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Local Philippines: Nothing Less in Batanes

If there is one place in the Philippines where you can experience a
calm, serene, and idyllic vacation, it should be Batanes. Covering an
area of 219.01 square kilometers, Batanes is the northernmost and the
smallest province in the archipelago. Batanes may be small in size but
it is big in natural resources. A patchwork of green fields, reeds, and
stone houses brings tourists in this cozy paradise to another dimension.

Batanes, which is surrounded by bodies of water, can be reached
through a one-hour-and-forty-five-minute plane ride from Manila. Fresh
winds and cool breeze welcome visitors in the province, which is often
described as a premier tourist destination in most Philippine travel guides.
What separates Batanes from other island paradises in the archipelago
is that it satisfies the most demanding travelers even without giant
shopping malls, posh resorts, luxury hotels, sublime events, and hip
bars.

Home to the great Ivatans, Batanes is composed of ten islands and is
subdivided into six municipalities. Its tourism industry is buoyed by
natural features such as a subtropical climate, magnificent landscapes
and seascapes, and rich cultural heritage. Here is a sampling of what to
do and see in Batanes.

House of Dakay

The stone houses of Batanes are surely a visual treat for tourists. The
most photographed and frequently visited of them is the House of Dakay,
which was built in the 18th century. Located in San Jose de
Ivana, this fabled house survived a strong earthquake that leveled the
entire town. It has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Building.
House of Dakay is currently occupied by an 82-year-old woman who is
fondly called Lola Ida.

Mt. Iraya

Mt. Iraya is an active volcano situated on Batan Island. At 1,900 feet
above sea level, the mountain houses a spring water where the town gets
its drinking water. Expert climbers said Mt. Iraya is perfect for
hikers and wannabe mountain adventurers. It is home to the Batanes pit
viper, an arboreal snake that it endemic to the province, and to dozens
of exotic fauna and flora.

Ruins of Song-Song

Another must-see attraction
in Batanes in the Ruins of Song-Song. These are the remains of a
village in the town of Uyugan after a tidal wave out an entire community
in 1954. The group of destroyed lime and stone houses is located just
several meters from the Song-Song beach, which is comparable to other
great beaches in Luzon and those in Visayas and Mindanao.

Sabtang Island

A common travel tip to Batanes visitors is not to forget a trip to
Sabtang Island. It has unspoiled white-sand beaches, steep mountains,
and deep canyons, making it one of the 12 Best Destinations in the
Philippines as recommended by the Department in Tourism in 1994. This
beautiful island southwest of Batan can be reached by a 30-minute boat
ride from Radiwan Port in Ivana.

Basco Cathedral

Built in 1783, the Church of Sto. Domingo de Basco is the oldest and
the most important church in Batanes. The church, locally known as Basco
Cathedral, is designed to withstand strong typhoons and earthquakes. It
is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, the municipality’s
patroness.

Other notable travel destinations in Batanes are Di-atay Beach in
Mahatao, Chewa Cave, the Sumhao Wind Turbines, and San Jose Church.
Aside from sightseeing, tourist can also do trekking in the Marlboro and
Naidi Hills and surfing at Madiwedved in Mahatao.

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Local Philippines: Hop On To Quezon

Located southeast of Metro Manila, Quezon is one the steadily
progressing provinces in the Philippines. The province, which was named
after the country’s second president, Manuel L. Quezon, is rich in
agricultural lands and is blessed with natural wonders such as the Mt.
Banahaw. Though the province greatly depends on farming, its tourism
sector is steadily becoming a booming industry.

Best Time To Visit

Summer is the ideal time to roam around Quezon Province, which is home
to the colorful Pahiyas Festival in Lucban. The weather from March to
May is also conducive to climb Mt. Banahaw, one the active volcanoes in
the country. However, this majestic mountain has been temporarily closed
to public as part of conservation efforts in the province.

The following are some of the famous tourist attractions in Quezon.

Pahiyas Festival

Celebrated on the 15th day of May, this annual festival in Lucban is one of the famous summer events
in the country. Every year, residents of the second-class municipality
decorate their homes with colorful rice ornaments called kiping. Pahiyas
is held in honor of St. Isidore, the patron saints of farmers, for a
bountiful harvest and endless blessings. A similar festival is also held
yearly in Sariaya.

Mt. Banahaw

Towering more than 7,000 feet above sea level, Mt. Banahaw is one of
the favorite destinations of mountaineers in the country. Hiking
activities on the “sacred” mountain peak during the Holy Week. Religious
faithfuls are also a regular scene at Mt. Banahaw during the Lenten
season. They usually gather in the “Kweba ng Diyos Ama” and the
Kinabuhayan spring, which allegedly has curative powers.

Mayohan sa Tayabas

Another famous festival in Quezon is the Mayohan sa Tayabas. This
ten-day event, which kicks off on May 6, is more than just a gastronomic
treat for both local residents and tourists. Aside from the
grab-all-you-can affair with suman, the festival celebrates the city’s rich historical past by holding parades, exhibits, and tiangges.

Kamay ni Hesus Healing Center

The construction of the Kamay ni Hesus Healing Center in Lucban in 2004
gave birth to the pilgrimage tourism in Quezon. This place of worship
is frequented by pilgrims from various parts of the country and abroad
in hopes of getting their ailments cured. A side attraction at the
centre is a grotto built of top of a hill where a 50-foot statue of
Jesus Christ is mounted.

Sariaya Beach

Quezon also has its share of the finest beach resorts in the
Philippines. In Sariaya, a first-class municipality on the southeastern
side of the provincial capital Lucena, is home to the province’s famous
beaches. A number of accommodations have scattered near the seaside,
providing affordable and quality vacation packages for tourists. Sariaya
is also famous for its heritage houses.

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Kalesa sa Kalye Crisologo (Horse carriage on Crisologo Street)

Kalesa sa Kalye Crisologo (Horse carriage on Crisologo Street)
Horse and carriage transportation is used mainly by tourists visiting the historical city of Vigan in Ilocos province, Philippines. In some rural provinces, kalesas are still used by locals alongside motorized transports. The horse and driver have to compete for road space with motorbikes, tricycles, automobiles, and trucks.

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