Saturday, March 17, 2012

1000 Things To Do And See in the Philippines


A few days back, I started on a project for myself.  I want to come up with 1000 things to do and see in the Philippines, before I die inspired of the TLC program, which has a list for the entire world.
It’s actually harder than I thought it would be.  I started by listing down all the provinces per region and researched as many possible things to do and see in that area.  Here’s what I have so far:
Metro Manila 1 Kilometer 0 and the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park.
2 Walk along the Walls of Intramuros and visit all the attractions within the walled city.
3 Malacanang Palace
4 Binondo Church and a Calesa Ride in Chinatown
5 Shop in Divisoria
6 Shop in Bonifacio Global City, High Street and Town Center
7 Have Halaan Soup at Igmaan, Seaside Macapagal
8 Explore SM Mall of Asia and the Bayside
9 Visit Malate Church and watch the Sunset along Roxas Blvd
10 Coffee in Greenbelt
11 Have lunch at Greens near Tomas Morato in Quezon City
12 Watch a performance at CCP
13 Ride the LRT from Baclaran to Balintawak
14 Check out the Galleries and Get some booze at Cubao Expo
15 Visit the Bamboo Organ in Las Pinas
16 Dinner at Cafe Juanita in Pasig
17 Offer a prayer at Baclaran Church
18 Try your luck at the casinos of Resort World Manila
19 Spa at Wensha
20 Ayala Museum
21 Night Out in Malate
22 Shopping in Ortigas
23 Elevation 0 at the Welcome Rotunda
24 Ace Water Spa
25 Manila Bay Cruise
26 Picnic at the La Mesa Eco Park
27 San Agustin Church
La Union 28 Check out the Ma Cho Temple
29 Stroll the Botanical Gardens of San Fernando
30 Chill and get into conversations over dinner with Lola Nanny Landrigan of Lola Nanny’s
31 Learn to surf on the breaks of San Juan
Ilocos Norte 32 Watch the Sunset in Pagudpud
33 Kabigan falls
34 Roadkill shot at Patapat Viaduct
35 Explore the caves of Bantay Abot
36 Sand Dunes
37 Paoay Church
38 Lunch at Herencia Café
39 Bangui Windmills
40 Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
41 Tobacco Monopoly Monument
42 General Ricarte National Shrine
43 Aglipay Shrine
44 Juan Luna Shrine
45 Marcos Museum & Mausoleum Or Balay Ti Ili
46 Malacañang Of The North
47 Loom Weaving
48 Paoay Lake National Park
49 Abang Falls
50 Sinking Belltower
51 Trek up the river of Karingking in Solsona and take a dip by the magnificent waterfalls
52 Sample yummy Ilocano chow at Dap-ayan ti Ilocos Norte – the Laoag Empanada is just uber-delicious
53 Catch the sunset at Pangil in Currimao
Ilocos Sur 54 Vigan Empanada
55 Calle Crisologo Stroll
56 Go Museum Hopping (Crisologo Museum, Burgos Museum, Syquia and Quema Houses
57 Check out the churches of Bantay, Santa Maria and St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral
58 Take a calesa ride through the Mestizo District
59 Visit and shop for Abel Iloco in Barangay Camangaan
60 Try your hands in making your own burnay at the Paburnayan
Pangasinan 61 Kayak or do island-hopping at the Hundred Islands
62 Snorkel and check out the Giant Clams at Silaki Island
63 Chill out the Patar Beach in Bolinao
64 Sample the Boneless Bangus
65 Explore the beach of bolinao and Light House
66 Our Lady of Manaoag
Isabela 67 Bonsai Forest at Sumanget
68 Sta Victoria Caves
69 NORTHERN SIERRA MADRE NATURAL PARK (PALANAN RAINFOREST)
70 GUIBANG CHURCH
71 PARISH CHURCH OF ST. MATHIAS IN TUMAUINI
72 THE CHURCH OF ALICIA (Our Lady of Atocha Parish) AND GAMU
73 MAGAT DAM TOURISM COMPLEX (MAGAT HYDRO ELECTRIC POWER PLANT)
74 SAN PABLO CHURCH
75 AGUINALDO SHRINE in Palanan
Batanes 76 SABTANG ISLAND
77 ITBAYAT ISLAND
78 BATAN ISLAND
79 MOUNT IRAYA
80 Y’AMI/AMIANAN
81 DI-ATAY BEACH
82 SONGSONG
83 NAIDI HILLS
84 SITIO JURA AT RACUJAIDE
85 NAKABUANG CAVE
86 MT. MATAREM
87 WHITE BEACH
88 RADAR TUKON
89 OLD LORAN STATION
90 RUINS OF SONGSONG
91 SAN JOSE CHURCH
92 KANYUYAN BEACH & PORT
93 SAN CARLOS BORROMEO CHURCH
94 Batanes Houses
95 RADIWAN POINT
Cagayan 96 The CALLAO CAVES TOURIST ZONE of Peñablanca
97 JACKPOT CAVE
98 ODESSA-TUMBALI CAVE SYSTEM
99 SAN CARLOS CAVE
100 SAN VICENTE, STA. ANA & THE PALAUI ISLAND
101 Cape Engano
102 PORTABAGA FALLS
103 THE CAGAYAN RIVER OR RIO GRANDE DE CAGAYAN
104 APARRI DELTA
105 THE BUNTUN BRIDGE
106 MAGAPIT SUSPENSION BRIDGE
107 ST. PAUL UNIVERSITY
108 CARSUMCO
109 LALLO
110 CAGAYAN PROVINCIAL MUSEUM & HISTORICAL RESEARCH CENTER
111 REV. FR. GERRY Z. FILLIPE HO, OFM MEMORIAL MUSEUM
112 THE BASILICA MINORE OF OUR LADY OF PIAT
113 IGUIG CALVARY HILLS and the PARISH OF ST. JAMES THE GREATER
114 ST. PETER AND PAUL METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL
115 ST. HYACINTH CHURCH OR SAN JACINTO CHAPEL
116 ALCALA’ ST. PHILOMENE CHURCH
117 THE OLDEST BELL IN THE FAR EAST is in Camalaniugan’s San Jacinto de Polonia Parish
Nueva Vizcaya 118 Mt. Pulag
119 Mt. Ugu
120 Provincial Capitol
121 People's Museum and Library
122 St. Vincent Ferrer Church
123 St. Dominic Cathedral
Quirino 124 Nagbukel Caves
125 Mighty Cagayan River
126 Aglipay Caves and Campsite
Bataan 127 Las Casas de Acuzar
128 Climb Mt. Samat
129 Visit the Pawikan Conservation Center. Donate
130 Admire the panoramic vistas from the viewing gallery of the Dambana ng Kagitingan
131 Hit the trail and climb Mt. Natib
132 Visit the many historical markers in the peninsula
133 Walk the hanging bridge in Morong
Aurora 134
Bulacan 135
Pampanga 136 Foodtrip from San Fernando to Angeles
137 Gabaldon Schoolhouse
138 Nayong Pilipino sa Clark
139 Bale Herencia
140 Bale Matua
141 Camalig
142 Pampanga Lodge & Restaurant
143 Abe's Farm
144 Bale Dutung
145 Everybody's Cafe
146 These are Guagua (Razon’s), Angeles (Corazon’s) and Arayat (Kabigting's and Jurado's) halo-halo.
147 Also check out Aling Lucing's at the Crossing (Henson Street, Angeles City)
148 Hot Air Balloon Festival
Nueva Ejica 149
Tarlac 150
Zambales 151 Camp in Nagsasa Cove,
152 Check out the Wildlife Farm in Botolan
153 Do a quick island hop – Camara and Capones Islands; Snake and Grande Islands
154 Go waterfall-hopping
155 Eat famed Zambales mangoes, the sweetest mangoes in the Philippines after Guimaras
Cavite 156
Batangas 157 Beach Bumming in Laiya
158 Taal Heritage Town
159 Trek the Crater Island of Taal
I am yet to come up with activities for Aurora and Bulacan for Region 3 and Nueva Ecija and Tarlac for Region 4.
Feel free to contribute if you think I've missed out on some areas.

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