Banaue Rice Terraces

Often talked about as the Eight Wonder of the World by Filipinos, the Rice Terraces was carved into the mountains of Ifugao 2000 years ago by ancestors of the indigenous. They are about 1500 metres above sea level and cover more then 10.000 square kilometres. The terraces has an irrigation system that uses water from the above rain forrest. Today the terraces is still used for rice and plantations by locals. The rice grown there is declared free from genetically modified organisms. The Banaue Rice Terraces is a popular tourist attraction. And a lot of the local business evolve around sight seeing and hospitality.

Philippines Travel Guide


Boracay

Boracay is a Filipino island which have been awarded several awards for it's beautiful beaches. It was awarded the second best beach in the world by The Traveler's Choice 2011. Only decades ago it was a closely guarded secret. It is said to have been accidentally discovered by a movie crew during the seventies. Since then it has gradually turned into a world class tourist spot. White Beach is the main tourist beach, with the finest white sand in the world. It is stretching almost half of the western side of the island, with hotels, restaurants, lodging houses and other businesses to spark tourists' interests. On the other side of the island is the Bulabog Beach, which is directed more towards windsurfing and kiting.

BoracayIsland


Chocolate Hills

In the Bohol Province, inside an area of about 50 square kilometres, there are 1776 unusual, and almost identical, hills. They are cone shaped formations of limestone, covered only by grass. During the dry season, the grass turns brown, like chocolate. The tallest hill is 120 metres high, but most of them vary from 30 to 50 metres in height. There are several legends about how these hills were created, all involving giants. The scientiffic explanation is errosion. The hills can be viewed from two places. Either from the Chocolate Hills Complex, 55 kilometres from Tagbilaran City, or from Sagbayan Peak, about 75 kilometres from the same city.

Bohol Philippines, God's Little Paradise

Enchanted Kingdom

The Enchanted Kingdom is magical land for kids to explore. Just 29 kilometres from Manila, in Santa Rosa City, it is filled with fun and has been a perfect site for a family vacation since it first opened in 1995. The park has seven zones - Victoria Park, inspired by the era of Queen Vitoria and where the Enchanted Kingdom's mascot Eldar lives. Portabello, inspired by the city in Panama from  where the Spaniards shipped their stolen Inca treasures. Boulderville, with dinosaur characters. Midway Boardwalk, inspired by Coney Island. Brooklyn Place with theaters and shopping as main attractions. Spaceport, inspired by sci-fi and NASA space program. And Jungle Outpost filled with adventure from the Amazon Rainforest.



Magellan's Cross

Magellan's Cross was planted by the famous Portuguese explorer Ferdinan Magellan's orders, upon the discovery of the western water rout to Asia in 1521. It is a symbol of the baptism of the first christian Filipinos. The cross is stored inside a small chapel next to the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. It the center of the chapel the cross is protected inside a wooden farme. The protective frame was made becasue visitors thoutgh the cross had miracelous powers, and cut pieces off of it for souveniers. The paintings on the wall around the cross depicts scenes from Magellan's landing in Cebu.

Maria Christina Falls

The Maria Christina Falls, often callet the Twin Falls are located on the Filipino island of Mindanao, close to Iligan City. The city is also known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls, because of all the waterfalls nearby. The Maria Christina Falls, with it's 98 metres drop, is the icon of the city. Today, most of the waterflow is directed through a hydroelectric power plant. It is only possible to see the waterfall in all it's glory in Sunday mornings, when the plant closes for one hour and let the water flow free.

The Majestic Maria Christina Falls

Mount Pinatubo

On the Filipino island of Luzon lies Mount Pinatubo, an active volcano. It was greatly unknown until June 15, 1991 when it suddently produced the second largest terrestrial eruption in the 20th century. Luckily most people had time to evacuate, but thousands of houses were destroyed. After the eruption a lake has formed in the crater. In the beginning it was highly acidic and very hot. Rainfall, however, has contributed to normalisation, and the crater seem to have stabilized.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River

In the Saint Paul Mountain Range, just a short hike from the town of Sabang, Palawan, is the entrance to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. At 8,2 kilometres, it is one of the longest underground rivers in the world, and it can be navigated by boat. The underground river is floating through large chambers of limestone cave, which has major stalctite and stalagmite formations, straight into the South China Sea. The underground is giving life to a separate ecological system, with it's own fauna, making a brilliant sight. It is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List and is one of 28 finalists for becoming the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Puerto Princesa Underground River

Rizal Park

In the heart of Manila is this historical park. The park is a social spot in the city, but also a very popular tourist attraction, named after the famous hero José Rizal. He was a well educated, and well spoken political activist, fighting for freedom by peaceful means. He was credited the famous quote "... why independence, if the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow?". Rizal was executed by the Spanish in 1896. This lead to the Philippine Revolution, and José Rizal became a national hero. One of the most important sights in the park is the Rizal Monument. It does not only feature a statue of the hero, it also is a shrine containing his remains. In front of the monument is the Independence Flagpole. At 107 metres it's the highest flagpole in the Philippines. This is the spot where the U.S. president Harry S. Truman first proclaimed full independence of the Republic of the Philippines, July 4, 1946.

Taal Volcano

The Taal Volcano, or Volcano Island, is located in Lake Taal on Luzon island. Lake Taal itself lies in the crater of an earlier huge eruption. which happened between 100.000 and 500.000 years ago. The volcano is active, and the entire island is considered a high-risk zone. The last eruption of the volcano was in 1977. Since then it was silent until 1991, when activity started once again. Throughout history Taal Volcano is estimated to have taken between 5.000 and 6.000 lifes. Permanent settlement on the island is prohibited, but some poor families choose to live there anyways, earning a living from fishing. Because the volcano is so close to people, it has been subject to exstensive studies. One can get a fantastic view of the lake and the volcano from the Tagaytay Ridge, making it quite an attractive sight.

Crater Lake Resort

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