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Wonderful Tourist Attractions to See in the Philippines

March 1, 2014 |

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Banaue Rice Terraces. Feature image by Arnis Dzedins.

The Philippines is one of the most unique countries this world has to offer. The country is never scarce when it comes to tourist attractions and there is a lot more to see beyond the natural landmarks and beautiful sandy beaches. You get to also meet the Filipinos who are one of the happiest people in the world. Their positive dispositions in life are infectious, which, for some people, make their stay in the Philippines a lot more enjoyable.

The country has tons of hidden gems and this article highlights five tourists attractions that are worth visiting and discovering for.

Intramuros

One of the most notable and important attractions in the Philippines, the Intramuros is the oldest district and a significant staple of the city of Manila. Known as the “Walled City”, it includes a number of historic architectures that were built way back in the 16th century, which includes several museums and art galleries. Tourists who flock the Intramuros can take part in a presentation show called the “Walk This Way” tour that is hosted by Carlos Celdran, where he will guide them around the area while conveying a discussion on the history of the site (image by Johanna Pilar).

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Baguio City

The city of Baguio is known as the “Summer Capital” of the Philippines, but not for reasons that you would expect – instead for breezy white sand beaches, visitors get a taste of the cool, provincial climate. Because of this, most of the tourists both local and international often flock in the “Summer Capital”. Some of them do it as a means of having their vacation there while others want to experience the cold temperatures the city offers, which they rarely experience in their own respective places.

Chocolate Hills

Another famous tourist attraction the Philippines has to offer is the Chocolate Hills found in the province of Bohol situated in between the Luzon and Mindanao islands. It is Bohol’s most notable tourist attraction, included in the province’s official flag and seal, which represents the province’s wealth of natural and manmade attractions. The hills have been acknowledged as the Philippines’ third National Geological Monument and have been suggested to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Tourists can get a view of the 1247 hills through the “Chocolate Hills Complex”, a resort located in the town of Carmen that is owned and operated by the government (image by *The Man*).

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Banaue Rice Terraces

The Banaue Rice Terraces is one of the Philippines’ signature landmarks. These terraces that are over 2000-years-old were engraved by ancestors of the indigenous people who live into the Ifugao Mountains in the country. Believed to be made by hand and will less equipment used and needed, it is often referred to by Filipinos as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Tourists can enjoy the scenic view of the terraces and marvel at its magnificence.

Siargao Island

This tiny little island, located in the province of Surigao del Norte at about 800 kilometers southeast of Manila, is one of the most popular destinations to go to in the country not only amongst locals but international tourists as well. It is widely regarded as the best beaches for surfing, so surfer fanatics will most certainly revel in the big waves the island has to offer. Those who prefer to chill and unwind can simply enjoy the white sandy beaches and picturesque views you can see around the island.

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