The Philippines is filled with beautiful provinces that each has a uniquely rich culture. Which is why, it is always worth it to explore these provinces one province at a time. One way to explore and experience the culture that each offers is to visit them during their festival season. Since the bells of summer are already ringing hard, why not start off exploring amazing provinces and festivals this summer season?
With that, here are 4 provinces worthy of a spot in your bucketlist, not just during the summer, but all year round!
The home of the well known Masskara festival, Bacolod is a destination that’s absolutely worth a spot in your bucket list! Named as the “City of Smiles”, the people in Bacolod are the warmest and happiest people you will ever meet. The province is also filled with numerous attractions and sprawling with tourism and real estate developments . Get a slice of history at The Ruins, a dose of adventure at Campuestohan Mountain Resort, and a relaxing beach holiday at Lakawon island, previously a fishing village that was recently turned into a developed resort and bar.
Iloilo is a melting pot of the past and the present, a fascinating combination of history and urbanization, of nature and modernity. It is rich with eye-catching beaches such as the Gigantes island, an awe inspiring array of Spanish colonial churches, and mouth-watering dishes such as the La Paz Batchoy. It is also well known for the famed Dinagyang festival, a symbol of the devotion and culture of the sweet Ilonggos.
Cebu flaunts a myriad of breathtaking beaches, landscapes, and celebrates one of the grandest festivals in the country, the Sinulog festival. For a dose of history, the Mactan Shrine, otherwise known as the Lapu-Lapu shrine, is definitely a must see. Other historical sites worth visiting are the Magellan’s cross, the great Heritage of Cebu Monument, the Fort San Pedro at Plaza Independencia, and the oldest street in the country, Colon. For beach bums, famous beaches in Cebu are Bantayan, Sumilon, Mactan and Camotes Island. Adventurers also have a place in Cebu at Kawasan falls canyoneering, swimming with the whale sharks at Oslob, watching the sardine run at Moalboal and hiking at Osmena Peak.
Palawan, one of the most popular island in the world and is known for its extraordinary underground river in Puerto Princesa, the turquoise waters in El Nido, and the astounding marine life in Coron. This province is not only rich in natural resources but in culture as well. To have a full take on the Palawan experience, celebrate with them their famous festivities such as Baragatan Festival, Kulambo Festival in El Nido, and the Puerto Princesa Foundation Day.
This list is not even half of the bucket list worthy destinations in the country, but visiting these four provinces is a good start!