July 7, 2020

Travel in the Philippines

Europe Replicates in the Philippines – Places you don’t know about the Philippines

Hello! If we ask what do you know about the Philippines, many of you will answer that this is a network of islands, Manila and Boracay. However, the Philippines is not as small a country as you might think. There are a lot of places that you can not even guess about. Today I suggest you to take a trip to Europe (Yes you hear me right! Europe. Or places that resemble Europe in this case), which are located on this archipelago. I propose by tradition to make a cup of aromatic coffee and sit back, we begin to open the Philippines from a new perspective.

  1. No. 1 – Batanes | Norway Replicate

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This is the smallest province in the Philippines, consisting of 11 islands and only 3 of them are inhabited. These are Itbayat, Batan and Sabtang. The islands cover an area of 35 square km to 95. The islands are located at the crossroads where the Pacific Ocean borders the South China Sea. The population as of 2010 was about 17,000 people.

The tourism business here is not very developed, which can give you the advantage of enjoying this place without crowds of tourists, the islands can be explored on foot or by bicycle. There is no nightlife on the island, the residents are quite benevolent and, according to the reviews of tourists on the islands, is absolutely safe. The local cafe «Honesty» says about the level of security, where visitors pay for purchases. Yes, this cafe does not have sellers or service personnel, but tourists like this place very much.

The only thing worth watching is the weather forecast, typhoons often fall on the islands. There is also the possibility of sesmological activity and tsunamis. On the islands there is something to see from natural monuments to the existing lighthouse , which anyone can climb. In general, this province reminds me of Norway with its cozy little villages or Iceland, because these islands also have a volcanic beach, only with the difference that it is warm and you can swim. What you won’t do in European countries.

  1. No. 2 – Venice Grand Canal Mall, Taguig

As the Filipinos say, this is «the most romantic place in the Philippines.» Grand Canal resembles the original in everything, during its construction the Filipinos consulted with a company in Italy in order to maintain the current Italian style of not only this place, but the entire shopping center as a whole.

The mall also has replicas of St. Mark’s Campanile in Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge, which is inspired by the famous bridge in Venice and the Ponte de Amore bridge, where mall guests can participate at the mall’s love locks installation.

  1. No. 3 – La Trinidad, Benguet | French city of Menton Replicate

A small copy of the Mexican city Guanajuato , where the houses are painted with bright colors.

This place is better known as «Colors of Stabosa » and is located on picturesque hills. This was a project of the Department of Tourism, which began in 2016 to attract visitors. Residents of the city and guest artists worked on creating a single picture for several months.

Many see the resemblance to the French city of Menton, while others catch a touch of Brazil. In any case, I myself did not know that something like that is in the Philippines and no matter what city in the world it looks like. These colorful houses reflect all the friendliness and color of this country, its unique spirit and hospitality.

  1. No. 4 – Vitalis Villas, Santiago, Ilocos Sur | Santorini Replicate

What about Greece? The most famous attraction is also in the Philippines. This is Santorini. In fact, I found hotels  in this style, on different islands, which indicates their popularity among locals and tourists. Santorini, the famous Greek island with centuries of history, combines beautiful views of the sea and an unforgettable atmosphere.

The hallmark was the house with blue roofs. On the island of Ilocos, Vitalis Villas became a part of Greece, from the terrace of which there is an incredible view of the sea. The architecture, colors and style of the hotel is no different from the original. Local and foreigners are happy to visit this place to take photos for Instagram or spend time in another reality without leaving the Philippines.

  1. No. 5 – Sirao Garden, Cebu City | Amsterdam Replicate

Meanwhile, we are transporting to Amsterdam. The flower farm in Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful and extensive in growing tulips and hyacinths.

A mini version of this garden and the famous mill is in the Philippines, in the city of Cebu. This is Sirao Flower Farm. It all started when a couple planted flowering plants to be harvested and sold on All Soul’s Day. They then noticed that their garden is attracting visitors so they decided not to cut them at all. The incursion of tourists encouraged them to plant more. The more plants and flowers in the garden meant more visitors too. Since tulips and hyacinths are hard to grow in a hot climate, celosia flowers are grown in Sirao Flower Farm instead. These flowers are as colorful and attractive as the tulips.

  1. No. 6 – Magpupungko Rock Pools on Siargao Island | Rock Pools

Tide pools or rock pools are shallow pools of seawater that form on the rocky intertidal shore. Many of these pools exist as separate bodies of water only at low tide. This is a real miracle of nature and there are few such natural pools in the world. Most of the time, the ocean does not allow tourists to see the beauty of this treasure, but when the ebb occurs, several natural pools will open up to your eyes, from shallow to deep.

In shallow pools you can sit and watch fish that did not have time to swim into the ocean at low tide. In the deepest pool there is a rock from which you can jump into the crystal clear water or snorkel. In any case, there is no analogue to this pool in the world, it is unique and if you did not know about it, then watch the video. I think the words are superfluous.

As you can see, the Philippines is not only about Manila and Boracay. The country combines particles of all cultures, which makes it more welcoming and open to study. So many interesting things are hidden in such tiny islands, away from the mainland. But this is a completely different story. I will share more soon. Thanks for reading.

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