Of the islands in the Philippines, Luzon is considered the largest in terms of scope and area. No wonder there is a concentration of beautiful places to visit here. In fact, in every part of Luzon (North, South, and Central), there are attractions and destinations that you would love to explore. Below are some of the most frequented places.
1) Mt. Pico de Loro
Known as Parrot’s Peak, Mt. Pico de Loro gives a view of Cavite and the South China Sea as well as the surrounding waters of Batangas. It is the go-to hiking site for mountaineers because of the refreshing breeze from the sea. Aside from the fulfilling experience of reaching the top, the trail is ideal for beginners and experienced climbers. Unfortunately, the mountain was shut down to hiking activities for planning and rehabilitation.
2) Corregidor Island
Corregidor is a small island in Western part of Manila. Corregidor is the epitome of our forefathers’ valor to defend our country during the Second World War. Apart from the two memorials, Corregidor is also famous for its Malinta Tunnel, Japanese Garden of Peace and lighthouse.
3) Banaue Rice Terraces
Built more than 2,000 years ago, Banaue Rice Terraces is a proof of Igorot’s ingenuity. The rice terraces, which are still fully functional today, covers the entire mountainsides.
4) Monasterio de Tarlac
Monasterio de Tarlac remains to be a significant pilgrimage site in the country. Found in San Jose, Tarlac, the monastery houses a relic of the Holy Cross that was authenticated by the Vatican. The relic is inside a golden metallic box with embossed religious emblems. Aside from the baroque chapel, a 30-foot statue of Christ is found here.
Pagudpud is the Boracay of the North. It is situated in Ilocos Norte and has 16 barangays. The municipality is a haven for travelers who are looking for a place to refresh. The main attractions in the area are Maira-Ira Point where one can find Blue Lagoon, Saud Beach, Pasaleng Bay and Kaibigan and Mabaga waterfalls. Thick, lush greeneries surround Kaibigan Falls.
Donsol is in Bicol Region, specifically in Sorsogon. Donsol is most known as the whale shark capital of the world wherein hordes of local and international tourists flock the area from December to May (whale shark season). Interactive dives are available and regulated by the local tourism department. Nonetheless, Donsol is also popular for its firefly and shrimp-catching night tours.
7) Clark Special Economic Zone
Clark, which used to be a part of Angeles City, is a leisure and industrial hub that houses events, attractions, and facilities. The most famous event held in Clark is the Hot Air Balloon Festival that happens between January to February. Aside from historical landmarks, Clark is also a home to some theme parks such as Paradise Ranch, Clark Nature Park, and Nayong Pilipino.
Mountain Province is famous for Sagada which is, in turn, popular for its hanging coffins. Nonetheless, Sagada is a place to do nature hiking and cave exploration. There are two caves in the town namely Sumaguing and Lumiang Cave. Sumaguing is the preferred though because of the pristine lagoon and fossilized seashells found inside the cave. Other places of interest are Bomod-Ok, Bokong and Pongas waterfalls.
9) Baguio City
Baguio is perhaps most recognized for its Panagbenga Festival (Festival Flowers) and strawberries. Strawberry field tours is a common activity among tourists. Nonetheless, going to the place itself is a tour on its own. There are at least three routes to take although the most famous one is the Kennon Zigzag Road because of the welcoming Lion’s Head. Once in the city proper, don’t miss going to the Mines View Park, Session Road, Camp John Hay, Burnham Park and Botanical Garden.
10) Vigan Heritage Village
Situated in Ilocos Sur, Vigan is a home to European colonial structures lined on cobblestone streets, making it a World Heritage Site. Vigan Heritage Village, nevertheless, is found in the southern part. Some of the houses in the former Mestizo District were built with brick roofs and capiz windows. Other points of interest are the plazas (Plaza Salcedo and Plaza Burgos).
Evidently, there are plenty of must-visit places in Luzon. It will take years to visit every destination on the island. You can nature hike, beach bomb, etc. – do whatever you want. Just don’t forget to have a great time while at the place.
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