Our Lady of Manaoag
Located approximately 200 kilometers north of Manila is the popular Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag in Pangasinan. A simple mention of this town will always prompt stories about this church located on a hill. The century old image of the Lady is enshrined in the high altar and is said to grant miracles to her ardent believers. The church sees its peak of pilgrims during the Lenten season, and also on the months of May and October during of the feast of the Holy Rosary.
A type of Filipino wine, lambanog comes from fermented sap of the coconut trees. Pinoys describe lambanog as coconut vodka; originated from and first distilled in the province of Quezon where coconut trees are cultivated abundantly. When traveling to Quezon, lambanog is sold on the roadsides, placed in recycled plastic soda bottles in various sizes. Nowadays, lambanog is being offered in several flavors like mango, pineapple and bubble gum, to mention a few.
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One of Palawan’s best beaches, Matahum Beach is a paradise waiting to be explored. Located in Barangay Mangingisda just across the Puerto Princesa Bay, Matahum Beach has clear, clean waters and soft, white sand – a perfect combination for a relaxing getaway.
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Bugtong Bato Falls
One of the most visited attractions in Antique is the 7-tier Bugtong Bato Falls. Situated inside a tropical forest in Tibiao, Bugtong Bato Falls requires a 20-30 minute trek amidst the calming streams and green rice terraces. Only the first three levels are open to tourists. Soak in the pool of cool waters formed by the heavy cascades of this captivating natural wonder.
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Have you heard about the newest tourist attraction in South Cotabato? Rows and rows of lovely sunflowers that will definitely light up your eyes, located in a first class municipality in South Cotabato called Tupi. The Blooming Petals Agri-Tourism Park is the first of its kind in the province and were first opened to the public in May, 2017. Delight your senses, not only with sunflowers, but also other varieties of flowers cultivated in the area and produce like ampalaya, petchay, papaya and many more.
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