Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Vigan

Mestizo District

The Mestizo District, or Kasanglayan ('where the Chinese live'), is a grid of streets hemmed in between Plaza Burgos and Liberation Blvd and bisected by the beautifully preserved Crisologo St. You can wander in a da…
Nature Reserve in Tagbilaran

Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary

In Canapnapan, a barangay of Corella, you can see saucer-eyed tarsiers in the wild at the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary. About 10 of these territorial primates hang out in the immediate vicinity of the centre – the g…
Island in Padre Burgos

Limasawa Island

If you have time to spare, head to sleepy Limasawa Island, a place of historical and religious significance in the Philippines. It’s where the Spanish first celebrated mass on 31 March 1521, thereby starting the Chr…
Top Choice Cave in Kabayan

Timbac Caves

The best-preserved Ibaloi mummies are found in the Timbac Caves. Located about 1200m above Kabayan proper, these are Kabayan’s most sacred caves, and locals customarily make offerings of gin before entering them. Th…
Top Choice Fort in Manila

Fort Santiago

Guarding the entrance to the Pasig River you’ll find Intramuros' premier tourist attraction: Fort Santiago. Within the fort grounds are an oasis of lovely manicured gardens, plazas and fountains leading to its arche…
Top Choice Church in Cebu City

Basilica Minore del Santo Niño

Cebu’s holiest church houses a revered Flemish statuette of the Christ child (Santo Niño) that dates to Magellan’s time. The church’s belfry came crumbling down in the October 2013 earthquake and is being rebuilt. T…
Church in Manila

San Agustin Church

The San Agustin Church was the only building left intact after the destruction of Intramuros in WWII. Built between 1587 and 1606, it is the oldest church in the Philippines. The massive facade conceals an ornate in…
Top Choice Museum in Zamboanga City

Fort Pilar Museum

At the southeastern end of town near the waterfront is this solid and squat building, partially restored to maintain its historic character. Inside is a museum with several impressive and recently renovated gallerie…
Bird Sanctuary in Olango Island & Around

Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Just 20 minutes from Mactan by public bangka, Olango Island is home to the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary. Taking in 1030 hectares of sand flats and mangroves on Olango’s southern shores, the sanctuary supports th…
Top Choice Cemetery in Manila

Chinese Cemetery

As in life, so it is in death for Manila’s wealthy Chinese citizens, who are buried with every modern convenience in the huge Chinese Cemetery. It's far from your ordinary cemetery and instead feels like a residenti…