Remember those days during our grade school years where our teacher would teach us the different tourist spots in the country? Oh yes! Those lessons in Social Studies or Sibika at Kultura where we had our first glimpse of the wonders of the Philippines! I could only dream then. But I made it as a motivation and promised myself that someday, I will be able to see them up close.
Then it happened. One by one, I am able to see these awesome works of nature and man-made structures that the Philippines should be truly proud of.
Taal Volcano, BatangasI've seen Taal Volcano countless times, since it's is visible from the ridge in Tagaytay where we frequently spend weekends. The first time I really set foot on the volcano island was during the hike I had with my family last March 2012.
Chocolate Hills, BoholThe icon of Bohol. During summers, these dome-shaped hills covered with grass dries up and turns brown, which makes the area into seemingly endless rows of chocolate kisses. I was able to see this famous geological landmark during my trip to Bohol last September 2009.
Mayon Volcano, AlbayThe world's perfect cone. I've seen Mayon Volcano 3 times, the first was in September 2010 during my 1st solo trip in Albay. Every time I see her, she never fails to amaze me with her majestic beauty. Mayon Magayon!
Mt. Apo, DavaoThe country's tallest peak. I've seen it during our trip in Davao City and Davao del Norte in February 2011. The nearest I could get to it was at Lake Agco in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato last June 2012. I'm still dreaming that one day I would be able to set foot on its summit. Hopefully soon!
Maria Christina Falls, Lanao del NorteThe most stunning waterfall I've seen so far. It's beauty is truly magical. I am so happy to see her full grandeur during my trip to Iligan City last September 2011.
San Juanico Bridge, Samar-LeyteThe longest bridge in the Philippines, a monumental landmark that stretches from Samar to Leyte across the San Juanico Strait. I was able to walk through its 2.16 KM length during my trip to Leyte in October 2011.
Banaue Rice Terraces, IfugaoThe wonderful works of our ancestors in Ifugao province. Built some 2000 years ago, these are still being used to plant rice and other crops. I was able to see it during my Cordillera trip last April 2012.
These are just some of my childhood dream destinations that motivated me to travel. I am yet to see Hundred Islands in Pangasinan, Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna and to ride the vinta in Zamboanga, which I also want to see when I was in grade school.
I've finally ridden the iconic vinta of Zamboanga City last December 2012.
I've set foot on the islands of Hundred Islands in Pangasinan last December 2012.
I've also seen the beauty of Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna last February 2013.
"Start living your dreams to find your own adventure of a lifetime!"
How about you? What are your childhood dream destinations? Have you visited any of them?
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