Monday, March 5, 2007

Explore the Philippines' Wealth of Wonders

The country may be accessed through 5 international gateways. One can explore other interesting destinations and venture out of these gateways by land, sea, or air.

MANILA offers many places of interest that are easily accessible for day excursions: Intramuros, the Walled city of Old Manila; Nayong Pilipino, a theme park that showcases in small scale the country's famous landmarks; Rizal Park, a tribute to the country's national hero; museums and some of Asia's most modern and biggest shopping malls. From Manila, the country's premiere gateway, one can access the following destinations by land:
· Cavite/Tagaytay City/Laguna/Batangas/Quezon
· Isabela/Cagayan
· Banaue/Bontoc/Sagada
· Baguio
· Bulacan/Pampanga
· Tarlac/La Union/Pangasinan
· Daet/Legaspi/Sorsogon

Being the country's capital, other international gateway and secondary travel gateway cities and provinces can be accessed by air or sea.

LAOAG is the international gateway at the northernmost province in Luzon, Ilocos Norte. Aside from offering a variety of destinations within the province, the city is also an access point to:
· Ilocos Sur
· La Union/Pangasinan
· Baguio/Bontoc/Sagada/Banaue

SUBIC, the most recent addition to the country's list of international ports, offers both rest and recreation and adventure. It serves as a most convenient gateway to:
· Bataan/Zambales/Pampanga/Tarlac

CEBU, the country's first capital and dubbed as the "Queen City of the South" offers diverse attractions and facilities to cater to every tourist preference. Due to its location in the Visayas, it also acts as a major hub to cities in the Visayas and Mindanao, either by air or sea.
· Bohol, a favorite satellite destination from Cebu, may be accessed by fast seacraft

DAVAO offers an array of colors, shapes, tastes and textures that manifest a fusion of indigenous Filipino and Malay culture. In terms of land area, it is the biggest city in the world, part of which is already the base of the country's highest peak, Mount Apo. Situated in the eastern part of Mindanao, Davao acts as the international gateway to its neighboring provinces:
· Davao Oriental
· Davao del Sur
· Compostela Valley


To experience more the country's wealth of wonders, the country its dotted with strategically located secondary gateways, which can give the tourists more convenient travel connections to more remote provinces and island destinations.

BATANGAS CITY, located 3 hours south of Manila, offers its renowned dive sites and beach resorts. From the city pier, fast ferries and other sea vessels may connect the traveler to:
· Mindoro Oriental and Occidental
· Romblon
· Marinduque

LEGASPI CITY is one's front seat to the spectacle of the Bicol region, the world renowned Mayon Volcano, and the jump-off point to eco-tourism sites. Land and sea connections are available from this gateway to:
· Camarines Norte and Sur
· Sorsogon
· Catanduanes
· Masbate

TACLOBAN CITY is the gateway to Eastern Visayas, whose strategic location made it a perfect landing site for Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the American troops that liberated the Philippines from the Japanese forces during World War II. From the city, one can venture out to:
· Samar/Leyte

ILOILO CITY in Western Visayas boasts of a number of historical attractions which include churches and ancestral houses, as well as good beaches. Land and sea transportation connects Iloilo to Boracay, which is hailed as one of the best beaches in the world, and other quieter places in the region:
· Panay provinces/Aklan-Boracay
· Negros Occidental (Bacolod City)
· Negros Oriental (Dumaguete City)

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY is the capital of Palawan, known for its amazing species of wildlife and marine life, and the jump-off point to:
· Southern Palawan
· Northern Palawan

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY is the gateway to picturesque Mindanao. The following destinations offer visitors an array of power-packed adventure activities such as white water rafting, kayaking, canopy walking, and surfing:
· Camiguin Island
· Misamis Oriental/Lanao del Norte
· Agusan del Norte and Sur
· Surigao Norte and Sur
· Bukidnon

ZAMBOANGA CITY offers a glimpse into the culture of 5 colorful tribal groups living in harmony with the Christian community. It is the gateway to the charming attractions and indigenous craft of the following exotic places:
· Zamboanga del Norte
· Zamgoanga del Sur