Batangas Hotels and Resorts
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As the capital city of Ilocos Sur province, Vigan is a beautiful Hispanic city most known for its cobblestone street called Calle Crisologo. Spanish houses dating back to the 18th century still stand on the site, which is frequented by both foreign and domestic tourists. Of course, there are other streets in Vigan that are also lined with old houses bearing the influence of European architecture.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has listed Vigan as a world heritage site for maintaining its buildings the way they were built centuries ago. The old houses in Vigan share the same features as those of Hispanic houses built in other towns in the Philippines with strong middle and upper class during the Spanish regime. Intramuros in Manila, of course, was the center of Spanish government in the Philippines at that time.
A survey conducted by StratPOLLS in March 2011 listed Boracay as the top summer travel destination for residents living in Metro Manila. Of the 250 respondents, 76 percent picked Boracay as the “top dreamland destination,” specifically among the rich and middle classes of Metro Manila.
Travel website TripAdvisor has ranked the resort island of Boracay as the world’s second best beach resort in the world, next only to the Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Winners have been determined based on the most highly rated destinations by members of TripAdvisor.
Boracay was the top of the three choices in Asia that made it to the top 25 destinations worldwide. It bested other popular resorts in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean and Koh Phangan in Thailand. Boracay was cited for its pristine white-sand beaches and picture-perfect sunsets. "At only 7.25 kilometres long, Boracay is small enough to navigate by rented bicycle or motorbike. But don’t let its small size fool you -- you’ll have several excellent beaches to choose from," a review at TripAdvisor said.
About two hours from Manila is a national park, rich with historical and ecological significance, located in several villages of San Miguel and Doña Remedios Trinidad towns in the northern part of Bulacan. The 2,100-hectare Biak na Bato national park has various ecological attractions, connected by hanging bridges and concrete trail that lead to a river, caves, falls, large boulders, ancient trees, and other exploration sites surrounded by a green forest. Biak na Bato is also a good site for bird watching. There are about 30 species of birds endemic to the area.
While the park is a part of the Sierra Madre montain range and stretches for more than seven kilometers, guests would already have ample adventure in visiting major sites located within the first kilometer that has concrete stairways leading up and downhill.
Luzon has many island destinations, and among those that can be easily reached from Metro Manila are the idyllic white sand islands in Zambales province.
With the connection of the North Luzon Expressway and the Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway or SCTEX, Zambales is just two hours away from Manila by car.
Subic Bay in Zambales is about 110 kilometers from Manila via the two expressways. The trip to Subic via SCTEX provides a magnificent view of rolling hills and calm greeneries that are soothing to the eyes of motorists and passengers.
Tourists looking for a great beach destination need not take the trouble of going to the airport to fly out of Metro Manila. They are in for a treat at the Laiya-Aplaya in San Juan, Batangas, which can be reached by land transport. Laiya-Aplaya has a six-kilometer beach embraced by Sigayan Bay on the southeastern side of Batangas.
While the white sand on Laiya is not as fine as in Boracay or Panglao, Laiya has fine pebbles and shells that mix with the sand of Sigayan Bay that provide that shining white color. Laiya-Aplaya can be reached from Metro Manila in just three to four hours by car.
Ayala Land Inc. has started the construction of the first of its chain of boutique businessmen’s hotels in Fort Bonifacio Global City. Company president Antonino Aquino said the first boutique hotel will be built near the company's upscale West Tower Project at One Serendra. The hotel, with an estimated cost of about PhP1 billion, will have 175 rooms priced under US$100 a night.
Property developer Ayala Land Inc. plans to invest PhP20 billion to redevelop the Ayala Centre by doubling the number of hotel rooms, office and retail space, and residential condominiums in the Makati central business district.
Rizal Park and Intramuros are undergoing a facelift, which are expected to restore the status of the two sites as major tourist destinations in Manila. A musical dancing fountain measuring 20 by 40 metres has been erected by the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) at Rizal Park, which became an instant favorite among visitors.
About half a million tourists visited the dancing fountain at Luneta on Christmas day (December 25, 2010) alone, according to news reports. The NPDC has also strengthened Rizal Park’s security force, which now consists of 10 policemen and 60 guards working in shifts for 24 hours. Four security cameras were also installed in the park.
What to see and do in Quezon City? A lot, if you are indeed talking about the largest city in Metro Manila. It is also the richest and most populous city in the Philippines. Quezon City is so big that the widest roads in the Philippines are found here, including EDSA, Commonwealth Avenue, Elliptical Road, Kalayaan Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Araneta Avenue, Mindanao Avenue, East Avenue and Aurora Boulevard.