Bursting with historical districts such as Intramuros and Rizal Park, coupled with sprawling urban developments and malls aplenty, Manila is the nerve centre of the Philippines, the seat of government, the centre of trade and economic activities and the core of education, culture and the arts.
For hundreds of years, the walled city of Intramuros was the centre of Spanish rule in the Philippines. It was home to the Spanish colonists, their families, and their Filipino servants. Today, this 64-hectare stone fort which has withstood wars, natural disasters and successive waves of colonial invaders is a metaphor for Manila itself.
Magdapio Falls, Pagsanjan
Thrill seekers will appreciate these roaring rapids. In fact, some of the final scenes for Francis Ford Cappola’s Apocalypse Now were shot here. It’s a good idea to bring a long a plastic bag for your camera as you’ll probably get wet.
Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort, Tiaong, Quezon
Have a taste of Filipino hospitality at this unique provincial resort where you can whet your appetite while wetting your feet beside a waterfall.
Mabini, Anilao, Batangas
The marine sanctuary of Anilao in Mabini and Matabungkay in Lian are popular with divers and snorkelers.
Tagaytay City, Tagaytay
Tagaytay and the surrounding areas are perfect for a round of weekend golf. The cool climate, garden hills, and food stops make this area popular for a quick out-of-town getaway.
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