Holy Week in the Philippines is the best time to travel and spend a fulfilling getaway with your family. This prestigious holiday takes place on Palm Sunday, April 5 and ends on Black Saturday, April 11. While Holy Week Philippines 2020 serves as a break from the fast-paced lifestyle in the city, it also serves as one of the longest and most anticipated holidays in the Philippines.

People all over the country perform rituals and traditions in celebration of his death and resurrection. Deciding where to go this holiday is a cause for much excitement, so we’re giving you a number of churches to visit and traditions you can partake in while enjoying your week-long vacation.

1. Simala Church, Cebu

If you wish to get far away this holy week, Simala Church in Cebu is a great destination. Simala Church is a prestigious castle-like structure in the heart of the province. Home to the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, people from all over the world flock to this pristine church to witness traditions and religious gatherings.

Not only will you find yourself seeing some of the prettiest churches in the Philippines, but you’ll also be greeted by a number of beaches and activities you can do during the trip! It’s no doubt you can enjoy Holy Week Philippines 2020 and summertime here all at once!  

2. Moriones Festival in Marinduque

Marinduque’s Moriones Festival is one of the most colorful festivals in the country. It is an annual week-long commemoration of the life and death of Jesus Christ every Holy Week.

In this folk religious festival, locals wear costumes and masks replicating biblical Roman soldiers, reenacting scenes from the Passion of Christ. The festival also celebrates the life of Saint Longinus, the half-blind Roman soldier who speared the crucified body of Jesus. Longinus is believed to have regained his vision when Jesus’ blood hit his eye, restoring his vision.

It does not only serve as a tourist attraction but also a good way to remember the suffering of Jesus Christ.


3. Laguna Province

Another popular Holy Week destination in the Philippines is the province of Laguna because it is home to historic and remarkable churches built during the Spanish Colonial era.

Many devotees opt to do their Visita Iglesia in Laguna because it is just a short drive south of Metro Manila.


4. Quiapo Church, Manila

Most people fast during the Lenten season, while others attend mass every day. Quiapo Church is worth the visit this Holy Week if you’re planning to stay in Manila. This grand church is home to the famous shrine of the Black Nazarene. This church is usually packed during Maundy Thursday, where a large group of devotees carry crucifixes and recreate the scenes of the crucifixion.


5. Via Crucis at San Fernando, Pampanga

Every year on Good Friday, tourists flock to San Fernando, Pampanga to witness the world-renowned staging of Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) for Holy Week. Devotees imitate the suffering of Christ and participate in real-life self-flagellation, Passion Play which culminates with the crucifixion penitents.

Re-enacting the crucifixion is a way for devout Catholics to express their faith in the most extreme way.

Witness this reenactment for a one-of-a-kind Holy Week Philippines 2020 experience.


6. Baguio Cathedral, Baguio City

If you’re in Baguio City for Holy Week, there are several churches for you to visit while enjoying the cool climate and the fresh scent of pine trees and highland flowers. These include Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral which is just located at the city’s most popular street, Session Road and the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church in Burnham Park.


7. San Pedro Cathedral, Davao

The oldest church in Davao City, the San Pedro Cathedral is now recognized as a National Cultural Treasure. It’s famous for its architectural structure, a curved roof reminiscent of the traditional vinta— a traditional outrigger boat from the Philippine island of Mindanao. This is one of the many churches that people visit when celebrating Holy Week.


8. Tukon Church, Batanes


If you want to reflect on things and just have a retreat, Batanes is the perfect place. Its scenic views and peaceful surroundings make up a tranquil retreat. The best place you can visit in Batanes is the Racuh A Payaman, Tayid Lighthouse and the Tukon Chapel in Basco.


9. Mt. Apo, Davao

For those who want to have a different type of pilgrimage, climbing Mt. Apo in Davao is something to try. It usually takes two days to reach the summit. While the trek can be challenging, you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous sights like the 150-feet Tudaya Falls and a breathtaking view. It’s perfect for those who want adventure while showing their devotion to tradition.


10. Manila Cathedral, Manila

The Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, also known as Manila Cathedral, is the cathedral of Manila and basilica located in the historic walled city of Intramuros. Aptly honored as the Mother Church of the Philippines, one should not hesitate to visit this pristine church during the holidays. You’ll find yourself admiring the beautiful structure, especially its religious mosaic art that can be found inside. It should definitely be one of the churches that you and your family will be visiting this Holy Week!

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Make the most of your summer break with these ZEN travel ideas in Southeast Asia. It’s time to go out of your comfort zone and take your summer plans to the next level! And if you’re looking for the best things to do in Southeast Asia in summers, we’ve got you covered!

Here are the 13 most fun activities to try this summer!

1. Jump into the pool in Bali, Indonesia

Find yourself in an indoor paradise when booking ZEN Rooms on your next trip to Bali, Indonesia. Relax, unwind and get into that bikini vibe as summer rewards you with an endless supply of calm, peace and comfort! There’s no better way to spend the summer than to slip into a zen mode and float on a pool of peace and serenity. Click here to view other properties that offer a relaxing indoor pool.

2. Enter the underwater world of the S.E.A. Aquarium in Singapore

Home to more than 100,000 marine animals, with over 1,000 different kinds of species found across 50 habitats, this aquatic conservatory hosts the latest conservation efforts and promotes a unique underwater experience to its visitors. Adventure-seekers can swim just inches away from some of the ocean’s stealthiest predators in their Shark Encounter program, and try a once-in-a-lifetime experience of walking and breathing freely underwater in their Sea Trek adventure.

3. Feast on Penang, Malaysia’s street food

The abundance of street food in Malaysia can be overwhelming, yet satisfying. Stalls upon stalls can be spotted in Penang, and the same dishes repeat themselves but never falls short of delicious. However, this is where you can find the entirety of the authentic Malaysian cuisine. The streets of Penang City are known as a food paradise mainly due to its diversity in ethnicity, culture, and religion. From noodle soups to laksa, and Indian curry to crepe-like snacks! There is a wide variety of food options that’s definitely worth the visit! Don’t miss this as this is one of the best things to do in Southeast Asia in summers.

4. Witness installations in the ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands

The ArtScience in Marina Bay Sands beautifully pushes the boundaries between art and science. When technology and knowledge are fused with art, a wide range of innovative designs emerge from the ideas of world-renowned creatives. A multitude of works from the arts and creative fields are displayed, which features eye-catching exhibitions and installations that perfectly demonstrates the possibilities of technology when combined with art. Visitors can immerse themselves in a dynamic 1,500-square-metre digital universe of interactive art installations revolving around the themes of Nature, Town, Park, and Science.

5. Go kayaking in El Nido, Palawan

If there’s one thing that tops the list of things to do in Southeast Asia in summers, it’s the combination of kayaking, sight-seeing, and snorkeling all in one hot summer day! It wouldn’t be a summer worth reliving without a sweet escape to the beautiful island of El Nido, Palawan. Surrounded by limestone karsts protruding from the sea, you’ll discover lagoons and giant rock formations that can only be accessed by hidden entrances and secret passageways. This island is full of hidden gems under the sea and on land.

6. Go shopping in Hong Kong

There’s no doubt that Hong Kong is a popular shopping district among fashion lovers and designer brands. From high-end luxury items to street bazaars with reasonable bargains, this shopping haven offers a wide variety of shopping districts and avenues that are certainly worth visiting and spending money on! Like walking straight into a fashion catalog, this city meets the standards of those with lavish lifestyles and designer dreams.

7. Climb Sigiriya in Sri Lanka

One of the “Eight Wonders of the World”, Sigiriya is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka. This ancient palace and fortress complex has significant archaeological importance and attracts thousands of tourists every year, mostly for its story and the breathtaking view when you reach the top. Sigiriya rock plateau, formed from magma of an extinct volcano, is 200 meters high in the jungle. Its view astonishes visitors with its unique harmony between nature and human imagination. Missing this adventure is like ditching the best things to do in Southeast Asia in summers.

8. Visit the magnificent Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Northern Bali, Indonesia

A summer trip to Bali isn’t complete without visiting its temples! Ulun Danu Beratan Temple complex is located on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul and looks as if it is floating on water. Due to the importance of Lake Bratan as a main source of irrigation in central Bali, the temple is used for offerings ceremony to the Balinese lake river goddess Dewi Danu. This hidden gem in the north continues to attract visitors for its sacred waters and shrines, finding harmony between man and nature in one magnificent complex.

9. Pass through Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand

Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand is a backpacker’s trail and a traveler’s perfect stopover. You can find cafes, bars, restaurants, massage parlors and market stalls along its vibrant and colorful streets. You might even find yourself listening to tales of traveling and become inspired to take on a random adventure around the country. Tourists can definitely feel the openness and infectious vibe of this road, for it is popular among locals, foreigners, and art students. Spend a culture trip, eat some food, and buy yourself some souvenirs upon passing through this lively avenue and include this to your list of things to do in Southeast Asia in summers.

10. Escape to Phi Phi Islands in Thailand

Summer days would not be complete without the sand, beach and the sea! Featuring tropical beaches, stunning rock formations, and vivid turquoise waters, this paradise in the Phi Phi Islands of Phuket, Thailand is one of the loveliest places in Southeast Asia. The islands are teeming with rich and vibrant marine life and provide a great choice of tours and activities to vacationers. This picturesque nature destination is the ultimate tropical getaway for a sweet summer vacation.

11. Shop for souvenirs in Little India, Singapore

Radiant and lively, you can immerse yourself in the ethnic district of Little India in Singapore for a colorful and festive vibe. The busy streets of this brightly-colored neighborhood are filled with malls, jewelry stores, and tailor shops that are perfect for souvenir shopping. Discover tasty Indian cuisines, Indian ornaments, Hindu temples, spice shops and so much more. It’s always a treat to dive into the culture and traditions of different countries and bring a little piece of it back home for the memories.

12. Bask in the beauty of The Sam Poh Tong Temple in Ipoh, Malaysia

Malaysia is home to dozens of astonishing temples, one of which is the Sam Poh Tong Temple, also known as the Three Buddhas Cave. Built within a raw limestone cave in the mountains, it is the oldest and the biggest Chinese Buddhist temple cave in Ipoh, Malaysia. Until today, nuns and monks who dedicate their lives to Buddha still occupy the Sam Poh Tong. Statues of Buddha are displayed among the stalactites and stalagmites. It is brimming with spirituality and is considered a work of art between man and nature.

13. Watch the sunset in Boracay

It wouldn’t be a summer worth remembering if it doesn’t involve a beautiful sunset at the end of the day. Sit back, relax and enjoy a stunning, colorful sky on the island of Boracay, Philippines. You can peacefully watch the sun bid farewell to the ocean and its seaside lovers, while enjoying the view of sailboats and tourists ending the summer day with a beer on one hand, and a phone to capture the natural beauty of nature. It’s time to party afterwards, or maybe stargaze as the ocean welcomes a warm, summer evening in paradise. It’s definitely one of the best things to do in Southeast Asia in summers!

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Palawan itself is just so beautiful as it is. With the abundance of amazing views of the lakes, lagoons, and clear blue-green waters, what more can you ask for for a perfect island getaway? But in this day and age, there’s a saying that goes you’ve never really been there if you don’t have a photo of it. So, what better way to level up your feed game than taking photos at the most Instagrammable Palawan attractions?

From hidden lagoons to underground rivers, there are tons of picturesque spots you can visit and turn into your very own Insta-paradise! Check out our list of stunning destinations you can feature on your next social media feed.

Puerto Princesa, Palawan

1. Palawan Underground River

A protected area of the Philippines, the Palawan Underground River or Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature. It is also one of the longest underground rivers in the world that outflows directly to the sea. This tourist destination is loved by travelers and locals. You can find yourself becoming amazed by its mysterious and enchanting rock formations inside this beauty. That’s why this is one of the best Palawan attractions!

2. Honda Bay Islands

empty honda bay island in palawan

Island hop to witness stunning islands and white sand beaches in Honda Bay Island. It offers a day tour that allows you to explore dive sites and hidden gems all around Puerto Princesa, leaving you with glimpses and memories of the beauty of Palawan’s landscape. You’ll also enjoy being surrounded by corals and marine wildlife.

3. Cowrie Island

nipa hut at cowrie island

Cowrie Island is one of the best Palawan attractions you can explore during the Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour. Some of the activities you can try here are swimming, riding the banana boat, snorkeling, and other water activities. This charming island is perfect for adventure seekers and Instagram lovers looking to enjoy an exciting day at the beach.

4. Luli Island

tall palm trees at luli island

Luli Island is unique because it sinks and rises depending on the tide. Famous among tourists for its sandbars and mangrove forests, it also has beautiful white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, making it the perfect place to grab a beer with some friends, take pictures and relax under the sun.

5. Sabang Waterfall

Mother Nature has a way of turning everything into something majestic and stunning. Sabang Waterfalls faces directly to the sea and is adorned by travelers and locals. It isn’t your typical waterfall because it’s 50-ft. high and has a rock pool at the bottom and it’s just a short walk from the beach.

6. Sabang Beach

Sabang Beach is surrounded by white sand, palm trees, and mountainous views. This small village in Puerto Princesa City has yet to be discovered by the mainstream crowd. Whether it be swimming or just soaking up the sun, Sabang Beach is the perfect place for some downtime because it’s not crowded with tourists.

7. Nagtabon Beach

aerial view of an empty nagtabon beach

Feel the summer breeze with these palm trees at Nagtabon beach. Keep calm and at ease at this ultimate destination. This quiet place is the complete opposite of the chaos in Honda Bay and Underground River. Here, you can easily spend the day eating delicious food and enjoying the relaxing tropical atmosphere.


El Nido, Palawan

1. Shimizu Island

stunning view of shimizu island

Soak up the sun in Shimizu Island. This spot has fishes of different colors and is the perfect island getaway if you’re looking for rich marine life. You can also enjoy a seafood feast here with your friends.

2. Secret Lagoon

aerial view of secret lagoon

Separated from the ocean through a small keyhole-like opening, Secret Beach is only accessible by swimming through this door size opening through a narrow crevice in a rock wall. Here you’ll see a beach surrounded by limestone cliffs that cannot be seen from the open sea!

3. Taraw Cliff

 

a guy at the taraw cliff

Taraw Cliff is a giant limestone terrace overlooking the town of El Nido. It is the highest peak and it’s perfect for adventurous spirits who would do anything for a stunning view. A peak with this view of Palawan is definitely worth the hike. Climb and conquer the forests and terranes leading up to this rewarding landscape and don’t forget to capture your victory. It was worth it for the gram!

4. Las Cabanas Beach

 

las cabanas beach

Las Cabanas Beach is the perfect place to relax, sunbathe and swim! You can catch a beautiful sunset in this hidden gem. This Palawan attractions spot is very accessible to tourists and locals since it’s just a few minutes away from El Nido town.

5. Pinagbuyutan Island

 

girl relaxing at Pinagbuyutan Island palawan

Also called Inabuyatan Island, meaning “Enchanted Island,” this island holds one of the most outstanding landscapes in El Nido. The beach has soft powdery white sand, making it a great place to just stay in a hammock, and forget all your troubles and relax. There is also a colorful and thriving underwater ecosystem beneath its glass-like waters.

6. Seven Commandos Beach

 

stunning view of seven commandos beach

Seven Commando Beach is a lovely place to relax under the coconuts or just swim! It’s an ideal place for a romance with the sun. It has a sandy shore that’s perfect for sunbathing or playing sports or lazing around. This destination is one of the stops in El Nido’s special day tour.

7. Nacpan Beach

 

aerial view of nacpan beach

Head out to Nacpan Beach for a less-crowded beach experience! Nacpan Beach is one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the Philippines. It has surfable waves, a fishing village, coconut palms, and brimming white sand. You can also end your day in this special spot, for Nacpan’s sunsets are known for being absolutely spectacular.

8. Baquit Bay

Baquit Bay has clear blue waters that are teeming with marine life and nature’s most beautiful creatures. This place is filled with islands that are both occupied and uninhabited.

There are over 30 dive sites that can be explored, as well as activities that will allow you to become closer to nature.

9. Big Lagoon

 

tourists kayaking at big lagoon

Just like any other lagoons in Palawan, Big Lagoon is dotted with dark limestone cliffs. These limestone pieces are perfectly lined beside blazing blue waters, creating a pathway, and a panoramic view. Visitors are given the freedom to enjoy this paradise on their own. You can take a short swim in the shallow waters at the entrance or try kayaking through the waters. Don’t miss this as this is one of the best Palawan attractions.

10. Small Lagoon

 

tourists kayaking at small lagoon

Small Lagoon is usually the first stop to the Island Hopping tour. Some of the favorite activities here are kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling. You can swim to the other end of the lagoon where you can reach a small water-filled cave and enjoy a cool dive in its underwater paradise.

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