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Cebu is a long, narrow island located in the central region of the Philippine island chain. This island is known for its plentiful bounty of exotic tropical fruits such as mangosteen and durian. Cebu Island is narrow and a long, narrow landmass, where in some areas you are able to travel from one coast of the island to the other in a matter of an hour or so. The coastal region offers inspiring views of limestone plateaus and coastal plains. This island is the home of the oldest Spanish established city in the Philippines, Cebu City, where visitors can experience a plethora of cultural artifacts.
Cebu City's slogan is inviting: "The most livable city for all." The city government proactively empowers government intervention programs that help to ensure clean and orderly streets in Cebu City. This is where you'll find a very livable and fully-developed infrastructure and many big-city amenities in what is the second largest city of the Philippines behind Manila. Many expats find Cebu the preferred large-city location of the archipelago, with modern and clean streets, abundantly affordable produce and a kind and loving populous. In that Cebu is the landing place for Magellan and his crew, and his subsequent death by the native leaders, this city is rich in culture and history, maintaining a number of incredible museums.
This is where you can see the world famous Magellan's Cross placed by Spanish and Portuguese explorers as ordered by Magellan when he arrived in Cebu in1521. The Sinulog commemorates the Bisayan people's Catholic origin, and their receipt of Roman Catholicism. This is a major festival with a massive street parade featuring participants dressed in bright colored costumes dancing to the rhythm of drums, along with local musicians. This festival is being promoted as a tourist attraction, with a contest featuring subjects from many other parts of the country. A separate and isolated island connected by a couple of bridges from Cebu City is Mactan Island. This island is one of the major tourist destinations of the Cebu region, maintaining many great tourist spots and attractions. Mactan is a coral island offering some of the best water sport activities in the Philippines such as diving, snorkeling, island hopping, sailing, and jet skiing, along with numerous cultural activities. It is one of the most successful economic, tax-free zones for businesses in the Philippines. Here there are many Japanese-owned companies and a massive furniture and musical instrument industry producing guitars, ukuleles and other instruments.
The Philippines Department of Tourism reported that more than 1.6 million visitors arrived in Cebu in 2009; this included approximately 990,000 domestic visitors. Cebu City is served by Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located on Mactan Island. This is the second busiest airport the Philippines island nation.
Clark Resorts and Economic Zone
Clark is one of the Philippines most recent new zones for fun, leisure and business. Clark is home to numerous world-class golf courses, theme parks, water parks, wakeboard parks, Filipino and U.S. Military museums, duty-free shopping, hotels, resorts, horse-riding stables, casinos and fine dining restaurants. This vacation getaway offers Manila residents a restful and entertaining escape from the hustle and bustle of Manila life. Even foreigners are discovering this former U.S. military base turned economic and duty-free zone. Situated in the central Luzon region and connected to Manila via the NLEX main arterial highway, this haven of lush green fun and entertainment offers something for every member of the family.
Philippine and Southeast Asian business owners and corporations utilize this wonderland of adventure and peace as a corporate meeting and teambuilding one-stop shop. Some popular attractions are the U.S. style Fontana Water Park where you can spend the entire day sliding down and cooling-off from the tropical heat on a wide variety of adventurous water features. Dinosaur Island is the latest attraction where you can interact with and escape a variety of realistic, animatronic, robot dinosaurs. Nayong Pilipino offers a walk through Philippine history and the island's diverse culture. This is an interesting and provocative theme park offering a chance to experience the Philippines in a unique and informative way. From replica homes of former revolutionary leaders to native villages, this teaching theme park is the perfect place to better understand the land of 7107 islands. Click for Clark Hotels
Subic Resorts and Economic Zone
Another former U.S. Military base turned economic Freeport and vacation fun zone, Subic Bay is full of military and civilian history. The Subic Freeport and Economic Zone was formed after the expansive naval base was vacated by the U.S. in 1991 after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption and the Philippine Senate failing to renew the country's Military Bases Agreement from 1947. Subic is a valuable deep water port historically used as a port for launching and repair facility for giant naval warships.
Today Subic Bay supports a multitude of leisure, fun and business activities. Sailing, jet skiing, cable zip line adventure parks, wild animal safari's, survival training camps, mountain hiking and exploring, animal encounters, whale and dolphin shows, eco-tourism, and adventure-tourism now take advantage of Subic's pristine and diverse ecological area. Subic offers an additional variety of attractions and accommodations including, theme parks, luxury beach resorts, go-cart racing, casino gambling, white beach sun-tanning, discount duty-free shopping, seaside night clubs and famous restaurants.
One popular attraction is Zoobic Safari where you can go on an African style wild tiger safari. Another hugely popular facility in Subic is called Tree Top Adventure. This unique adventure tourism park will challenge you with numerous zip lines, tree drops and other exciting experiences all set in the deeply-forested tropical Ilanin Forest area of Subic. Click for Subic Hotels
Enjoy the Philippines newest and fastest growing adventure tourism spot. Travelers to this previously undiscovered Philippines treasure will be treated to dramatic coastlines and islands that greet the traveler with gorgeous limestone formations, pristine and secluded white sand beaches and a hefty variety of adventure sports.
Carmarines Sur is home to two dormant volcanoes (Mount Isarog and Mount Asog) with outrageously beautiful and adventurous trails. If you are looking for the latest in adventure, then you'll have to try the Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC). This world-class facility was Host to the 2008 Wake Park Championships. This Philippines hot-spot is making the rest of the country and Asia jealous with envy. Carmarines Sur welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors a year, including over 1.2 million domestic travelers.
According to the Philippines Department of Tourism, more than 1.4 million tourists visited Metro Manila in 2009. Nearly one million were foreign visitors interested in the city that used to be affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Orient." Makati, is a high-end central shopping, entertainment, financial and recreational area of Metro Manila. This area is popular with locals as well as foreign visitors who would like all of the excitement of high-end living.
The Mall of Asia, on a reclaimed landfill area of the Manila Bay, is dubbed the largest mall in Southeast Asia. This well-liked combination indoor/outdoor super mall contains Asia's largest collection of diverse consumer shopping, theaters, bowling alley, ice rink, coffee shops and restaurants.
In Metro Manila you'll find the remnants of an old Spanish city called Intramuros, which was originally a 16th century fortress. Unfortunately, it was destroyed at the end of World War II as the Americans put an end to the Japanese occupation. This amazing historic city was initially built exclusively for the wealthy of the Philippines. The state buildings, churches, courts, hospitals and the cobblestone streets still remain.
High in the mountains of the Central Luzon region is a precipitous of a town with a population of approximately 320,000 people. At an elevation of approximately 4,900 ft, this is one of the coolest climates in the otherwise ever-present tropical heat of the Philippines. It has long been the getaway for those looking to escape the sweltering heat of Manila.
U.S. military officers and enlisted men alike would pick this town for relaxation and rejuvenation during the American occupation. Camp John Hay was originally established in 1903 after President Theodore Roosevelt signed an executive order. The base was officially designated a communications station, but in reality, it was more accurately used for rest and relaxation for U.S. Military and Department of Defense officials. The facility has been converted to a worthy tourist destination since the U.S. left behind the infrastructure. Here you'll find a master-planned community with executive lodging, quality restaurants, convention centers, bars, night clubs, golf courses, luxury estates, and even American style log homes for sale.
The Mansion House in Baguio is the official summer residence set-aside for the President of the Philippines when he/she needs to get away from the heat and recharge. Built in 1908, destroyed during WW-II and then rebuilt, this historic peace of Philippines architecture stands to this day for the enjoyment of the highest office of the Philippines and for Tourists who wish to visit the Mansion House's museum which contains lots of presidential memorabilia of historic significance.
According to the Department of Tourism, of the 770,000 visitors who traveled to Baguio in 2009, only about 40,000 were foreign visitors. In this mountainous getaway you find exhilarating hiking trails and a much more laid-back and relaxed lifestyle. You'll even find cowboys and horsemen in these parts of the Philippines who regularly listen to country and western music.