This idyllic place has it all for nature-lovers and adventurers to enjoy from caving to trekking into waterfalls and valleys. The warmth of people around as well as delectable food makes this place at the top of my list.
One of the best islands in the Philippines. Travelers go here for the beach and not surprisingly so because this island has beaches that can rival the most popular ones. Sugar Beach, Paradise Beach and Alice Beach are all worthy to visit but there are other attractions here as well such as the Peter and Paul Church and the Madrilejos Ruins.
Cagbalete Island is so unbelievably beautiful. It has the longest and the widest stretch of fine-white sand beach that I have ever seen. The sunrise there is also amazing. A bonus side-trip in this travel is the Pagbilao Beach. It is almost hidden and truly one of the best beach that I have enjoyed. In fact, I have taken only few shots of this place because I was busy swimming on its crystal-clear waters.
"Nature at its Best" is how I describe Imugan and Malico in Nueva Vizcaya. This is not a popular destination for travelers but you will definitely enjoy the simple life there. The Imugan Falls is one of the most scenic falls I have visited this year and the Malico Pine Forest literally feels like you are walking on clouds. I was with amazing company in a very friendly community.
Biliran prides itself with a reputation of having the purest and sweetest water, numerous waterfalls, rice terraces and several sandy, white beaches on offshore islands. Sadly, tourism has yet to take off in this quiet island province. In fact, there are no organized travel and tour agency in the province so the able officers and staff of the Provincial Tourism Office, aside from the information that will give you, can also be your tour guides. Of all the places I have seen, I consider this island as one with the best tourism potential so I encourage everyone to experience Biliran now before it becomes another tourist trap.
I was in Ilocos Norte last year and that trip landed as my third top travel of 2008. What's different this time around is that I have visited the awesome Kapurpurawan Rock Formations in Burgos. Kapurpurawan in Ilocano dialect means kaputian or white and the these reflect the whiteness of limestone rock. One could climb on these rocks and be amazed by its different textures from smooth surface to somewhat wavy formations -and being there is truly an out-of-this-world experience.
The sole out-of-the-country trip I had this year was in Hong Kong with a side-trip to Macau. I was amazed with the transport system of Hong Kong and how easy it was to navigate from place to place. I enjoyed walking on Lantau Trails and Hong Kong Trails and also experience how to be a kid again in Disneyland. In Macau, I marveled at the Venice-scene in Venetian Hotel and immensely enjoyed the experience wandering around the heritage sites of the Old Macau.
For most travelers, Puerto Galera is nothing but the White Beach. However, the island has so much to offer. On my second time to this island, I have gone to places considered as off-the-beaten paths like Tamaraw and Aninauan Falls. I have also visited not-so-popular but equally stunning beaches in the far end of the island.
Tacloban City is a premier city in Eastern Visayas and boasts of historical destinations that served as backdrops in the struggle to regain Philippine independence. It is famous for the Statue of Gen. Mac Arthur in Red Beach and the magnificent San Juanico Bridge. Of course, you should try the delectable Binagol and Moron while exploring the city.
This is one of the last places I have visited last year and the one that also left a lasting impression. The town of Taal in Batangas is a historic small town with a number of old Spanish colonial churches and buildings. It is home to the massive Basilica of Saint Martin de Tours and the surprisingly beautiful Caysasay Church. Its old Spanish houses will make you feel like you are walking in the past. Simply amazing.
2009 is all about new places and new friends. Hopefully for 2010, I could go to other places in my wish list, and more importantly, meet and travel with YOU guys who have spent some time reading and commenting in this humble blog. Cheers for 2010!!!
Photo credits to Ronnie on my shot inside Sagada Cave and Ferdz on the Group shot in front of Basilica St. Martin de Tours.