LA UNION: Surfing and the stunning sunset in Aringay

la union tourist spots
Basilica of Our Lady of Charity - Agoo, La Union
While in the car, an old bell tower captured my heart and soul. According to wikipedia.org, this church as founded and completed 1578, by Franciscan friars Fray John Baptist Lucarelli and Fray Sebastian de San Francisco. The original church was destroyed by the 1892 earthquake and repaired in 1893. The present church was designed by Architect Ignacio Palma Bautista.

KAPURPURAWAN ROCK FORMATION, ILOCOS NORTE

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is a limestone formation located along Bangui Bay. Because of the pressure of the waves and acidity of the water, the limestone by the hill was shaped into something artistic. Today, is known as the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation - one of the famous landmark and attractions in in Ilocos Norte.

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BILIRAN PROVINCE: TOURIST SPOTS AND TRAVEL ITINERARY

Biliran tourist spots
Ulan-Ulan Falls and Tinago Falls are just two of the famous and majestic waterfalls in the Province of Biliran, which is an island province in Eastern Visayas region. Naval, its capital, is now highly urbanized making it easy for us, travelers, to discover and experience what they can offer. Biliran has a lot of mountainous areas where the magnificence of nature are still hidden. Not only that, they also have stunning beaches, great products and friendly people.

BASILAN PROVINCE: TOURIST SPOTS AND TRAVEL ITINERARY

Isabela City Basilan
Traveling to Isabela City, Basilan is less than two hours from the port of Zamboanga City. Is it safe in Basilan? It's a YES! There are news about ASG and terrorist acts happened in the province, but it doesn't mean that it's not safe. There are two cities in Basilan, Lamitan (the capital) and Isabela (part of Region 9), that serve as the center. Like the other cities, huge business establishments, transportation and people are present in every corner. From the port of Isabela City, while holding my mobile phone and using Google Map, I walked on the streets to the different tourist spots, attractions and destinations in the city. Did this alone and it's safe.

TAWI-TAWI: TOURIST SPOTS AND TRAVEL ITINERARY

Bongao Tawi-Tawi tourist spots
For me, Tawi-Tawi is the hardest province to penetrate because of its geographical location. Not only that, Tawi-Tawi is always associated with "war" and most of the time, being judged and considered as "unsafe" for travelers, WHICH I DISAGREE! Bongao is the busiest municipality in Tawi-Tawi but has a lot of stunning tourist spots and destinations that are just waiting to be recognized.

Mt. Hamiguitan, the beauty of a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Mt. Hamiguitan
Mt. Hamiguitan, in Davao Oriental, is the home of the thousand flora and faunas; some are endemic to the Philippines and some can only be found on the terrains of this mountain. Not just the richness of its bio-diversity, the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (MHRWS) showcases the spectacular and breathtaking natural beauty at its finest. Because of that, it was declared as a sanctuary by the virtue of R.A. 9303. With its natural wonders, it was also included as one of the ASEAN Heritage Parks. In 2014, Mt. Hamiguitan was added to UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites.

MALAMAWI ISLAND, BASILAN: 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HOW TO GET HERE AND WHERE TO STAY

Malamawi Island
Malamawi Island is one of the hidden paradise and the top tourist attractions and destinations in Isabela, Basilan. Malamawi White Beach is a privately owned resort in the island with a long stretch of fine white sand shoreline. To see its beauty, from Zamboanga City port, I rode on a ferry to Isabela City. Then, a motorised banca ride to the port of Malamawi and a 20 to 30 minutes motorcycle ride to the white beach.

COLON STREET, CEBU CITY: 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY, WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO GET HERE

Colon Street
Colon street is said to be oldest street and shortest road in the Philippines.  It was name after Christopher Columbus who bears different names (Spanish: Cristobal Colon, Italian: Cristoforo Colombo, Protuguese: Cristovao Colombo.)  It was established by the Spanish arrived in Cebu in 1565, led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi (a Spanish conquistador.)  The local government erected Colon Monument in the intersection of the street.


CALLE CRISOLOGO, VIGAN CITY, ILOCOS SUR: 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY, WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO GET HERE

Calle Crisologo

Vigan City is the top tourist spots and destinations in Ilocos Sur

Calle Cristolo or Mena Crisologo  Street is name after Mena Pecson Crisologo who is the most respected sons of Ilocos.  He actually wrote Mining wenno Ayat ti Kararwa which is compared to Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere; he is also the author of Don Calixtofaro de la Kota Caballero de la Luna and Codigo Municipal.

MARCOS ANCESTRAL HOUSE, ILOCOS NORTE: 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY AND HOW TO GET HERE

Marcos Ancestral House
First thing that captured my eyes when I entered the house was: on the right side of the ground floor, there's the old wooden stair case, covered with red carpet. On the left side, the presidential table, with three arm chairs.  Then, the management provided mono-block chairs in front of the wide screen showing the history of the late President Ferdinand Marcos.  Then, the whole second floor is divided into different panels, please see the photos below.

BANGUI WINDMILLS, ILOCOS NORTE: 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY AND HOW TO GET HERE

Bangui Windmills
Bangui Windmill is the place that converts wind energy into electrical energy which is situated in Bangui, Ilocos Norte.  This wind farm has 20 units of 70-meter high wind turbines, stretching along 9 kilometers shoreline of Bangui and is facing the South China Sea.  Each of the turbines are 326 meters apart from each other.

OZAMIS CITY, MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL: 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY, BUDGET, WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO GET HERE

Ozamiz City
After my historical tour in Dipolog and Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, I traveled to Ozamis City in Misamis Occidental (Region 10). Its capital is Oroqueta City but I chose Ozamis because I want to see and touch Fort sa Cotta and the Ozamis Cathedral. On the way, I noticed the wide farmlands but when I arrived in the center, this city is the same with the other cities, business establishments are in every corner, transportation is continuous and the streets are undeniably busy. From the Ozamis Integrated Terminal, I rode in a tricycle to the different tourist spots, attractions and destinations.

PABUA'S COTTAGES, CAMIGUIN: A PLACE TO STAY

Paguia's Cottages and Guesthouse
We stayed at Pabua’s Cottages for 1,500 pesos overnight. The room is wide, with own clean rest and shower room, TV with cable, terrace, and three queen size beds. Since we were in a tight budget, we went to the market and bought our supply. Cooked, served with happiness and then rested. You can contact them at 09064152557 or 09173210449.

ARDENT HOT SPRING RESORT, CAMIGUIN: 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, WHAT TO DO, AND HOW TO GET HERE

Ardent Hot Spring
Ardent Hot Spring was our last destination for that day; it is situated at the base of Mt. Hibok Hibok. Ardent has a wide land area composed of trees, plants, cottages, and other structures. Tourists usually make this hot spring as their last destination to soothe their tired muscles and it is really true. Spent an hour here and had a relaxing feeling while my body is submerged in the warm water.

CAMIGUIN UNDERWATER CEMETERY: HISTORY, TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY AND HOW TO GET HERE

Camiguin Underwater Cemetery 2020
Camiguin Underwater Cemetery is one of the must visit tourist spots, attractions and destinations in the province. Before, it was a resting place but now it's a tourist place that gives money to the government and jobs to the locals. This spot has a huge cross perched in the water. Tourists can cross and step on the base of the cross using boats, of course NOT for free. Souvenir shops and stores are available by the entrance.

OLD GUIOB CHURCH RUINS, CAMIGUIN: HISTORY, TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY AND HOW TO GET HERE

Guiob Church Ruins Camiguin
Another tourist destination in Camiguin is the Old Church Ruins (photo above). This church was damaged by the volcanic eruption happened centuries ago, damaging the other structures in Camiguin island. The ruin is composed of a meter wide walls and huge columns. These walls and columns are made of coral stones and are now covered with mosses and plants.

CAMIGUIN: 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, DESTINATIONS, HOW TO GET HERE AND WHERE TO STAY

Camiguin 2020
Everytime I hear Camiguin, I usually think of the best lanzones in the Philippines and the underwater cemetery. But during our visit, we found the hidden wealth that Camiguin can be proud of. It is truly that the province is one of the best tourist spots, tourist destinations and tourist attractions in the Philippines. Backpacking is not a big problem here because at the port of Camiguin, multi-cab, with a driver, can be chartered for the whole day tour (that’s what we did).

SODA SWIMMING POOL, CAMIGUIN: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HOW TO GET HERE AND WHERE TO STAY

Soda Swimming Pool
Soda Swimming Pool is also by the highway. I know you're wondering why they call it Soda, correct? It is simply because the water coming out from this spring tastes like a soda and it is safe to drink. Like Sto. Nino Cold Spring, Soda swimming pool also has cool, refreshing and crystal clear water (photos below are proof).

STO. NIÑO COLD SPRING: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HOW TO GET HERE AND WHERE TO STAY

Sto. Niño Cold Spring
Sto. Nino Cold Spring is one of Camiguin’s top tourist destinations. By its name, you can easily expect for a fresh and cold spring water. I no plans to get wet, especially with the temperature of the water, it was really a NO NO. Because of its super dupper clear water, I dipped into the water and experienced how great this cold spring is. I was also stunned by the bottom of the pool, there are no silts because it is made of concrete.

CAPUL ISLAND, NORTHERN SAMAR: HISTORY, TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HOW TO GET HERE AND WHERE TO STAY

Capul Island
Capul Island is one of the must visit gems of Northern Samar. This island municipality can bring you back because of the famous century old Capul lighthouse and Capul Church. If you’re into outdoors, you can explore the hidden and majestic caves or hop on and off the rock formations, by the shore, it’s your choice. If you just want to relax, no worries, the island is surrounded by crystal clear waters and the cool fresh air that blows continuously. The coconut and other trees create an amazing backdrop by the shore highlighted by the white sand beaches.

MAASIN CATHEDRAL, SOUTHERN LEYTE: HISTORY, TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HOW TO GET HERE AND WHERE TO STAY

Maasin Cathedral
Maasin Cathedral is a catholic place of worship in Maasin City, Southern Leyte. It was originally built in 1700 by the Jesuit priests; however, it was severely damaged because of the Moro’s rebels. The bricks and the mosses on the facade give an older and a unique look which is perfect for the modern selfies. Maasin Cathedral is definitely one of historical pillars of Southern Leyte. Since this cathedral is situated in front of the plaza and a few meters away from the City hall, it is one of the busiest area in Maasin.

MANARAGAT FESTIVAL, CATBALOGAN, SAMAR: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, AND HISTORY

Manaragat Festival
Catbalogan City celebrated last year its 400 years of establishment as the capital of the whole island of Samar, from a small fishing village before in 1616 and promising city now in Eastern Visayas. The Manaragat Festival of Catabalogan City is celebrated every year for the whole month of August to pay homage to its Patron Saint – Senyor Bartolome whose feast day falls on the 24th of August. Most of all, this festival is an ongoing call for people to remain resilient despite the odds and to keep moving forward. Info from Aliwan Fiesta Website

BALAY NEGRENSE, SILAY CITY: 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY, AND HOW TO GET HERE

Balay Negrense

Balay Negrense is the top tourist spots and destinations in Silay City:

Balay Negrense is just one of the century old houses along Cinco de Noviembre Street, Silay City. This street is remarkable because of the historical value that transpires to the people. Balay Negrense is a Hiligaynon phrase which means: Negrense refers to the people living in the province of Negros and Balay or a House.


CAPE BOJEADOR LIGTHOUSE (Burgos Lighthouse): 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY, AND HOW TO GET HERE

Burgos Lighthouse
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse (Burgos Lighthouse) is situated in Burgos, Ilocos Norte.  It is a cultural heritage that was erected during the Spanish era in the Philippines.  It's a 66-foot-tall octagonal stone tower on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill with an overlooking scene of Cape Bojeador. This lighthouse was first designed by Magin Pers and Pers in 1887 and finished by the Lighthouse Service under Guillermo Brockman.

KAWA HOT BATH AT LA ESCAPO, TIBIAO, ANTIQUE: 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, BUDGET, WHAT TO DO, HOW TO GET HERE AND WHERE TO STAY

Kawa Hot Bath
Kawa Hot Bath is prominent and one of the must tried in Antique. Most of the mountain resorts offering this kind of service are situated in Tuno, Municipality of Tibiao, 30 to 40 minutes travel from Culasi, Antique. Kawa Hot Bath is an old style of warm bath which uses a “Kawa” or a gigantic wok that serves as a bath tub. Instead of using a heater, woods are being used to create a fire to heat up the water and then sprinkled with ornamental and medicinal plants for a relaxing experience and for a fairer skin. La Escapo Mountain Resort is the perfect spot to experience Kawa Hot Bath because of their geographical location. Not only that, extreme water tubing can also be tried.

MANGGAHAN FESTIVAL, GUIMARAS: PHOTOS AND HISTORY

Manggahan Festival
Guimaras is one of the small island province in the Philippines but with a huge a vibrant culture, breathtaking tourist attractions, and world class mangoes. Having said that, the province created Manggahan Festival every May to showcase their gift. In this presentation, Binagtong, which means anything that is wrapped by a katsa or patadyong, will be featured to show its usefulness as an accessory to export mangoes and other products by using this piece of cloth in the hands, shoulder or head. To be included in the presentation are the unique and exciting countryside experience for tourists  – from agri eco adventure parks to bike circuits, historical sites, religious events and other cultural activities. Info from Aliwan Fiesta Website

MARARISON ISLAND, ANTIQUE: DIY TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, AND HOW TO GET HERE

Mararison Island
Malalison Island or locally pronounced as Mararison is one of the must visit islands in the Province of Antique. It can be considered as a fishermen island because most of the resident’s are in fishing, as their livelihood. Its breathtaking beauty captured the attention of the travelers after being hit by the Typhoon Yolanda. Aside from the world class beauty of the Boracay Island, in Aklan, Mararison can also be the next frontier or Panay because of its fine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters with a diversity of aquatic flora and fauna – it is truly a perfect diving paradise.

BORACAY ISLAND: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HOTELS, BUDGET AND HOW TO GET HERE

Boracay Island
Boracay Island is one of the best beaches in the world, well that’s according to the travel agencies, websites, blogs, magazines and other people’s reviews which I totally agree. The fine and white sand by the shoreline can be compared to a fine table salt; others would say that it’s like a baby powder.  The cool, pristine and crystalline water is really adorable that mirrors the gorgeous clouds from the sky. The reflection is like a painting of Michelangelo, as the blue water and skies forming a golden horizon by the dawn.

APO WHANG OD AND HER TRADITIONAL WAY OF TATTOOING

Apo Whang Od
A lady named Apo Whang Od (locals pronounced it as Fang Od) is 98-years old and considered as the oldest mambabatok, from the Butbut tribe, in Buscalan, Kalinga, Philippines. She is petitioned to be considered as the country’s National Living Treasure. The tattoos on her skin are proof how powerful she was during her time.

APO WHANG OD, BUSCALAN, KALINGA: 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE AND ITINERARY

Whang Od
In this generation, most of the people think that a tattoo on the skin has a negative connotation. It can even affect your career, regardless of the talent and education you have. It was October, in 2014, in Philippine National Museum, when I saw a portrait of an old lady, with tribal tattoos on all over her body. In National Geographic, there were several documentaries featuring how significant the tattoos and pierces are, especially for the people in ancient times. Tattoos and pierces are proof that a tribe recognizes a person’s accomplishment, mostly on battles. There are several ways of tattooing around the world, depending on their geographical feature and culture. In the Northern part of the Philippines, in Buscalan, Kalinga, they call it as Batok. It is an ancient/tribal form of marking (tattooing) a warrior after a successful combat or ladies who brought pride to the tribe.

MT. TABAYOC, BENGUET: HIKING GUIDE AND ITINERARY

Mt. Tabayoc
One of the most prominent mountains in Luzon is Mt. Tabayoc because it is the second highest mountain in Luzon (2842 MASL) and is one of the most preserved virgin forest in the Philippines, with a rich bio-diversity of flora and fauna. Your hiking experience will definitely be rewarded with a breathtaking beauty of sea of clouds, artistic view of the surrounding terraces, a cool weather, a relaxing green ambiance, and a life changing tranquility by the lake. Also, there are a lot of mouth watering at lost cost and fresh harvest vegetables in the area.

MT. TIMBAK, BENGUET: HIKING GUIDE AND ITINERARY

Mt. Timbak
I've been hearing from friends that Mt. Timbak and Mt. Tabayoc are just two of the must hiked mountains in the Cordilleras. In terms of altitude, Timbak has 2,717 MASL and garnered an easy trail class - which I think is true. Among the provinces in CAR, Benguet is really a bomb and prominent to tourist, especially hikers, because of its rich forested mountain slopes, hike on relaxing ambiance and a beauty that can only be found in nature, plus a glimpse of the local livelihood.

HIKING GUIDE: MT. PULAG, BENGUET

Mt. Pulag
I personally consider Mt. Pulag as one of the most beautiful mountains in the Philippines, therefore, you should include this on your "Must Hiked" list. It is the third highest mountain in the country and the highest point in Luzon, measures 2,922 MASL. Mt. Pulag has the famous “sea of clouds” that attracts many tourist. This is a majestic phenomenon where the hikers, on the summit, are literally above the clouds.

HIKING GUIDE: MT. ULAP, BENGUET

Mt. Ulap
Mt. Ulap is situated in Brgy. Ampucao, Itogon Benguet. It is one of the highest peaks in the Cordillera regions with amazing flora and fauna. Because of its temperature, the trees, grass and flowers looks so healthy making the mountain looks gorgeous. 

HIKING GUIDE: MT. TENGLAWAN, BENGUET

Mount Tenglawan
Among the Bakun Trio mountains, Mt. Tenglawan is the most difficult to hike because of its long terrain and assault, although its trail class and technicalities can be placed to moderate level. Tenglawan has an amazing shape, from afar (photo above). Based on how it looks and shape, this giant can be compared to Mt. Guiting-guiting in Romblon. Photos below were taken while on trail:

ILAGAN JAPANESE TUNNEL: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY, AND HOW TO GET HERE

Ilagan Japanese Tunnel
Ilagan Japanese Tunnel is a war tunnel that was used for defense, as a prison, garrison and a headquarter by the Japanese government and military officials. It's a man-made tunnel created by the locals through force labor. This tunnel is one of the tourist destinations situated in Ilagan City, Isabela. Aside from Ilagan Japanese Tunnel, the Giant Butaka is an attraction that welcomes everyone who passes by the highway.

LUSSOK CAVE, APAYAO: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY AND HOW TO GET HERE

Lussok Cave 2020
Lussok Cave is one of the prides of Apayao and the Cordillera region. This cave is composed of four chambers, with artistic limestone formations. Not only that, Lussok offers a remarkable caving experience because of the spectacular sceneries that can only be seen on the small caverns. Also, did you know that the countless bats residing inside Lussok produces the most expenssive fertilizer called "guano?" With our Lussok cave experience, I learned that motto: "kapag ang pumatak sayo malamig, that's Holy water, but if it's warm, that's holy sh_t."

CARAMOAN ISLAND, CAMARINES SUR: 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY AND HOW TO GET HERE

Caramoan Island 2020
Caramoan became popular in the world when few of the Survivor franchise had their challenges on some of its islands. This beauty is situated in the far side of Camarines Sur, almost twelve hours form Manila via land. But the stress you’ll feel because its half day travel will be replaced with enjoyment – thanks to the beauty of Caramoan. Here’s our story:

APUAO ISLAND, CAMARINES NORTE: 2020 TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, AND HOW TO GET HERE

Apuao Island 2020
For beach lovers, if we're talking about the beauty in Camarines Norte,  Calaguas is on top, correct? Now, I'll bring you to one of the unrated paradise in the entire Bicold region - the Apuao Island - it is one of the small island in Mercedes Group of Islands. This deserted island has a lot to offer, from the cool and crystal clear and emerald waters, wealthy underwater, breathtaking landscape, has tranquility and relaxing ambiance, and of course, the good people. Well, travel time is about 7 to 8 hours from Manila to Mercedes via private van but I was able to see and experience those. Photos below will describe more:

ALBAY 2020: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, BUDGE, TOURIST DESTINATIONS, AND HOW TO GET HERE

Mt. Mayon 2020
The provinces of Albay, Sorsogon and Catanduanes are part of my solo-backpacking list, however, the reality started when I planned my Bicol itinerary two months ago - to complete Region 5. Legaspi City in Albay is the center of the Bicol region that showcases a lot of tourist spots and destinations; from historical sites, beaches, gorgeous landscapes, and to the remarkable activities and sumptuous delicacies.

THE PINK BEACH, MATNOG, SORSOGON: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, WHERE TO STAY AND HOW TO GET HERE

The Pink Beach 2020
When I searched the tourist spots, attractions and destinations in the province of Sorsogon online, Google kept giving me articles about “the pink beach” and based on my stock knowledge, the “pink beach” can only be found in Zamboanga City. After browsing on the the articles, I finally knew that there’s another pink beach located in Matnog, Sorsogon. Aside from that, Google also suggested Juag Lagoon Marine Sanctuary. These spots are the perfect destination to end my 2019 summer bucket list.

ALIBIJABAN AND BURIAS ISLANDS: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY, AND HOW TO GET HERE

Alibijaban Island 2020
Alibijaban (locally pronounced as Alibihaban) is a tourist island situated in San Andres, Quezon; a 9 to 10 hours travel from Manila. It might be a time consuming travel, but expect that you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking beauty. The island has a fine white sand shoreline with trees, bangcas, and local cottages. Mixed on the fine white sand are small living crustaceans and sea shells, sea shells by the sea shore. The cool emerald crystal clear water is rich with underwater bio-diversity, such as fish, colorful star fish in different sizes and appearance, and many more.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY, AND HOW TO GET HERE

Philippine National Museum 2020
Philippine National Museum, Museum of the Filipino People Building
I have been dreaming to visit the Philippine National Museum since high school but in 2015 that dream came into reality as the Philippine National Museum offered a free admission for the whole month of October. I spent the whole day inside the museum, from Marikina City Shoe Museum to the National Museum, in Manila. Below are 20 photos captured at the Museum of the Filipino People building.

SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH, INTRAMUROS, MANILA: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY, AND HOW TO GET HERE

San Agustin Church 2020

The History of San Agustin Church, Manila:

San Agustin Church which is considered as the oldest church in the Philippines. Recognized by the NCCA and UNESCO historical landmark. Like the other old churches in the Philippines, this church faced several natural disasters like earthquakes and was burned several times. The very first structure of San Agustin Church was built in 1571 and was made of nipa and bamboo but was destroyed by fire during the invasion of Limahong, a Chinese pirate, in 1574. The same spot, a new structure was built and was made of wood. In 1586, a new structure made of adobe stone was constructed, lead by the Augustinians.

MANILA CATHEDRAL, INTRAMUROS, MANILA: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY, AND HOW TO GET HERE

Manila Cathedral 2020

The history of Manila Cathedral:

Manila Cathedral or the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica is situated in the district of Intramuros in Manila. Originally, this church was the "Church of Manila" which was established and under the management of the Diocese of Mexico in 1571, but later in 1579 it became a separate diocese.

SAN SEBASTIAN CHURCH, MANILA: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY, AND HOW TO GET HERE

San Sebastian Church 2020
After meeting up at TIP Manila for my cap distributed by Street Style Originals, my plan was to visit Paco Cemetery but due to unfriendly weather condition, I opted to visit San Sebastian Church, just few meters away. For the second time, when I entered the church, I was still fascinated by its uniqueness; from the walls, columns, floor, glass chandeliers, cabinets and others look really stunning.

QUIAPO CHURCH, MANILA: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY, AND HOW TO GET HERE

Quiapo Church 2020
I can say, one of the famous Catholic churches in the country is the Quiapo Church or the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, canonically known as Saint John the Baptist Parish. It is famous because I always see it on TV during the parade of the said miraculous “Black Nazarene.”

STA. CRUZ CHURCH, MANILA: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY, AND HOW TO GET HERE

Sta. Cruz Church 2020
Another famous church that can be found in the city of Manila is Sta. Cruz Church, of course in Sta. Cruz which is situated in the Northern part of the city. It is said that the original structure of this church was built on the same area where the latest structure was built. This church was constructed by the members of the “Society of Jesus” or known as the Jesuits in 1608 up to 1768. It is the first Roman Catholic Church built in this area. Its structure is made up of blocks of adobe quarried from the nearby provinces. It was dedicated for the newly converted Chinese who lives in Manila, like Binondo Church.

BINONDO CHURCH: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY, AND HOW TO GET HERE

Binondo Church 2020
One of the famous districts in Manila is Binondo, it is also known because of the Filipino-Chinese communities in the area. Since this district is said to be one of the centers of the trade and industries centuries ago and even today, some Chinese businessmen were converted to Christianity during the Spanish era, so this church was established in the area in 1587 by the Dominicans for them.


Tourist Spots and Destinations in Manila:

MALATE CHURCH: TRAVEL GUIDE, ITINERARY, HISTORY, AND HOW TO GET HERE

Malate Church 2020
Our Lady of Remedies Parish Church or Nuestra Señora de los Remedios or locally known as the Malate Church is located in Malate, Manila. When I saw the facade from afar and while crossing the street near Plaza Sulayman, I was really amazed because of its architectural design and the dark color. It looks like really old and here’s what I found.


Malate Church, Tourist Spots and Destinations in Manila: