My Birthday Travel Wishlist - Philippines Edition

First Published: March 31, 2014

Here's my wishlist of places that I want to visit as a gift to myself.

This year I came up with a list that's really special for me. Since it's my birthday, I'll be posting my wishlist of the 15 best places in the Philippines that I'd like to visit.*

*NOTE: I didn't include in this list the famous/ beautiful tourist destinations that I have already visited. 

15. Chocolate Hills, Bohol - One of the most famous landmarks of the Philippines. The Chocolate Hills is one of those places that is always featured in a tourism brochure. That is also the main reason why I like to visit this place.

14. Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro -Known for its stretch of fine white sand beaches and close proximity to Manila, Puerto Galera is one of those places that I know I could visit but I just couldn't find time to do so.

13. Hundred Islands, Pangasinan - One of the most picturesque places in the Philippines, Hundred Islands is an island hopper's paradise. I like to visit this place but I'm just waiting for anyone who'd invite me to visit this place (for free).

12. Mt. Pinatubo (visited on 4/12/15)- One of the most famous volcanoes in the Philippines, Mt. Pinatubo's fame came not from its beauty but because of its destructiveness. Today, Mt. Pinatubo is visited because of the teal-colored lake that formed in its crater. I would like to visit this place because I would like to feel how it is like to ride a boat in the crater of a volcano.

11. Sagada, Mountain Province (visited 11/25/16) - Known for the hanging coffins, this place is a 12 hour trip from my place. I would like to visit this place not because I'm fascinated with hanging dead people but because of the sheer adventure that one would experience before seeing those coffins. 

10. Ifugao Rice Terraces, Ifugao (visited on 11/25/16)- Another scenic spot that you'd always see in travel brochures for the country, Ifugao Rice Terraces is a man-made wonder worthy to be included in the list of Wonders of the World. I would like to visit this place so that I could feel and see the glory of the native Filipinos first hand. 

9. Palaui Island, Cagayan (visited on 04/27/14)- The island became popular after being used as the location of Season 27 of the hit reality show Survivor. I would like to visit this place because it is starting to gain popularity. The longer I delay my visit, the more expensive things get. 

8. Miag-ao Church, Iloilo - The only church on my list, Miag-ao Church is famous for its unique facade. I would like to visit this church for one of my Visita Iglesia adventures.

7. Biliran - One of the smallest provinces in the Philippines, Biliran is one of those provinces that is blessed with plenty of beautiful scenery. I would like to visit this place to experience genuine R&R. 

6. Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte - Far away from civilization and protected by rough seas, they say that this island is how the famous Boracay Island feels and looks like decades ago. I would like to visit this place and try to camp overnight in this place. 

5. Caramoan Island, Camarines Sur - This tourist spot is quickly gaining fame. It was used as the location of Season 26 of the hit reality show Survivor. I would like to visit this place before it gets too commercialized. 

4. El Nido, Palawan (visited 5/10/16)- Popular destination for nature lovers. It is known as the Philippines' Last Frontier.  It's crystal clear waters are a must-see for anyone who wants to know and experience what a real paradise is. 

3. Coron / Puerto Princesa, Palawan (visited 5/10/16)- Despite its size, the province of Palawan is fast becoming a tourist destination to local and foreign tourists alike. Two places, in particular, got on my list. The first is the PPUR or Puerto Princesa Underground River that was declared as one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature. The second one is Coron, or simply the place like no other (You have to google it to find out why).

2. Mt. Apo - The tallest mountain in the Philippines, Mt. Apo is on every Filipino mountaineer's bucket list. Since I already conquered the third highest peak in the country, I might as well dream of one day conquering Mt. Apo. 

1. Batanes - This group of islands in the northernmost tip of the country is actually the smallest province of the Philippines. Since airfare tickets to this place are very expensive, visiting the province is would be my ultimate wish!

So far, I have visited 5 1/2 of the 15 destinations in the list I created last 2014.

Have you visited any of these? Kindly share your experiences. 
Do you have any suggestions for what places I can visit once I complete all?
Thanks, guys!

See you in one of my upcoming adventures!!!


  1. Neil...if you happen to visit ILOILO..don't miss the chance of going to Gigantes's a bit distant from Iloilo City...4 hours by bus and 2 hours by a pumpboat...but you will not regret..spelunking will surely thrill you...its white sand beach is also pristine with a breath-taking panorama..try to google it so you will have an overview...Good luck on your upcoming travels! =)

    1. Googled it my friend! I would surely add that to my next wishlist! Thank you so much my friend for that suggestion!

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  3. How's your map Neil???? Saw it when it first started... Im glad it is and you are progressing... you can imagine how excited I felt to have chanced by accident your blog hahahah!... you know me... but I won't tell hahahah... maybe we'll see each other in one of our travels bro!

    1. Hey pa! Let me guess, Jeremy Benson... Hahaha. Nice to see you around! So how are you pal?

  4. Ang sosyal naman ng mga trip mo pasyalan sama ka sa akin, lets go to the beaten path and find out what Angalo Left Behind.....

    1. Abra! Hehehe oo nga ang konti palang ng mga taong nakakapagblog about Abra...
      Tara i-check natin ang footprint ni Angalo!

  5. That looks an awesome place. I'm gonna try to visit it. I'm pretty sure me and my friends are going to love it. Check out the Makati, you'll love it too. Anyway, Thanks for sharing!


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