(Carabao Island/Fort Frank, Maragondon, Cavite) 19

Maragondon: Formidable Fort of Carabao Island

More known as Fort Frank, this island is one of the complexes of defensive islands built by the Americans at the mouth of Manila Bay. The long, narrow island is surrounded by jagged cliffs, caves, rocky shores and topped by...

Bantay Watchtower. Bantay, Ilocos Sur 4

Bantay: Enduring Watchtower of Bantay

Bantay Bell Tower was built in 1591 and serves as the belfry of the Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Caridad, St. Augustine Parish (one of the oldest surviving churches in Ilocos region established in 1590). It also served as a...

Sta. Maria Church, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur 1

Sta. Maria: Baroque Church of Sta. Maria

A beautiful baroque church located in the town center of Sta. Maria in Ilocos Sur. Formally called as the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage church in December 1993, as part...

Tirad Pass National Park, Gregorio Del Pilar, Ilocos Sur 9

Del Pilar: Trek to Historic Tirad Pass

Located in the mountainous town of Gregorio del Pilar, it is the site of the infamous Battle of Tirad Pass where valiant Filipinos led by General Gregorio del Pilar defended General Emilio Aguinaldo from the advancing American forces. It is...

The Heritage Village. Taken around 5:45 am 6

Vigan: Blue Hour at the Heritage Village

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines whose structures have remained intact. Well-known for its cobblestone streets and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European...

Capas National Shrine 11

Capas: Honouring the Fallen at Capas Shrine

I admit that I am a history buff. Especially, when it is about the Philippine history. That’s why visiting historical places gives me excitement and thrill. But for our destination, Capas Shrine, what we felt is not excitement, but reverence....