A Short List of Delish Filipino Food Choices to Recommend to Your Foreign Friends

When it comes to Southeast Asian cuisine, Filipino food usually falls wayside to its neighbors. This is a bit saddening, considering the Philippines boasts multiple regions, rich cultural and historical influences, and abundance of crops, seafood and livestock. That means our country has a diverse range of delicious dishes to offer that also reflect our pride, heritage, and love for lutong-bahay (home-cooked meals). This is also the reason why “kain” (eat) is a common greeting and invitation among us, Pinoys.

If your foreign friends are coming over for a vacation, don’t forget to treat them to some delicious Filipino dishes to complete their immersion into our culture. Not sure what to serve them? We’ve rounded up some options you can recommend that will surely indulge their palate.

Adobo

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Adobo – Image Credit: dbgg1979 on Flickr

If there is a king or queen of Filipino food, Adobo will likely take the crown. Although of Mexican origin, Adobo is a comfort food for majority of Pinoys that we love it like it is our own. This dish is so ubiquitous, there are potentially hundreds of variations in every region. Yet, the ingredients and way of cooking are always the same: you slowly simmer the meat—either chicken or pork or a combination of both—in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, pepper, bay leaf and other spices until they are tender, and you’re good to go. This technique of cooking helps preserve the meat even without refrigeration. In fact, Adobo tastes even better the day after it’s cooked.

Lechon

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Lechon – Image Credit: Everything Cebu

This particular Filipino food is traditionally served in fiestas (local festivities) or any other special occasion. A whole pig is spit-roasted over coal, until the skin becomes golden-brown and crisp and the meat is juicy. It is then served with a special sauce (usually liver sauce) together with hot rice. Depending on the region, the stomach of the pig is stuffed with a variety of spices to make the meat savory even without the sauce.

If you want to serve your friends some Lechon they won’t forget, be sure to take them to Cebu because this is where the best ones are hailed from. Even the late celebrity chef and television personality, Anthony Bourdain vouched for this on his blog entry titled “The Hierarchy of Pork.” Coming from someone who has travelled the world all over and tasted a wide variety of cuisines, Bourdain’s words speak volumes about how good Cebu’s Lechons truly are.

Crispy Pata

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Crispy Pata – Image Credit: Roland on Flickr

Lechon can get pretty expensive, especially if you buy it whole. So if you are working on a tight budget, Crispy Pata is an alternative that won’t disappoint. Not to scare your foreign friends, but this Filipino food is pork knuckle simmered for hours in spices to make the meat tender and then dip fried until the skin is crisp to perfection. This is best served with a sauce that combines vinegar, soy sauce, and chili. Feeling hungry yet?

Sisig

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Sisig – Image Credit: Ron Diggity on Flickr

Have we mentioned how much we love our pork? Because if not, know that we truly do, and we don’t want any of its parts going to waste. This is why our next entry on the list reflects the Filipinos’ no-waste attitude towards food—Sisig.

A delicacy from the Philippines’ culinary capital of Pampanga, Sisig is made out of different pig parts (usually the head), including the cheeks and ears as well as liver. The parts are chopped into small pieces and marinated in a sauce made of soy sauce, vinegar, and spices and then boiled, broiled, and grilled to achieve a crunchy and chewy texture. Finally, it is cooked together with chopped onions and then served on a sizzling plate with egg.  Don’t forget to season it with calamansi and chili peppers! Although Sisig is often enjoyed with rice, it also makes for an excellent pulutan, an accompaniment for alcoholic beverages. So if your foreign friends are down for a good time, serve them Sisig and cold beer. Tagay na!

Chicken Inasal

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Chicken Inasal – Image Credit: Elmer B. Domingo

Hailing from the city of smiles that is Bacolod, chicken Inasal is a classic char-grilled Filipino food. Just to be clear, though, this is not your average grilled chicken. Chicken parts are marinated in a special kind of sauce—a mix of lemon grass, calamansi, garlic, ginger, and other spices—to give them their savory flavor. They are then skewered in bamboo sticks, roasted over hot coal, and baste with atsuete oil. Best served with a generous amount of rice and chili-mansi sawsawan (chili and calamansi sauce).

Bulalo

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Bulalo – Image Credit: Homestyle Filipino Recipes

Sure, the Philippines’ weather is perpetually hot, but that doesn’t stop us, Pinoys, from enjoying our ultimate comfort soup that is Bulalo (beef marrow stew). The stars of this Filipino food are the bone-in beef shanks and marrow boiled for hours in onions, peppercorns, and fish sauce. Once the broth is clear and the meat is tender, corn and cabbage are added into the mix.

Batangas and Tagaytay are two of the places known for serving the best-tasting Bulalo. Tag your foreign friends along to either location after a night of drinking and partying. A steaming bowl of Bulalo is the best cure for hangover and a hungry stomach.

Pinakbet

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Pinakbet – Image Credit: Kusina Maria

Of course, you don’t want to serve your foreign friends with just meat throughout their stay, right? So it’s a good idea to change the menu up a bit by adding Pinakbet in the list. A specialty of Ilocos, this vegetable-filled Filipino food features a combination of okra, squash, eggplant, string beans, bitter gourd, and tomatoes, sautéed and simmered along with bagoong (shrimp or fish paste). Aside from being healthy, this dish is easy to whip up and can be made sa abot kayang halaga!

Lumpia

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Lumpia – Image Credit: pxhere

Lumpia, which is the Filipino version of spring rolls, is a perennial favorite. It is often served to guests whenever there are local festivities or other social gatherings, though it is also the appetizer of choice for many restaurants and households.

There are two versions of Lumpia: fried (popularly referred to as lumpiang Shanghai or pritong Lumpia) and fresh (also known as lumpiang ubod). For the fried version, the delicate egg wrapper is filled with seasoned ground pork (usually pork or beef), while the fresh one contains strips of ubod (pith of coconut tree), vegetables, and sautéed shrimp and pork. The first is best enjoyed with lugaw (congee) or rice. The latter is served along with sweet sauce that has garlic and peanuts in it and best eaten as a stand-alone dish.

We can go on and on with this because there are numerous Filipino food choices that are as filling as they are mouth-watering. Be sure to take your pick from the list and make your foreign friends try them out. Doing so is a great way to introduce and educate them about our food culture. Kain na!

Interactive Museums in the Philippines Perfect for Families and Barkadas

The Philippines is heralded for its pristine beaches and other natural wonders. What not many people are aware of—locals included—is that it also boasts a broad range of museums, where one can learn a treasure trove of stuff, from science and history to culture and heritage.

Before you yawn and think that these places of learning are boring—with their carefully arranged objects that are only to be viewed and appreciated from afar—think again. There are, in fact, a variety of museums in the Philippines that allow visitors to actually touch, handle, and interact with exhibits, making them ideal for families with kids as well as groups of friends. Learn something new while also having fun with these interactive museums in the Philippines.

Mind Museum, Taguig

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The Mind Museum – Image Credit: The Mind Museum (FB Page)

Learning science can be enjoyable, too. That’s the message the Mind Museum in Taguig wants to deliver, and it successfully does so. Housing more than 250 amazing exhibits and showcasing a range of experiments, planetarium shows, and discussions on different scientific topics, there’s a lot to keep you and the rest of the family, especially the kids, occupied. Think a day of scientific exploration isn’t enough for a good nerdy fun? Why not sleep on it? Literally! Mind Museum offers a scheduled themed night wherein visitors can explore galleries after hours. After that, you can be down for the night at the Universe Gallery underneath its starry skies.

Location: JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-6pm

Art in Island, Cubao

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Art in Island – Image Credit: Art in Island (FB Page)

One of the common complaints people have over traditional art museums in the Philippines is that they are not allowed to touch and take photos of exhibits. These somehow affect the quality of experience for some museum-goers because they don’t have physical contact with the artworks nor mementos to remember their visit. These should not be a problem in Art in Island Museum in Cubao.

The museum is as interactive as it gets. All 200 masterpieces in this 3d art museum—some of which are reproduction of the work of renowned artists—are created to be touched and photographed. So get your phone’s camera ready, strike a pose, and take that insta-worthy, artsy shot!

Location: 175 5th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City, 1109 Metro Manila

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9:30am-9:30pm

Quezon City Experience (QCX), Quezon City

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Quezon City Experience (QCX) – Image Credit: Quezon City Experience (FB Page)

Quezon City may be one of the most progressive and populous cities in Metro Manila. Yet, it is also the place where major events that shaped the history of the Philippines itself transpired. Considering its rich past, the city deserves a place where locals and foreigners alike can ‘walk back in time’ and learn its socio-cultural history. This is where the Quezon City Experience comes into play.

The socio-cultural museum is housed in a green-compliant building and is regarded as one of the best family-friendly museums in the Philippines. It has a total of 16 interactive galleries where visitors can engage in experiential learning by interacting with the displays. Among the notable exhibits are the exact replicas of the sculptures found on top of Quezon Memorial shrine, the hill where former president Manuel L. Quezon stood to have a first look over the entirety of Quezon City, and the office that Manuel L. Quezon occupied in Malacañang. You will also enjoy learning about the city’s role during World War II at the war gallery; explore a typical Filipino home at the museum’s gallery on housing; and learn about the jeepney at the gallery dedicated to this iconic mode of transport.

Location: Quezon Memorial Circle, Elliptical Road, Quezon City

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm

Clark Museum and 4D Theater, Pampanga

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Clark Museum – Image Credit: Judgefloro (Wikimedia Commons)

Greater Manila area is not the only place where you can find quality interactive museums in the Philippines. In Clark, Pampanga, one of the most exciting things you and your family or friends can do is to drop by at the Clark Museum and 4D Theater. Although not as expansive as the previous museums mentioned in this list, this interactive learning spot is home to a large collection of items that are of great historical importance to Clark, which used to be a United States airbase, and its surrounding areas.

There are 4 galleries within the museum, all of which showcase the bravery and ingenuity of the Filipinos as well as the natural environment and industries that play a great role in Clark’s development. As you tour the area, you will see different artifacts and memorabilia during World War II and American occupation; learn about the life of the indigenous Aeta; and view photos of Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption back in 1991. The 4D Theater located beside Clark Museum is also a must-visit, as it shows “Risen from the Ashes,” a documentary about the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo that cause a downpour of ashes not just in the Philippines but the entire world. Through the theater’s high-tech effects, you will feel like you are actually there when this natural calamity occurred.

Location: Between S. Osmeña and E. Jacinto, Clark Freeport, Mabalacat, Pampanga

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-3:30pm

Motag Living Museum, Aklan

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Motag Living Museum – Image Credit: Motag Living Museum (FB Page)

Boracay may be the most well-known destination in the province of Aklan, but look beyond the clear, blue waters, powdery white sand, and dreamy sunsets, and you will discover that it has another gem awaiting tourists—The Motag Living Museum.

Located in Barangay Motag, Aklan, the museum is all about showcasing and preserving the heritage and way of life of the Malaynons. What sets it apart from other museums in the Philippines is that it encourages visitors to understand the local tradition and culture through immersion. Visit here and you will experience how to farm and mill rice without advanced machineries, cook native dishes using traditional tools, and weave crafts. Once done immersing yourself in the traditional Filipino way of living, consider purchasing a souvenir available in the museum. Proceeds from sales go to the community and support the activities for empowering the elderly.

Location: Barngay Motag, Malay, Aklan

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-2pm

Malagos Chocolate Museum, Davao

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Malagos Chocolate Museum – Image Credit: RudeDolfo

If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a chocolatier or you are a chocoholic by heart, be sure to include Malagos Chocolate Museum in your next Davao trip. Opened last March 2017, this is the first of its kind in the country. It aims to help in uplifting the lives of cacao farmers by shining light on their work and contributions, their products, and the industry as a whole.

The museum has interactive cacao and chocolate installations that allow visitors to experience the tree-to-bar process of chocolate making. You can also enjoy all sorts of chocolate food and drinks in their Chocolate Bar and even learn how to make your own chocolate by spending time at the Malagos Chocolate Laboratory. Simply put, this is one sweet learning experience you definitely do not want to miss.

Location: Malagos Garden Resort, Malagos, Baguio District, Calinan – Baguio Rd, Davao

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday, 6am-4pm

Whether you want to embrace Philippine art or learn about the country’s amazing history and culture, the interactive museums in the Philippines are the best places to do that. If you haven’t visited any of the destinations mentioned above, it’s about time you do so. Bring the rest of the family or barkada with you and learn something new while having the best time of your lives.

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Top 4 Places to Visit in Manila for First Time Travelers’ to the Philippines

For majority of those travelling to the Philippines, Manila is often relegated as nothing more than the point of entry to many of the country’s premier islands. Sure, its crazy traffic, dense population, and seemingly endless sea of concrete buildings may discourage you from exploring the capital, especially if it’s your first time.

However, if you  keep an open mind and let your inner adventurer take the lead, you’ll be surprised to know that there is actually so much to see here that are worth your time and will make your vacation all the more memorable. Having said that, we have put together a list of top 4 places to visit in Manila if it’s your first time in the city.

Tour the Walled District of Intramuros

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Intramuros Manila – Image Credit: Armanbarbuco (Wikimedia Commons)

Intramuros, which means within the walls, is the oldest part of Manila. Built in 1571, this 64-hectare stone citadel used to be the seat of power for the Spanish colonists for 400 years. It also survived subsequent foreign invasions and suffered great damage during World War II, with San Agustin Church being the only building left standing after the war. Through the initiative of the government, Intramuros was restored to its former glory in the 1980s and has retained its old-world charm to date.

Having witnessed centuries-worth of events under foreign rule, this fortified center tells a lot of stories about Filipino life and culture of that time, making it one of the top places to visit in Manila. Fort Santiago, for instance, which is the Philippines’ oldest Hispanic stone fortress, fended off marauding Chinese pirates and also served as prison for political prisoners of the Spanish-era and torture chamber of the Japanese during World War II. Puerta de Santa Lucia, which was built in 1603 and is one of the gates passing through Intramuros, is where visitors can climb up and get a good view of the thoroughfares within the walled district. Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church, on the other hand, are two of the religious sites within Intramuros that stood as witnesses in the spread of Catholicism in the country. Other notable sites to explore include Plaza Moriones, Rizal Shrine, Bateria de Santa Barbara, Bahay Tsinoy, and Casa Manila.

Get Educated on the Natural, Cultural, and Visual Heritage of Filipinos by Dropping by the National Museum of the Philippines

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National Museum of the Philippines – Image Credit: Mike Gonzales (Wikipedia)

 

The National Museum of the Philippines is one of the best places to visit in Manila to immerse yourself in Filipino cultural and historical artifacts, works of art, and natural history. Established in 1901, it was originally intended as an ethnography and natural history museum. When it subsequently moved into its present building, which was designed by American Architect Daniel Burnham in 1918, the National Museum of the Philippines broadened its concerns in various areas of cultural heritage, natural history, and other sciences. Today, it continues its mandate to instill cultural consciousness and nationalism among Filipinos by acquiring, documenting, preserving, and exhibiting a wide array of specimens, works of art, and cultural and historical artifacts that represent the Filipino people’s heritage.

Currently, the National Museum of the Philippines has two buildings: the National Fine Arts, which serves as the home of the country’s treasured artworks, and the Museum of the Filipino People, which contains artifacts reflecting Filipino heritage.

When you make your way to the National Fine Arts, The Old House of Representatives Session Hall (also called The Hall of the Masters) is a place you should not miss. It houses two of the country’s most important paintings: Juan Luna’s “Spolarium” and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo’s “Virgenes Cristianas Expuestas Al Populacho”. You should also explore the Museum of the Filipino people, which is a short walk across the National Fine Arts Museum, to see important artifacts like traditional Ifugao house, recovered articles from the San Diego Galleon wreckage, and indigenous textiles and fabrics, among others.

Get to Know the Country’s National Hero at Rizal Park

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Rizal Monument – Image Credit: Maynard Rabanal (Wikimedia Commons)

 

More widely known as Luneta until it was officially renamed in the 1950s, Rizal Park is another one of those places to visit in Manila to learn about the Philippines’ past. It is of great historical importance to Filipinos, as it is where the country’s celebrated hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, was executed by Spanish authorities. Fronting the 60-hectare park and guarded by sentries is Rizal Monument, which contains his remains. About 100 meters from the monument is the site of Rizal’s execution, where a tableaux of life-size bronze statues that recreate the hero’s final moments can be found.

Seated in the middle of the park is the Central Lagoon, which is lined with bust sculptures of other heroes and martyrs of the country, including Juan Sumuroy of Samar, Marcelo H. Del Pilar of Bulacan, Sultan Kudarat of Cotabato, Aman Dangat of Batanes, and Gregorio Aglipay of Ilocos Norte. Further to the east end of the park near the National Museum is the 40-foot statue of Lapu-Lapu, who is the hero of the Battle of Mactan in 1521.

See Malacañan Palace—The Official Abode of the President of the Philippines

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Malacañan Palace (Kalayaan Hall) – Image Credit: Patrickroque01 (Wikipedia)

 

The Malacañan Palace is the Philippine president’s official residence and office. However, when it was first built in 1750 by Spanish aristocrat Don Luis Rocha, it was intended as his summer house. The palace was then sold to Col. Jose Miguel Formento in 1802 for P1,000 and was again resold to the Spanish government in 1825 for P5,100. Malacañan Palace only became the president’s official residence upon the establishment of the Philippine Commonwealth.

Take note that the residence itself is off limits to the public. However, several areas around the palace are open to visitors but can only be explored through guided walking tours, which are held only on weekdays. These areas include the Presidential Museum and Library, Casa Roces, and National Shrine of Saint Michael and the Archangels. Through the 2.5 hour tour, visitors get to learn stories and even scandals about those who occupied the property. They also get to explore other parts of Barangay San Miguel where Malacañan Palace is situated, such as San Rafael Street and Legarda Mansion.

As you can see, the capital of the Philippines has a lot to offer when it comes to tourist destinations. It is just a matter of knowing the right places to visit in Manila to fully appreciate its chaotic beauty and rich history. So if you are planning to visit Philippines anytime soon, don’t just make Manila a pit stop of your trip. Make it a destination as well.

Four Weekend Getaways Near Manila

Manila’s hustle and bustle can easily wear you down, not to mention make you all cranky and counter-productive. Before it gets the best of you, why not take a breather and plan a weekend escape? No need to stray too far from Manila to shake off that stress and re-energize yourself. Here are four quick weekend getaways  ideal for your much-needed R&R.

Angono, Rizal: Awakening Your Love for Art and Nature

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Angono Petroglyphs – Image Credit: Wikipedia

If you are into art and nature, you can never go wrong with Angono, Rizal. Touted as the art capital of the Philippines, it should not come as a surprise that this weekend getaway near Manila is teeming with museums and art galleries, showcasing the finest works of Filipino artists, some of which are for sale. Once you have re-awakened your love for the arts, you can bask in Angono’s natural wonders. From a massive forest park teeming with high rising trees and shrubs to ancient rocks engraved with some of the oldest known artworks in the Philippines, Angono has a lot of natural gems that are waiting to be explored.

Points of interest: Blanco Family Museum, Tiamson Art Gallery, The Second Gallery, Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs, and Angono Forest Park.

Getting there: Public utility vehicles going to Angono, Rizal are stationed across Cubao Farmers Market and near EDSA Central/Crossing in Mandaluyong. Ride the Angono-bound jeepney and ask to be dropped off at the town proper.

Corregidor Island, Cavite: Exploring the Country’s Last Military Stronghold During Japanese Invasion

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Mile Long Barracks – Image Credit: RJCabagnot via Wikimedia Commons

Going back in time and having a grand history lesson is always a worthwhile experience, and Cavite’s Corregidor Island is a destination that has so much history to share. This tadpole-shaped rocky island that strategically sits at the entrance of Manila Bay is the Philippines’ last military stronghold when Japan invaded the country in 1942. The war may long be over, but Corregidor is a stark reminder of what transpired during that dark point in history, as seen from the island’s artillery batteries, ruins, and tunnel systems, just to name a few.

Take note that the island can only be accessed via a guided tour, making Corregidor ideal for a day trip with family or friends or a romantic getaway near Manila if you and your partner are history geeks. And since the crowd is somehow under control, going around the island will help you wind down and regain your zen.

Points of Interest: Mile-Long Barracks, Malinta Tunnel, Pacific War Memorial, Eternal Flame of Freedom, Cine Corregidor, and Spanish Lighthouse.

Getting There: As mentioned earlier, the only way to access Corregidor Island is via a guided tour. Sun Cruises operated by Magsaysay Shipping is the only tour company that provides scheduled tours to the island. Their ferry service is situated at the Hoverferry Terminal near the Cultural Center of the Philippines. You can find more information on their website.

Tagaytay, Cavite: Enjoy the Town’s Mild Climate and Panoramic Views of Taal Volcano

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Sky Ranch Tagaytay – Image Credit: Philippine Travel Site

The second entry from Cavite is perhaps one of the favorite overnight getaways near Manila by Pinoys who want to get out of the metro’s heat but do not have the luxury of time to go too far for a vacation. Sitting at high altitude lends Tagaytay its mild climate as well as spectacular view of Taal Volcano Island, an active volcano seated at the center of Taal Lake . On top of those, this component city also offers a wide array of tourist spots, from a historical, unfinished palace to a leisure park to a picnic spot that provides a panoramic view of Taal volcano. Also, don’t forget to treat yourself to a good deal of sumptuous dishes like the town’s popular Bulalo and Tawilis.

Points of Interest: People’s Park in the Sky, Picnic Grove, Sky Ranch, Puzzle Mansion, Museo Orlina, Flower Farm, Calaruega, and Ambon-Ambon Falls.

Getting There: There are buses from Metro Manila that either travel directly or pass through Tagaytay. You can find them in Coastal Mall and the terminals near LRT Taft and Gil Puyat (Buendia) station. Another option is to take a van or FX stationed at EGI Mall near LRT Gil Puyat station or Starmall Mandaluyong. 

Taal, Batangas: Walk Down Memory Lane by Visiting Ancestral Houses and Heritage Sites

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Taal Basilica – Image Credit: Eric Jam (Wikimedia Commons)

A lot of people often look to Vigan, Ilocos Sur if they want to find  ancestral houses and other heritage sites. But, why travel further when you can enjoy the same experience in Taal? Just a couple of hour’s drive from Manila, this town’s roads are lined with well-preserved ancestral homes of prominent Taaleños, some of whom were major supporters of revolutionary forces who fought against the Spaniards.

When you start your walking tour of the town, you will  definitely feel like you have been transported back in time, with all the capiz-adorned windows and intricate woodwork of the ancestral homes you will see. Some of these properties were converted into museums, allowing visitors to view mementos from the past. Once you are done with your heritage tour, you can hit the streets of the town center for a quick meal and to buy pasalubong for family and friends. Better yet, treat yourself to a bit of sun, sea and sun, as the neighboring towns of Taal boast some of the best beaches near Manila.

Points of Interest: Taal Basilica, Ancestral House of Doña Gliceria Marella de Villavicencio, Goco Heritage House, San Lorenzo Ruiz Steps, Casaysay Church, and Sacred Well of Sta. Lucia.

Getting There: To get to the heritage town of Taal Batangas from Manila, take a bus bound to Lemery. Ask the driver if it will stop at Taal Basilica, which should be your drop off point. If not, disembark at Taal Lemery Junction where you can find jeepneys heading to Taal Basilica.

The ones mentioned above are just some of the best places to visit near Manila, especially if you want to quickly escape the city for a bit of relaxation with minimal planning involved—just prep up your stuff, tag along your friends or loved ones, and you’re good to go! Best of all taking any of these nearby trips will not spread your wallet thin.

RedDoorz Plus @ Boni Ave Mandaluyong

Ingin mencoba destinasi traveling baru? Cobalah untuk pergi ke Filipina yang memiliki banyak tempat wisata dan pulau-pulau yang memukau. Bahkan beberapa diantaranya telah diresmikan oleh UNESCO sebagai situs warisan dunia. Namun, tidak hanya keindahan alamnya saja yang menjadikan Filipina layak untuk dikunjungi. Masih banyak tempat wisata di Filipina yang menarik untuk dikunjungi wisatawan, mulai dari pegunungan, perbukitan, taman hingga museum. Salah satu tempat atau daerah yang wajib dikunjungi adalah kota Manila yang menjadi pusat ekonomi dan wisata. Untuk itu, sejak bulan Desember 2017 lalu, RedDoorz membuka berbagai properti yang bisa kamu pilih.

Jika berkesempatan untuk mengunjungi Manila, kayaknya nggak akan cukup kalau hanya menghabiskan waktu di sini dalam 1 hari. Paling tidak RedTraveler membutuhkan 3-5 hari untuk menjelajahi berbagai tempat menarik di Filipina. Untuk menikmati liburan awal tahun, kamu memerlukan akomodasi penginapan yang nyaman dan murah.

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Salah satu rekomendasi dari kami adalah RedDoorz Plus @ Boni Ave Mandaluyong yang memiliki lokasi strategis dan banyak akses menuju penjuru kota Manila. Berlokasi di 604 Boni Ave, Mandaluyong – Manila, hotel RedDoorz ini juga dikelilingi beragam tempat wisata, pusat perbelanjaan dan kuliner, seperti; Jollibee (110 m), R&J Bulalohan (50 m), Kanto Freestyle Breakfast (850 m), 711 Bonu Ave (900 m), Chowking (50 m), Power Plant Mall (2 km), Century City Mall (3.3 km), SM Jazz Mall (3.8 km) dan A. Venue Mall (2.5 km).

Selain lokasi tersebut, jarak RedDoorz Plus @ Boni Ave Mandaluyong juga dapat dijangkau dengan taksi dari Bandara Internasional Ninoy Aquino yang berjarak 9.5 km. Atau jika berwisata menggunakan jalur darat seperti kereta, hotel RedDoorz ini terletak 2 km dari Stasiun Boni. Untuk akses jalanan ke hotel RedDoorz ini RedTraveler akan terhubung langsung dengan akses arteri kota Manila.

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Kamar yang ditawarkan di sini memiliki suasana modern dengan sentuhan warna putih yang membuatnya terkesan hangat dan nyaman. Selain itu, hotel RedDoorz juga menawarkan fasilitas hotel berbintang, seperti; WiFi gratis, TV Kabel, Linen yang bersih, Kamar non smoking, Area parkir mobil, Desk, Spa, Restoran, Smoking area, Room service dan penerima tamu 24 jam yang akan membantu kamu saat check in dan check out. 

Bukan hanya itu saja, di semua properti kami juga disediakan beberapa perlengkapan mandi seperti sampo, sabun, sikat gigi dan sanitary bag. Di kamar ini juga dilengkapi dengan pancuran air (shower) dan pemanas air, sehingga bisa memanjakan badan dengan mandi air hangat setelah sehatian beraktivitas di luar ruangan.

RedDoorz Plus @ Boni Ave Mandaluyong sangat direkomendasikan untuk liburan bersama keluarga, teman, maupun pasangan. Hanya dengan harga Rp 300.000-an saja Anda dapat menikmati kenyamanan yang ditawarkan layaknya menginap di hotel berbintang.

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Sekedar informasi, saat ini kamu dapat melakukan pembayaran untuk setiap penginapan murah RedDoorz yang dipesan melalui berbagai metode pembayaran seperti kartu kredit, transfer antar bank, maupun metode pembayaran yang memungkinkan kamu untuk membayar langsung di hotel (pay at hotel).

Selain itu, setiap melakukan reservasi kamu akan mendapatkan poin RedCash yang dapat digunakan untuk mendapat diskon hingga 30% untuk redeem RedCash poin, kamu cukup melakukan pemesanan hotel RedDoorz melalui website maupun mobile app pada pemesanan berikutnya.

Nah, sudah baca kan mengenal review RedDoorz Plus @ Boni Ave Mandaluyong? Jadi jangan ragu lagi untuk menginap di hotel RedDoorz. Untuk kamu yang akan liburan akhir tahun, RedDoorz juga tersebar di 10 kota lainnya. Segera pesan hotel RedDoorz kamu, karena ada promo diskon Rp 99.000!

8 Makanan khas Filipina yang Wajib Dicoba!

Menjadi salah satu Negara yang memiliki banyak tempat wisata pulau memukau membuat Filipina banyak diminati wisatawan. Ada banyak tempat wisata yang dinobatkan UNESCO sebagai situs warisan dunia. Namun, yang menarik bukan hanya tempat wisata saja loh! Karena kuliner Filipina juga terkenal unik dan lezat. Mau tau kah apa saja kuliner khas yang wajib Anda coba saat liburan di sana? Yuk simak artikel RedDoorz selengkapnya!

Chicken Adobo

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Saking enaknya chicken adobo, makanan ini tidak pernah lupa disebut sama warga Filipina kalau ditanya makanan rekomendasi mereka. Sama seperti masakan lainnya, chicken adobo bisa berbeda resep dan isinya, tergantung siapa yang masak dan selera orang yang menyantapnya. Tapi pada dasarnya chicken adobo terbuat dari ayam (bisa juga daging babi atau seafood) yang dimasak dengan kecap, cuka dan bawang putih. Biasanya paling enak dimakan dengan nasi putih panas-panas.

Buko Pie

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Buko dalam Bahasa Tagalog artinya adalah kelapa. Dengan kata lain, buko pie adalah pie yang berbahan dasar dari buah kelapa. Camilan ini merupakan snack wajib masyarakat Filipina. Meskipun buko pie yang paling populer terdapat di Cebu, makanan ini bisa dengan mudah Anda temui di seluruh penjuru Filipina. Rasanya yang gurih dan manis sangat nikmat disantap pada saat hangat agar pie crust nya lebih terasa renyah.

Halo Halo

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Di Indonesia, mungkin ini disebut dengan es campur, tetapi racikan dan komposisi makanan penutup ala Filipina ini lebih bervariasi. Halo-halo merupakan minuman es yang menggunakan buah nangka, kelapa, buah palm, pisang, ice cream, ubi ungu manis, nata de coco, ketan, jagung, sago dan juga susu. Es ini sangat segar diminum pada saat Anda menikmati indahnya pantai Filipina.

Lechon Babi

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Lechon atau babi panggang merupakan makanan yang harus disajikan dalam setiap kali perayaan di Filipina. Seperti acara ulang tahun, Natal, fiesta, dan pernikahan. Karena merupakan makanan yang sangat pokok, pada kesempatan tersebut akan terasa tidak lengkap tanpa kehadiran babi panggang. Di Filipina ini sendiri, makanan ini sangat mudah dijumpai. Dengan kulit renyah dan lembut, daging yang lebut hidangan ini benar-benar menggugah selera.

Beef Caldereta

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Ini tentunya makanan yang tidak boleh dilewatkan saat berkunjung ke negeri “Paman Marcos”. Beef Caldereta merupakan hidangan yang terbuat dari tomat, cuka pasta dan merica. Kentang dan wortel juga dapat ditambahkan untuk membuat hidangan lebih bergizi. Untuk pilihan dagingnya, sama seperti Adobo, Anda juga bisa merubahnya sesuai keinginan.

Kwek-Kwek

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Kwek-kwek biasanya adalah jajanan yang sering dibeli oleh anak-anak sekolah. Penjual biasanya hanya menggunakan gerobak kaki lima lalu mulai berjualan di sore hari. Siapapun sebenarnya, dari kalangan apapun, bisa menikmatinya. Harga yang murah membuat jajanan ini sebagai salah satu yang wajib untuk Anda coba. Makanan ini terbuat dari telur bebek yang direbus, kemudian dibalut tepung berwarna oranye dan digoreng hingga renyah. Versi lain dari makanan ini adalah tokneneng. Cara membuatnya sama dengan kwek-kwek, hanya saja terbuat dari telur ayam.

Chicken Inasal

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Makanan ini bisa ditemukan di hampir seluruh penjuru Metro Manila. Bisa disebut juga dengan ayam panggang atau bakar, tapi ini bukan sekedar ayam bakar biasa. Daging ayam direndam dalam campuran serai, calamansi, garam, merica dan bawang putih, lalu diolesi dengan minyak achiete. Kemudian hidangan ini disajikan dengan minyak jeruk dan nasi bawang putih hangat.

Bicol Express

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Santapan khas Filipina ini sangat cocok untuk orang Indonesia karena pedasnya mampu menyaingi makanan dari Negara lain. Semakin panas semakin nikmat rasanya. Bicol express juga sangat mudah ditemukan di restoran keluarga maupun cepat saji. Makanan ini terdiri dari daging babi dan siling labuyo yang dimasak dengan santan.

Nah, itulah tadi informasi singkat mengenai makanan khas Filipina yang wajib Anda coba. Sekedar informasi, mulai Januari 2018 RedDoorz telah hadir di Filipina! Segera pesan penginapan murah Anda melalui website dan mobile apps RedDoorz.

Festival Internasional di Negara Bebas Visa Sepanjang Tahun 2018

Setiap orang pasti memiliki goal sendiri setiap tahunnya, ada yang ingin memperbaiki diri, ada yg fokus terhadap karir, atau ada juga yang berkeinginan untuk mengunjungi berbagai Negara di dunia. Bagi traveler yang selalu haus akan tempat-tempat baru, biasanya di awal tahun ini pasti Anda sudah memiliki list berbagai Negara yang ingin dikunjungi. Tapi, pernahkan Anda terfikir untuk menyaksikan festival bertaraf internasional? Jika belum, cobalah untuk melihat berbagai daftar festival di Negara bebas visa yang RedDoorz tulis di artikel kali ini. Dijamin setelah membaca pasti RedTraveler jadi penasaran sama festival-festival tersebut. Yuk simak selengkapnya!

Januari: Ati-Atihan, Filipina

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Mulailah tahun baru Anda dengan tontonan yang penuh warna yaitu Ati-Athan di Kalipo, Filipina. Festival ini merupakan festival budaya tentang cerita asal suku lokal dan sebuah ode religious kepada ‘Holy Child’ atau Santo Nino. Parade yang besar, kostum yang mengesankan, bola masquerade dan pesta jalanan yang semarak adalah sajian utam di festival ini! Acara ini digelar pada tanggal 12-21 Januari 2018.

Februari: Chinese New Year, Hong Kong

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Puncak selebrasi Tahun Baru China di Hong Kong adalah pesta kembang api di Pelabuhan Victoria yang dipadukan dengan pertunjukan cahaya kelas dunia, The Symphony of Lights. Tempat terbaik untuk melihat kemeriahan ini adalah Tim Ma Park yang berada di tepi pantai, Avenue of Stars di sisi Kowloon di seberang Pulau Hong Kon, dan Victoria Peak dimana Anda dapat menyaksikan keseluruhan pertunjukan dari ketinggian yang berbeda. Acara ini digelar pada tanggal 16 Februari 2018.

Maret: Holi Festival, India

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Festival ini digelar untuk memperingati kemenangan kebaikan atas kejahatan, yang ditandai oleh pembakaran dan penghancuran iblis bernama Holika. Di festival ini, orang-orang menghabiskan hari itu dengan mengoleksi bubuk berwarna di wajah masing-masing, saling melempar air berwarna, berpesta, dan menari di bawah penyiram air. Perayaan Holi tradisional terbesar digelar di Mathura dan Vrindavan, sekitar empat jam dari Delhi. Acara ini berlangsung pada tanggal 1-2 Maret 2018.

April: Songkran, Thailand

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April adalah bulan “terpanas” di Thailand dan waktu dimulainya tahun baru dalam kalender Thailand serta perayaan Songkran yang sudah terkenal di seluruh dunia. Datanglah dengan senjata air dan pakaian renang karena Anda pasti akan basah! Songkran dirayakan di seluruh penjuru Thailand. Namun, untuk pengalaman terbaiknya, Anda dapat mengunjungi Koh Phangan dan bergabunglah dalam perkelahian air di siang hari di jalanan, lalu pergilah ke pantai untuk mengadakan pesta bulan purnama di malam harinya. Acara ini digelar pada tanggal 13-15 April 2018.

Mei: Boun Bang Fai Rocket Festival, Laos

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Festival Roket boun Bang Fai menandai bulan keenam kalender lunar. Selama festival, roket akan ditembakkan ke udara untuk meminta dewa hujan membantu masa panen sehingga baik dan bebas dari kekeringan, banjir, atau hama. Secara tradisional, roket dibuat dengan memasukkan bubuk mesiu ke bamboo yang dihias. Namun sekarang, banyak bahan yang berbeda digunakan, termasuk perpipaan kaca atau logam. Untuk Anda yang ingin melihat festival ini, acara akan digelar sepanjang bulan Mei 2018.

 

Juni: Gawai Dayak Festival, Serawak

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Acara yang akan diadakan pada tanggal 31 Mei-1 Juni 2018 ini merupakan festival keagamaan dan social yang diadakan di rumah-rumah panjang suku dataran rendah di Sarawak. Dalam Bahasa lokal, Gawai berarti ritual atau festival, sementara orang Dayak adalah nama untuk kelompok etnis asli Sarawak. Selama masa penting ini, keluarga berkumpul untuk perayaan unik yang berlangsung beberapa hari yang tak jarang menjadi tanggal pernikahan banyak pihak karena pada momen inilah semua anggota keluarga berkumpul di rumah leluhur mereka.

Juli: Singapore Food Festival, Singapura

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STREAT adalah cara utama Singapore Food Festival. Anda bisa mencicipi berbaga hidangan favorit Singapura dan makanan dari belahan dunia lainnya. Untuk masuk ke STREAT, Anda hanya perlu membayar makanan yang dibeli. Ingin bernostalgia dengan makanan lama serta legendaris? ’50 Cents Fest’ di Chinatown Food Street dan ‘One Farrer’s Food Street’ adalah throwbacks untuk makanan Singapura dan makanan tradisional. Belum ada tanggal pasti untuk tahun 2018, namun biasanya digelar pada bulan Juli.

Agustus: Hungry Ghost Festival, Penang

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Festival ini dirayakan dalam skala besar di Penang. Ada kepercayaan bahwa pada bulan ketujuh kalender Chena Gates of Hell dibuka untuk roh dan hantu dari dunia bawah untuk berkeliaran dengan bebas mencari makanan. Oleh karena itu, altar sementara dipasang di pinggir jalan dimana batang kayu raksasa dinyalakan dan makanan ditawarkan untuk menenangkan para hantu ini. Pertunjukan opera panggung dan pertunjukan wayang juga dilakukan di tempat hiburan para hantu, roh, dan masyarakat setiap malam. Acara ini digelar mulai tanggal 25 Agustus dan biasanya berlangsung selama 1 bulan.

September: Esala Perahera Tooth Festival, Sri Lanka

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Kota Kandy adalah jantung Buddha Sri Lanka. Distrik ini juga berfungsi ganda sebagai pusat seni Negara, sehingga pertunjukan akrobat, nyanyian dan pertunjukan menantang kematian di Festival Gigi Esala Perahera adalah hal yang biasa. Puncak festival ini adalah parade gajah yang mengenakan kostum sutra dan lampu peri cantik. Legenda mengatakan bahwa festival ini pertama kali dimulai di abad ke-5 SM, ketika pengikut Buddha menemukan satu-satunya gigi di jenazahnya yang dikremasi. Mereka menyelundupkan gigi itu kembali ke Sri Lanka, lalu diarak di seluruh kota. Diperkirakan festival ini akan digelar pada akhir Agustus hingga awal September.

Oktober: Dashain Festival, Nepal

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Di Nepal, Dashain adalah festival terpanjang dan paling terkenal di sepanjang tahun. Tidak heran jika banyak ekspatriat Nepal akan pulang untuk menikmati Festival di tanah air mereka. Orang-orang Nepal merayakan Dashain dengan pesta yang meriah. Saat festival, Anda bisa menghadiri banyak pameran kecil, bermain komedi putar dan beragam wahana lain, serta menikmati berbagai hiburan lainnya yang diadkan di desa-desa. Di kota-kota besar, seperti Kathmandi, Anda dapat menemukan pameran yang lebih besar dengan lebuh banyak pilihan. Festival ini diselenggarakan pada tanggal 16-21 Oktober 2018.

November: Meiji Shrine Autumn Festival, Tokyo

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Festival ini digelar untuk memperingati ulang tahun Kaisar Meji dan berlangsung di Kuil Meiji yang didedikasikan untuk roh Kaisar dan istrinya, Empress Shoken. Pengunjung dapat menikmati pertunjukan lagu dan tarian Jepang, demonstrasi seni bela diri, pertandingan gulat sumo, pertunjukan puisi, panahan, menunggang kuda dan banyak lagi selama tiga hari di bulan November.

Desember: The Annual Angkor Photo Festival, Kamboja

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Festival ini dumulai pada awal bulan Desember selama seminggu dan menampilkan lebih dari 1000 fotografer dalam serangkaian pameran indoor dan outdoor serta proyeksi slideshow malam. Festival ini merupakan acara fotografi terpanjang di Asia Tenggara dan tujuan dari acara ini adalah untuk memlihara dan mempromosikan bakat muda Asia dan mendorong perkembangan fotografi di wilayah ini. Semua acara terbuka untuk umum dan gratis.

Nah, itulah tadi informasi singkat mengenai berbagai festival internasional yang ada di berbagai Negara sepanjang 2018. Bagi Anda yang ingin berlibur ke berbagai kota di Indonesia, RedDoorz hadir di lebih dari 10 kota, seperti; Palembang, Bali, Jakarta, Bandung, Jogja, Semarang, Surabaya, Lombok, Makasar, Manado, Medan dan Batam.

8 Places You Must Visit in the Philippines

As one of Southeast Asia’s gems, there’s no shortage of mesmerizing locations and buzzing tourist hotspots in the Philippines. From UNESCO-listed rice fields and gorgeous beaches to world-class cultural institutions and national parks, this country offers something for everyone. To help you build your itinerary, we’ve curated a list of destinations in the Philippines that you absolutely should not miss.

Boracay

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A trip to the Philippines wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Boracay. Nestled approximately 315 km south of Manila, this small island offers a wealth of natural wonders, which is why it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most visited destinations in the country.

You can get to Boracay by ferry, plane or both. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, we recommend taking the ferry, although the journey will take more or less 10 hours in total.

Banaue Rice Terraces

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Perched 1500 meters above sea level in Ifugao, the irrigation system that runs through these rice fields is steeped in history, having been carved into place some 2000 years ago by the Batad indigenous people. This UNESCO World Heritage Site covers a whopping 10.360 kmof land and are often referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.

El Nido

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Pristine, secluded and absolutely breathtaking, the white sand beaches of El Nido are located on Palawan Island and remain one of the Philippines’ best kept secrets. But this destination is more than just a pretty face, as El Nido also makes for the perfect diving spot and is inhabited by a wide variety of marine life including dolphins and whitetip reef sharks. With all of these marvels and more, it’s only fitting that this bucket list-worthy spot was named one the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Rizal Park

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For a dose of history, make sure you pay a visit to Rizal Park—also known as Luneta Park—in Manila. This lush attraction site was built to commemorate one of the country’s national heroes, Jose Rizal, and is one of the biggest parks in Asia.

Mactan Island

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Covering approximately 65 kmof land and comprising a population of 430.000, Mactan Island is one of the most densely populated islands in the Philippines. The island, which is part of the Cebu Province, is renowned for its heavy production of musical instruments, including guitars, ukuleles and more.

Coron Island

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Offering some of the most jaw-dropping panoramic views, Coron Island attracts a steady stream of tourists from all over the world. But the island’s underwater treasures are just as noteworthy, especially since it’s also home to the famous World War II-era Japanese shipwreck.

The quickest and easiest way to get to Coron Island from Manila is by plane—as it will only take you an hour—followed by a short scenic drive from the airport to the heart of the island.

Manila Ocean Park

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Officially opened in 2008, this ocean park boats over 14.000 species and offers plenty of family-friendly features like a swimming pool and other water sports facilities. A single ticket—which includes entry to the Oceanarium as well as the Symphony Evening Show—will cost you 600 Peso.

National Museum of the Philippines

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The National Museum of the Philippines houses a rich collection of historic works from the fields of archeology, anthropology, botany, zoology, as well as geology. One of the museum’s most notable exhibitions is the wreck site of San Diego, where you can view the stunning display of artefacts stored inside the Spanish battleship. As a government institution, the museum also offers a pick-up service to and from the airport.

 While there’s still so much more to see in the Philippines, these 8 places are guaranteed to leave you breathless. If you’re heading to Manila and need a comfortable accommodation to stay that won’t break the bank, browse RedDoorz’s selection of affordable rooms at RedDoorz App or www.reddoorz.com/en-ph

Rekomendasi Tempat Wisata Filipina yang Bisa Anda Kunjungi di Tahun 2018

Selain Indonesia, Negara di Asia Tenggara yang memiliki banyak pulau dan tempat wisata pantai memukau adalah Filipina. Beberapa di antaranya bahkan telah diresmikan oleh UNESCO sebagai situ warisan dunia. Namun, tidak hanya keindahan alamnya saja yang menjadikan Filipina layak untuk dikunjungi. Masih banyak tempat wisata di Filipina yang menarik untuk dikunjungi wisatawan, mulai dari pegunungan, perbukitan, taman hingga museum. Apa saja sih tempat wisata Filipina yang kami rekomendasikan? Yuk simak artikel RedDoorz selengkapnya!

Boracay

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Boracay merupakan salah satu tempat wisata di Filpina yang harus dikunjungi. Berlokasi kurang lebih 315 km di sebelah selatan Manila, Botacay menawarkan keindahan alam yang luar biasa. Tempat ini juga telah berhasil masuk ke dalam salah satu pantai terindah yang wajib dikunjungi wisatawan di seluruh dunia.

Untuk dapat mencapai Boracay, ada beberapa cara yang bisa Anda tempuh, seperti kapal ferry, pesawat terbang, atau kombinasi antara kapal ferry dan bus. Tapi jika Anda ingin berhemat, kapal ferry adalah transportasi yang kami rekomendasikan, meskipun akan memakan waktu lebih dari 10 jam perjalanan.

Banaue Rice Terraces

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Tempat wisata Filipina yang terletak di Ifugao ini meupakan area persawahan tertua yang tibuat oleh Suku Batad. Tempat ini menjadi unik karena adanya system pengairan yang dibuat dengan teknologi sederhana namun menjadi tampang sangat memukau. Banaue Rice Terraces terletak pada ketinggian 1.500 meter di atas permukaan laut dan diperkirakan telah berumur sekitar 2.000 tahun. Keunikan kondisi alam yang memiliki luas wilayah sekitar 10.360 km2 ini menjadikan UNESCO memilihnya sebagai situs warisan dunia pada tahun 1995.

El Nido

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Salah satu pantai pasir putih yang sangat indah di Filipina dengan sekelilingnya berupa pegunungan kapur yang tampak berkilau. Letaknya ada di Pulau Palawan, tepatnya di ujung barat Filipina. Pantai yang masih jarang dikunjungi wisatawan ini dapat Anda tempuh dengan naik kapal. Jika Anda belum puas hanya menikmati wisata pantai yang memanjakan mata saja, Anda juga dapat melakukan dibving dan menikmati indahnya bawah laut El Nido yang penuh dengan spesies ikan tropis warna warni serta kalau Anda sedang hoki, bisa juga bertemu lumba-lumba sampai dengan hiu sirip putih. Karena keindahannya El Nido ini dinobatkan sebagai peringat teratas Pantai Terindah yang ada di dunia.

Rizal Park

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Rizal Park adalah sebuah taman yang khusus didirikan untuk mengenang jasa Jose Rizal yang merupakan salah seorang pahlawan kemerdekaan di Filipina pada masa penjajahan. Taman ini menjadi tempat tujuan wisata karena merupakan salah satu taman terbesari yang ada di Asia. Di sini, Anda dapat mengunjungi taman yang juga dikenal dengan Taman Nasional Luneta ini untuk mempelajari sejarah Negara Filipina.

Pulau Mactan

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Pulau yang terdapat di Provinsi Cebu ini memiliki luas sekitar 65 km2 dan dihuni oleh sekitar 430.000 orang, sehingga menjadikan pulau ini sebagai salah satu pulau terpadat di Filipuna. Salah satu daya tark utama dari pulau ini adalah banyaknya produksi alat musik yang dijadikan cendera mata seperti ukulele, gitar, dan lain-lain.

Pulau Coron

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Pulau Coron merupakan salah satu tempat wisata Filipina yang populer dikalangan traveler. Pemandangan alam yang sangat eksotik di pulau ini membuat para wisatawan berbondong-bondong datang untuk melihatnya. Selain keindahan pulaunya, keindahan alam bawah laut Pulau Coron juga tidak kalah menarik, apalagi ditambah dengan adanya bangkai kapal Jepang peninggalan perang dunia ke 2.

Untuk dapat mencapai pulau indah ini, Anda bisa menggunakan pesawat Manila yang akan memakan waktu perjalanan sekitar 1 jam. Kemudian, perjalanan dari bandara kecil di Pulau Coron menuju jantung pulau tersebut hanya memakan waktu beberapa menit saja dengan jalan yang sudah beraspal dan menawarkan pemandangan bukit hijau yang indah.

Manila Ocean Park

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Taman laut yang terletak di Manila ini lebih besar jika dibandingkan dengan Singapore Ocean Park yang juga sangat terkenal dikalangan para traveler. Sejak diresmikan pada bulan Maret 2008, taman laut ini telah memiliki lebih dari 14.000 biota laut. Di Manila Ocean Park juga terdapat kolam renang dan wahana air yang bisa Anda nikmati bersama keluarga.

Untuk dapat menikmati keindahan Manila Ocean Park, Anda harus menyiapkan dana sebesar 600 peso atau sekitar Rp 500.0000. Harga tersebut sudah termasuk tiket kunjungan ke Oceanarium dan juga tiket untuk menyaksikan Symphony Evening Show.

Museum Nasional Filipina

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Museum yang didirikan oleh pemerintah Filipina ini memiliki koleksi dari berbagai bidang ilmu pengetahuan, seperti misalnya bidang arkeologi, antropologi, bitani, zoology dan juga geologi. Salah satu koleksi milik Museum Nasional Filipina yang paling terkenal ialah San Diego. San Diego sendiri adalah bbangkai kapal yang dulunya digunakan untuk berdagang dari Manila menuju Acapulco, Meksiko. Saat ditemukan, artifak yang ada dalam kapal ini masih dalam keadaan utuh.

Museum Nasional Filipina telah berhasil menjadi berhasil menjadi salah satu tempat wisata di Filipina yang paling populer karena banyaknya artifak yang dimiliki. Pemerintah Filipina juga menyediakan kendaraan khusus yang akan menjemput wisatawan dari bandara menuju ke museum yang antrian pengunjungnya sangat panjang pada akhir pekan ini.

Nah, itulah tadi informasi singkat mengenai tempat wisata di Filipina yang wajib Anda kunjungi. Sekedar informasi, mulai Januari 2018 RedDoorz akan hadir di Filipina! Segera pesan penginapan murah Anda melalui website dan mobile apps RedDoorz.