Puerto Princesa’s pride is easily the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River (or Underground River), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The 8.2-kilometer river, said to be the longest navigable underground river in the world, winds its way underneath a mountain range, through the St. Paul Underground River Cave, and then goes out into the West Philippine Sea.
If you're in the mood for a little history, Tacloban, the capital of Leyte is a must-see. It boasts of two important events in history: the return of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur and the first mass at Limasawa – both immortalized on relief murals. Be fascinated by the Santo Niño Shrine, a sanctuary that also had guest facilities intended for the Marcos family. Join the fluvial procession of the Sto. Niño, marking the anniversary of this ivory statue’s remarkable recovery from the sea. At Easter time, witness-hooded Palo townsfolk flagellate themselves and reenact the Passion of Christ.
Metro Manila. It’s a megacity with a huge appetite for fun. From its historic neighborhoods to the outrageous housing developments, Metro Manila is a maze of vibrant energy with bits of calm in between. Weave your way through this mighty megalopolis, made up of 16 cities, one town, and 11 million people.
Your search for a distant tropical hideaway has finally ended. Just off the coast of Palawan, in all its unspoiled splendor, is Busuanga. Frolic in its crystal clear blue waters or dive into spectacular coral gardens.