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ISLAND HOPPING, UNDERGROUND RIVER ADVENTURE AND SAFARI IN PALAWAN
The island province of Palawan has been declared as a nature sanctuary of the world, and for good reason. it is wrapped in a mantle of rainforests, outstanding dive sites, majestic mountains, primeval caves, and pristine beaches. it is surrounded by a coral shell that abounds with varied and colorful marine life. It boasts of exotic flora and fauna, like the mouse deer and the scaly ant eater, that are found nowhere else.
Palawan waters are among the best in the world, not only for diving but also for fishing. A diver's paradise, it has miles of sub-surface coral and rainbow reef walls which surround the coasts and coves teeming with rich marine life.
One of the tourist attractions of Palawan is the Puerto Princesa Underground River which has been inscribed as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. It is one of the most important conservation areas in the Philippines which was created to protect the impressive cave systems, lush old growth tropical rainforest, interesting wildlife, unspoiled natural beauty of the area and one of the most impressive cave system in the world. Its main focus is a 8.2 km. long underground river that flows beneath a spectacular limestone formation before directly emptying into the sea.
The El Nido Marine Reserve in Miniloc, El Nido, occupying an area of 96,000 hectares, is a popular nature spot in the province. It boasts of diverse ecosystems, such as rainforests, mangroves, white sand beaches, coral reefs, and limestone reefs as well as a variety of fishes, like manta ray and the sea cow or "dugong" known as the world's rarest marine mammal. It is now one of the country's premier destinations, blessed with amazing natural scenery, and considered as a sanctuary for various forms of wildlife.
LEISURE AND LIFESTYLE TOUR BOHOL/CEBU
Bohol is an island province of the Philippines located in the central Visayas Region, consisting of Bohol island and 75 minor surrounding islands. With a land area of 4,117.3 sq km (1,589.7 sq mi) and a coastline 261 km (162 mi) long, Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines.
The province is a popular tourist destination with its beaches and resorts as well as natural and heritage attractions. The Chocolate Hills, numerous mounds of limestone formation, is its most popular attraction. The island of Panglao, located just southwest of Tagbilaran City, Bohol's capital city, is famous for its diving locations and routinely listed as one of the top ten diving locations in the world. The Philippines Tarsier, considered one of the smallest promates in the world, is indigenous to the island.
To the west of Bohol is Cebu, a long narrow island stretching 225 km (140 mi) from north to south, surrounded by 167 neighboring smaller islands, that includes Mactan Island, Bantayan Island, Malapascua, Olango, and the Camotes Islands.
Cebu is known for its narrow coastlines, limestone plateaus, and a coastal plains, all characteristics of a tropical island. Its capital is Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines, which forms part of the Cebu Metropolitan Area together with four neighboring cities (Davao City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, and Talisay City) and eight other municipalities. Cebu is served by the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Mactan Island, thirty minutes' drive from Cebu City.
Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, with Cebu City as the main center of commerce, trade, education, and industry in the central, and southern parts of the Visayas. It has five-star hotels, casinos, white sand beaches, world-class golf courses, convention canters, and shopping malls.
Cebu is consistently cited as one of the top ten island destinations in Asia by the international magazine, Condé Nast Traveller Magazine.
Cabuanos are extremely proud of their cultural and historical heritage, a legacy which has endured through the centuries from the time the great Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan first planted the cross on Cebu's shores. Time has been kind to Cebu. From Zubu, the busy trading port in 1521. It has evolved into a highly urbanized metropolitant center which now serves as a focal point of growth and development in Southern Philippines.
BEACH HOLIDAY IN BORACAY
Boracay is a beautiful small island surrounded by coral reefs and located one kilometer northwest of Panay Island. Boracay Island, one hour flight time south of Manila, has more than 30 beaches and coves, among them the famous White Beach: four kilometers of pure white sand beach, and rated among the world's best beaches by international publications. Travel+Leisure Magazine just recently named Boracay World's Best Island of 2012 topping Bali in Indonesia and Maui in Hawaii.
During the day, beach volleyball and countless water sports are exciting ways to while away the time. Hundreds of resorts have transformed it into a party place with splendid nightlife and a smorgasbord of fun and adventure activities: from world-class golf to massages, spa treatments, and full-service sports.
Restaurants range from the native fast-food stalls to establishments that would satisfy even a gourmet. After a long, lazy day, the nightlife in Boracay pulsates with life and excitement. One may find simple bars as well as discos with amazing light and sound equipment.
Boracay is the go-to place for travelers who want to mix relaxation and adventure, party and rejuvenation, and tranquility and action.
BANAUE, IFUGAO UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE TOUR
Inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras is an outstanding example of an evolved, living cultural landscape that can be traced as far back as two thousand years ago in the pre-colonial Philippines. The terraces are located in the remote areas of the Philippine Cordillera mountain range in the province of Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province on the northern island of Luzon.
Reaching a higher altitude and being built on steeper slopes that many other terraces, the ifugao complex of stone or mud walls and the careful carving of the natural contours of hills and mountains to make terraced pond fields, coupled with the development of intricate irrigation systems, harvesting water from the forests of the mountain tops, and an elaborate farming system, reflect a mastery of engineering that is appreciated to the present.
The terraces illustrate a persistence of cultural traditions and remarkable continuity and endurance, since archaeological evidence reveals that this technique has been in use in the region for 2,000 years virtually unchanged. The history of the terraces is intertwined with that of its people, their culture, and their traditional practices.
Aside from the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, UNESCO likewise inscibed the Hudhud Chants of the Ifugao, a National Cultural Treasure, in their list of the Intanginable Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Hudhud consists of narrative chants performed mainly by elder Ifugao women usually during the rice sowing season, at harvest time and at funeral wakes and rituals.
PAGSANJAN RAPIDS ADVENTURE
Embark on an adventure when you visit Pagsanjan, a small town in Laguna Province, only 2 hours away from Manila.
Ride a banca (native canoe) upriver through a gorge hemmed in by rocky cliffs as high as 300 feet, lush with tropical vegetation to the majestic Pagsanjan Falls. The base of Pagsanjan Falls is a huge natural swimming pool with clear cool waters which one can swim in. A good swimmercan dive and swim to his heart's delight.
Experience the ride of a lifetimeas you travel downriver with expert Pagsanjano boatmen who will guide your banca through fourteen rapids, winding through boulders and roaring downstream.
VILLA ESCUDERO COUNTRYSIDE TOUR
Villa Escudero is a pleasant two hour and a half drive from Manila through scenic countryside that brings you to a vast coconut plantation and allows you to experience warm and cheerful hospitality in a rustic Philippipne setting. It showcases the Philippines' rich cultural heritage, offering an enticing glimpse of its natural beauty and brings back quiet life in the countryside.
A must in Villa Escudero is the tour of the Escudero Private Museum. It houses diverse collections such as religious art consisting of silver altars, gilded carrazas, ivory-headed santos, and other important pieces dating back to Spanish times. The collections demonstrate the artistry and piety of the Filipino. You will also view antique oriental ceramics, costumes, dioramas of Philippine wildlife, rare antique coins, religious artifacts, Chinese porcelain, antique furniture, ethnic clothing, relics from World War II, clothes of Philippine presidents and first ladies, and many items of interest from around the world.
Ride a carabao-drawn cart to the Labasin Waterfalls where lunch is served at dining tables uniquely set in a few inches of cool running water from falls. Get the rare experience of enjoying native cuisine, while dipping your feet in clear cool spring water, with the waterfalls and lush vegetation as background.
Your visit to the island of Corregidor will take you to the time when Filipino, American, and Japanese soldiers shed blood for honor and country.
The tad-pole shapes island of Corregidor is the largest of the five islands situated off the coast of Manila Bay in the south-western part of Luzon. Its strange location made the island an ideal natural harbor defence for the Philippines during World War II. It serves as the headquarters of theAllied Forces and was the scene of one of the fiercest battles in the Asia-Pacific. The Battle of Corregidor was the culmination of the Japanese campaign for the conquest of the Philippines. The battle for the recapture of Corregidor by American and Filipino forces liberated the island fortress from Japanese hands.
Today, Corregidor Island serves as a landmark of peace and freedom, reminding the present and future generations to defend liberty from oppression.
Most of the buildings heabily bombarded in the latter part of the war have been preserved as they were.
Capture the panoramic view of the Taal Volcano, while the cool breeze offers you a brief escape from the heat of Manila - all from the picturesque City of Tagaytay.
Taal Volcano is an active volcano inside a lake, formed through one major eruption at the center of a lake. Taal volcano is a complex volcanic lake system with more that 33 eruptions since it was first recorded in 1572. This picturesque volcano has been called the smallest volcano in the world. Taal volcano is about 70kms south of Manila, in the province of Batangas.
While en route to Tagaytay, visit the Geronimo Berenguer de los Reyes Jr. (G&R) Museum which exhibits the Philippines' rich history of culture and the arts through an extensive collection of vintage photographs, and the 15th-20th century rare books, maps, and prints. In Tagaytay, you will likewise get to stroll through the plant nurseries which Tagaytay is known for.
En route to your hotel, pass by the Las Pinas Church to see and hear the only "Bamboo Organ" in the world. Built in 1824, this Philippine National Cultural Treasure is composed of 1,031 pipes, out of which 902 are made of bamboo.
OLD CITY TOUR
A visit to Intramuros will provide a glipse of the Philippines' rich history, culture, tradition and is a fitting introduction to Old Manila's charm and sophistication.
Intramuros, a Latin word which means within the walls, is the historic center and oldest district of Manila. It is also known as the Ciudad Murada (Walled City) because of its storie walls and fortifications that almost completely surrounds the entire district.
Construction of Intramuros began in 1590, a plan approved by no less than King Philip II of Spain, and completed in 1872 under several Spanish governor-generals. Intramuros was one of the best-preserved and attractive Spanish city-fortress in the world, but the Second World War, which declared Manila an "Open City", destroyed many of its magnificent structures to the ground. Among the places of Spanish architecture that were preserved and to be visited in intramuros are Fort Santiago, a military defense structure, which now houses a museum with memorabilia of Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal; and San Agustin Church, the oldest stone church in the Philippines built in 1589 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
UNESCO HERITAGE IN ILOCOS
Located in the northwestern coast of Luzon Island, the Ilocos Region has one of the longest coastlines in the country, bounded on the east by the South China Sea and on the west by the Central Cordillera Mountain range.
The Region has four provinces: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan and La Union. The more popular provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur are best known as cultural and heritage destinations. They are the proud home of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Vigan Heritage Village in Vigan, Ilocos Sur; The Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion Church in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur; and The Church of San Agustin in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.
The Ilocano legacy and the life of the Ilocano are described as "the browbeaten, industrious, cheerful, simple soul who has shown a remarkable strain of bravery and a bit of wanderlust". The Ilocano history reveals his struggles and victories - in battles for colonial independence from Spain and America, to Philippine Leadership. The new Ilocano searched for greener pastures towards new lands local and foreign - Palawan, Mindanao, Hawaii, the United States and Greece. The Ilocano material culture and spirituality can be seen in the past - images of Spanish santo (saints), antique but intricate wooden furniture and quality local fiber. The native Ilocano is a weaver, wood carver and pottery expert. The Ilocano cuisine - ranges from the exotic "abu-as" (ant eggs) to vegetable broth "dinengdeng", the sticky "tinubong" (glutinous rice and coconut) to the "puki-puki" (eggplant salad). Ilocandia is filled with colonial churches, the legacy of Spanish Catholicism.
MUSEUM HOPPING TOUR
National Museum and Art Gallery holds the most extensive exhibit of galleon Trade relics in the Phlippines and masterpieces of legendary Filipino visual artists, and illustrates the origins of the the Filipino people. But even without stepping inside, the National Museum itself is a beauty of Non-Classical architecture.
The Ayala Museum in Greenbelt displays one of the best gold collections in the country. It displays sashes, earrings, and masks worn by early Filipinos. Try 700 years ago! Golden items that are similar to the drawings in the Boxer Codex are found here. The codex is a 16th century book with drawings of ancient Filipinos from all around the islands. In Yuchengco Museum you will find modern and traditional arts. Check out the Suspended Garded by Tony Gonzales and Tes Pasola. It's a floating zen garden!
Greenhills Shopping Center is a shopping mecca; a one-stop shop for goodies of all kinds. Shopping addicts won't want to leave. Famous for its tiangge (market stalls)Greenhills is the go-to place for bargains.
Clothes, native delicacies, antiques, cellphones, or exquisite jewelry - the tiannges have it all at rock-bottom prices. Items are 20-50% cheaper than what the saleslady tells you, so dont forget to bargain. You can even get luminescent South Sea Pearls at prices that are almost too good to be true. To keep shoppers excited, Greenhills management adds new stalls and new themes every month.
MODERN MANILA TOUR
Makati City may be NCR's central business district, but it's not all work here. The endless choices for shopping, drinking, clubbing, and other lifestyle spaces will get you thinking that work is really more fun in the Philippines. The city is undeniably urban - from the towering buildings that dot the skyline to the posh malls and upscale eateries. It's hard to believe that this business district used to be an airport runway surrounded by swampland. The city is also very walkable; you'll find underground passsages weaving through the central business district. You can also ride the e-jeepney, Makati's eco-friendly public transportation.
Bonifacio Global City, otherwise know as 'BGC', was a former military fort turned into a site of fresh urban development where industrial meets lifestyle. This new city seems to have grown overnigh. "The Fort", as locals would also call it, has become a world class dstination. The towering skycrapers, men and women in suits, foreign embassies and international schools are just the beginning. This heady mix of condominiums, stores, eateries and outdoor sculptural masterpieces make The Fort a breath of fresh air.