I will take you on a exciting journey to the Philippines, to the country’s main island of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Embark on an adventure that will take you to a Historical Places, tropical rain forests, white sand beaches, several rivers and lake, and many more to visit. Most of all, enjoy the rich diversity of the Philippine culture with the Filipinos through its many fiestas and festivals.
The largest and the most important island of the Philppines. It’s the site of Manila, the nation’s Capital City and major Metropolis. Luzon is located on the northern part of the Philippine Archipelago, it is bounded by the Philippines Sea on the east, Sibuyan Sea on south, and the South China Sea on west with approximately 65 cities.
Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of 16 cities comprising Metro Manila.
As early as the 10th century, Manila was recorded to have had trade relations with Japan, China, and other kingdoms in Southeast Asia. In 1571, Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi founded the city of Manila in what today is Intramuros. Manila was designated as the capital of the Philippine Islands, which Spain would colonize for over 300 years. In 1898, Spain ceded the Philippines to the United States, which initiated the expansion and modernization of Manila. The Second World War visited severe devastation upon Manila. Since then, the city has been rebuilt into what it is now – a bustling city of 1.67 million residents.
Manila is composed of 18 districts. Among its better known districts are:
- Intramuros. Taken from the Latin, intra muros, literally “within the walls”, Intramuros is the ‘History Town of the Philippines’ and is considered as ‘Old Manila’.
- Ermita. One of the two areas in the ‘Tourist Belt’ (the other one is Malate), Ermita is home to bars, cafes, and coin, art and antique shops. Ermita is also where the American Embassy, Rizal Park, and Museo Pambata (Children’s Museum) are located.
- Malate. Dubbed as the center of bohemian night life in the metropolis, Malate is lined with restaurants, bars and cafes offering food and drinks, live music, and comedy.
- Binondo. The country’s Chinatown before the arrival of Spaniards in 1571, Binondo is the city’s main center of business, finance, trade, and exotic food.
- Quiapo. Hometown of the Black Nazarene, Quiapo is also where serious bargain hunters buy a wide range of inexpensive items.
- San Nicolas. This is home to the Divisoria Flea Market, where adventurous shoppers may go for cheap buys.
- Paco. This is known for a historic park cemetery, where open air concerts are also performed.
The country’s capital is situated on an isthmus bounded by the Laguna Bay to the south-east and Manila bay to the west.The city of Manila proper the national capital of the Philippines which has a seat of Government.
Metro Manila is the smallest of the country’s administrative regions, but the most populous and the most densely populated, having a population of 11,855,975 (2010 census) in an area of approximately 638.55 square kilometers (246.55 sq mi). It is also the only region without any provinces, instead being subdivided into 17 local government units: 16 cities and one municipality.
RAILWAYS and TRANSPORTATION.
As of 2005, there are two different rapid transit systems in Metro Manila. The MRT and the LRT with more than 30 stations. Your adventure would not be complete is you didn’t try riding the “MAYNILA JEEPNEYS”. Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which straddles along Paranaque and Pasay, is the country’s busiest Airport. The airport is named after the late Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr., who was assassinated at the airport in 1983.
Located in the western portion of Metro Manila in the heart of Manila proper, Rizal Park, also known as the Luneta, is an iconic public promenade. Rizal Park features the Rizal Monument, a statue honoring José Rizal; a gigantic relief map of the Philippines; scenic Chinese and Japanese gardens; and several government offices, such as the Department of Tourism. On the seaside front of Rizal Park are numerous seafood restaurants specializing in Filipino and Asian cuisine. The National Museum of the Filipino People is also found here. It is a complex of two Greco-Roman buildings which house various relics and natural treasures in its galleries. The museum also boasts a large collection of artwork and masterpieces crafted by Filipinos. Part of the museum complex is the first planetarium in Southeast Asia. A newer attraction is the Manila Ocean Park, an oceanarium which opened in March 2008. Located nearby is the Quirino Grandstand, which apart from political campaign gatherings is also a popular staging ground for rallies such as those for various charismatic religious groups.
The metropolis has an extensive system of highways connecting the various cities and municipalities estimated to measure 5092 kilometers long.
“Malling” has been a pastime of Filipinos since the rise of “megamalls”, a phenomenon developed by Chinese Filipino businessman Henry Sy and his company SM. Three SM shopping malls are among the top 10 largest in the world. The largest mall in the country is currently the renovated SM City North EDSA in Quezon City. It is expected to become the nexus for three metropolitan rail lines once the terminal station next to it is fully completed. Previously, the Sm mall of asia in Pasay was the country’s largest mall, and before it the Sm megamall in Ortigas Center in Mandaluyong held the distinction from 1991 to 2006.
So much more about Luzon, the huge area of it can not be measure by the beautiful places, historical geography, several towns, nice people and wonderful landmraks. Enjoy!
Now, Lets go to the island where Mountains meets the Sea.. VISAYAS!
South of Luzon, North of Mindanao and East of Palawan, lies the islands of Visayas. In fact, the island here are surrounded by the body of waters which makes it more Wonderful.
The visayan region is made up of 6000 islands including Palawan that was being involved during 2005.
With the Western Visayas Region, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas.
Each region is headed by a Regional Director who is elected from a pool of governors from the different provinces in each region.
Dinagyang Festival in Ilo-ilo City.
Maskarra Festival in Bacolod City.
Sinulog Festival in Cebu City.
So much more about the Life in Visayas, the different festivals, the Tourist spots and Beaches.. Just try to explore more or visit some of the Places in Visayas Region like Cebu City, Ilo-ilo City, Bacolod City, Taclabon, Negros, Bohol, Camiguin,Kalibo, aklan and many more. Have a nice trip!
After having an adventure in Luzon and Visayas, Pinoypinas will now take you to the Land of Promise..
MINDANAO. So called the Land of Promise or the Pearl island of the Philippines, Mindanao.
Because of its full promise in a sense of full natural resources lies in the island of Mindanao.
Mindanao is the second largest and easternmost island in the Philippines. Mindanao also is the only area in Philippines with a significant Muslim presence. Due to widespread poverty and religious differences, the island has been the site of a separatist movement by the Moro Islamic Liberation (MILF). Fighting between MILF and Philippine forces has displaced more than 100,000 people.
The Peace and Security Reform programs and projects which cover strengthening of peace and security bodies, inventory of loose firearms and strengthening of human rights programs have all been started in some Provinces of Mindanao.
On human rights, the Autonomous Regional Government has worked closely with Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Manila for the institutional arrangements on the establishment of CHR Office in ARMM. A two-day Conference on Human Rights in the ARMM was held in Cotabato City.
DAVAO-CAGAYAN DE ORO-ZAMBOANGA.
These are some of the Cities in Mindanao which are mostly visited because of the business meeting, insdutry works and land modernization.
Davao experince would be awesome because its the Mindanaos Widest City.
Davao City has the third metropolitan centre in the philippines.On the international front, the economy has been opened to global competition. Through a tariff, private investments has Davao City’s economy is steadily increasing in the last two decades. The city has shifted counting investments from millions in the 1980s to billions in the ’90s and pool of skilled workforce.
Zamboanga City, is a highly urbanized and independent city in the Philippines. Zamboanga is the 6th most populous and 3rd largest city by land area in the Philippines.Zamboanga was the capital of the former Moro Province, now Mindanao, from 1903 to 1913.
The southwest and eastern sides of Zamboanga are bounded by irregular coastlines with generally rocky terrain and occasional stretches of sandy or gravely beaches. The coastal profile usually descends abruptly towards the sea. Where rivers enter the sea, bays have formed, and the surrounding area has filled up with alluvial soils, producing small to large coastal plains.It has been observed that younger rock formations frequently occur at higher elevations.
The most dominant religion in the city is Christianity with 73% of the population adhering to the faith. The remaining 27% percent belongs to other non-Christian faiths such us Buddhism and Islam.
Zamboanga is the third oldest city in the Philippines, with a mayor-council form of government.The city’s roads total to 567.2463 km. City roads account for 122.664 km, national roads 141.305 km, and barangay roads, 303.244 km.
Cagayan De Oro City, is the provincial capital of the province of Misamis oriental in the Philippines. It is nicknamed the “City of Golden Friendship” (Dakbayan sa Bulawanong Panaghigala-ay in Cebuano, as the phrase appears on the city’s seal).
It serves as the regional center of the Northern Minadanao region and is part of the Metro Cagayan De Oro area.
Cagayan de Oro is the Melting Pot of Mindanao because of its accessibility, business growth, attractions and notable warmth and hospitality of its people.Notable landmarks in the city are the Vicente de Lara Park, Gaston Park and St. Augustine Cathedral, MacArthur Memorial Market, Plaza Divisoria, Makahambus Cave and Adventure Park, and the Huluga caves.
Above all adventures and exploring view with the Philippines’ main island Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao has its own benefit to all of us. We have to give importance to what the country has proven that only places are beautiful, but also the ones who are taking care of it. Have a nice trip! Godbless.