Here are some of the most magnificent national parks found in the Philippines:
Declared as a Philippine National Park in 1938, Mt. Isarog is located in the province of Camarines Sur. It is home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna where rainforests, abundant wildlife, lush and refreshing waterfalls can be found. Mt. Isarog is a potentially active volcano with a copious number of species including the endemic ones such as the Shrew Mouse, Isarog Striped Shrew Rat, the Isarog Shrew Rat and the Isolated Forest Frog. This towering mountain offers a magnificent overview of the Bicol Peninsula.
Apo Reef National Park
Apo Reef Natural Park is the second largest reef in the world and the largest in Asia. Located at Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, it has approximately 34 square kilometers of reef that is home to a large number of both coastal and marine species. It is likewise a sanctuary to birds of different species. Countless fishes, marine mammals and invertebrates are found in this park. Marine species like hawksbill turtles, damselfish, butterfly fish, batfish, surgeonfish, snappers, fusiliers, and trevallies are some of the many highlights of the park.
A popular site for mountaineers, Mount Arayat is an extinct volcano found in Central Luzon specifically in Arayat, Pampanga. It measures over 1,000 meters above sea level making it perfect for hiking and camping activities. No eruption activities in the past centuries have been recorded that’s why it is often referred to as a sleeping volcano. The locals believe that this volcano is a mystical one where a diwata (fairy) named Mariang Sinukuan lives. They also believe that Mt. Arayat contains a mystical fruit.
El Nido Marine Reserve is located in Palawan – one of the richest islands in the Philippines when it comes to natural attractions. This reserve is considered as the biggest in the country. A compilation of ecosystems such as virgin rainforests, white-sand beaches, aquatic creatures such as fishes and coral reefs are found at this reserve. It is specifically situated at Bacuit Bay, a 45-minute boat ride from the town proper of El Nido. It is known as the nesting site of hawksbill turtles and a home to a myriad of fishes, corals, and lime stones. Marine creatures such as manta rays and sea cows (also known as “dugong”) are two of the many desired attractions of the reserve.
Conservation of these parks is on-going to allow the future generation to enjoy it. Visit them today and experience nature at its best.
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