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Philippines Sights & Attractions

  
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Beaches

Swim through the blue waters of Boracay and El Nido, sunbathe at the beaches of Puerto Galera and Malapascua.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

See the spectacular Banaue Rice terraces in Batad and be fascinated at how it was built, see the only successful laid out plan of a European colonial town in Asia; Vigan. The Baroque churches (the Immaculate Conception in ManilaNuestra Senora in Ilocos Sur, San Agustin in Ilocos Norte and Santo Tomas in Iloilo) of the Philippines will amaze you about the European Baroque architecture.

Coral reefs

Dive the Tubbatahaa Reefs National Park and see the spectacular collections of marine life and corals. Anilao also offers good options.

Churches and religious sites

Manila Cathedral  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

See the Basilica of San Sebastian in Quiapo, Manila; the only all steel church or basilica in Asia. A visit to a city's cathedral is worth it.

Historical Sites

Intramuros, Rizal Park and Blood Compact site in Bohol are worth seeing and will give you a glimpse of the history of the country.

Wildlife and Plants

Rare animals that can only be found in the Philippines and most of them are endangered and threatened. Philippine Monkey Eating Eagle; The largest eagle, Tarsier; a small animal that looks like an alien and can be found in Bohol, Carabaos and Tamaraws; water buffaloes only endemic in the Philippines, aside from these animals, some species of rats, bats and water pigs are also endemic in the Philippines. Endemic plants like orchids like the Waling-Waling one of the rarest flowers in the world as well as one of the most expensive in the world. Visit the website of PESCCP (Philippine Endemic Species Conservation Project) for more information.

Karst limestone formations in the Bacuit Bay near El Nido, Palawan.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

Malls and Shopping

The bustling urban streets of Metro Manila, have fair options of bargain centers and malls, shop in the second and fourth largest malls of the world; SM City North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia.

The Chocolate Hills on Bohol.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

Others

  • Banaue, home to the 2000 year old Rice terraces. People are fascinated at how the Igorots have made this, hence the Filipinos calling it as the 8th wonder of the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Boracay is 10km island featuring white sands.
  • Camarines Sur has beautiful coral reefs, and shorelines of Black and white sands. Visit the Camarines Sur Watersport complex and go water skiing.
  • Donsol is the Whale Shark Capital of the world, dive and see whale sharks.
  • Malapascua Island features a beautiful white sand shoreline and coral gardens.
  • Palawan offers beautiful beaches that are often inhabited and waters which have coral reefs that are home to a large variety of fishes, not only coral reefs but also animals such as dugongs and manta rays. Not only white beaches and tranquil water but see the Puerto Princesa Subterranean Park, a cave with beautiful rock formations as well as an underground river.
  • Puerto Galera, a favourite getaway for people during Holy Week because of its white sand shorelines and it's amazing flora.
  • Sabang is a municipality in Puerto Galera, dive its beautiful waters and be amazed at the fauna that you will see.
  • Tagaytay, tired of the old scene of the noisy metropolis of Manila? or missing the cool weather? Head to Tagaytay, a home to many historical sites as well as home to Mt. Taal, the weather is cool and often a getaway for Filipinos tired of warm tropical weather during the Holy Week.

Things to See in Philippines

Monument/Building Intramuros
At the northern end of the Bay lies the remnants of the old walled Spanish settlement of Manila, Intramuros (Spanish for 'within the walls'). Intramuros contains some of the city's most interesting museums, ruins, and chur... more
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Walk Baywalk
South of the Luneta is the renovated Baywalk a linear park adjacent to Manila Bay. Restaurants formerly on the actual baywalk have been moved inwards to allow a clear view of Manila's legendary sunsets.
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Monument/Building Bonifacio Shrine
A shrine in honour of Andres Bonifacio who was one of the Filipinos who struggled and fought for freedom for the country against the Spanish forces.
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Square Chinatown
Manila has one of the largest Chinatowns in the world, where one can find exotic Chinese goods and delicious cuisine.
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Monument/Building San Agust&#xED;n Church
in National Capital Region
Monument/Building Redemptorist Church
in National Capital Region
 
Monument/Building Remedios Church
in National Capital Region
Monument/Building University of Santo Tomas
This University is oldest and first University in the whole of Asia and the Philippines. It was used as a camp by the Japanese during their occupation where the imprisoned about 10,000 people even though it only can hold 4,000.
in Manila
 
Monument/Building Mabini Shrine
Apolinario Mabini's former home. Mabini was a Lawyer and fought for Philippine Independence. During the American Occupation, this home became the first intellectual headquarters of the First Philippine Republic.
in Manila
Monument/Building Malacanang Palace
Manila is the host of the official residence of the president of the Philippines. While heading your way here, you will see wonderful places. People can roam the garden afterward.
in Manila
 
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