When someone from the metro hears of Capiz, most would think of the supernatural urban myths that have been connected to its name, myself included. But that was then, not until I’ve read other blogs and have been properly informed and made aware. Moreover, all those negative impressions have been replaced with nothing but wonder and high regard when I’ve set foot on it’s capital, Roxas City. Roxas City, is an emerging economic city, 460 kilometers southeast of Manila. Dubbed as the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines” supplying the nation with most of the freshest seafood.
Laguna is located just a few kilometres southeast of Metro Manila, a part of CALABARZON in the Southern Tagalog region. It was named by the Spaniards after Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the country surrounding the province’s northern boundary.
The province is known to many as the birthplace of our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal and where the majestic Pagsanjan Falls (Cavinti Falls) can be found. It is the land where hot spring resorts in Calamba and Los Baños are in abundance. But Laguna has much more to offer than those attractions that we’re so familiar with. In fact, missing out on a lot of it.
Laguna is a place of history, evidently seen in the old structures that were built since the Spanish era like the Underground Cemetery in Nagcarlan, red brick church of Liliw and the Ancestral Houses in Pila. Being at the foot of several mountains, it is home to a number of stunning bodies of waters tucked in the heart of the forest. There’s the Seven Lakes of San Pablo, Kilangin/Bukal Falls in Liliw/Majayjay, Bunga Twin Falls in Nagcarlan, Hulugan Falls of Luisiana and a whole lot more.
However, since most people are far more inclined toward beaches in farther destinations we tend to pay no heed to places that are closer but are packed with remarkably picturesque locations. So, what are you waiting for? Hop on those wheels and take a joyride to this scenic and historic place that is Laguna.
It is one of the oldest provinces in the Philippines, having the Heritage Town of Taal and numerous century-old churches as proof. Batangas has the second largest seaport in the country and it is the gateway to the other southernmost provinces in the Philippines.
The proximity of Batangas from Manila had made it as one of the best choices to quickly escape the hectic life in the city. Nasugbu, Calatagan, Laiya, San Juan, Anilao, Tingloy and Bauan top the list of places in Batangas that have nice beaches and astonishing underwater world. You may find its clear blue waters hard to resist.
Its terrain is also mountainous. It is where Taal Volcano, which is one of the world’s smallest volcano can be found. Also, some of the minor climbs that are best for newbie hikers are spread among the municipalities of Cuenca (Mt. Maculot), Nasugbu (Mt. Talamitam and Mt. Batulao), Sto. Tomas (Mt. Manabu), San Juan (Mt. Daguldul), Anilao (Mt. Gulugod Baboy a.k.a. Mt. Pinagbanderahan) and Tingloy (Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato) to name a few.
An island in the southern part of the Philippines that is rich in history and culture. With the arrival of Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, it became the birthplace of Christianity in the Philippines. The capital Cebu City was the oldest city and first capital of the Philippines. Cebu celebrates one of the biggest and brightest festival’s in the country, the Sinulog Festival every 3rd week of January.
Hailed as the “Queen City of the South”. Over the years, it has been a major focal point in the region’s trade and industry. Cebu has been much-admired due to its fast-growing economy and premier educational system. It is also home to the famous Cebu Lechon, which was once dubbed by Anthony Bourdain as “The Best Pig Ever”.
The island stretches 196 kms long and is divided in 2 regions, North and South. The northern part is for the laid-back wanderer where you can find most of the pristine white sand beaches. While the southern part is for the adventurous traveler, go climb a mountain, chase waterfalls, get exhausted and have fun at the same time while doing canyoneering.
Tulum Ruins is known to be as one of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites. It was formerly known as Zama which means “City of Dawn” as it faces the rising sun. Apart from Chichen Itza and Teotihuacan, it is third of the archeological attractions in Mexico that is most-visited by tourists. The ruins is located approximately 40-45 minutes away of Playa del Carmen in the Mexican State of Quintana Roo. An average of 3200 visitors travel to this place which is a part of the Maya Riviera in the Yucatan Peninsula.