Albay

Albay the province that is bounded by the province of Camarines Sur on the north and by the Province of Sorsogon on the south is known worldwide as the land of the world’s most perfect cone – the Mayon Volcano. A visitor’s stay in Albay would not be complete if the majestic beauty of Mayon Volcano is not seen. But as in most cases, the peak would be covered with clouds, very much in character with the coyness of the “daragang magayon” (beautiful maiden) it is likened to. The mystery and tantrums of this volcano however, has left a trail of countless deaths and destructions to property.
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Pasig – The Green City

The City of Pasig was founded on July 1573. The original Pasig was a vast territory of mountainous and grass field trek extending as it did from Montalban 20 kilometers to the North (being in olden times a barrio of San Mateo) and as far south as Bai more than 50 kms. as the crow flies. The early known settlers when the Spaniards came to Pasig were called – Remontados. The name was derived from the Spanish verb “remontar,” meaning, “to flee from the hills,” ”to frighten away,” or “go back to the mountains.” This indigenous peoples are said to be the descendants of lowlanders who opted to live in the mountains to avoid subjugation and persecution by the occupying Spaniards.
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Cagayan

A province in the northeastern corner part of Luzon facing the Pacific Ocean, Cagayan Province is home and the regional center of the Cagayan Valley Region. Derived from the word “tagay” a kind of plant that abundantly grows in the province it was subsequently named “Catagayan” which means where the plant comes from. ( Don’t mistake the word for its street traditional term “Tagay” which means “Your turn for the shot of drink” in a drinking session.) Cagayan Province is bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the east, on the southside Which is Isabela Province, on the west is the Cordillera Mountains, and on the north by the Balintang Channel and the Babuyan Group of Islands. About a few kilometers from the northeastern tip of the province is the Palaui Island, and to the west is Fuga Island. The Babuyan Group of Islands, which includes Calayan, Dalupiri, Camiguin, and Babuyan Claro, is about 60 nautical miles north of Luzon mainland.

Cagayan Provincial Capitol

Cagayan Provincial Capitol

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Pagudpud

Indulging into one of the many paradise beaches in the Philippines provides a well deserve break from all the haggles in life. May it be for scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, fishing, a walk in the beach or just even as simple as family outing would bring the greatest pleasures in life. Should you be looking for a great escape into a well deserve vacation the mystical world of Pagudpud is one of the many paradise destination one can savor.

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Welcome to Pagudpud – Ilocos Norte

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The City of Waterfalls – Iligan City

A highly urbanized community in the province of Lanao del Norte in the Southern part of the Philippines. It is about 795 kilometers southeast of Manila and has a population count of 308,046 according to the National Statistics count of 2007.

This city got its nickname as The City of Waterfalls because of the presence of more or less 20 waterfalls that includes the majestic Maria Chritina Falls (Life of the City). Visitors can also enjoy the elegant beauty of Tinago Falls (translated as Hidden Falls ) because it is literally hidden in a deep ravine.The way that leads in going to and coming from the falls adds up to the thrill of being there as mountain trekking could be added as an additional destination experience . Some other accessible falls to visit are Mimbalut Falls, Limunsudan Falls and Hindang Falls.
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Aklan – The Beauty Within

Situated in the Island of Panay and joins such wonderful places like Iloilo, Capiz and Antique, and though not as popular as the attractions within, it is recognized as the most recommended and top destination for travel and leisure activities by all travel agents locally and internationally. The province boasts of 2 major attractions such as the world famous Boracay Island and the famed Ati-atihan that are both considered as one of the eight wonders of tourism. The Province of Aklan is also considered as one or at least the oldest province of the Philippines giving it a rich history and culture, since the arrival of the datus to Panay but only acquired its status as a province on April 25, 1956 signed by President Ramon Magsaysay separating it from the Province of Capiz. At present it is designated as a second class province with 17 Municipalities that comprises it namely, Altavas, Balete, Banga, Batan, Buruanga, Ibajay, Kalibo, Lezo, Libacao, Madalag, Makato, Malay, Malinao, Nabas, New Washington, Numancia, and Tangalan with Kalibo as its capital

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Rediscover Capiz

Capiz is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Capiz, which is famous for stories about aswangs and other creatures of Philippine mythology, is also the home of capiz shells that are used to make home décor—one of the biggest exports of the Philippines.

There are a lot of places in Capiz that haven’t been discovered by tourists and fellow Filipinos. For one, there’s the Baybay beach which is 16 miles long, one mile wide and is the 15th natural bay in the world. It is located in Roxas City, the capital of Capiz province. They say that the beach’s warm sand is therapeutic and very soothing. This makes the water ideal for swimming at any time of the day which is good since most of us think that the water’s cold at daytime. Some beachgoers bury their body in the sand which can actually be an alternative to high-end spa’s saunas and jacuzzis.

A kilometre away from Baybay beach is Mantalinga Island, which is an ideal diving spot for scuba divers and can also serve as a place to hold sailboat and kayaking contests. Some people have also given it the nickname of “Good Luck Island,” especially tourism consultants, because it is believed that the place is a source of luck for local fishermen. They write the names of their fishing boats on the side of the island before they set out to sea for the first time.

Roxas City, Capiz, was named after Manuel A. Roxas, the 1st president of the 3rd Philippine republic. He was born on January 1, 1892, and his birthplace still stands at Rizal Street (corner Zamora Street), just a few minutes away from the city hall and city plaza.

Another tourist attraction is the iconic 12-foot landmark of the Virgin Mary visible at a mountaintop in Brgy. Dulangan, Pilar, Capiz. It was built by a wealthy Chinese-Filipino trader in honor of Pilar, Capiz’s patron saint, also said to have made miraculous powers to its devotees several times.

Still in Pilar, Capiz, is the sacred Santisima Trinidad or the Holy Trinity. It is an early 18th-century wooden figurine from Mexico found by local fishermen in the shores of the town during the British invasion of the Philippines in 1762. The figurine was on board a galleon trading ship from the port of Acapulco, Mexico, which was destroyed by British warships during its route in Luzon and was washed off to the coast of Pilar. It is now still displayed at the altar of the town’s church, the Parish of the Most Holy Trinity.

The Sta. Monica Church in Pa-nay, Capiz, houses the biggest Catholic church bell in Asia. The church’s five-storey belfry contains a huge antique bell surrounded by 8 smaller bells. It is said that the bell was cast from 76 sacks of coins that have been contributed by the citizens of the town. The church is of baroque architecture, which reflects the town’s Spanish heritage and influences.

Captivating Capiz

Capiz has long been believed to be a place where Manananggals and other scary creatures frolic but in reality, when you get to visit Capiz you won’t really find any of these scary creatures but what you’ll discover is a place with bountiful natural resources and sceneries that are very captivating. Capiz is now known to be the seafood capital of the Philippines and slowly, the scary folklore about Capiz is turning to dust.

The seafood here is a reason enough for you to come and visit. They are really tasty and surely you just can’t get enough. Restaurants all over Capiz are offering their customers with delicious seafoods that their precious little can offer.

Have you heard of Capiz shells? It’s used as a raw material for making ornaments. It is popular because even at a low cost, the use of Capiz shells in an ornament makes it look expensive and elegant. For Filipinos, Capiz shells may seem a bit ordinary but in the worldwide market these Capiz shells are to die for. Capiz shells are just one of the many products from the captivating Capiz. Also, the sweetest mango in the world can be found here as well. Guimaras mangoes are from the neighboring island, Guimaras, where you could also find their deliciously sweet mangoes being sold in Capiz and other nearby islands and cities.

The Biggest Asian Church bell is found in Capiz. When you’re in Capiz, you must visit the Panay Church and be captivated by their gigantic church bell. The Flatrock beach resort is a great place for people who want to relax and be in tune with nature. If you are ready to try a new sport, you may want to test your skills as a skim boarder. There are many different places in Capiz that you should visit whenever you plan to have a vacation in the province known as the captivating Capiz.

With the Philippine tourism’s effort to advertise this great little province, surely many foreigners and local tourists would flock the beautiful and captivating Capiz province. The place has so much to offer that it should not be hidden under the shadows of the scary image that it once was stigmatized with.

Camarines Sur – A Place To Go Wakeboarding And Enjoy The Beautiful Beaches

There are not that many places in Luzon where you could enjoy beautiful beaches with clean and clear water. In Camarines Sur, you won’t only get to enjoy basking in the sun and swimming on their crystal clear water, you could also try out a new and exciting sport, wakeboarding. You can try cable wakeboarding, waterskiing and wakeskating and let out that adventurous side of you.

The Camsur Watersports Complex opened last May of 2006. It has different accommodations that fit your budget such as the very economical ecovillage and Villa del Ray Containers as well as the classy mansion suites, Villa del Ray cabanas, and Villa del Ray Villas. Whether you’re on a tight budget or you want to have the vacation of your life, this is the best place to go especially if you love wakeboarding.

A 6 point cable ski system is being offered that can fit the needs both of the beginners and the professional wakeboarders. If you’re afraid of the sun, you can still enjoy wakeboarding because the park is equipped with spotlights so you could enjoy wakeboarding even at night.

Camarines Sur has become famous because of the high waves that are perfect for this extreme sport. International wakeboarding competitions had been held here several times and the 2008 World Wakeboard championship was held here among many other competitions both international and local.

Aside from wakeboarding, there are many tourist spots in Camarines Sur that you just got to see. Tourist attractions such as the Itbog Falls, La Roca Encantada, Mt. Iriga, Sabang Beach, Atulayan Island, Nato Beach, Caramoan Beach, Lake Bato, Lake Buhi and many other beaches, lakes, springs, falls and other tourist attractions are found in Camarines Sur.

Historical and Religious tourist spots are abundant in Camarines Sur as well so you will surely get a full itinerary if you decide to go on a vacation in Camarines Sur.

The Philippines want to attract more tourists to explore their many beautiful islands. Invite your friends to experience the true beauty of nature and enjoy extreme sports the Filipino way. Bring them to Camarines Sur and for sure they’ll have a great time enjoying the world class amenities and destinations.

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