It’s more fun in the Philippines, so get your bags packed, as a young Patterson Snow Leopard tours you around the Philippines.

 

 

 

By DonAlcantara

1.Underground River, Palawan- There is no existing evidence that shows who or when the underground river was first discovered, but it is believed that the islands early people were the first to know of the existence, but their fear of spirits that they believe living in  caves prevented them from exploring the depths.The formal name for the Underground River is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP)  in Palawan.

 

 

 

 

2. Chocolate Hills, Bohol- According to legends, people believe that these legends are true ,here it is : “ When two giants threw stones and sand at each other in a fight that lasted for days. When they were finally exhausted, they made friends and left the island, but left behind the mess they made. For the more romantically inclined is the tale of Arogo, a young and very strong giant who fell in love with an ordinary mortal girl called Aloya. After she died, the giant Arogo cried bitterly. His tears then turned into hills, as a lasting proof of his grief.” Scientist up to this day have not reached an agreement to how it was formed.

 

3. Rizal Park (or Luneta Park), Manila – Rizal Park is located in Manila near it’s bay. This park was known as Bagumbayan during the time Spanish Colonization the area.Then later they called it Luneta Park. Rizal Park is the place where Jose Rizal  was executed. He was then shot by the Spanish on December 30,1896. The  Philippine independence from the Americans was there too.

4. Banaue Rice Terraces, Ifugao – Banaue Rice Terraces is a excellent example how man works with nature. Locally they call it the Stairway to heaven.The Ifugao peoples needed lands to grow their rice but they lived in s steep-sloping mountain in Cordillera so they built a terraces on the mountain wall to grow their rice. They started building the terraces back circa 1150BC and the Ifugao continues to work the same way as their ancestors. Walls are up to six or seven meters (20-23ft) high. In 1995 the UNESCO added the rice terraces to the list of World Heritage Sites.

5. Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna – This falls continues to Pagsanjan River that drains into Laguna de Bay. It takes a couple hours from Manila to go there. The trip up-river to the falls around 90 minutes with a boat faces heavy contra-flow of water. The water flow under into Devil’s Cave which is 10m (33ft). The return journey is a high-speed run down the gorge and the boat travels with the flow.

Here are some videos about the Philippines:

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