The Philippines is an archipelago, having 7,107 islands, and is abundant in nature, warm people, natural wonders, and filled with pleasant discoveries.
The Philippines is now considered one of the world's top destinations, having 1.5 million foreign tourist arrivals for the first semester this year.
With hundreds of destinations in the country, the top 3 on my list are the following:
Boracay is located in the northwest corner of Panay Island that belongs to the Visayas island group of central Philippines in the Pacific.
It is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations, and now, it became an international destination. The White Beach and Bulabog Beach are just the two primary tourism beaches located on opposite sides of the island.
Aside from taking a dip in the crystal blue water, you can also take a boat around the island, hire a motorbike or scooter to explore the place, or go horseback riding, and experience the native villages and sceneries that usual visitors don't do.
And, did I tell you that Boracay has one of the most beautiful sunsets? Well, you don't indeed want to miss it. And, the fun doesn't end there yet, since Boracay nightlife is pulsating with so many bars and restaurants around that will give you pleasure until dawn.
Located in the Central Visayas region, Bohol is the home of hospitable and warm people. Boholanos, as what the natives are called, are very proud of the natural wonders that are bestowed on the island.
To name a few, it is the home of the famous Chocolate Hills! Imagine seeing no less than 1268 hills that are uniform in shape and will turn chocolate brown during summer, and from which the name was derived.
You can also see the Tarsiers, one of the smallest known primates, and be amazed when they turned their heads by 180 degrees.
Bohol is also blessed with numerous white-sand beaches, and Panglao Island is one of the famous destinations, having powdery sand. It has many top-class diving sites, which both foreign and local divers would consider as diver's haven.
Palawan is located in the Western Visayas Region, and the islands stretch from Mindoro to Borneo in the southwest.
The place is for adventure seekers and nature lovers, and it is famous for its marine sanctuaries, white sand beaches, and exotic wildlife.
One of the "a-must-see" in Palawan is the Tabon Cave. It is a 138-hectare of rugged cliffs and deep slopes. Because of its importance to Philippine History and heritage, the site was declared a Museum Reservation Site under the Philippine Government.
Another is the El Nido marine reserve. The scenic landscapes, crystal clear waters, and the isolation from the city's big crowd usually attract and fascinate the travelers of the place.
Kayaking, snorkeling, diving, hiking to the island's peak, bird watching, sunbathing on a white beach are just some of the activities you can enjoy.
There are still many things that the Philippines offers, and it's just there, waiting to be discovered. So, travel in the Philippines now!