The PHL Challenge

How much of the Philippines have you visited? Find out at Lakbayan!

Created by Eugene Villar.

NOTE: I answered the map based on the number of provinces I have visited. On August 7, 2013, I set foot on Sulu, my 80th provinces in the Philippines.

With the addition of Davao Occidental as the country's newest province, I am proud to have visited all the 81 provinces in the Philippines. I visited Davao Occidental on May 25, 2013, making it my 81st province.

My personal challenge is to visit at least "two-thirds" of the provinces in the Philippines before I reach the age of 35 and then cover all 80 provinces before reaching the age of 40 years old.

Provinces I've visited in alphabetical order.
  1. Abra
  2. Agusan del Norte
  3. Agusan del Sur
  4. Aklan
  5. Albay
  6. Apayao
  7. Antique
  8. Aurora
  9. Basilan
  10. Bataan
  11. Batanes
  12. Batangas
  13. Benguet
  14. Biliran
  15. Bohol
  16. Bukidnon
  17. Bulacan
  18. Cagayan Valley
  19. Camarines Norte
  20. Camarines Sur
  21. Camiguin
  22. Capiz
  23. Catanduanes
  24. Cavite
  25. Cebu
  26. Compostela Valley
  27. Davao del Norte
  28. Davao del Sur
  29. Davao Occidental
  30. Davao Oriental
  31. Dinagat Islands
  32. Eastern Samar
  33. Guimaras
  34. Ifugao
  35. Ilocos Norte
  36. Ilocos Sur
  37. Iloilo
  38. Isabela
  39. Kalinga
  40. La Union
  41. Laguna
  42. Lanao del Norte
  43. Lanao del Sur
  44. Leyte
  45. Maguindanao
  46. Marinduque
  47. Masbate
  48. Mindoro Occidental
  49. Mindoro Oriental
  50. Misamis Occidental
  51. Misamis Oriental
  52. Mountain Province
  53. Negros Occidental
  54. Negros Oriental
  55. North Cotabato
  56. Northern Samar
  57. Nueva Ecija
  58. Nueva Vizcaya
  59. Palawan
  60. Pampanga
  61. Pangasinan
  62. Quezon
  63. Quirino
  64. Rizal
  65. Romblon
  66. Samar
  67. Sarangani
  68. Siquijor
  69. Sorsogon
  70. Sultan Kudarat
  71. Sulu
  72. South Cotabato
  73. Southern Leyte
  74. Surigao del Norte
  75. Surigao del Sur
  76. Tarlac
  77. Tawi-tawi
  78. Zambales
  79. Zamboanga del Norte
  80. Zamboanga del Sur
  81. Zamboanga Sibugay


Elle Viajera said...

the best time to visit zamboanga sibugay is around february 26th, when sibug-sibug festival is celebrated with a parade of grilled oysters...

ardee sean said...

wow... you're so close.. keep it up.. :)

ardee sean said...

wow.. you're so close to that.. keep it up.. ;)

Pinas Muna said...

Wow, 13 more provinces to go Mervin. Go lang nang go! :-) And sana more Pinoys get inspired to take the same challenge. It's never too late. Pero better start early, before a province is split in two or more :-p Good luck sa travels and enjoy Philippines.

Manong Unyol said...

maging turista sa sarili nating bansa:)

Untied Escape said...

Konti nalang!!! yey!!!

Ding Fuellos said...

Konti na lang ah! congrats!

Christinchen said...

Wow, amazing naman mga travels mo, I feel like I'm in one of those places as you describe them. Looking forward for more!

Byaheng Jologs said...

Wow...80 provinces by the age of 40? Whew...What a great achievement!...How about to those already in their 40's????? like me...hehehe...Hoping I can do it even 1/4 of it...nyahahaha...kun makakalakad pa ako...nge!
Keep it up bro...Its really more fun in the Phils.

Byaheng Jologs said...

Wow...what a good and interesting achievements!!!80 province by the age of 40?...Whew! how about to those people in their 40's...like me?...hahaha! Hope I can do it even 1/4 of it...Hurray to you bro! Happy travel...

A2C said...

Pasabit naman sa Sulu. Hahahaha. Last four provinces to go. Go go go! Kayang kaya mo yan. :)

A2C said...

Pasabit naman sa Sulu! hahaha. Last foru provinces to go. Go! Go! Go! Kayang kaya mo yan. God bless you.

bem&weng said...

wow gusto rin namin makulayan lahat ng provinces sa Pilipinas! congrats lapit ka na! 4 na lang! :D

Ed said...

Astig! :)

Kara / Travel Up said...

Congrats! Wow, that's so cool, matatapos mo na! This is one of my main goals too, but it might take a while. Dami ko pang hindi napupuntahan.

TheJon Diesta said...

Go for Batanes!!!

Marlo Flores said...

...great! God Bless in your way!

Biyahera said...

I hope I can embark on a similar feat hehe, congrats on your extensive travel and keep going! =) safe trips always =)

Biyahera said...

Wow! Yours is a great feat to achieve, I hope I can do the same. Congrats on your extensive travel and more safe trips! :) Keep going! :)

Anonymous said...

Amazing! It's also my goal to travel in all of the provinces in our country. God Bless! You have inspired me Sir.

Ian Limbonis said...

i hope im 80/80 by next year.. para makapag overseas na...

YannícK said...

But wait! There's more! may dalawa ka pang hindi napupuntahan! Scarborough Shoal at Spratlys! Gotcha! Hahaha! =D

YannícK said...

But wait! There's more! may dalawa ka pang hindi napupuntahan! Scarborough Shoal at Spratlys! Gotcha! Hahaha! =D

Anonymous said...

Sulu and Batanes

Karen Joy said...

how about Batanes?

Anonymous said...

I don't see Batanes on your list. At least three more provinces to go I guess. Keep it up! Hope I could travel all over the Philippines as well. Did the Lakbayan challenge, and I only got a C-.

Anonymous said...

Please delete my previous post. Read the comments wrong. I thought it was "Basilan" and not "Batanes." I stand corrected. Two provinces to go!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

pinag iipunan ko pa... and i'm looking for sponsors... hehehe! :)

TINE said...

Go lang ng go~! galing~!kudos..I hope I can travel those places too~!

TINE said...

Kudos~! go lang ng go...I really hope I can travel those places too.~!

SEO Philippines said...

Grabe! Congrats in advance sir! :) Galing mo naman!

dongwapo said...

anong province nlng ba ang hindi mo napuntahan?

Joni Kiki said...

Omaygawd. Ako Lakbayan Grade D pa lang. =(

Geejay Gelogo said...

asteeg. last 2 province nalang :)

Anonymous said...

wow ano na lng d mo pa narating, i have been to 37 provinces..

kamote_ako said...

nakaka inspire ka pinoyadventurista!

kamote_ako said...

Wow nakaka inspire ka Pinoy adventurista!

mountains-and-beyond said...


Malone said...

:D You're my inspiration!!! Keep it up!

shiela mae Ayala said...

Wow, this is one of my dreams..please give me some ideas/tips/suggestions on how to come up with this kind of life;-)

shiela mae Ayala said...

Great !!! two thumbs up...ur adventure is one of my greatest dreams..to travel around the Philippines.

Henry Libo-on said...

Hello Pinoy AdvenTurista, after Sulu, it is time for you to write a book - Guide to DIY travel in the Phillippines. Good luck.

Patrick said...

Wow... galing galing naman... nakaka-inggit... sana kahit mga 1/4 man lang aku..... :-)

Patrick said...

WOW....ang galing naman.... nakaka-inggit.... pero very inspiring... kahit mka 1/4 man lang solve nako....hehehehe

Anonymous said...

Huwaw!!! :) One more to go! Galing! You're an inspiration! :)


San Josenyong Gala said...

Wow! Mejo nahiya tuloy ako sa bucket list ko... Ang balak ko pa naman po, 80 provinces before mag 30 ako... eh 29 na ko, 41 provinces pa lang....

I guess, I won't be able to that now. Iuurong ko na rin yung sa akin to 40 years old... :)

Leon P said...

Thanks for sharing your travel experienced nung una gusto ko lang puntahan yung province namin sa Sorsogon pero ngayun na inspired ako na puntahan din yung iba pang magagandang lugar sa bansa natin.

More power

JaYPee said...

Ang saya talaga ng site na 'to, natapos na mo na ang challenge mo at inspiring yun, sana magawa ko rin itong challenge na to dahil nung elementary ako i keep on memorizing those province now parang gusto ko na syang puntahan.

Amazed said...

Congratulations po, wow naikot nyo na buong pinas. Sana magawa ko rin ito kahit meron na akong asawa.

Anonymous said...

forty four p lang ako, me 36 to go pa, sana kung walang mga bagyo

Sally said...

Wow... Congratz Pinoy Adventurista :)

Anonymous said...


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TJ Daita said...

Pangarap ko ding mapuntahan lahat ng probinsya ng Pilipinas. 20 na ako, tapos 17 na probinsya na napupuntahan ko. 63 to go! :)

Anonymous said...

you've seen jolo, but have not seen seen tawi tawi.

Pinoy Adventurista said...

#77 Tawi-tawi - went there in December 2012. Di ko pa lang na-blog... Thank you po.

Anonymous said...

This year scheduled to go to 2 tourist spots location...PPS, TAG. Let us patronage first our own...the Philippines.

Anonymous said...

is lakbayan still working? upgrading my score sana

Angely Pontillas said...

Wow! After seeing all the list I suddenly felt the urge of immediately flying back to Philippines and do the same! Great job Kuya nakakainggit po kayo. Soon I'll do the same. :)

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