Thursday, May 5, 2011

Revisiting Landmarks

There are timeless, postcard-worthy places people must visit at least once in their lives. Here are some of the top Philippine attractions people should see, or may already have lovely memories of, but are still worth revisiting a second time with your own family and kids in tow.

1. Mayon Volcano


Found in Albay, Bicol, this majestic 2,460 meter volcano with a naturally perfect cone shaped is one of the most active in the world. Despite numerous eruptions, this volcano still has not diminished in grandeur. Mount Mayon has been a perfect tourist attraction in the region. Take a souvenir picture of this breathtaking volcano with the Cagsawa ruins on its side. The astonishing facade of this 18th century Franciscan church ruin was built in 1724 and serves as a reminder of the dangers of living in close proximity to the volcano.

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2.Chocolate Hills


The Chocolate hills are dome-shaped, grass covered limestones that are products of erosion, rainwater action and uplifting of coral deposits. These 1,776 geological formations are the main tourist attraction in Bohol. Chocolate hills are covered in green grass that turns into brown during dry season, hence the name. Different versions of folklore were passed on from generations to generations to explain the origin of the hills. But whatever the truth is, the beauty of this landmark will surely captivate its visitors.

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3. Banaue Rice Terraces


Previously dubbed as one of the natural wonders of the world, one will not cease to be amazed by the Rice Terraces of Banaue. Built by Ifugaos (town locals) 2,000 years ago, these are positioned 1,500 meters above sea level. It is said that if the steps were put together from end to end, it would encircle half the globe. These elevated rice fields are supported by an ancient irrigation system that comes from the rainforest above the terraces. Gazing at the overwhelming size and awe-inspiring colors is probably the most favorite and easiest activity to do here. Catching the sunrise or sunset would guarantee picturesque landscapes you'll sure not forget.

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4. Tubbataha Reef

Located 98 nautical miles southeast of Palawan, this reef is positioned at the volcanic depths of Sulu Sea. Tubbataha reef is derived from two Samal words Tubba and Taha, which together mean a long reef, exposed at low tide. It is an underwater sanctuary, home to the most wonderful and colorful coral reefs. This has been a popular site for divers due to its beautiful coral walls. These walls are not only a splendid view for divers but also a habitat for many colonies of fish and other fabulous creatures. Numerous fish species can be seen gracefully swimming on the waters including those that are already considered as endangered. Several restrictions were imposed to support the preservation of this marine sanctuary. Despite of this, visitors can still enjoy its timeless beauty.


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