Category Archives: Tourists destination

Palawan Voted Best Island in the World Anew

The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced on Thursday (July 9, 2020) the citation of Palawan as the Best Island in the World by renowned travel publication, Travel + Leisure.

“Palawan reclaimed its rightful place in the World’s Best Awards. The citation as the Best Island in the World is all the more important because this is voted upon by the readers of the prominent Travel + Leisure (T+L) magazine,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

Puyat recently checked the readiness of Palawan, now a four-time winner of the world’s best island award.

Travel + Leisure writer Sara Clemence said, “though it’s difficult to reach from many parts of the world, once travelers get there they can dive in World War II wrecks, explore old-growth rain forests, and paddle one of the world’s longest subterranean rivers at Puerto Princesa”.

“The landscape and scenery are just gorgeous. It offers the most beautiful beaches, resorts, and scenery anywhere,” the travel magazine quoted a fan describing Palawan.

“It’s wonderful to see that our rehabilitation and sustainable development efforts last year, especially in El Nido and Coron, were well-received by tourists everywhere,” added Puyat.

Another popular destination in the Philippines, Boracay, made it to No. 14 in T+L’s World Best Island list and fifth in Asia this year.

This is the third citation reaped by the Philippines since community quarantines were enforced in various parts of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Forbes magazine earlier ranked the Philippines among the seven countries “that have the potential to become a major tourist destination in a post-COVID world’. Last month, Condé Nast Traveler (CNT) cited the Hidden Beach in El Nido, Palawan, as one of the 30 Best Beaches in the World.

Source: Travel + Leisure | The Top 25 Islands in the World

Philippine Travel Bucket List 2020

For those planning to travel locally, here’s a useful list I borrowed from Mr. Ivan Henares.

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Hopefully we can visit these areas until the government declares it safe to travel. The country is still under community quarantine.

Photo credit: Mr. Ivan Henares

Fort Santiago Dungeon is now open

Fort Santiago will reopen its gate to the public beginning February 10 after the success of the biggest architectural festival held in the country this month.

Fort Santiago was the central headquarters of colonial military high command, its dungeons assumed a notorious image.

Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialIntramurosAdministration/

Black legend surrounding this prison facility states that as the tide rose, prisoners would drown or suffocate as the water depleted the air in the chambers. However, this legend remains a legend for we now know that despite being near a body of water, the entire dungeon facility is actually above sea level, and that the entire cavern complex is actually a small hollowed-out hill adjacent to the Baluarte de Santa Barbara.

Meantime, here’s the updated Intramuros Sites and Museums Admission Fees for your reference.

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