Most people are anticipating their much awaited vacation this Holy Week. For some, they’ve been planning this out since last year because Holy Week would probably be one of the longest holidays that we have here in the Philippines. For those who aren’t staying in their respective houses here’s my top three best destinations in the country.
Sagada: For those who love mountains and the outdoors
Sagada is one of my most favorite destinations in the world. The place is so peaceful and the scene is simply breathtaking. I always like the weather in Sagada especially at this time of the year. It’s cool yet sunny, perfect for those who want to walk around without sweating too much.
My suggested route would be Manila-Banaue-Sagada-Baguio-Manila. This would be a perfect roadtrip where you could stop by the world famous Banaue Rice Terraces and make some last minute shopping in Baguio City.
Sagada is also famous for its “hanging coffins”, which was the traditional way of burying people which is not being done anymore. List of activities in the area includes: spelunking, trekking, hiking, visiting waterfalls and rice terraces, picnic, rappelling and maybe you could participate in a tribal ritual as well.
Caramoan: For those who love the sun, sea and sand
by IRRI Images. (flick creative commons attribution)
I’ve never been to the islands of Caramoan yet. Me and my friends are still planning but we’re still not sure. Caramoan Islands have become world famous after numerous shoots of Survivor (the TV series). The place seems to be unknown for a long period of time and now it’s an open secret waiting to be explored.
Some facts about Caramoan by Wikipedia
“The Caramoan Peninsula has gained tourism popularity in recent years. After the place has been featured in the news and local television programs, local and foreign travelers started to explore the beaches of the peninsula. Caramoan is one of the National Parks of the Philippines. Popular tourist destinations are the Caramoan National Park, the Centro, and Gota Beach, and popular activities include diving, swimming, snorkeling and spelunking.
The 8th season of Koh-Lanta (French edition of Survivor), was shot entirely in Caramoan. TV director Corinne Vaillant, stated that “the powdery sand, the coconuts on Gota beach and the neighboring islets are a ‘dream’ for the French people. We chose Caramoan because it’s really wild. It’s necessary that contestants don’t see anything other than nature for them to believe that they’re really lost in the wilds.”
Manila: For those who love the city (I personally love walking around Manila)
Yeah you’re not mistaken. I really wrote Metro Manila as one of the top destination this holy week. Especially for those who don’t have much time and budget, Manila offers a lot of attractions within the city itself. For one, you and your friends can just do the Bisita Iglesia and visit some of the nicest churches of our country. Here are some of must see churches in Metro Manila.
1. San Agustin Church (Manila)
Some facts from Wikipedia
“San Agustin Church is a Roman Catholic church under the auspices of The Order of St. Augustine, located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila. Completed by 1607, it is the oldest church still standing in the Philippines. No other surviving building in the Philippines has been claimed to pre-date San Agustin Church.
In 1993, San Agustin Church was one of four Philippine churches constructed during the Spanish colonial period designated by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, under the classification “Baroque Churches of the Philippines”. It had been named a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1976.”
2. Bamboo Organ Church
by cealwyn.(flickr creative commons attribution)
Some facts from Wikipedia
“The Las Piñas Bamboo Organ, in the Parish Church of St Joseph in Las Piñas City, Philippines, is a nineteenth-century church organ made almost entirely from bamboo: only the trumpet stops are made from metal.
The organ, the church and the surrounding buildings have been restored to their 19th century state by Architect Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa and partner Ludwig Alvarez, making a trip to the site a popular excursion for Filipinos and foreign visitors alike.”
3. San Sebastian Church
Some facts from Wikipedia
“The Basilica Minore de San Sebastián, better known as San Sebastián Church, is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Manila, the Philippines. It is the seat of the Parish of San Sebastian and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
Completed in 1891, San Sebastián Church is noted for its architectural features. An example of the revival of Gothic architecture in the Philippines, it is the only all-steel church or basilica in Asia. It has also been implausibly reputed to be the first prefabricated building in the world, and more plausibly claimed as the only prefabricated steel church in the world. In 2006, San Sebastian Church was included in the Tentative List for possible designation as a World Heritage Site. It was designated as a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1973.”
Where will you be this Holy Week?