The Philippines is on target of drawing three million foreign tourists in 2006, as international arrivals posted double-digit growth in the first quarter of the year.
Subic, the former US naval base in the Philippines, is now a hub for commerce and tourism. Just two-and-a-half hour drive north from Manila, Subic offers a full view of the blue mountain and sea and of the green background of a three-layered virgin forest.
Villa Escudero, a coconut plantation village in San Pablo City, was developed by its owners into a tourist destination complete with swimming pools, picnic area, fishing grounds, and modern amenities. Special packages can be arranged to include overnight stay with food and accommodation.
HOW TO GO TO LAS PINAS
Las Piñas City in the southern part of Metro Manila has retained much of its provincial appeal. Its main attraction, however, is the world-famous bamboo organ, found in the town's picturesque Catholic church. The centuries-old musical instrument was constructed between 1792 and 1819. It has 174 bamboo pipes, 122 horizontal reeds of soft metal, a five-octave keyboard, and 22 stops arranged in vertical rows. The church is open daily except Sunday morning.
A new tourist destination is rising in Romblon province, complete with an international airport that could transform the island into the next Boracay. This early, foreign and local investors are coming in to buy beachfront properties on Carabao Island in San Jose, Romblon, according to its mayor.
A cruise along a 13.5-kilometre stretch of the great Abatan River in Bohol province has been attracting tourists, according to a report by Philippine Daily Inquirer.
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.
Manila Tourist District
Manila, which was named after a white-flowered mangrove plant called nilad, was a tiny Malay settlement along the Pasig River ruled by Rajah Sulayman in the 16th century. The Spanish colonizers moved the capital of the Philippines from Cebu to Manila in 1571. They built the walled city of Intramuros, which for the next 300 years, was to become the nerve center of the Spanish rule.
Intramuros was the political and commercial center of the Spanish regime. From this walled city, the Spaniards extended their cultural and religious influences to the different parts of the country. They built churches, Catholic-run schools and universities, government buildings, and magnificent artifices, which reflect the Castilian architecture.
At the turn of the century, the Americans came and ruled the Philippines for 50 years. They introduced their own architecture, language, education and system of governance. During this period, Manila underwent a facelift. A blend of American and Spanish influences gave way to a new Manila, which was to evolve into a giant urban area known as Metro Manila.
Today, Metro Manila is an aggregate of 10 cities and seven municipalities.
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From Escolta, one can proceed to the San Miguel district, known for its Spanish-style houses and the Malacañang Palace, seat of the Philippine government. This ornate Spanish colonial palace, with its arches and balconies,...
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