Once upon a time in the third day of December 1988 there was a woman gave
birth to a little pretty curly baby girl her baby is just like her mom. That baby is so
wonderful and beautiful good looking just like her mom her mom is a teacher an
English teacher to a Christian school. This baby is like an angel in the heaven
she is so adorable when the baby grow up she became a nice girl to everybody
she is so friendly to others she had a lots of friends she likes entertainment hang
out and go to the play ground do what ever she wants to do she likes chocolates
and ice cream.
She likes toys, Barbie dolls if she saw something she will go and pick that thing
and bring it to their house. When the girl grows up and became a teenager she
became a quiet simple and nice to other people she meets she gets lots of new
friends in the school she always hang out with her new friends she wants to
study with her friends. She loves to go out and have some fun sometimes this girl
forgets her home works the important things to do. She always wants
entertainment she loves music watching television surfing in the net and eats her
favorite foods like kimchi and vegetable.
This research is dedicated to my mom, my brother and sister.
This work is also dedicated to my friends and to my GOD who’ve been my help in
times of needs and my provider…this study is lovingly dedicated..
TO GOD BE THE GLORY.
The research tackles about the many and different tourist spots in the
Philippines. This research will also talk about tourists who take pleasure in
coming here to the Philippines and see our countries’ attractions. For many years
the Philippines has been a tourist spot destination for foreigners, especially for
Caucasian, Chinese, and other races who have fallen in love with our countries
tropical climate. While falling in love with the countries’ beautiful spots, foreigners
have also started to invest with these attractions and have invested in hotels,
resorts, and other businesses that are related to the natural resources that are
uniquely Philippine assets.
A research paper like this would not possible without the Almighty God and to her
mom who helped her to finish this paper. God is good for He always give His
helping hand to the researcher and to her family.
Above all, the researcher wants to thank her family for their love and guidance
that make the researcher strong and go for the better.
Lastly, the researcher is grateful for her friends who were always there to join her
whenever she needed their help. They always taught her what to do in this
research paper though it is quite hard to do. The researcher would like to give
them her biggest THANK YOU!
“A rich and diverse archipelago, the Philippines is one of the fast
emerging tourist destinations in Asia.”
A rich and diverse archipelago, the Philippines is one of the fast emerging tourist
destinations in Asia. Expansive across 300,000 square kilometers, the beautiful
archipelago is home to 7,107 enchanting islands. Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao,
constitute the main island groups in the country. Its wonders spread throughout
its islands. The Philippines evokes visions of long streches of white sandy
beaches, volcanic mountains and fertile valleys, populated by warm and
As it is located to the north of the Malay Peninsula, the major ethnic group
throughout the islands is Malaysian, with influence still felt by the Chinese and,
more strongly, the Spanish who named the islands in 1565 after King Philip II.
Philippines have three main island groups, namely Luzon, Visayas and
Mindanao. These island groups are great tourist destinations in themselves,
starting with the largest group that is Luzon, famous for its natural wonders and
impressive mountain ranges such as Cordillera and Sierra Madre, and the
perfectly coned Mayon Volcano.
Luzon is a site for the busy capital, Manila. A trip to the Philippines usually begins
in the capital city of Manila, where visitors head straight for Rizal Park,
surrounded by sophisticated shops & restaurants, eventful and colorful markets,
and historic museums. The Intramuros, or old town, is another must see for a trip
back to the city's colonial past. The tourist belt includes Intramuros, Ermita and
Malate (districts of Manila proper) as well as parts of Pasay City and Paranaque,
which lie along or just east of Roxas Blvd, the most representative thoroughfare
of the metropolis.
Within the tourist belt, at or near Roxas Blvd, most of the five-star hotels are
located. The center of the tourist belt is Er-mita. The main red light district is the
so-called Mabini strip situated actually more along Del Pilar Street than along
Mabini Street. In April 1988, Manila police chief General Alfredo Lim had initiated
a drive to phase out bars and nightclubs from the tourist belt. For a few months,
raids were nightly events. However, the fervor of the police died down by the end
of 1988, and as of this writing (mid-1990) al-most all bars and nightclubs were
Ermita and Malate, the quasi extension of the former, used to be prime
residential areas before WW II. Walking through Malate, one can still see many
large colonial-style houses.
Intramuros is the old walled city of the Spanish colonialists. It is a very small
district, where many remains of Spanish times still exist or have been
reconstructed. Since the Christian faith was brought to the Philippines, and up to
this day, the central institutions of the Catholic Church, including the Manila
Cathedral are located here. Intramuros was the site of a bloody battle against the
Japanese during the last world war, when much of it was destroyed. Its re-
construction started in 1966. Just outside the walls is Club Intramuros, a golf
course.The Metropolitan area on the other hand is the main international
gateway to the country, as well as the center for the country’s economic, social,
and cultural life.
With an altitude of 2,250 feet above sea level, Tagaytay City enjoys a cool
climate all year round. This city perched on a ridge is located in the province of
Cavite, some 56 kilometers south of Manila. It overlooks Manila Bay on the north,
Taal Lake and Taal Volcano on the south, Laguna Bay on the east and the China
Sea on the west. The city is linked to the Metropolitan Manila and the province of
Batangas by the Aguinaldo Highway. Among its attractions is the Tagaytay Picnic
Grove where one can get an unobstructed view of Taal Volcano, which lies within
a lake. Taal Volcano, which rises 406 meters from the lake, is reputedly the
world's smallest volcano.
Taal Lake itself is an immense body of water formed when the old crater
collapsed and the walls of the larger volcano caved in and sank. A visit to the
Volcano Island can be arranged through the Philippine Institute of Volcanology
and Seismology in Quezon City which maintains a monitoring station on the
To enjoy the mountains, one can go to Baguio City. An unusual and unlike the
rest of the tourist spots in the country because of its pine trees and cool
temperature, it is the nearest thing the Philippines has to a mountain retreat,
making it easy to understand why the city was chosen as the country’s summer
capital. 250km (150 miles) north of Manila is Baguio, 1525m (5000ft) above sea
level, a cool haven from the summer heat. It is accessible both by air and land,
though the drive up the zigzagging Kennon Road is more popular as it offers
spectacular views of the countryside. Baguio has a good variety of restaurants,
mountain views and walking excursions. Main attractions include The Mansion,
summer residence of the Philippine president; Bell Church; Baguio Cathedral;
and the Crystal Caves, composed of crystalline metamorphic rocks and once an
ancient burial site.
Nestled deep in the Cordilleras is Banaue. The home of the famous Banaue rice
terraces, which to many is considered as the 8th wonder of the world, carved
from the mountain ranges centuries ago by the Ifugao tribe. Banaue is an eight
hour bus ride north of Baguio. A remote mountain community lives here, and
tourists can visit their settlements. The beautiful rice terraces are the main
attraction of this area. A breathtaking sight, they rise majestically to an altitude of
1525m (5000ft), and encompass an area of 10,360 sq km (4000 sq miles). The
terraces were hand-carved some 2000 years ago using crude tools cutting into
once barren rock, each ledge completely encompassing the mountain. Now listed
by UNESCO as World Heritage sites, they offer an unforgettable sight to tourists
and trekkers in the area. Banaue has a tourist hotel and many good pensions.
Lying off the coast of Pangasinan, the Hundred Islands group is made up of 400
islets surrounded by coral gardens and white sand beaches. This area is ideal for
swimming and fishing. Hundred Islands is the second-largest marine reservation
in the world, teeming with over 2000 species of aquatic life.
The caves and domes of Marcos Island and the Devil’s Kitchen are worth
exploring. The entire province of Palawan is a remarkable terrain for adventure
and exploration, with its primeval rainforests, St Paul’s Underground River and
Tubattaha Reef. Inter-island cruises around northern Palawan are now
Mindoro island, reached by ferry from Batangas pier and south of Manila, is a
place where the stunning scenery includes Mount Halcon, 2695m (8841ft) high,
Naujan Lake and Tamaraw Falls.
La Union, situated on the northwest coast of Luzon, has some of the best beach
resort facilities on the island. There are regular buses to La Union from Baguio
Bicol Region, situated in the east, is developing as a tourist destination and offers
beaches, hotels and sights such as the Mayon Volcano, a nearly perfect cone,
and the Kalayukay Beach Resort.
La Union in the north is a popular surfing destination in the Philippines. Apart
from surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling are other options for an enjoyable trip
in Luzon especially in the outlying islands of Anilao, Ligpo, Bonito, Sombrero and
Maricaban in Batangas in the south.
Anilao, a resort village in Mabini, Batangas is considered the summer
mecca of diving fanatics. The resort offers accommodations and diving
facilities, plus the services of training clubs that provide courses on
Situated in the southeast area of Batangas province, Anilao may be reached
within three hours from Manila through public buses or jeepneys. From Anilao,
one can start diving from the shore or go in bancas to nearby islands. Among
them is Sombrero (Hat) Island, a marine preserve where sports activities are
regulated. Other dive spots in this side of Batangas are Mapating Rock at
Maricaban Island, Caban Cove and Layag Layag Point.
Puerto Galera (which means Galleon Port) is one of the most popular beach
resorts in the Philippines. A marine reserve, it is endowed with coves, fine sandy
beaches and shallow coral reefs ideal for snorkeling. The place can be reached
from the port of Batangas City where a ferry service to Mindoro awaits the
tourists. Bancas may be hired to go to Escarceo Point, the best dive spot in
Puerto Galera. The area offers positive thrills and guaranteed excitement, with its
sudden rushes of strong currents and steep slopes which are a favorite gathering
place for large pelagic fish. Diving expeditions are usually organized by certified
masters on specific dive spots.
Subic Bay in Central Luzon, the former US naval base in the Philippines, is now
a hub for commerce and tourism. Just two-and-a-half hour drive north from
Manila, host of some of the country's remaining virgin forests and a sanctuary for
wild animals, Subic offers a full view of the Blue Mountain and sea and of the
green background of a three-layered virgin forest.
Points of interest include the 18-hole Binictican Golf Course and Clubhouse, a
white-sand beach, bowling and arcade center,a ship wharf past a restricted
forested area, firing ranges, fishing grounds and an area for bungee jumping.
Visitors to Subic can take a 12-hour jungle survival course, visit an Aeta tribal
village, take a bay cruise, explore the coves, end up at the white-sand beach of
Grande Island, engage in water sports, go horseback riding or simply enjoy the
scenic view of the sea. There you can also find Ocean Adventure, South East
Asia's only open marine water parks with false whales, dolphins and sea lions
shows. Adjacent nearby is Zoobic Safari which will amuse everyone in a wild
African safari adventure. Subic Bay is complete with tourism-support facilities
that include a marina, a yacht club, hotels, shopping arcades and food shops.
Laguna has one of the Philippines' incredibly beautiful countryside sceneries.
The province offers a scenic view of a bay, considered as the largest in the
country. Los Baños, on the other hand, is famous for its numerous hot springs.
Considered as a flower basket in Luzon, Los Baños produces a wide variety of
flowers and other ornamentals. Mt. Makiling, an extinct volcano, stands guard
over the town.
The towns of Calamba and Los Baños abound with swimming pools and resorts.
Many residents of Metro Manila head for these towns during summer.
In Calamba, one can proceed to the ancestral house of National Hero Dr. Jose
Rizal. The house now serves as a museum and is a repository of Philippine
history and culture. Hidden Valley Springs is one of the most popular resorts in
Alaminos, Laguna. The valley nestles at the foot of Mt. Makiling, a mystical
mountain associated with local myths. A number of springs with hot, cold and
soda water, lace a forest of huge fruit trees, tropical shrubs and flowering plants.
A concrete path connects the pools and leads to the jungle's interior where a
waterfall has cut a gorge down the mountainside.
Thousands of people head south of Manila to spend a day of fun-filled relaxation
and adventurous excitement within the American-style walls of Enchanted
Kingdom, a 17-hectare world class theme park conveniently located in the
outskirts of Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The P1.2-billion Park, which has been operating
since July 28, 1995 was conceptualized by Landmark Entertainment Group and
designed after the Knott's Berry Farm, America's first amusement theme park
located in Buena Park, California.
It is a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and
Attractions (IAAPA). As such, it provides visitors with thrilling rides, stunning
sights, and wondrous experience. In the words of the Enchanted Kingdom
operators, "the place is an active mix of thrills, attractions, entertainment, food
service, celebrations and shopping set amidst an enthralling place that presents
the past and the future, the quaint and the sophisticated, the picturesque and the
dazzling in one unique package." Enchanted Kingdom is an aggregate of seven
theme zones: Victoria Park, Portabello, Brooklyn Place, Spaceport, Jungle
Outpost, Midway Boardwalk, and Boulderville. These zones serve as enclaves to
21 thrilling rides and attractions meant to provide daring visitors with a sense of
flight, twist, twirl, and other acrobatic stunts. Aside from the rides, Enchanted
Kingdom also charms its visitors with various treats such as the fireworks show
every weekend, dance presentation by the park's in-house talents, theater
shows, seasonal shows, well-manicured gardens, classic American brownstone
facades and establishments, and a variety of characters and mascots led by the
The most popularly known islands for travelers to the Philippines is the Visayas.
This tightly packed island group is made up of seven major islands namely
Negros, Panay, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Samar and Masbate. Tourists often flock to
Cebu and the northwest tip of Panay, the little island called Boracay and thus
making these two places the most visited islands in the Visayas.
The Visayas is a group of islands between Luzon and Mindanao. The famous
island first sighted by the Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th
century and as the landing point for the American liberation forces in 1944. Cebu
City is the main resort of the Visayas. Cebu is the most densely populated island,
a commercial center with an international harbor, and the Philippines’ second
city. Sights include Magellan’s Cross, a wooden cross planted by Magellan
himself over 450 years ago to commemorate the baptism into the Christian faith
of Rajah Humabon and his wife Juana with 800 followers, and Fort San Pedro,
the oldest and smallest Spanish fort in the country, which was built on the orders
of Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in 1565.
Carcar town, south of Cebu City, has many preserved Castillian houses, gardens
and churches. The Chapel of the Last Supper in Mandaue City features hand-
carved life-size statues of Christ and his apostles dating back to Spanish times.
The Magellan Monument on Mactan Island was raised in 1886 to mark the spot
where Magellan died, felled by the fierce chieftain, Datu Lapu-Lapu, who refused
to submit to the Spanish conquerors. There is also a monument to Datu Lapu-
Lapu honoring him as the first Filipino patriot. Maribago is the center of the
region’s guitar-making industry. As well as many historical sites there are popular
hotels, beach clubs and resorts.
Samar and Leyte are linked by the San Juanico Bridge, the longest in the
Iloilo on Panay is an agricultural province producing root crops, vegetables,
cocoa, coffee and numerous tropical fruits. The attractions include beach resorts
and, in Iloilo City, reached by air, the 18th-century Miagao Church, a unique
piece of Baroque colonial architecture with a facade decorated with impressions
of coconut and papaya trees. Sicogon Island is a haven for scuba divers, and
has mountains and virgin forests to explore.
Boracay Island is another such island paradise, accessible by air via Kalibo,
followed by a bus or jeepney ride to Malay, and finally by ferry or pumpboat to
Caticlan. A survey considered its powdery-fine white-sand beach to be amongst
the best in the world. An island in the northwest tip of Panay is a paradise for
many sun-worshippers from all over the world. Shaped like a slender butterfly,
Boracay is sheltered from the fierce easterly typhoons. Blessed with all the
elements of a tropical paradise, the thousand-hectare area of Boracay is laced
with tropical palms and flowering plants, sugar-fine white sand and crystal blue
waters swimming with exotic marine life. Although Boracay used to be the
country's best kept secret, nevertheless, it is now a melting pot for many beach
lovers and sun-worshippers as words spread like wildfire about this paradise on
Apart from the beautiful scenery, Boracay also offers great dining with a diversity
of culinary fare from the native cuisine to French, Spanish and Italian, just to
name a few. Accompanying the delectable cuisine is the famous array of fruit
juices like green tart mango, coconut milk and sweet yellow mango which is
worth a try.
Bohol Island, just across the straits from Cebu in Central Visayas, is the site of
some of the country’s most fascinating natural wonders; hundreds of limestone
hills, some 30m (100ft) high, that in summer look like oversized chocolate drops,
earning them the name ‘Chocolate Hills’. Covered by thin grass that dries and
turns brown in the summer sun, they are a strange spectacle with mounds rising
up from the flatlands, and are situated about 55km (34 miles) northeast of
Tagbilaran City, the island’s capital. Bohol also offers handsome white sand
beaches and pretty secluded coves, accessible via good roads. The island is a
coconut-growing area and its local handicrafts are mostly of woven materials:
grass mats, hats and baskets. Baclayon Church merits a visit, as it is probably
the oldest stone church in the Philippines, dating back to 1595. The island can be
reached by plane or ferry. The air journey from Cebu to Tagbilaran takes 40
minutes. Ferries go from Cebu to Tagbilaran or Tubigon, another port north of the
Mindanao is the second-largest and the most southerly island, with a very
different feel from the rest of the country. A variety of Muslim ethnic groups live
here. Mindanao's landscape is dominated by mountain chains running from
north to south. Containing about 80% of the country's iron reserves, Mindanao is
one of the richest islands in the Philippines. In the agriculture industry, over half
of the country's pineapple, corn, coffee, copra, cocoa and abaca (hemp) is
produced by the island of Mindanao. Apart from being one of the richest islands
in terms of natural resources, Mindanao is also rich in offering many attractive
tourist spots such as Davao and Cagayan de Oro.
In the southwestern tip of Mindanao is Zamboanga City, it is situated at the
southwestern tip of Mindanao. The capital of Zamboanga del Sur province has
been called the "City of Flowers," though nowadays it is more popularly known as
the "City of Sotanghon." Sotanghon is a kind of noodles and is fairly
representative of what is to be found in the city's main attraction--its barter
market. considered by some as the most romantic place in the Philippines and a
favourite resort amongst tourists. The city is noted for its seashells, unspoiled
tropical scenery and magnificent flowers. Zamboanga was founded by the
Spanish, and the 17th-century walls of Fort Pilar, built to protect the Spanish and
Christian Filipinos from Muslim onslaughts, are still standing. The city has a
number of hotels, cars for hire, good public transport and vintas (small boats),
often with colorful sails, available to take visitors round the city bay. The flea
market sells Muslim pottery, clothes and brassware. About 2km (1.2 miles) from
Fort Pilar are the houses of the Badjaos, which are stilted constructions on the
water. Water gypsies live in boats in this area, moving to wherever the fishing is
best. Plaza Pershing and Pasonanca Park are worth visiting. Santa Cruz Island
has a sand beach which turns pink when the corals from the sea are washed
ashore, and is ideal for bathing, snorkelling and scuba diving. There is also an
old Muslim burial ground here.
Davao, the largest city in Mindanao and the third largest in the Philippines, is
situated at the head of Davao Gulf in the southeast quadrant of the island. At the
airport, a gaily painted statue in tribal attire, holding a durian, welcomes visitors.
Davaoenos say the figure is that of a Manobo native who the true aborigine of
Davao is. A settlement of Manobos can be visited in Calinan. Davao province is
the industrial centre of Mindanao, renowned for its pearl and banana exports.
Davao City is one of the most progressive industrial cities in the country. The
province is the site of Mount Apo, the highest peak in the country, the highest
peak in the Philippines, can be seen to the south of Davao. It is a gigantic
verdant cap stretching to a height of 2,909 meters and covering 76,000
hectares. Justly called the "grandfather of Philippine mountains", Apo is a
dormant volcano. With no recorded eruptions, its jagged crater walls
nevertheless are mute testimony to ancient activity. While the Apo Range has
spectacular waterfalls, rapids, forests, springs and mountain lakes.
Cagayan de Oro, the capital of Misamis Oriental Province is a developing
commercial and pleasure as well as educational center. Cradled between the
gentle waters of Macabalan Bay and the ancient mountains of Mindanao's
interior, this old coastal settlement is the normal jumping-off point for the start of
an exciting adventure in northern Mindanao.
Bisected by the Cagayan River, the large city of Cagayan de Oro boasts
countless banks, shopping malls and government offices. Many years ago, the
Spanish colonists added the words' De Oro' meaning 'of gold' to the name
Cagayan. Although the Spanish were referring to the specks of gold they had
discovered in the Cagayan River in those days, however, today, the terms have
come to describe the 'golden friendship' offered by an old-fashioned city that is
popular for its hospitality and warm people. A sprawling city bisected by the
Cagayan River, Cagayan de Oro sits in the middle of Mindanao's north coast and
is the staging point for a trip to the Malasag Eco-Tourism Village, a theme park
12 kilometers away. In Bukidnon there are huge cattle ranches and the famous
Del Monte pineapple fields, and Iligan City is the site of the hydroelectric complex
driven by the Maria Cristina Falls.
Lanao del Sur is a province characterised by its Muslim community which has
settled along the shores of Lake Lanao. Besides the lake, other attractions
include Signal Hill; Sacred Mountain; the native market, Torongan; homes of the
Maranao royalty; the various Muslim mosques on the shores of the lake; and
examples of the famous brassware industry centred in Tugaua.
The southernmost region of the Republic of the Philippines, located in the heart
of the Asia-Pacific region, Mindanao has become a "gateway to opportunity" for
Philippine and international investors eyeing opportunities in agribusiness,
industry, and tourism.
The Philippines is a rich and a diverse country. With the many tourist destinations
talked about in this research, the country is renowned for its beautiful islands,
golden beaches, astonishing volcanoes, numerous diving spots and exotic
wildlife among other Philippines tourist attractions. Nature lovers, wildlife
enthusiasts, honeymooners and adventure seekers are all lured by the major
Philippines tourist attractions. Despite its rich wonders and diverse attractions,
the Philippines still remain an inexpensive destination. From north to south, the
country offers nothing but the finest attractions.
The Philippines unremarkable tourist attractions are undoubtedly our countries