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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BATANGAS

Taal Volcano and Lake are wholly located in the province of Batangas. The northern half of Volcano Island falls under the jurisdiction of the lakeshore town of Talisay, and the southern half to San Nicolas.
So it was just like we went to spend the night in Tagaytay and we passed by to see the beauty of this lake.
It is a stripline with bars, coffee shops, and restaurants where you could relax, dine, and get the chance to look at this awesome view from the top.
Haven’t got a lot of photos as the others are not for posting material but the actual site of this place is truly remarkable particularly in the late afternoon when the sun is going down.

 

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 the land area. Its capital is the city of Ilagan.
I’ve been  here just once with a friend a very very long time ago for just a day trip via commute. It was  only a back and forth trip so we were not able to explore the City that much. 

Update: 06.01.2020

 

The next time I came to visit was in  2019 when we went to visit my husband  hometown in Nueva Vizcaya and the next day, they took us for a little trip in Santiago, Isabela, (I think it is a Robinson Mall) for a lavish lunch and later went to visit some of their relatives in Quirino Province. I’ve had a lot of photos taken along the way as I enjoyed the sight of trees and valleys and rice hills, and for someone like me who were used to a City like Cabanatuan  with just a little nature and mostly Commercial districts, this kind of view is definitely good to see.

A few months later after I gave birth to our son, We went two times again in Isabela, the first time was when we applied for our Son’s passport in DFA, Santiago. It was few days after the NY 2020 and the first available DFA is in Santiago, Isabela. Actually, I’ve been to DFA Tarlac a few weeks ago but we we’re not able to get one due to missing requirement.  The second time was going back to my hometown in Cabanatuan City  when we decided to take the road trip  via the long- way started from  Isabela, Qurino province, Dinadiawan, Baler and some parts of Nueva Ecija as we wanted to see the nearby places. It took us one full day trip that started at 5AM and reached my place at past 7 in the evening along with our side stops to road-side restaurants to freshen up, eat and walk a little. On this trip, we were able to see some Eco Tourism Park in Vizcaya, the Landingan View point in Quirino, some beach side in Dinadiawan and Baler before reaching our destination.

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.
Update: December 2019
So I went to Paniqui Tarlac (DFA) on 11th of December 2019 to apply for Jan Francisrain’s passport. Too bad that we didn’t have enough time to roam around as we spent almost half a day on queue in DFA inside Waltermart, Paniqui Tarlac, not to mention that I felt upset at the outcome of our errand on that day…but we only managed to go out and have lunch somewhere around the area.

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.