Cebu. The second international gateway to the country, Cebu, lies in the middle of the Visayas island group and fondly referred to as the "Queen City of the South." Airline flying time to Cebu from Manila is about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Baguio City. Set apart from the rest of the country because of its pine trees and cool temperatures averaging 68 degrees Fahrenheit or 20 degree Celsius all year round, it is the summer capital of the Philippines, located five hours drive from Manila, 40 minutes by plane.

Banaue. Constructed some 2000 years ago by the Ifugao tribal people, the Banaue Rice Terraces is considered to be the 8th wonder of the world. The length of the terraces, if connected end-to-end would encircle half the globe or would be 10 times the length of the Great Wall of China. You can reach Banaue from Baguio by a car drive of about 7 hours.

Tagaytay. Perched atop the northwestern ridge of the vast caldera that rims the Taal lake, the city of Tagaytay offers the most panoramic and breathtaking view of the world-famous Taal Volcano. Tagaytay is 1 hour and 30 minutes car drive from Manila.

Pagsanjan. On the river of the same name, Pagsanjan offers a rare and unusual experience of shooting the rapids. The two-hour journey from Manila is memorable itself as it passes through typical Philippines towns and plantations of rice, coconut and sugar.

Batangas. Beaches and dive resorts with the best sea sport facilities abound in this province.

Cavite. Cavite offers excellent sea views, world-class championship golf courses and fresh mountain air.

Puerto Galera, Mindoro. Located in the north shore of Mindoro, Oriental, an island off Luzon, Puerto Galera is a town made up of coastal villages arranged in a circle broken only at three points by narrow channels. Secure on all sides by natural sea walls, it is considered the best harbor in the Philippines and one of the loveliest ports in the world.

Davao. The industrial site of Mindanao, Davao City, its capital, is the largest city in the world in terms of land area, covering 244 thousand hectares. It is also serviced by an international airport.

Aklan & Boracay. The province of Aklan is Western Visayas lays claim to two great attractions: the Ati-Atihan and Boracay Island. The Ati-Atihan is a wild mardi gras-style event even where the natives blacken their bodies with charcoal and dance in the streets to the rhythm of drums. Boracay's main attraction is its beaches with white sand having the texture of fine confectionery sugar, and its surrounding clear waters.

Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Calauit Island, the country's foremost animal reserve is home to some of the most exotic wildlife in the world. The animals roam in a natural habitat with no more than a few human families as neighbors. A 30 minute boat ride from Busuanga takes you to the Island.

For diving enthusiasts, the Sulu Sea is probably the best dive site in the Philippines, the Tubbataha Reefs. Airline flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa is about 1 hour and 10 minutes. From here, you can take a boat to Tubbataha Reefs.

Mayon Volcano in Legazpi City. Mt. Mayon is an active volcano known for its near perfect cone shape and is the favorite choice of mountaineers looking for a chalenging climb. Airline daily flight from Manila will take you to Legazpi in 55 minutes.