July 1, 2016 Travel Stories|Backpacking 9

I’m still in my journey to travel all 81 provinces in the Philippines around 7,000 plus islands. It has given me thousands of reason to visit and explore my beloved country – Philippines.

I am  born and raised in Manila and let us not underrate the capital of the Philippines as it has so much history to offer us Filipinos and even to our foreign tourists. The Philippines has been colonized by Spaniards, Japanese, and Americans. Spaniards colonized our country more than 100 of years. Our language/dialect, food, culture, and religion had a huge part in our history from the colonization of these three countries.

My way of learning and discovering our history is thru traveling, and at the same time loving more of my country and appreciating how beautiful it is. We Filipinos living in Manila hates traffic and pollution, so the better way to refresh our mind and relax is to travel nearby provinces. Batangas, Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal are the few and nearest provinces in Manila.

Here are my 14 out of 81 provinces and places I have visited in the Philippines.

14. Mindoro – 3 to 3.5-hr drive from Manila. Read more>>

talipanan beach

13. Boracay – 1.5-hr plane ride from Manila airport. Read more>>

bora

12. Tagaytay – 30 minutes to an hour drive from Manila. Read more>>

tagaytay

11. Corregidor – 1.5-hour boat/cruise drive from Manila. Read more>>

corregidor

Ruins at Corregidor

11. Rizal – 1 hour to 2-hour drive from Manila. Read more>>

daranak falls

10. Batangas – 1.5 to 2-hour drive from Manila/Makati. Read more>>

batangas beach

9. Baguio – 4 to 5-hour drive from Manila. Read more>>

panagbenga

strawberryfarm

8.  Sorsogon Bicol – 12 to 13-hours drive from Manila. Read more>>

bicol

mayon

7. Subic – 3 to 4-hour drive from Manila/Makati. Read more>>

subic

6. Pangasinan – 3 to 5-hour drive from Manila. Read more>>

hundredisland

5. Cebu – 1.5 plane ride from Manila airport. Read more>>

temple cebu

taboan cebu

cebu be resorts

4. La Union – 4-hour drive from Manila. Read more>>

flowering grapes

3. Bohol – 1.5-hour plane ride from Manila airport. Read more>>

bohol

2. Davao – 2-hour plane ride from Manila airport. Read more>>

Davao - Samal Island

1. Palawan – 1.5-hour plane ride from Manila airport. Read more>>

isla felomina

nagtabon beach

nagtabon beach

I still have a long way to go and I can’t wait to visit all 81 provinces in the Philippines.

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