8 Places To Visit In The Philippines For A Cultural Immersion
Each country has its own mind-blowing sights to behold that can transport you back in time and give you a preview of their vast and modern history.
In this case, we take a glimpse into Eight renowned places to visit in the Philippines to have a cultural immersion into this lush tropical country in Asia.
Also called the Walled City is the oldest district in Manila, and it holds most of the history of the city. During the Spanish colonial period, its walls were built as protection from foreign invaders. In 2010, the Global Heritage Fund reported that Intramuros is on the verge of irreparable loss and destruction due to mismanagement, so it is best to appreciate this man-made wonder while you can.
Corregidor Island, Cavite
The island is a historical site and a tourist destination on the mouth of Manila Bay.When the Philippines was yet a colony of Spain, Corregidor served as a fortress; an early warning outpost to warn Manila of any hostile ships; a customs outpost; and a correctional (prison).It serves as a memorial to the Filipino & American soldiers who died here in World War II. Corregidor today is not only a place to contemplate and learn history, it is also a place to relax and enjoy.
Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
Carved by the hands of the man that has become one with nature the Ifugao were probably the best engineers of their time in the Philippines 2,000 years ago for bringing us the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ that is renowned for its beautiful aesthetics and bountiful yield.
Mount Makiling Nature Reserve
Ever wondered what it would be like to scale a dormant volcano? Well, here is your chance to experience the mysterious Mt. Makiling located at Los Banos, Laguna with a jump-off point at UP-LB College of Forestry. It is a 4 to 5 hours hike to the summit, one of the country’s favourite hiking spots which are ideal for a day hike for all adventure seekers.
Located inside the walled city of Intramuros in Manila lies Fort Santiago, the oldest Spanish fortress in the Philippines. Built in 157, originally the site of a Muslim kingdom headed by Rajah Sulaiman the area was destroyed by Spaniards and the fort was built and soon became the main defence fortress during the spice trade with the Americas. Dr Jose Rizal, the most famous Philippine national hero, was also held as a prisoner at Fort Santiago and spent his last days here before being executed in 1896.
National Museum of the Philippines
Is the Museum of the Filipino people. It houses the most important ethnographic, anthropological, archaeological and visual artistry of the Philippines from the prehistoric period to the modern times. If you are visiting Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, the National Museum is a place you must not miss to get the full experience of learning more about the history of the Philippines.
Quezon City Memorial Circle
A national park, city square, and a national shrine. Way to build a bond with nature in this stunningly vibrant park covered in trees for days, nothing beats nature’s fresh air that’ll tickle anyone’s fancy with all the different activities that can be done and mingle with the locals.
What cultural immersion would be complete without visiting one of the most valued historical heritage houses in the country? Take a glimpse and experience how the Philippines people celebrated heroes once lived years ago.
This one is the birthplace of the infamously brave and loud-mouth general who fought in the Philippines-American war- Antonio Luna located in Binondo.