METRO MANILA

Metropolitan Manila is the seat of government and one of the three defined metropolitan areas of the Philippines. It is officially known as the National Capital Region, and is commonly known as Metro Manila or simply Manila. It is made up of 16 cities namely: the City of Manila (the Philippine capital), Quezon City (the country’s most populous city and former capital, Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig and Valenzuela as well as the City of Pateros.

Although Metro Manila is not considered a province, it is included in the 81 provinces of the Philippines.

Since it is very near to my hometown, I guess I have traveled almost everywhere here since as a child. It is just strange that I couldn’t find a nice photo of mine anywhere else in the area or maybe I couldn’t think of snapping one when I’m around Metro Manila, haha.

 

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Science Discovery Center

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White Moon Bar, MOA

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Manila Ocean Park

 

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BENGUET


Benguet is a landlocked province of the Philippines located in the southern tip of the Cordillera Administrative Region in the island of Luzon. Its capital is La Trinidad. The highland province is known as the Salad Bowl of the Philippines due to its huge production of upland vegetables.
 
Baguio, officially the City of Baguio and popularly referred to as Baguio City, is a mountain resort city located in Northern Luzon, Philippines.
 
I’ve been to Baguio several times, oh well, who else wouldn’t be, and definitely, I will come back, hopefully during my 2019 vacation as it is now on my  2019 travel itinerary.
 
Here are some of our photos in Baguio.
 
The view from our Hotel.
 
Where I did Zipline on Treetop
 
Other places I’ve visited in Baguio:
 
Burnham Park
Mines View Park
Baguio Cathedral
The Mansion
Baguio Botanical Garden
Tree Top Adventure
Session Road
Bell Church
Camp John Hay

ISABELA

Isabela is the second largest province of the Philippines, and the largest on the island of Luzon in land area. Its capital is the city of Ilagan.
 
I went here with a friend some time ago to get something from her University and at the same time, we went to some other areas within the City where she was studying that time.

 




RIZAL

Antipolo is a city east of Manila in the Philippines. It’s known as a Catholic pilgrimage site. In the Antipolo Cathedral, the shrine to Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage has a 17th-century statue of the Virgin Mary, and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Southwest, the Pinto Art Museum displays contemporary Filipino paintings and sculpture in tropical gardens and whitewashed, Mediterranean-style villas.
 
I went there some time ago and visited Hinulugang taktak and some other places including one Cathedral.
 
Hinulugang Taktak Protected Landscape, also known as Hinulugan Taktak, is a protected area located in Rizal, Philippines. Initially assigned as a recreation area, the waterfall area has been designated as a national park by virtue of Republic Act No. 6964 in 1990
 
 
 
 

PANGASINAN

Pangasinan is a province in the Philippines. Its provincial capital is Lingayen. Pangasinan is on the western area of the island of Luzon along the Lingayen Gulf and the West Philippine Sea.
 
It amazed me that I have been to different provinces as a child including Pangasinan. I’ve been here several times and visited Manaoag way back and some other places within the area with my Great grandmother.
 
 
 
 

TARLAC

My family and I used to pass by Tarlac every time we were commuting to La Union, but just passing by.

 

The very first time I’ve been here literally was when I was invited by a friend in Concepcion Tarlac once and stayed there for a night. The second time was in the City Proper of Tarlac where I only spend the day in the Mall and went home at night.

ZAMBALES

Zambales is a province in the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region in the island of Luzon. Its capital is the Municipality of Iba which is strategically located in the middle of the province.
 
I’ve been to Zambales the first and the last time way back College Days during our University Trip where we visited a lot of places for Education purposes but I already forgot all the names. I just remember we went to Olongapo and Subic.
Photo not mine. For reference only.

PAMPANGA

Yep, Like some of the other provinces, I’ve been to Pampanga several times since childhood to visit some of our Relatives there particularly during their Town Fiestas.

On 2013, right before my trip to Hongkong where I’m flying from Clark, I visited one of my friend in Angeles City and stayed there for a night (she is managing one of the hotels in Angeles  and she let me stay for a night for free) and upon coming back from HK, another night in San Fernando Pampanga.

 

Boarding Plane to Hongkong
Too bad I haven’t had much of photos taken as well, but here are some photos in Clark.

ORIENTAL MINDORO

I’ve been to Calapan Oriental Mindoro way back childhood days to spend Christmas with my mother and elder sister. That was also my first time on a ship but the best I’ve been was when I visited  Sabang Beach in Puerto Galera with friends.
 
Too bad I haven’t kept photos of my trip coz it was all taken from a then- film camera which I left with a friend.
 
But at least, this experience has been added to the Places I’ve been in the Philippines as I’m serious about my Bucket List- Travel Challenge to explore the 81 Provinces of the Philippines but with no definite duration.