It’s more fun in the Philippines when summer time comes. Think about these... sunsets by the beach, colorful town fiestas, exotic food dishes, sumptuous meals, nature haven everywhere you look and happy people. What more could you ask for?
Boracay, a small island located in Western Visayas, is famous for its pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters. You can find lots of water sport activities to get engaged with during your stay here. Scuba diving, kiteboarding and skim boarding are just a few of them. Hotels and resorts offer affordable prices on its accommodations depending on the amenities they offer.
Food is abundant in this island – whether fresh fruit and vegetables, local delicacies and even classic dishes from different countries. Different restaurants offer a plethora of food dishes and specialties, which would cater to the discriminating tastes of some travellers. But if you opt to be more adventurous and experience a less-frill dining, you can find different grilled foods on stalls along the sand shore – different variety of fish, squid and shrimp as well as mouth-watering marinated meat and veggies at an affordable price. Make sure to pair them up with fish sauce, calamansi and chilli – you won’t regret it!
Parties at night are often offered in most pubs and restaurants while others offer laidback music for those who want to relax. Another must-see is the fire dancers, usually offering performances at night. For those who want to try it, just ask the fire dancers to teach you the moves and they would willingly show you how.
You should also not miss the different Boracay sand castle creations by both local and foreign visitors. You can take pictures of these which can serve as your loving remembrance of the island. Souvenir shirts and other trinkets like bracelets, earrings and necklace made from shells are also offered by different souvenir shops near the shore. To find more interesting activities or something unique that you can buy and take home, just take a walk along the sand and enjoy the view of the beach.
Baguio City, located in the Benguet province in Northern Luzon, is known as the summer capital of the Philippines. It has a cool climate which makes it so endearing to both locals and tourists alike. It is no surprise that the City of Pines is jam-packed with visitors especially during summer time in the Philippines. It is famous for its flower festival, the Panagbenga, which is a parade of flower floats from different establishments and organization much like the rose parade in the United States. Baguio City is a place for relaxation and for unwinding from the hustle and bustle of your city. Its panoramic view is breath-taking and fog-covered terrain is soothing to the eyes.
Better start your day with a prayer at Pink Sisters Convent. Why pink? It is because nuns at the convent wear pink habits. If you had that artist in you, try going to BenCab museum for that artsy trip and loosen up a bit while appreciating his contemporary art and feasting your eyes on his collection of indigenous art from the place itself.
One of the best buys during your trip to Baguio is the vegetable, which are freshly picked every day. Head out to OMG (Oh My Gulay Artist Cafe) and have a taste of their delicious veggie meal. Don’t forget to order a cup of Benguet coffee for that holistic experience and just enjoy the artsy ambiance of the local Benguet art.
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto is also one of the most sought after places in Baguio. You have to take more than a hundred of steps if you want to see the Our Lady of Lourdes shrine. It has been said that if you reach the top, you can whisper your deepest wishes to her and she will make it come true. It is worth the climb to the top because the mere view is overwhelming indeed.
Palawan is an island province of the Philippines located in Region 4. It is not just your ordinary beach location because the unspoilt richness of its natural resources offers a multitude of exciting things to see, do, explore and experience that can rival some of the most famous beach destinations around the world.
If you’re up for the challenge, try eating tamilok – a naval shipworm but not a worm. It is actually a mollusc that lives inside a mangrove tree. It might be something you see on an episode of Fear Factor but it tastes like regular oyster. Customers in local restaurants are encouraged to dip this eccentric yet delectable delicacy in calamansi with suka (vinegar).
Be amazed while traversing the famous underground river in Puerto Princesa, which is a subterranean waterway with limestone formations. It is the longest underwater river in the world and was a contender for spot on the new Seven Wonders of the World. Expect some flying bats in the cave but never worry for they are harmless. You will surely be enthralled with every moment you spend in your Palawan trip.