“My ultimate goal is to visit all the remote areas in different municipalities of the Philippines, especially those that are unnoticed and awaiting to be discovered, to showcase their natural beauty.”
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Inspired by the grandeur of the Piazza San Marco, the Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill is the perfect place to go for a quiet family weekend with its eclectic mix of Italian, Mediterranean and international dining establishments and a great variety of entertainment and leisure options. Its architectural flourishes – with high arches, rustic facades, a clock tower inspired by the iconic St. Mark campanile and stained glass dome reminiscent of Italy – add a unique and charming twist to the whole experience.
San Ildefonso is a municipality in the province of Bulacan. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 104,471 people. With the continuous expansion of Metro Manila, the municipality is now part of Manila’s built-up area which makes San Ildefonso its northernmost part.
Makati is the financial center of the Philippines and it has the highest concentration of multinational and local corporations in the country. The biggest trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange is situated along the city’s Ayala Avenue.Makati is also known for being a major cultural and entertainment hub in Metro Manila. Although its population is just half a million, the daytime population of the city is estimated to be more than one million during a typical working day because of the large number of people who go to the city to work, shop, and do business.
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Subic Bay is a bay on the west coast of the island of Luzon, about 100 kilometres (62 mi) northwest of Manila Bay. An extension of the South China Sea, its shores were formerly the site of a major United States Navy facility named U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, which is now the location of an industrial and commercial area known as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
Nagbalayong is a fishing community but it offers countless resorts along the strip. This calm municipality in Bataan became a family destination for city dwellers. Morong, being one of the nearest Bataan towns from Manila, is an ideal destination for city-weary travelers to enjoy the beach under the sun.
Before the famous Lighthouse Marina Resort, Olongapo’s Old Lighthouse or Subic Lighthouse Parola served as a beacon to seafaring vessels. The Old Subic Lighthouse is along the National Highway past the public cemetery on the hill, but it can be seen and appreciated from the end of Subic Boardwalk. A panoramic view perfect for picture taking, it overlooks the Subic Bay Freeport area.
The Malagonlong Bridge or Puente de Malagonlong is a five-span 445 feett long stone arch bridge built during the Spanish colonial period in Tayabas, Quezon. The bridge is known as one of the oldest bridges as well as the longest bridge made during the Spanish era. It was declared a National Cultural Treasure under the Historic Bridges of Tayabas. The bridge has a carriageway of about 6 meter and six small balconies where pedestrians can stop by.
“Tayo na sa Antipolo” has been a popular folk ditty for decades. Then and now, thousands of devotees take the hilly path to pay homage to the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. The “Tayo na sa Antipolo Maytime Festival” promotes the piligrimage city along with its famous products – suman, manga and kasoy. Celebrated every first Tuesday of May and ending on the first Tuesday of July, the religious aspect of the festival includes the time honoured traditions of “Unang Prusisyon” and “Santacruzan”, along with streetdancing competitions and a historical tour.
Baguio City, deemed as a melting pot of different cultures, stands out with its strong identity, as their culture is instilled in their everyday life and more so, during festivals. The Panagbenga Festival tells us the story of how people of Baguio rise to the challenge of adversity and ask for the blessing of the Almighty. The stylish and colourful “festival of the flowers” symbolizes joy, victory and thanksgiving through the simple music with graceful movement and gestures. Source: aliwanfiesta.com.ph
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