Pinoy Power: Seeking Paradise in the Philippines
Comprising over 7000 tropical islands liberally scattered in the azure waters of the Pacific, the Philippines is one of Southeast Asia’s most individualistic and rewarding travel destinations.
A WEALTH OF PARADISE ATTRIBUTES MAKES THE PHILIPPINES A HEAVYWEIGHT IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
Comprising over 7000 tropical islands liberally scattered in the azure waters of the Pacific, the Philippines is one of Southeast Asia’s most individualistic and rewarding travel destinations. The country stands apart in the region: and not just because of its geography. It extends from near Taiwan in its far north to Borneo in the south, and is the region's only predominantly Catholic country, giving it a very distinct feel to other destinations in the area. Spanish and American influences abound, a legacy of the two western powers to have left their mark on the islands. And English is widely spoken, which makes it easy for travelers to communicate with the locals. The country is — naturally — a beach lover’s delight, but other highlights include culturally rich cities, dramatic landscapes, and a highly underrated culinary scene.LEARN MORE
PERFECTION IN PALAWANBarracuda Lake, Coron Island
A great place to get acquainted with The Philippines is the southern archipelago of Palawan. This long, slender slice of paradise was once one of the country's last frontiers. Its popularity, however, has grown exponentially—and it's not difficult to see why. Nature abounds within easy reach of the laid-back capital Puerto Princessa. A firefly-watching tour on the Iwahig River offers an unforgettable light show, while other highlights include the limestone scenery and hiking possibilities at Ugong Rock. Also close to the capital is picturesque Honda Bay, where white-sand beaches await on the islands around the bay. Things are equally spectacular at El Nido, the gateway to the fabulous Bacuit Archipelago, a karst-studded marine wonderland with epic potential for climbing, sailing, kayaking, and other water-bound pursuits. Adrift from Palawan, on its island in the Cuyo Archipelago, is Amanpulo, undoubtedly the most exclusive resort in The Philippines.
LUZON’S LAND OF PLENTYIfugao elders in traditional garb
Luzon, the biggest island in the Philippines, is packed with incredible experiences. All roads lead to Manila, the nation's chaotic capital. Pockets of levity exist amidst the city's urban sprawl. The most attractive part of the city is Intramuros, its historic core, which is surrounded by a nearly three-mile-long circuit of massive stone walls and fortifications built by the Spanish. Attractions include Fort Santiago, the former military headquarters of the Spanish colonial government, and the baroque San Agustin Church. Further north, Banaue (main image) is the jewel of the mountainous Cordillera region. The destination's rice terraces, constructed by the native Ifugao people over 2000 years ago, have rightly been labeled the "Eighth Wonder of the World". The terraces cover the sides of the valleys for kilometres. And the feat of engineering them was achieved by utilizing mountain streams and springs for irrigation. Another Luzon highlight, meanwhile, is Vigan — a charming town known for its historic Spanish architecture.
TROPICAL ISLAND MAGICBiking through thousands of coconut trees in Siargao
Boracay is back. Having undergone a major makeover to ensure the sustainable future of the island, closing the island to visitors for six months, the Philippines’ star beach attraction has been restored to its heyday glory. Daily limits on visitors hope to keep it that way, while its postcard-perfect beaches, show-stopping sunsets, and vibrant bar and restaurant scene remain as tempting as ever. Remote Land’s Preferred Hotel here is the Shangri-La, a private hillside enclave with its own beach on the northwest coast. While hopping between iconic stretches of white sand such as White Beach, Diniwid Beach and Yapak Beach is a must-do, there's more to Boracay than its sun-bathing opportunities. Diversions include white-knuckle ATV action at the island's Mount Luho, cliff jumping at Magic Island just offshore, and zip-lining through the verdant jungle that carpets the island.
Another treasured island is Siargao. Until recently, the island — just off the coast of Mindanao in the south of the country — was one of the best kept secrets in the Philippines. These days, it is much better known, but its castaway charm remains intact. It even has its requisite luxury components in the shape of resorts like Nay Palad Hideaway.
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