tours are also available,with local travel agencies able to arrange for accommodation and other travel needs.


Tagaytay and Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano


Laguna,is the birthplace of the countrys national hero,Dr.Jose Rizal.The house in Calamba where he was born has been transformed into a memorial and museum.Laguna de Bay has been an important source of livehood for fishermen living in its vicinity.

Pagsanjan Falls


Pagsajan Falls

        Visitors who have been to Pagsanjan are often awed by the stark natural beauty of the Pagsanjan River and its spectacular falls.Located roughly 100 kilometers from Manila,Pagsanjan is on zhe southeast side of Laguna de Bay,the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.The falls are a part of an early Spanish settlement city.Pagsanjan’s name was derived from the Tagalog word“sanga“meaning branch,as it sits on the fork of two rivers.

Pagsanjan is famous for“shooting the rapids“, one of the best-loved activities for visitors in the manila area.Tourists are treated the picturesque canyon walls and through the rapids at breathaking speed to the falls.

               Two bangkeros or boatmen will padle you upstream againts the strong current in a banca or canoe.It begins benignly enough in the still headwaters of the river,then rapidly churning to make it the ride of your life.With the dexterity and skill of boatmen who have spent their whole life on the river,navigator and a pilot will safely guide your banca on an exciting three hour journey.At times you will be skimming through the gorge with walls of rock mass and vines that rise up over a hundred meters.There will also be times where youll be tossed and twisted through the rapid as you speed downstream to the two towering waterfalls.Upon reaching the secong falls,you can transfer from the banca to the raft that will take you through the cascading water to a hidden cave formed by the walls of the gorge.

        Many tour operetors organize trips to Pagsanjan and it is recommended that you avail of their services for a hassle free trip.



Pagsajan Falls

Los Banos,Calamba,Liliw

        This southern province of Luzon is home to several hot spring resorts,ice cold mountain pools and Mt.Makiling,a favorite among amatuer and expert climbers.Most of Laguna’s towns are home to private and public resorts and resthouses complete with swimming pools that contain water fresh from the hot springs.These are usually leased for the day to locals on a family outing or a company excursion.Among the most popular of these resorts is Crystal Springs with its different pools.

laguna hidden valley springs

Hidden valley Springs


        There are also resorts that offer cool running streams like those in the town of Liliw.Another famous resort that best exhibits Laguna’s glorious flora is Hidden Valley Springs.

        The town of Calamba is best known as the birthplace of the national hero,Dr.Jose Rizal.His home has been turned into a memorial and  museum.

        Laguna is also known for its native delicacies,often made from coconut that harvested in all over the province.The most popular of these is the buko pie or coconut pie.Be warned,however,of buying these from several touts along the highway who offer“the original buko pie“.It is best to ask the locals for the location of the shop that sells the authentic-and best tasting-pie.Other excellent take home goodies are the mango pie,pineapple pie,the espasol or sticky rice cake rolled in rice flour,pinipig or sweet rice puffs,panutsa or peanut brittle and candied tamarinds.



Hot and Spicy,

The Bicol region is unique area most noted for the MayonVolcano,pilinuts,basketware and its hot and spicy dishes.

Sorsogon,one of the smallest provinces in the Bicol Peninsula,is also a gateaway to Visayas and Mindanao islands.Sorsogons rolling hills and greenvalleys grow all kind of food crops.Sorsogon offers visitors many interesting natural man-made places to see:Bulusan Volcano,with height of 5,077 feet above sea level is a sprawling volcano in the middle of a forest land,which was declared a national park.Bulusan lake lies in the heart of the park.Bato Limestone Cave of Bacon is famous for the artifacts unearthed by a group of archaelogical team in 1956.Masacrot Spring,a man-made pool of natural water,The Namuat Waterfalls of Casiguran,surrounded by different flower plants;Bulus Spring and Mapaso Spring of Irosin, a hot spring with curative effect and the Sombrero Island.

The capital of Albay province in Bicol is Legaspi,popularity known as the home of the active Mayon Volcano.Mt.Mayon rising 2,462 meter high.Mayon came from Bicol word Magayon,which means beautiful.Despite its beauty,Mt.Mayon can be as dangerous as any other active volcano.

Mayon Volcano

Camarines Norte,serves as gateaway to Bicol Region and is the site of fine white sand beaches.The town of Paracale is a center of gold mining activities,producing gold products at par with other cities such as Baguio,Masbate and Surigao.

Camarines Sur is famous for its Spanish-inspired church which was constructed in 1735 in the town of Milaor.Naga City is the home of Our Lady of Penafrancia that celebrates its feast day in September and the Metropolitan Cathedral,one of the largest churches in the country.Pili,another town,is famous for its nut which was named after the town.Other tourist destinations include MT.Isarog,Lake Buhi and Mt.Iriga.

Masbate province consists of Masbate Island and the smaller island of Ticao and Burias.Although the island group was declared part of Bicol region,its proximity to Visayas reflected in the culture of the Masbate people speaking Visayan dialect such as Cebuano,Prior to World War II,Masbate was a known gold center;now its has become an important meat processing site.Fishing and cattle-raising are two of the major sources of livehood in the province.Masbate Island and the surrounding smaller islands are famous for their lovely beaches and fishing villlages.



Excotic Adventures

Mindoro has several points of interest:The Apo Reef,considered the Diving Mecca of the Philippines;the Ambulong Island,which has attractive white sand beaches;MT.Iglit,a reservation areas and game sanctuary for tamaraws or wild water buffalos;the Busuanga River where rare Philippine tamaraw are hunted,and other beautiful beaches.

Mindoro puerto galera

Puerto Galera

Oriental Mindoro is popularly known as the home of the Mangyan Tribes and the Puerto Galera super scuba diving grounds as the area was used extensively during the days of colonial Philippines as anchorage for the Spanish galleons.As a result.much priceless artifacts have been recovered by serious divers in the watery vicinity.Now a top tourist spot,it has a large expat community that can make any foreign visitor feel right at home.

Palawan's Capital is Puerto Princesa.The island known for its white sand beaches,magnificient landscape,rainforest and fishing villages.The two buzzwords of modern travel,eco-tourism and adventure travel,are things which,just like the beaches,forest and coral reefs,

palawan, el nido, club paradise, visayas and mindanao

Palawan has in abundance.The province has several sites which attract divers from various parts of the world.More importantly,

         Palawans attraction lies in the presence of marine and wildlife in the island.The province boasts of having the biggest reservation of the Philippine wildlife and earned the title"Haven of Rare Philippine Wildlife".Other points of interest include:St.Paul Subterranean National Park which also has underground river;Tabon Caves,where fossils and crude tools of ancient man dating some 50,000 years were unearthed;Ursula Island,a birds paradise and sanctuary:Iwahig Prison and Penal farm,a rehabilitation farm established for prisoner;El Nido village,which boasts of beautiful beaches and diving sites and the town noted for edible birds nest,the prime ingredient for nido soup.



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