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Long Weekends 2019: 10 Local Destinations Filipinos Should Visit

2018 is about to end! So if you haven’t planned out your 2019 adventures yet, then it’s time to get the ball rolling.

Here are 10 local destinations that you should check out during the long weekends of 2019:

1. Cebu

Cebu Bantayan Island

  • When to Visit: New Year’s Day – December 29 (Saturday) to January 1 (Tuesday)

Welcome the year with a heart full of hope and gratitude while at a beach that has fine sand and breathtaking views!

Cebu has several beaches that are perfect for everyone from solo travelers to families. Case in point: Bounty Beach (Malapascua Island), Paradise Beach (Bantayan Island), Tingco Beach, Badian Island, and White Beach (Moalboal).

2. Sagada

Sagada Sumaguing Cave

  • When to Visit: Chinese New Year – February 2 (Saturday) to 5 (Tuesday)
  • File Vacation Leave: February 4 (Monday)

Sagada used to be a popular shooting location for rom-com films—after all, the small town in the Cordillera Mountains has picturesque views and chilly weather, a great excuse for couples and sweethearts to cuddle up.

While there, make sure you take a selfie at the Banaue Rice Terraces, try the famous pie at the Lemon Pie House, and see the natural stalactite and stalagmite formations in Sumaguing Cave.

3. Corregidor

Tramvias in Corregidor

  • When to Visit: EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 23 (Saturday) to 25 (Monday)

Guarding the mouth of Manila Bay, Corregidor is a tadpole-shaped island where a number of historic docks and fortifications can be found. Step into its beautiful ruins to appreciate the bravery of Filipino warriors who defended our land from foreign attacks during World War II.

You may take an hour-long cruise along Manila Bay to get to Corregidor, join walking tours, or ride a bike or a “tramvia” to get around the island. Overnight stays are allowed and several activities, such as kayaking, zip lining, and tunnel tours, are available.

4. Boracay

Willy's Rock in Boracay

  • When to Visit: Araw ng Kagitingan – April 6 (Saturday) to 9 (Tuesday)
  • File Vacation Leave: April 8 (Monday)

Guests can look forward to enjoying the island’s powdery white sand and turquoise waters without having to deal with beer bottles, an abundance of beach beds, and more.

Formerly the world’s best island, Boracay looks forward to clinching the title again as it slowly and surely welcomes back guests after a six-month rehabilitation.

Parties and drinking are kept off the beach and are down to a minimum, but with a myriad of water activities and exploring to do, it won’t be hard to stay busy!

5. Palawan

Palawan

  • When to Visit: Maundy Thursday and Good Friday – April 18 (Thursday) to 21 (Sunday)

Your fingers won’t be enough to count the amazing and breathtaking sites there are to visit and activities to try in Palawan—which is why a weekend getaway would be perfect to visit this gem!

If you’re into lakes and lagoons, El Nido and Coron are your best bets. Meanwhile, San Vicente and Puerto Princesa are recommended for beach lovers.

6. Zambales

Zambales Nagsasa Cove

  • When to Visit: Eidul Adha (Tentative) – August 10 (Saturday) to 12 (Monday)

If you’re the type of traveler who likes camping, the majestic coves of Zambales are perfect for you. There are seven coves to visit, with the most famous being Nagsasa. You can camp out with your loved ones, prepare and cook food the old-fashioned way, and enjoy the refreshing waves of the beach.

7. Siargao

Siargao Guyam Island

  • When to Visit: National Heroes Day – August 24 (Saturday) to 26 (Monday)

Siargao was recently named the best island in Asia, which is no surprise since the breathtaking island is highly known for its surf breaks, palm trees, natural formations, and pristine waters.

Must-visit areas in Siargao include Magpupungko, a secluded beach with rock pools, as well as the islands of Guyam and Daku.

8. Subic

Subic Bay Coast

  • When to Visit: All Saints’ Day – November 1 (Friday) to 3 (Sunday)

Subic Bay is easily one of the most family-friendly tourist destinations in the Philippines. It effortlessly attracts tourists with its stunning beaches, adventure parks, verdant forests, cozy hotels, and shopping centers. Make sure you take the kids to Ocean Adventure, Zoobic Safari, and Pamulaklakin Forest Eco-Trail.

9. Davao

Davao Samal Island

  • When to Visit: Christmas Day – December 21 (Saturday) to 25 (Wednesday)
  • File Vacation Leave: December 23 (Monday)

Christmas in Davao is something that is often underestimated. With glittering lights and colorful lanterns, the Davao City Hall turns into a wonderful attraction during the Christmas season. Apart from that, make sure you check out the Eden Nature Park and Resort, the Davao Crocodile Park, and the Philippine Eagle Center.

At night, you may taste various local delicacies, such as tuna kinilaw and crispy prawns in mangosteen sauce at Roxas Night Market. You may also tour around Samal Island in a day.

10. La Union

La Union Sunset

  • When to Visit: Rizal Day and Last Day of the Year – December 28 (Saturday) to December 31 (Tuesday)

End the year while hanging ten at Elyu. If you want more than beaches and surfing though, then try out the zip line attraction at the Pugad Pugo Adventure. You can also say a prayer or two at either Ma-Cho Temple or Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Charity.

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