We live in a country of many great islands and destinations. Tourists from around the world visit the Philippines for a tropical holiday like no other, and as locals, we are lucky enough that paradise is right on our doorstep. Here are four places to go and things to do if you are planning for a quick weekend getaway.
Enjoy a meal at Waterfall Restaurant
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Many pay a visit to Villa Escudero Resort to dine at its uniquely themed restaurant. Right smack in the middle of a river and just metres from a small waterfall, diners can experience water gushing pass their feet as they enjoy a selection of traditional Filipino fare. While you’re there, don’t miss out the chance to visit the Escudero Private Museum, which houses displays such as the antique Ifugao tribal accessories, religious artwork, and Sung Dynasty artifacts.
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Take a stroll through Banaue Rice Terraces
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Anybody who has had the chance to visit the gorgeous rice terraces of Banaue would be surprised by the fact that these terraces were hand carved into the mountains by the Batad indigenous people more than 2,000 years ago. Which is why it’s worth spending a 10-hour bus ride from Manila to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Banaue Rice Terraces is a beautiful balance of nature and humankind, where you will behold the sight of winding rice fields alongside clusters of quaint villages. Go on a hiking expedition, dip into the cold waters of the Tappiya Falls, explore the town of Bananue, and most importantly, take in the magnificent view of this massive landscape.
Check out the tour packages here.
Visit the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino
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Even if you are not a Roman Catholic, the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino is worth visiting as a historical site. Built in 1565, it is the country’s oldest Roman Catholic church, and has been rebuilt several times as it was repeatedly destroyed by fires and an earthquake. One can catch a glimpse of Santo Nino, one of the most famous religious icons in the Philippines, or observe as thousands of pilgrims pay their respects to the Infant Jesus.
Find out more about Basilica Minore del Santo Nino here.
Chill Out at Malapascua Island
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Both a diving and beach destination, Malapascua Island is a paradise for those who enjoy waking up to the sound of waves crashing onto the pristine beaches, and getting constantly pampered by five-star hospitality. An island off the north coast of Cebu, Malapascua Island is also a great spot for diving with thresher sharks, as well as snorkeling and swimming.
Learn how to get to Malapascua Island with this easy guide.