8 Most Beautiful Regions in the Philippines

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Metro Manila

Northern Luzon

Though the central region of the Philippines gets the most tourist traffic, northern Luzon is a beautiful, largely unexplored, place.

Consisting of the provinces of Aurora, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and the Cordillera regions of Apayao and Kalinga, northern Luzon is filled with lush tropical forests, spectacular mountains, and beautiful provincial capitals.

The Banaue Rice Terraces are considered one of the most beautiful spots in the Philippines. Established in the 13th century during the time of the Mayans here, the 1,811 architectural masterpieces of this UNESCO world heritage site are carved into the sides of the mountains.

The spectacular rock formations and tunnels of Sagada are popular for hiking and have been a popular destination for European visitors since the 1800s. Most of the village’s structures are built inside the caves and mountains.

Looking to watch waterfalls and enjoy a good hike? Mancing River, located in Apayao, is an excellent choice. Here, the Mancing and Balite Rivers are fed by waterfalls into a steep-walled gorge where water cascades down the slope into a bubbling pool. The Mancing River, the third tallest waterfalls in the Philippines with a height of 103 m, is one of the main attractions.

Central Luzon

Central Luzon, also known as the Central Plain, is a landlocked province of the Philippines. The province is located in the Central Luzon Region, a regional jurisdiction with jurisdiction over five provinces: Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, and Pampanga. The most important city in the region is the capital, Manila. The region also includes the province of Aurora, the biggest region in the Philippines.

The province of Central Luzon was historically called the "Manila plains" by the locals. In pre-Hispanic times, it was an agricultural area specializing in rice. When Asiatic rice fern was introduced by the Chinese traders, the province became a great exporter of rice to China, Japan, and Korea. The fertile plains made it an ideal location for Philippine agricultural endeavors.

Southern Luzon

An island country, the Philippines are a diverse group of people. Those who live in the south of the Philippines have much in common with their neighbors in the Island of Mindoro and the Bajau communities throughout Asia. Their textile shows both their appreciation for nature and their skill for natural living.

The Maranao people of Mindanao are famous for their use of natural dyes such as indigo and cochineal, derived from plants native to the island. Coarse Bamboo, a lightweight but sturdy fabric, is woven with dragonflies and other natural insects sewn into the cloth. Mangoes, leaves, and coconut husks are also use in weaves.

The Bajau people’s elaborate textiles are made from out of necessity. They sleep on the ocean floor, using a woven hammock to ensure their survival. Although they often communicate using hand signals, the women still learn how to sew.

Tobacco leaves, a substitute for yoga mats and curtains, are used in both weaves for their distinct color.

The common idea of a bead being beautiful is due to the cultural influence of the Bajau people. Faceted agate, a stone akin to jade, is prized for its unique water-repellant qualities and the effects it has on the eyes.

Mindoro

Mindoro is a small island province located in the East Coast of the Philippines. It is the largest province in the country, and is the home of some of the most beautiful towns in the country. From ridge to ridge, the province offers jaw-dropping views of clear aqua waters with a tropical green lush forest in the middle of the mountainous ridge.

Mount Victoria is the highest mountain in the province with a height of 2,460 metres. The mountain is just 70 kilometers from the capital municipality of Taytay, the shoreline of San Isidro, and in the lower part of the province, the famous Villa Imperial (Royal Villa) Colon, Sablayan, is located. The province is world famous because of its many waterfalls and rivers which flow through the mountains.

Taal Volcano is the most famous volcano in the Philippines and is located just 4 km from the foothills of Mt. Bataan in the town of Taal. The view of Taal Volcano from the Taal Lake is both awe-inspiring and beautiful and in Taal Lake, you may get a glimpse of sky-walking goats, and crocodiles.

Binalbagan was formerly a town inside a large rice paddy but was converted into a town, when it was named after the Amerasian children that died during the war. The town is now the home of the famous Binalbagan Flower Festival held every February.

Visayas

The Visayas is the central group of islands within the country. It is composed of the islands of the Visayas which are:

The islands of the Visayas are the largest and most heavily populated group of islands in the Philippines. It is the economic heart and the most densely urbanized area of the country.

The people of this group are honest inhabitants and are known for their warmth and hospitality to visitors from the world over.

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The southernmost part of the Philippines, this group of islands is located between the country’s largest island, Luzon, and the Pacific islands of Panay and Mindanao.

The Catanduanes Region, the foremost island of the region, has always played a major role in the history of the nation.

Archipelago of Southern Luzon, the second biggest region within the Philippines, consists of the island of Luzon, The Marinduque Group of Islands, and the San Bernardino Group of Islands. This region lies off the coast of northern Luzon.

Mindanao

Mindanao is a large southern island in the Philippines surrounded by many other islands. The land is full of ancient language, culture, traditions, and amazing food. Many mountain ranges, jungles, and plains make a fascinating landscape that changes with the sun. The North is more populated, while Mindanao has much to offer in both landscape and people.

Palawan

West of Cebu and the Subanon region, Palawan is a famous tourist destination with incredible white sand beaches, and one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines.

The pristine beaches along with many coves and natural wonders lure many tourists to Palawan every year. Aside from its beauty and pristine beaches, Palawan is also a home to various colorful migrants.

These reds and blues are protected by the Palawan Council for the Fishing Industry and Wildlife Conservation through the protection of the Palawan Council for the Fishing Industry and Wildlife Conservation Act of 1989.

In certain areas of northern Palawan, you can also find some of the rarest of the coral reefs in the Philippines. These natural wonders make it a unique place to visit in the Philippines.

Other exotic natural wonders in Palawan is the famous Underground River of Puerto Princesa City. It is the only underground river in the Philippines. It has a diversity of different types of aquatic plants and animals.

The Underground River of Puerto Princesa is an hour away from the Puerto Princesa City, and a part of the Puerto Princesa Underground River National Park.