10 Places to go to this summer in the Philippines.

10 Places to go to this summer in the Philippines.

Summer in the Philippines is from March to May.
Here are some places you ought to visit here in the Philippines this summer. 
Boracay is too common, so I didn't include it.  =)

10.Basco Batanes

The place is beautiful, as far as the eye can see: green and growing. A mix of green grass, seaside and mountain beauty, a place to forget about the world. That's Basco Batanes,

Batanes is beautiful beyond words, the Ivatans(local people of Batanes) dwell on stone houses and live a simple life, the Ivatans have an sense of sustainable stewardship over the land. By tradition, for example, catches from the sea are limited to what one can carry over the shoulder. The place can easily be romanticize as if that place is eternal, and you are part of eternity.


9.El Nido

Getting to El Nido, is challenge you first have to  Fly to Palawan, then ride a bus, that would take 7 hours to get there. Think of  El Nido as a reward of all your hard-work, and that 7 hour bus ride is the final penalty before getting to paradise.
A place for people who love beaches, underwater scuba diving, snorkeling etc...
This place is like no other, one could argue that place is the most beautiful place in the world. The place is magic,


8.Sorigao, Sagisi Island

Never heard of this place before?  It's because the place is not commercialized, It's like El Nido but has a different type of appeal to it.
With white sand beach and deep blue, and marine life teeming. It's excelent for diving, and is one the best in the Philippines.... the place is accessible it's 45minuets away from the Sarigao City, no close hotels though.


7.Lucban Quezon- Pahiyas Festival
The Festival is every May 15

Pahiyas Festival is Feast of San Isidro the patron saint of farmers and the festival is a way of thanking him for another bountiful year of harvest.
There are other attractions like parade of the water buffaloes
See the Kiping!!! Kipings are the colorful things you see in the picture, there made out of rice and can be eaten.
Don't miss the longanisan lucban, it's a Filipino sausage with a lot of garlic and tastes really good.

6.Dagupan City- Bangus Festival,

Exploring everything they can do with  bangus.  Like bangus eating competition, longest bangus grill, bangus parade etc.. What is bangus anyway? It's a fish, and it's their main export. 
They add new attraction every year. To attract tourist,. =)
Don't worry about accommodation because there are a lot of hotels available. 

5.Panagbenga Festival Baguio

Panagbenga is an annual flower festival celebrated every February which takes place in Baguio City, Philippines. The term “Panagbenga” comes from a Kankanaey term meaning “season of blooming”. This festival reflects the history, traditions and values of Baguio and the Cordilleras. It lasts over a month long and flourishes through community spirit involvement. It's like the Pasadena flower parade in the Philippines.

It's worth the watch. =)

4.Marinduque- Moriones Festival

One of the most colorful festivals celebrated in the island of Marinduque is the Moriones Festival. Morion means "mask"or "visor," a part of the medieval Roman armor which covers the face. Moriones, on the other hand, refers to the masked and costumed penitents who march around the town for seven days searching for Longinus. This week-long celebration starts on Holy Monday and culminates on Easter Sunday when the story of Longinus is reenacted in pantomime. This is a folk-religious festival that re-enacts the story of Longinus, a Roman centurion who was blind in one eye.
It's an interesting procession, they have a parade where they cover themselves with leaves. Don't know why.


3.Aliwan Fiesta- 

All the festivals are gathering in Manila to  compete. The best of the best.

Aliwan Fiesta harnesses the power of Philippine festivals to showcase how religion, culture, and tradition are woven into the fiber of our existence. 

Aliwan Fiesta is both celebratory and commemorative.  It is grassroots theatre at its best.  But in the myriad faces of its participants, we see our very selves. Regale in these festivals. . .join in the merriment. . .and be prepared to be awed. ...Makiisa, makisaya, pista'y narito na!


2.Bulacan- Abando dance

The Obando fiesta is celebrated from May 17-19. Couples who are childless can take this occasion to appeal for heavenly intercession and dance to please the Virgin of Salambao. San Pascual de Bailon and Sta. Clara. Maidens and bachelors who want husbands and wives can dance for their mates. Farmers also thank the Virgin for bountiful harvests.


1.Turumba festival- Pakil Laguna

They parade all sorts of saints the highlight is the virgin Marry, it's a two hour drive from Manila.
The painting was enshrined in the church of San Pedro de Alcantara on September 15, 1788

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