A Visit to the Spanish Remnants in the Philippines

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ILOCOS

Welcome to the historical Ilocos! A region in the northwestern coast of Luzon island known for its historic sites, beaches and the well-preserved Spanish colonial city of Vigan– a place of cobblestone streets and mansions with iron balconies, a truly captivating design representing the meztizo district in the 16th century.

On to the next destination is Pagudpud – a town located in the north coast of Luzon Isla Espanand, in the Philippines. Others may  call it “BORACAY of the North” because of the white sand of the beaches. Travelers can take the longer route to Pagudpud by driving there or taking a bus. The travel time from Manila to Pagudpud is around 10 to 12 hours depending on stopovers and on traffic. By bus, travelers can take Victory Liner, Florida, or Partas lines which all serve the Manila-Pagudpud route. Ilocano is the primary language in ILOCOS. You can visit Bangui Wind Farm and experience the SAUD BEACH white sand.

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Where to go in Manila, Philippines

Many of us are eagerly waiting for two things after the lockdown:

  1. To go back to work and make money and live a normal life again.
  2. To go on travel or spend quality time with friends and families whom we haven’t met during the lockdown period.

If you are in no. 2, there are quite a few places in the world where you can spend some quality time alone or with others on a budget. Here are some tips on travel destinations in the Philippines.

METRO MANILA

Manila Ocean Park is the first world class oceanarium in the Philippines, with thousands of marine life attractions located behind the Quirino Grandstand Luneta, Manila, Philippines. Admission Rates to the Oceanarium costs 400 pesos for an adult, 350 pesos for a child, and 250 pesos for students. You can get to this oceanarium through the Nearest Train Station: LRT1-United Nations (UN) or Any bus that passes through Taft Avenue/Mabini/M.H. del Pilar/Luneta.

The language spoken by the people here is either Tagalog or English. You will surely enjoy unique attraction that offer access to selected best-selling sights of the Park and enjoy interactive animals shows!

BATANGAS

Quite a few hours away from Manila is the province of Batangas where you can find lots of white sand beaches and experience variety of water sports.

Fortune Island is a resort island of Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines. The island lies off the coast of Nasugbu in Batangas. It is named FORTUNE ISLAND, due to it’s impressive location that brings out the remnants of the past with its pre-historic view.

You can get to this island by Bus which is about 4 hours depending on the traffic. There are many bus companies with direct route to this Island such as : DLTB (Buendia Taft Ave corner Sen. Gil Puyat) or San Agustin Bus Line (Cubao) . Batangueño or Batangenyo is the primary dialect of the people of Batangas. They also speak TAGALOG.  If you plan to stay on the island for a long time, you can do camping with friends if a day trip seems not enough. Don’t miss cliff diving from the island’s limestone cliff. If you want tailored travel package, you may contact SAC HAPPY TRAVEL .

RIZAL

Just another province not far from Manila is Rizal about2-4 hour drive. Rizal province houses some of the exciting, refreshing and mind relaxing activities. A few things to do on a particular day would be a visit to any of these.

  1. Pinto Art Museum located in 1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights Rd, Antipolo, Rizal, exhibiting a combination of contemporary Filipino Paintings, native arts, and sculptures. .Regular rate is PHP 200.00 per person for a whole day tour around Pinto Art Museum. You can get here through the most convenient transport of your choice depending on your location, once you get to Antipolo Church you can ride a trycycle to the Pinto Art Museum. Tagalog is the language spoken by the people here.Their art collection is superbly made by different brilliant Filipino artist. It is really a must-visit place in Antipolo if you are looking for a quick weekend getaway.

2. Masungi Geo Reserve is a perfect day tour if you are looking for a refreshing getaway up in the mountain. For travelers who wish to experience the thrill of heights, refreshing and natural sights away from the bustling city, this getaway is for you.

There is an easy way to arrange a travel tour to this place, you can plan on your own and pay about P3,000 and other fees like transport, guide or entrance fees if applicable. You may also choose to hire the service of a licensed travel agency to get your trip customized for you without the hassle of arranging transport, fee or any related expenses. I would suggest getting a customized trip if you dont want to waste some time making plans so you can maximize your holiday.

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