Region 6: Western Visayas
Aklan | Antique | Guimaras | Capiz | Iloilo
In April 2018, the Philippine Government decreed a 6-month closure of the Boracay Island for tourists to undertake major renovation works, especially of the sewage system, which had become obsolete and insufficient. It re-opened in October 2018, with a set of new rules meant to address a variety of issues. In 2020, the island was closed again in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Boracay Island was awarded as the 2012 Best Island in the World by the international travel magazine Travel + Leisure. In 2014, the resort island was at the top of the "Best Islands in the World" list published by the international magazine Condé Nast Traveler. In 2016, Boracay headed the magazine's list of "Top 10 destinations to watch".
Region 7: Central Visayas Region
Bohol | Cebu | Siquijor
Chocolate Hills, Bohol
The unique landform known as "Chocolate Hills" of Bohol was formed ages ago by the uplift of coral deposits and the action of rainwater and erosion.
These hills are scattered throughout the towns of Carmen, Batuan, and Sagbayan, and consist of 1,268 mounds of the same general shape.
In recognition of its special characteristics, scientific importance, uniqueness, and high scenic value, the National Committee on Geological Sciences declares the Chocolate Hills of Bohol a National Geological Monument on June 18, 1988.
TRIVIA: Americans compared it to Hershey's Kisses. From then on, Boholanos called it Chocolate Hills instead of Carmen Hills.
Loboc River Cruise, Bohol
Eco-tourism resulted in sliding down poverty incidence in Bohol for the last eighteen years from 50.2% in 2000 (was in the top 20 poorest provinces in the Philippines) to 26% in 2018.
Enjoy a world-class river cruise at Loboc River, one of the cleanest rivers in the country.
Bluewater Panglao Beach Resort, Bohol
AMUMA is a Visayan word that has many meanings and associations. It means caring, nurturing, tending, feeding. It is associated with a mother’s caring for one’s child, providing the needs of one’s kin or tending to one’s garden to bloom.
With an unwavering smile and a heart full of AMUMA, the feeling of warmth that radiates from the comforts of a timeless Filipino home; the very feeling that stirs inside you whenever you find yourself in ours.
There is nothing like a Filipino welcome – and it’s the only way Bluewater Panglao knows how to welcome you.
Hinagdanan Cave, Bohol
Hinagdanan Cave was accidentally discovered when the area's owner was clearing decaying branches. He threw a stone into the hole and heard a splash. After building a ladder to enter the cave, be named it Hinagdanan ("laddered").
The cave is about 100 metres long, with many beautiful stalagmite and stalactite rock formations. There is a lagoon with a green hue produced by the green limestone at its bottom. People used to bathe there, but it is no longer advised due to karst pollutants in the water.
Mt. Manunggal is the crash site of Pinatubo, the presidential plane which carried President Ramon Magsaysay in March 17, 1957. You see, Mt. Manunggal was an unknown mountain until the crash. Today, a commemorative bust of President Magsaysay and a monument embedding Pinatubo’s engine stand at the slopes of this historic mountain.
Chitang's Torta is traditionally baked in the hurno (clay oven) and use tuba (coconut wine) as leavening.
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Philippines' First Helium Balloon Ride
The Escuela Catolica was built in 1940 by the Spanish clergy in Boljoon. The building served as a dorm for children who were about to take their first communion, according to the Cebu Heritage Frontier. The children housed in the building are those who come mainly from the upland barangays of the town. In addition, the structure was also used as the venue for religious teachings and was also used as a school at one point.
Malapascua Island, Cebu
Thanks to the most hospitable host and Malapascua Chief Executive, Capt. Rex Novabos (municipal ABC president).
San Remigio, Cebu
Do you know what’s nice about having a hang-over?
It’s when your head aches more than your heart does.
Region 18: Negros Island Region
Negros Oriental | Negros Occidental
Silay City, Negros Occidental
The Balay Negrense also known as Victor Fernandez Gaston Ancestral House is a museum in Silay City, Negros Occidental in the Philippines, showcasing the lifestyle of a late 19th-century Negrense sugar baron. It is notable for being the first museum to be established in the province of Negros Occidental.
Sagay City, Negros Occidental
The Museo Sang Bata Sa Negros (MSBN) is a hands-on and interactive museum for children that is focused on the marine environment. It is located on the shoreline of Barangay Old Sagay, beside the 32,000 hectares Sagay marine protected area, or locally called SMR (Sagay Marine Reserve). Close to 90% of the people living in and around this area are dependent on the marine resources for their food and livelihood.
City of Talisay, Negros Occidental
The Ruins is known variously as the "Taj Mahal of Talisay", "Taj Mahal of Negros" and "Taj Mahal of the Philippines", it is in the private ownership of the great-grandchildren of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson and Cora Maria Osorio Rosa-Braga. They have preserved it in its ruined state, amidst operational farmland, as a tourist attraction that can be visited for a fee or hired for events.
Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Silliman University is a private research university in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, the Philippines. Established in 1901 as Silliman Institute by the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions, it is the first American and Protestant founded institution of higher learning in the Philippines and in Asia.
Sibulan, Negros Oriental
Situated in the town of Sibulan in Negros Oriental, a nice restaurant and a peaceful venue for reflection greet the visitors. Chicken Jo’s Inato by the sea offers sumptuous variety of foods including seafoods and grilled meat. Their delicious grilled chicken are their best sellers but their other food offerings are also great. They offer sodas, shakes, water and beer to their customers for refreshments. The lovely ambiance of Chicken Jo’s Inato in Sibulan is one of the reasons why tourists and locals from Dumaguete or other nearby towns visit the restaurant.
Sibulan, Negros Oriental
On the other side of the road where the fine restaurant is located, a huge statue of Mother Mary inside a well-maintained park on top of a mountain amazes travelers. The Our Lady’s Garden in Sibulan is a nice place to reflect and pray. Devotees of Mother Mary, which are mostly Roman Catholic, visit the park to thank her and/or ask for something from her son Jesus Christ.
Region 8: Eastern Visayas Region
Leyte | Northern Samar | Samar | Southern Leyte | Eastern Samar
Kalanggaman Island, Leyte
We are supposed to visit the island on December 28 to 29, 2015 but it was closed due to the German luxury cruise ship with 365 tourists and 269 crewmembers on board made a stopover. It was one of five stops of MS Europa of Hapag-Lloyd in the Philippines during a 14-day voyage. It is the second time that the ship made a stopover at the island.
It is considered the “crown jewel” of the tourism corridor of Northwest Leyte, Kalanggaman island has landed in the list of the 10 most beautiful sandbars in the world.
Kalanggaman Island, Leyte
This is the only remnant structure left standing after the Super Typhoon Yolanda struck Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte last November 08, 2013.