There are many places to check out and discover in one of the world’s best countries, the Philippines. Sure a 7-day trip might not be enough but even within a short period of time, you will likely fall in love with the beauty that the Philippine tourist spots have to offer.

From its pristine beaches, amazing islands, breathtaking rolling hills, delicious cuisine, and friendly locals, the Philippines is surely a place every traveler should visit at least once.

If you’re a foreigner planning to discover the best tourist spots in the country, here’s a 1-week itinerary that you may copy to get to know the Philippines and its tourist spots better!

Day 1-2: Mountainous Baguio

strawberry farm in baguio is a philippine tourist spot

You can begin your tour extravaganza in the Philippines by enjoying Baguio, one of the most visited places in the North of the Philippines. Most people opt to stay here because of its cool weather as it’s located in an elevated area. Aside from this, you can enjoy many fun activities like horseback riding, biking, riding the swan boats, and many more.

The travel time to Baguio takes 2-3 hours from Clark International Airport by bus. The best time to travel there is during the summer or in February so you can watch the famous Baguio Flower Festival.

Places to check out in Baguio: Camp John Hay, Mines View Park, Wright Park, Strawberry Farm, Baguio Museum, Laperal House

Where to stay in Baguio 

  1. South Drive Baguio Manor – Starts at P2800/night 
  2. Casa Bel – Starts at P1950/night 
  3. Davimar House – Starts at P2000/night 
  4. R Bed and Breakfast – Starts at P4550/night 
  5. Baguio Lefern Hotel Military Cut-off – Starts at P5000/night

Day 3: Historical Manila

intramuros is a well-known tourist spot in the Philippines

From the Summer Capital of the Philippines, we go down to Manila, the Capital of the Philippines. There are a lot of things to see and do in this Philippine tourist spot that would definitely make your stay more fun.

First on your list should be the famous Intramuros. It is also known as the Walled City during the Spanish colonization. You’ll be amazed at how beautiful the cobbled streets are, the preserved buildings, and of course, the food! You may rent a bike to go around and enjoy the historical view.

Finally, you can end your day at Manila Bay and book a dinner cruise to have a sumptuous meal while watching the beautiful sunset. You may try the 1-hour dinner cruise to see a different angle of Manila while watching the sun goes down and appreciate the city lights at night.

If you prefer to enter Manila first, you can do so via Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Then ride a taxi from NAIA to Manila, which is about an hour’s worth of drive.

Places to check out in Manila: Fort Santiago, Rizal Shrine, Plaza Moriones, Alamacenes Reales, Baluarte de San Diego, Bahay Tsinoy and Baluarte de San Andres. 

Where to stay in Manila

  1. Broadway Court Apartelle – Starts at P1323/night 
  2. Princeton Residences – Starts at P2000/night 
  3. Spaces by Eco Hotel Makati – Starts at P2118/night 
  4. Poblacion Makati House – Starts at P1200/night 
  5. BCD 58 Ohana Hostel – Starts at P1400/night

Day 4-6: Island Hopping in Palawan

Palawan is a well-known Philippine tourist spot

After heading to the mountains, why not go for an island trip? And where else is better than in Palawan? Just a warning though, it might be too hard for you to leave the island as it will make you want to stay there longer!

Palawan is famous for its beaches and lagoons. If you only have a limited travel time, we recommend visiting Coron first. you’ll be amazed at how beautiful nature is. Coron will feast your eyes with breathtaking views of the clear blue-green lakes and lagoons. But if you have more time, you can also visit Puerto Princesa City where the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Underground River, is located and El Nido if you want to see more lagoons and chill at the beach.

Places to check out in Palawan: (Coron) Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoons, Skeleton Wreck, Beach 91 and CYC Beach. (El Nido) Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon (Make sure to wear trekking sandals with straps as you’ll be stepping on sharp rocks). (Puerto Princesa City) Underground River, Crocodile Farm, Honda Bay.

Where to stay in Palawan

  1. Mountain Side Inn – Starts at P1250/night 
  2. Den’gi Inn – Starts at P1900/night
  3. Jeamco Royal Hotel Palawan – Starts at P2177/night 
  4. South Anchorage Inn – Starts at P2300/night 
  5. Palawan Escapes & Reef Resort – Starts at P3332/night

Day 6-7: Relax at Boracay

Boracay, a tourist spot in the Philippines known for its white san beaches

If you still want to experience Philippines’ best beaches, then head to the world’s best island, Boracay! From Palawan, you can already fly directly to Boracay. Don’t worry about feeling tired from the activities that you’ve done from the past days because Boracay is an island for you to just chill. Head over to White beach that has 3 stations to choose from.

Places to check out in Boracay: Station 1 has mostly high-end resorts and restaurants. Station 2 has the party hubs and D’Mall. And Station 3 is the least crowded, perfect for your solo moment.

Where to stay in Boracay 

  1. Shore Time Hotel Annex – Starts at P2500/night 
  2. The Tides Hotel Boracay – Starts at P5700/night 
  3. 357 Boracay – Starts at P4500/night 
  4. M&E Guesthouse – Starts at P2000/night

These are the well-known Philippine tourist spots to summarize this archipelagic country that Filipinos are proud of. You may opt for choosing this 7-day trip on an off-peak season to really embrace the beauty of this country. These places are the sure-hit topic to talk about among the Filipinos anywhere around the world. With the right amount of planning, it’s definitely going to be worth it!

 

Related article: 70+ Gorgeous Philippines Tourist Spots to Visit

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Frequently Asked Questions About Philippines Tourist Spots

Q: What is the best tourist spot in the Philippines?

A: From Luzon and Visayas to Mindanao, here are the most beautiful Philippines tourist attractions that won’t fail to impress you.

  1. Palawan
  2. Batanes
  3. Boracay
  4. Cebu
  5. Siargao
  6. Ifugao 
  7. Camiguin
  8. Ilocos
  9. Manila 
  10. Bohol
  11. Pampanga
  12. Tagaytay
  13. Batangas
  14. Rizal 
  15. Laguna
  16. Zamboanga
  17. Sagada
  18. Baler
  19. Siquijor
  20. Bacolod 

Q: What is the most beautiful tourist spot in Luzon, Philippines?

A: Luzon is full of beautiful places to visit. Among these are:

  • Intramuros
  • Mt. Kiltepan Viewpoint
  • Anawangin Cove
  • Mayon Volcano
  • Taal Volcano
  • Tinipak River
  • Mt. Pinatubo
  • Puerto Princesa Underground River
  • Racuh A Payaman 
  • Big Lagoon
  • Small Lagoon
  • Kayangan Lake
  • Banaue Rice Terraces 

Q: What is the Philippines known for?

A: The Philippines is known for its pristine beaches, breathtaking mountains and hills, great diving spots, jaw-dropping lagoons and lakes, and great traits and culture. 

Q: Why is it more fun in the Philippines?

A: It’s more fun in the Philippines because you get to enjoy over 7,000 islands! And what makes it really more fun is the kind locals that are happy to welcome you 24/7.

Q: Why is the Philippines the best tourist attraction destination?

A: The Philippines is a great place to travel to because of its pristine islands that have been recognized as the world’s best by international travel magazines; its historical sites; delicious cuisine; and of course, the hospitable locals.

Q: Is the Philippines open for tourists? 

A: As of writing, the Philippines is open for fully vaccinated tourists coming from abroad. For more Philippine travel updates, read here and here.

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Summer is almost upon us and we can already feel the urge of getting out of town. With more than 7,000 beautiful islands in the Philippines, it’s not too difficult to choose where to go. The only question here is: what to do? 

While the country is most popular for its pristine beaches guaranteed to take your breath away, there are far more summer activities to try that will make your vacation one-for-the-books!

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5 Must-Experience Activities During Summer Vacation in the Philippines

The season of vacations is here and if you’re still working on your summer bucket list ideas 2022, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got a few suggestions that will help you plan your best summer vacation in the Philippines to date. Whether you want to go on a beach getaway with your family or have some me time somewhere offbeat, here are the fun things to do in summer.

  1. Go somewhere cold
  2. Get that much-needed Vitamin Sea
  3. Fall in-love with waterfalls
  4. Book a staycation in the city
  5. Go on a remote retreat

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1. Go somewhere cold

Baguio Tagaytay summer activities in the philippines

There are people who love the scorching heat and enjoy being under the sun. but if you’re not one of them, we’re pretty sure you’re the type of traveler who prefers colder places. Where else is better to beat the summer heat than in Baguio and Tagaytay? 

Baguio is a great place to cool off if you want to escape the heat in the metro. But if you don’t want to go far from the city, Tagaytay is an ideal place. These destinations both allow you to enjoy cold summer days.

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2. Get that much-needed Vitamin Sea

El Nido Boracay summer activities in the philippines

Stressed about your work? Tired of your daily routine? These are the signs you need to take your daily dose of vitamin sea! Nothing beats a vacation with the sun, sand, and sea as your views. Hence, add island-hopping to your summer bucket list already!

If you can’t think of a good beach to travel to, where have you been living all your life? Kidding aside, the beaches in the Philippines never disappoint. In fact, there are many islands that have been recognized as the world’s best! Boracay and Palawan are good starters. But if you want to explore more of the country, go to a Batangas beach. Or better yet, fly to Siargao, Zambales, Camiguin, or Cebu. The beaches there are jaw-dropping!

Beaches in Camarines Norte, Panglao, Puerto Princesa, La Union, Bolinao, and Mabini Batangas are worth visiting, too!

Must-read: 12 Most Spectacular White Sand Beaches in Philippines You Must Visit

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3. Fall in-love with waterfalls

Tinago Falls Kaparkan summer activities in the philippines

Kaparkan Falls photo by Rai Sean

Want a change of scenery? Add waterfall-hopping to your summer bucket list and try visiting the Philippines’ most popular waterfalls. From the hidden beauty of Tinago Falls in Iligan City and the Daranak Falls in Rizal to the high-terraced Kaparkan Falls in Abra, you’ll never run out of options. Visiting waterfalls also makes a great addition to the bucket list ideas for teens.

Told you, the Philippines has a lot to offer other than its beaches! 

Related article: 10 Scenic Waterfalls in the Philippines That Will Take Your Breath Away

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4. Book a staycation in the city

manila hotels summer activities in the philippines

If you want slow and steady activities during summer, book a staycation in or near the city! Whether it’s a Tagaytay staycation or a quick getaway in Makati and Manila, this type of vacation gives you a breather. Even if it’s a hotel vacation in the city, it can still be one of the most enjoyable summer activities for families, couples, or even singles.

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Related article: 10 Scenic Waterfalls in the Philippines That Will Take Your Breath Away

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5. Go on a remote retreat

Cambugahay Falls Banaue summer activities in the philippines

Is really escaping from it all—like no to little cell service—is on your bucket list ideas 2022, then a remote retreat is one of the perfect summer activities for you! Disconnecting from your busy daily life may be just what you need to refresh, relax, and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Limited internet and cell signal can also pave the way to building stronger relationships as you can spend quality time with your loved ones and enjoy summer activities for families available in the area.

Among the best places to disconnect are Batad in Ifugao, La Union, Camarines Norte, Siquijor, and Batanes. But just because you have little access to cell signals or WiFi doesn’t mean there are no other fun summer vacation activities to enjoy in these places. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Summer Activities in the Philippines

Q: What can you do in the Philippines in the summer?
A: Summer vacation in the Philippines is fun for many good reasons. And among those are the interesting summer activities you can try in the country like the following:

  1. Go somewhere cold
  2. Get that much-needed Vitamin Sea
  3. Fall in-love with waterfalls
  4. Book a staycation in the city
  5. Go on a remote retreat

Q: What are the best things to do in summer in the Philippines?
A: Planning your summer bucket list already? Here are the fun things to do in summer in the Philippines:

  1. Island-hopping
  2. Camping
  3. Glamping
  4. Having a picnic
  5. Swimming
  6. Parasailing
  7. Kayaking
  8. Paddleboarding
  9. Surfing
  10. Diving 

Q: What are the popular recreational summer activities in the Philippines?
A: Here’s a list of the most popular recreational summer activities in the Philippines:

  1. Hiking
  2. Camping
  3. Glamping
  4. Picnicking
  5. Swimming 
  6. Fishing
  7. Kayaking
  8. Snorkeling
  9. Diving
  10. Rafting
  11. Biking
  12. Zip Lining
  13. Rock Climbing
  14. Volunteering
  15. Outdoor Photography

Q: Where is the best place in the Philippines to visit in the summer?
A: Island-hopping is one of the most popular summer activities in the Philippines because of thousands of beautiful islands to see. Add these places to your summer bucket list ideas 2022:

  1. Boracay
  2. Coron, Palawan
  3. El Nido, Palawan
  4. Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
  5. Cebu
  6. Tagaytay
  7. Baguio
  8. Siargao
  9. Batangas beach
  10. Zambales
  11. La Union
  12. Panglao, Bohol

Q: Where do people vacation in the Philippines?
A: To be honest, every corner of the Philippines is a must-visit! But here are the most popular summer destinations in the Philippines.

  1. Boracay
  2. Cabu
  3. Palawan
  4. Siargao 
  5. Baguio
  6. Bohol
  7. Tagaytay
  8. Zambales
  9. La Union
  10. Bolinao, Pangasinan
  11. Batangas
  12. Laguna

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Want to travel to Baguio with a friend? We’ll introduce you to someone who will tour you (at least virtually) to the Summer Capital of the Philippines and experience it like a local.

The idea of traveling to Baguio, especially when alone, is exhilarating—hopping from one destination to another, trying local dishes, feeling the sweater weather every day, and shopping for some souvenirs. 

But what if you’re now ready to go deeper? What if you want to experience Baguio as the locals do? The best way to do this is to allow yourself to be absorbed into the culture as much as possible by traveling like a local.

While being a tourist is fine, there’s something about experiencing a new (or familiar) place like a local. However, traveling solo may not always be fun compared to experiencing things with someone. 

So, why not travel to Baguio with a friend? And no, we don’t mean “the friend” you heard on the news a few months ago. We interviewed Jan Carlito David II of Pixel Travel Story, a local blogger, who will tell you everything you need to know about visiting Baguio now, from the latest Baguio travel requirements to the best places to visit. 

What’s inside this blog?

Baguio before & after the pandemic

Before the pandemic, Baguio was one of the hottest destinations in the Philippines. Hundreds of thousands of tourists are driving north every month to escape the hot weather in other places in the country. 

“Baguio was preparing for the grand tourism activities around December 2019 to March 2020 because of the expected influx of tourists. However, things have started to change in late 2019 because of COVID-19,” shares Jan. 

The City of Pines was one of the Philippine tourist destinations that have been greatly affected by the pandemic. Earlier this year, the city experienced low tourist arrivals even if they increased their target number of tourists a day. 

While the city suffered from a drop in tourism, the locals of Baguio didn’t stop to think of ways on how to recover. They became even more creative and innovative amid the pandemic. 

Jan says “Virtual Tourism has started to be recognized. Private organizations and even the Department of Tourism conducted virtual tours, symposiums that encouraged people to share photos and clips of their past travel experiences. This allows the residents of the city and outsiders to discover other travel spots around Baguio but also Benguet.”

What to expect when visiting Baguio now

minesview park baguio philippines tourism news

Unlike traveling pre-pandemic, we can’t go to Baguio on a whim anymore. Extensive research and planning are needed in order to explore Baguio hassle-free. 

“When visiting Baguio, everyone still needs to practice safety protocols such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing inside establishments or outdoor areas. Expect that transportation within the city also changes with only 70% seating capacity on jeepneys and 3-4 passengers allowed in taxis. The fare relatively also increased,” Jan shares.

“To those who enjoy the nightlife, restaurants, and bars often close earlier around 5pm. As a guide, I suggest that tourists enjoy tripping, walking, or biking around the city. To also enjoy the cold weather and destination, it’s better to visit during weekdays to avoid crowded places. Moreover, I hope we get to support more local products, follow the rules and bring ample respect,” Jan adds.

And now that the local government has increased their daily tourist limit, expect longer lines and longer waiting time. With this, make sure to bring with you all the necessary documents and a lot of patience.

Suggested article: A Complete Travel Guide for a Memorable Staycation in Baguio

Baguio travel requirements 2021

Travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to take an RT-PCR test, but they must present their vaccination cards. 

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated adults cannot enter the city.

According to the city mayor, there are only three (3) main Baguio travel pass requirements. These are: 

  1. Baguio Visita registration with QR-coded Tourist Pass
  2. Vaccination card or vaccination certificate
  3. Health screening and verification at the triage in Baguio upon arrival

For more detailed information about the requirements for entering Baguio City, read this: Baguio Travel Requirements: Updated 2021 Guide to Traveling to Baguio

New tourist spots in Baguio

Mirador Heritage Eco Park baguio with a friend

Photo credits to Baguio City Guide

If you want to go somewhere new and uncrowded, Jan recommends some places you can add to your itinerary. See what he has to say:

To spice up the usual destinations around the city, there are also new spots built and discovered such as the: Mirador Heritage and Eco Park. This bamboo park will remind you of the Bamboo Grove in Japan. On your way to the top are rock formations, located on the top of the hill is the Torii with the historical bell made from a century-old bombshell. The retreat is also open for the public upon reservation. It is just beside Cafe Inigo, a great place to enjoy the sunset view while sipping a cup of coffee. 

If you were fascinated with the bamboo park of Mirador Hill, the Bamboo Sanctuary is also a good place to relax but also learn about the benefits and uses of bamboo. A bamboo art gallery is also placed for viewing.

Located along Longlong Road are Baguio Igorot Stone Garden and Campfolkswagen just near Tam-awan Village. These new spots here in Baguio City just sprouted during the pandemic that also drew attention to tourists from outside the city. Going farther along Longlong road, you will find yourself in Mount Costa or sipping great street coffee with Torogi Kapi.Baguio is full of surprises as if the ones discussed above are not enough. This perpetually cold city has one more natural attraction that will take you by surprise. 

16 kilometers northwest of Baguio lies the hot springs of Tuba, Benguet. Known as the Asin Hot Springs, these thermal and therapeutic springs are the perfect spot for relaxation and rejuvenation. Because of its considerable distance from the city center, Asin Hot Springs is one of the most underrated destinations in the province of Benguet. Although the pools are tiled, the waters that fill them are natural and come straight from the mountains. The springs are even said to have healing properties.

Going to Asin Hot Springs you can also visit Sam’s Agritourism Park or dine at Pinderella’s Cafe & Secret Garden while enjoying the walk around the rare plants. Both places are just near BenCab Museum. 

Want to visit more tourist attractions in Baguio? Read this: 15 Must-Visit Baguio Tourist Spots for a Fun Escapade

Where to eat in Baguio

According to Jan Carlito, here are some of the best cafes and restaurants to try when you’re in Baguio: 

  1. Arca’s Yard
  2. Cafe by the Ruins
  3. Hatch Coffee
  4. Il-Lengan Cafe
  5. Tsokolateria Artisanal Cafe
  6. Vanilla Cafe
  7. Patch Cafe
  8. Oh My Gulay Resto
  9. Al Tiera Bistro
  10. Cafe de Angelo
  11. Grumpy Joe
  12. Ili-likha Community

Where to stay in Baguio

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Whether it’s your first time or nth time already, Baguio never fails to amaze its visitors even during the trying times. Before your trip, make sure you have prepared everything you need and bring a camera to capture new memories Baguio will give you. 

jan carlito david ii Baguio with a Friend

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The highlands of Baguio City in the Philippines has been known as the country’s Summer Capital. That’s why people make the long road trip to Baguio from Manila to escape the stifling heat of the lowlands and polluted cities in the metro. Another reason tourists travel to the City of Pines is the Baguio Flower Festival or Panagbenga Festival. It is an annual flower festival in Baguio celebrated every February. 

About Panagbenga Festival

The term “Panagbenga” comes from a Kankanaey term meaning “a season for blossoming, a time for flowering.” This Baguio festival reflects the history, traditions, and values of the city and the Cordillera. 

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Panagbenga Festival Description

The term “Panagbenga” comes from a Kankanaey term meaning “a season for blossoming, a time for flowering.” This flower festival in Baguio reflects the history, traditions, and values of the city and the Cordillera. We hope this answers your question about the Panagbenga Festival description.


Panagbenga Festival History

The Baguio Flower Festival started when lawyer, Damaso E. Bangaoet, Jr., John Hay Poro Point Development Corporation (JPDC) Managing Director for Camp John Hay, presented to the Board of Directors of JPDC the idea to lead the holding of a flower festival in Baguio. The Board, then led by the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) Chairman Victor A. Lim and JPDC President Rogelio L. Singson, approved the project immediately. It was also decided that the Festival will be held every February.

JPDC presented the idea to the various sectors of the community. Their response was warm and immediate. The idea had fallen on fertile ground and well-received by the community, thus making the Baguio Flower Festival happen.

In October 1995, the Baguio Festival got its official logo from entries to the Annual Camp John Hay Art Contest. 

After that, Professor Macario Fronda of Saint Louis University composed a Festival Hymn. The hymn was also based on the rhythm and movements of the Bendian Dance, an Ibaloi dance of celebration. The Bendian dance’s circular movements speak of unity and harmony among the members of the tribe. 

Creativity, ingenuity, and cooperation were all over the place and people got into the spirit of things. Children from the City’s schools joined their elders in dancing the entire parade route garbed as flowers of every shape and hue. Businessmen came up with flower-inspired products. 

In 1996, Ike Picpican, an archivist and curator of the Saint Louis University Museum, suggested acquiring a local name for the festival—Panagbenga Festival.

As the Panagbenga Festival evolves, new activities and initiatives were done. Tourists are delighted with what Baguio has to offer. The Cordillerans’ creativity, unity, culture, and traditions were highlighted and appreciated. 

Cordillerans showcase their creativity by building giant flower floats. These will be paraded on the streets of Baguio during the Grand Float Parade. Along with this is a lively, colorful, and cultural street dance performed by the locals, mostly students.

The festival was a result of people’s desire to have a festival of their own, a festival that was uniquely Baguio. 


When is Panagbenga Festival celebrated?

Panagbenga Festival is celebrated every February where the flowers are mostly in full bloom. While the Panagbenga place of origin is Baguio.


What to Expect

Since this flower festival is one of the most-awaited events in the Philippines, expect that the Panagbenga Festival place will be packed so make sure to book your trip in advance. Also, during the Baguio flower festival, most of the streets are decorated with colorful flowers, meaning, every corner is Instagrammable!


Baguio Flower Festival 2021 Schedule

Important Update: Due to the COVID-19, the local government of Baguio City and The Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. have decided to postpone the city’s annual flower festival, otherwise known as “Panagbenga”, this year.


Panagbenga Festival Activities

Here are the main highlights of the Baguio Festival happening every February.

Grand Street Dance Parade

One of the most fun activities at Panagbenga Festival place that many people look forward to is the Grand Street Parade. Here the locals and revelers parade through the streets of Baguio wearing the most colorful costumes and some traditional clothes of the tribes in the north. What’s fun about this Panagbenga event is that you can’t resist dancing! The dance groups who participated here compete for cash prizes.

Grand Float Parade

Another most-awaited Panagbenga event is the Grand Float Parade. Tourists across the world really go to Baguio just to witness this world-class parade. You can see about more than 20 flower-covered floats going down Baguio’s main streets, sponsored by companies and local city organizations.

Grand Fireworks Display

To cap off the whole festival, Panagbenga officially closes with ceremonies at the Baguio Athletic Bowl near Burnham Park along with a stunning fireworks display.


Baguio Flower Festival 2021 Guide: Tips for Attending Panagbenga Festival

Baguio will surely be too crowded during the Panagbenga Festival because tourists all over the world will definitely watch the festivity! So to help you out, we’ve rounded up some guides to make your Baguio Flower Festival 2020 more fun and safe!

1. Reserve your transportation tickets in advance
Since the Panagbenga Festival is peak season for tourists, you might find it difficult to reserve bus tickets when the festival is coming close.

2. Don’t bring a car, if possible
Although bringing a car will make your trip more convenient, doing this during the Panagbenga Festival isn’t advisable. Some roads will be closed for the parade while other roads will be congested because of the pool of people who will watch the festival, that will make it harder for travellers to drive. If you brought a car, park it near your hotel and just commute or walk to the area where festivities will be held. 

3. Secure your belongings
There will be security personnel around the areas of the celebration but you should still keep an eye on your valuables. Keep your belongings at your sight and hold them carefully. 

4. Bring water
Don’t leave your hotel without a bottle of water. Always bring water with you to keep yourself hydrated. 

5. Wear appropriate clothes
It’s going to be a crowded festival so wear something that you’ll be comfortable. Wearing heels is also not an option for this. Pick a pair of flats or sneakers so your feet won’t hurt at the end of the day. 

6. Bring an umbrella
The festival is a whole day, month-long rather, affair. Protect yourself from the sun or the rain.

7. Wear sunscreen
Protect your skin from harmful UV rays of the sun by putting on sunblock. Don’t leave the hotel without sunblock if you don’t want to have burnt skin at the end of the day. Trust us, it hurts!

8. Book your accommodations in Baguio early
It is expected that Baguio will be full of tourists during the Baguio Flower Festival so we suggest that you book your accommodations in Baguio as early as today.


Baguio Tourist Spots

  1. Mines View Park – Where you can get the best view of the Cordillera Mountains and Benguet’s old copper and gold mines.
  2. Burnham Park – Perfect for couples and families.
  3. Botanical Garden – Fit for travelers who love nature.
  4. The Mansion – The official summer residence of the President of the Philippines.
  5. Valley of Colors – The village of colorful houses.
  6. Tree Top Adventure – Perfect for adventurous travelers.
  7. Strawberry Farms in La Trinidad – For picking fresh strawberries!

For the complete list, read this blog: 15 Must-Visit Baguio Tourist Spots for a Fun Escapade


Baguio Tourism Guidelines 2021 | COVID-19 Updates

As of writing, Baguio is now open for all domestic tourists with certain guidelines to be followed.

  • All inbound travelers shall register online at https://hdf.baguio.gov.ph/ and upload documentray requirements as listed in the new advisory.
  • For non-residents who wish to come and visit Baguio for leisure purposes, register to their Visitor Information and Travel Assistance (VISITA) here.

Baguio travel requirements 2021

  1. Baguio VISITA Account
  2. Negative RT-PCR/Rapid Antigen/Saliva Test
  3. Confirmed Accredited Hotel Booking
  4. Confirmed Itinerary
  5. QR Code Tourist Pass

For more updates on Baguio Tourism Guidelines and Panagbenga Festival 2022, visit Baguio Tourism’s website.

Frequently Asked Questions About Panagbenga Festival

Q: What is the Panagbenga Festival description?

A: The term “Panagbenga” comes from a Kankanaey term meaning “a season for blossoming, a time for flowering.” This flower festival in Baguio reflects the history, traditions, and values of the city and the Cordillera. 

Q: What is the Panagbenga Festival place of origin?

A: The Panagbenga Festival place of origin is Baguio in Luzon.

Q: Is Panagbenga Festival religious?

A: The Baguio Festival also known as Panagbenga is not a religious gathering but a cultural festival.

Q: When is Panagbenga Festival celebrated?

A: Panagbenga is celebrated in Baguio every February where the flowers are mostly in full bloom.

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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!

If you wish to travel to these holiday destinations this Holy Week Philippines 2020, don’t hesitate to book ZEN Rooms in Davao, Bohol, Manila, Cebu and Baguio City!

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They say that no man is an island. But, every once in a while, it’s good to be alone. When it comes to traveling, going solo flight means getting to live the YOLO life. You will finally be free to do whatever you want at your own pace. More importantly, traveling alone gives you the chance to discover who you truly are. That’s why there are many people who solo travel the Philippines.

The best and most affordable way to achieve this is to go on a road trip so you can gaze out the window, take in the view, and just sit alone with your thoughts for a few hours. This way, your journey to a new destination will eventually transform into a journey of self-exploration.

If you’re wondering where’s the best place to travel alone in the Philippines, we got you! Here are the top 7 destinations perfect for solo travel Philippines!

1. Batanes

racuh a payaman batanes

Batanes is an ideal place to go solo travel Philippines because it is one of the safest and most peaceful travel destinations in the country. Would you believe that the crime rate for this hilly island is almost zero? Plus, the Ivatans are the friendliest locals ever so if ever you’re lost, they’ll help you without taking advantage of you.

The climate in Batanes is tropical, but also has a cold temperature most of the time due to its latitude. When it comes to touring the island, you can rent a motorbike, bicycle or hire a tricycle. Another option is to join group tours with other tourists. The best time to visit Batanes is June for Batanes Day so you can experience the fiesta and celebrate it with free lunch for everyone! Batanes, definitely, is the best place to travel alone in the Philippines.

2. La Union

 

aerial view of la union beach

This is the place to be if you want to celebrate being young, wild, and free. Only 5 to 7 hours from Manila, this Surfing Capital of Northern Luzon is the best place to travel alone first time Philippines.

LU offers many extreme activities to pump up your adrenaline. Brave your fears and face the challenging waves at San Juan. If you want something even more extreme? You can try rappelling, ATV driving, wall climbing, and zip lining at Pugad in Pugo. At night, you can head back to the beach to enjoy smores and a beer, perhaps with some new people who are down to start a bonfire with you.

3. Palawan

girl on the edge of the boat in el nido

There’s nothing more breathtaking to solo travel Philippines than in Palawan! If you fancy prisitne beaches, jaw-dropping lagoons, coral gardens and turquoise waters, this is the best place to travel alone first time Philippines. You can enjoy the beaches of Coron and El Nido and have yourself lost in wonder at their lagoons. We recommend you to visit the Nacpan beach and Big and Small Lagoons in El Nido, Twin Lagoon and Kayangan Lake in Coron, and the Underground River in Puerto Princesa!

4. Baler

If you’re craving for anonymity and want something a bit more low-key, Baler is your best bet. This small town is the best place to travel alone near Manila because it’s also 5 to 7 hours away from the metro. You can revel in nostalgia by visiting historical landmarks like Museo de Baler, the replica of Doña Aurora Quezon’s Ancestral House, and the Church of Baler where the “Siege of Baler” took place in the late 19th century.

Take your walk to the next level by going to Diguisit Beach to see its breathtaking rock formations and the nearby waterfalls. Baler is a great destination to solo travel for beginners Philippines because it’s easy to get around to.

5. Zambales

 

girl in mt. pinatubo zambales

Zambales should be on top of your list if you’re looking for the best place to travel alone near Manila. Because of its proximity, it has become the favorite go-to weekend destination of travelers and solo backpackers. From Manila, the travel time takes only about 3 to 4 hours. We suggest you go to San Felipe or Liwliwa beach and enjoy your alone time. What’s great about here is that, everything’s cheap so it’s really perfect for budget solo travel for beginners Philippines.

6. Batad, Banaue

majestic view of banaue rice terraces

Another great destination to solo travel for beginners Philippines is Batad, Banaue. It’s perfect for travelers who are soul-searching or for someone who fancies hiking. The accommodations here are reasonably priced, and the best spot here is the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Batad Rice Terraces.

Make your visit more memorable by seeing it up close! Aside from the rice terraces, there are other interesting places to see and explore in Batad such as the Tapiya Waterfalls, Papa Sitio, and Viewpoint.

7. Baguio

burnham park baguio

If you want to experience a suburban adventure, Baguio is ready to welcome you with its cold open arms. Explore contemporary Filipino art by visiting BenCab Museum and dropping by the nearby Wood Carvers’ Village.

Afterwards, take your pick out of Baguio’s numerous parks and breathe in the fresh air and refreshing views. Make your stroll even sweeter with a cup of strawberry taho – something that might just inspire you to also try strawberry picking at La Trinidad, Benguet.

There are many reasons why traveling solo once in a while is a good idea. Whether you want to meet someone new or just want to discover yourself, traveling solo will make you braver and smarter.

Don’t forget to check out ZEN Rooms when booking a budget hotel. We offer quality accommodation with the best amenities at a very affordable price!

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