The Philippines has a rich cultural heritage that appeals to travellers of all ages from all different parts of the world. If you are planning a holiday to the Philippines, make sure you explore the many cultural treasures of this country!
Baroque Churches of the Philippines
Baroque Churches of the Philippines are a collection of four Spanish Colonial-era baroque churches drawing the attention of the visitors with their unique architecture. The churches were included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1993 and played an important role in the colonial past and identity of the country. Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte, Santa Maria Church in Ilocos Sur, San Agustin Church in Manila and Miagao Church in Iloilo are the four Baroque churches visited by a large number of architecture and history lovers.
Historic City of Vigan
Vigan is best known for its preserved Spanish colonial and Asian architecture. Situated on the west coast of Luzon Island, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and is one of the only five heritage sites in the country. Make a visit to the city and go back to the old Spanish colonial days as you explore the cobblestone streets and the ancient houses.
Chocolate Hills in Bohol Island
Chocolate Hills are a geological formation covered in green grass and are named so for its colour during the dry season. They turn brown during the dry season and seem to resemble the famous Hershey’s Kisses chocolates! Scattered across a 50 square kilometre area, these thousands of cone-shaped hills were declared the National Geological Monument of the country by the National Committee on Geological Sciences in 1988.
Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
Sometimes referred to as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras developed 2000 years ago on the island of Luzon. Situated at the foot of the Cordillera mountain ranges, these terraces were named UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 for their cultural importance. The terraces with an altitude of up to 1500 metres and steep slopes of maximum 70 degrees are sure to impress the visitors.
Intramuros in Manila
Situated within the city of Manila, Intramuros is a 0.67 square kilometres historic walled area. Founded in 1571, this ancient walled city takes you back in time to the Spanish colonial period. The city is popular for its cultural performances and historical walking tours, and grabs the attention with its cobblestone streets and conserved ruins and architecture. For a unique experience in the city, you can enjoy a ride on kalesa – horse-drawn calash.