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Cebu has carved a name for itself as a tropical destination in the Pacific Ocean. Although it is well a part of the Philippines, being the largest metropolitan area in the south, Cebu caught the attention of foreign tourists for being a complete tourist haven.
The cultural, historical and natural wonders of Cebu merge with modern conveniences such as five-star hotels and resorts as well as giant shopping malls. Cebu City, the capital of Cebu province, is considered the oldest city in the Philippines established by Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legaspi in the 16th Century.
Puerto Galera, the northernmost town of Oriental Mindoro province, is a tropical beach destination unlike no other in the Philippines. Its white-sand beaches shimmer against the background of green coconut trees and blue waters.
As a destination, Puerto Galera is much more diverse than Boracay in Aklan, thanks to its more than 20 beaches, spanning from the secluded to the overcrowded. Sabang Beach is a major magnet to foreign tourists, being an ideal jump off point to spectacular diving sites and its beach area has numerous hotels, resorts, restaurants and clubs. White Beach, about 14 kilometers from sabang, is the crowd favorite on the other side of the town and attracts foreign and tourists alike.
Movenpick Hotels and Resorts is set to open the Huma island resort in Palawan by the fourth quarter of 2012. The resort will be the second Philippine resort for the upscale hotel company. Huma island is world famous among divers who visit to experience the area’s exceptional corals and abundant marine life as well as to explore 12 of the most iconic shipwrecks of the mid-20th century.
It is also steeped in mystical magic from the tip of its rainforest-covered mountains to the bottom of its primeval caves. The endless pristine sands that ring the island were once home to “Ibrahim The Sailor” who was swept ashore 1352 when his galleon Huma was shipwrecked while on its way from India to China.
Boulevard Holdings Inc. has accepted a US$10-million investment offer from a consortium led by Sumitomo Mitsui of Japan and now considers a PhP13.5 billion joint-venture proposal from its affiliate company JP Guilds Inc. for the redevelopment of the 3,000-hectare Puerto Azul resort complex. Also approved was a plan by management to look for other possible private investors for BHI, a tourism-oriented firm led by the Panlilio family.
Camarines Sur, now popularly known as CamSur, was the top provincial destination in 2010, according to a report by Philippine Star, citing data from the Department of Tourism (DOT). Camarines Sur Governor Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. said the province recorded a total of 2,330,116 foreign and local visitors in 2010 and is now considered as the country’s top destination. The figure represented a growth of 48.75 percent from a year ago.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) have unveiled a list of “Top Emerging Destinations for 2010”, according to a report by Manila Bulletin. Among the criteria used in the preparation of the list are good accessibility, communication network, availability of meeting facilities and standard accommodations.
Listed as emerging destinations are Laoag and Dagupan (Region I) for their heritage sites and beaches; La Trinidad Valley (Cordillera) for its magnificent strawberry fields, vegetable terraces, and cut flowers industry; Zambales (Central Luzon) which is a multifaceted destination for beach holidays, mango agri-tourism, and sports adventure activities; San Juan, Batangas (Region IV-A) that boasts of endless beautiful beaches and stylised type of resorts; Marinduque (Region IV-B) with its world class resort and rich cultural traditions; Sorsogon of Bicol ( Region V) which is synonymous to eco-tourism activities like interaction with friendly whale sharks and firefly tours.
Rising 1,500 meters above the sea, Baguio City enjoys a relatively cool weather throughout the year. On the average, Baguio is at least eight degrees cooler than any place in the lowlands. Not surprisingly, Baguio has become the "summer capital" of the country.
This newly discovered island boasts of white-sand beaches and surfing waves compared to that of Hawaii. Lying 800 kilometers southeast of Manila, the tear-shaped Siargao Island is a perfect haven for the sun, sea, and surf buffs. It lies on the eastern portion of Surigao del Norte and on the southeastern tip of Mindanao. The island is a mass of tropical land with scores of reefs, points and white beaches.
Puerto Galera (which means Galleon Port) is one of the most popular beach resorts in the Philippines. A marine reserve, it is endowed with coves, fine sandy beaches and shallow coral reefs ideal for snorkeling.
Feel the breeze of summer at white-sand beaches deemed as among the world's finest: Boracay, Panglao, Palawan, Bantay Island, Samal Island, Siargao, Glan, Subic, Anilao, Puerto Galera, and Hundred Islands. The beach is endless in this archipelago that is the Philippines. Check out our special video of Philippine beaches.