Underrated Places To Visit This Holy Week

Take advantage of the long holidays this Holy Week to relax and reflect in these best-kept Philippine destinations.

The next much-awaited time of the year in the Philippines after Christmas is the Lenten season. Many use this time to escape the hustle and bustle of life in Metro Manila and other big cities and just seek comfort and freedom from everyday stress. Combining religion and summer vacation, the Holy Week is the best time to get that much-needed rest and offer a silent prayer.

To help you in this endeavor, real estate website MyProperty has listed down some of the must-go sites this Holy week that might be less crowded and just perfect for the season. Relax and reflect in these awesome places so you’ll get back with a refreshed mind and body.

Siquijor 

The mystical island of Siquijor also boasts various tourist destinations. Some of the most noted are the Isla del Fuego, the pristine beaches in San Juan town and the centuries-old St. Francis de Asisi Parish, which is also the biggest convent in the country built in 1884. Siquijor also have a butterfly sanctuary and breathtaking waterfalls and springs but medical tourism is the real attraction here. The province is known for the alternative healing methods of the locals.

Simultaneous with Holy Week is their yearly Healing Festival. The four-day festival is opened by a Holy Mass and will include healing sessions, exploration in Cantabon Cave and a holy trek to Mount Bandilaan.

Deep Forest Waterfall, National Park Island of Siquijor, Philippines. Photo via Shutterstock.

Tarlac

The Philippines has its own version of the Holy Land located in the province of Tarlac. Just 30 minutes away from the main highway and located at the top of a mountain in Bamban are life-size images that show the mysteries of the Holy Rosary and a number of Bible verses. The local “Holy Land” also has a replica of the tomb of Jesus Christ to complete the experience. It also highlights a 40-foot statue of Jesus on the cross on Mount Golgotha.

Furthermore, Tarlac should be part of anyone’s bucket list as some of the most thrilling tourism experiences can be found here, including the Mount Pinatubo trek adventure and Kart City Tarlac. Museums, waterfalls, and luscious food finds also dot the city to ensure a worthwhile vacation for all.

The Pinatubo Crater Lake. Photo via Shutterstock.

Cagayan Valley

Slowly rising to popularity are the well-preserved white-sand beaches of Cagayan and Palaui Island’s raw beauty is at the top of the list. Once hailed as one of the “World’s 100 Best Beaches” by CNN, Palaui is beyond doubt a magnificent sight to behold and experience.

Aside from its amazing water features, Cagayan has other activities perfect for all especially for the season of Lent. Historic pilgrimage sites can also be found in this stunning province tucked in the quaint northern part of the Philippines. One of the must-visit pilgrimage destinations in the country is the Calvary Hills in the town of Iguig. Life-size statues depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross and the old church of San Antonio de Galica built in the 1900s can be explored here. What’s best is its astonishing location atop a hill, which affords every visitor scenic views of the mighty Cagayan River.

Sunset in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. Photo via Shutterstock.

Mount Pulong Bato in Zamboanga City

Going to a pilgrimage is a favorite Pinoy activity during lent. In Zamboanga City, you can go on a nature trekking while observing religious traditions. At Pulong Bato in Abong Abong Park, the Stations of the Cross commence at the foot of the mountain and end at the peak. Religious images are also scattered and carved into the mountainside.

After hiking and praying, you will surely get a different kind of high spiritually and mentally once you reach the top to rest and just appreciate the picturesque views.

Apart from this marvelous religious place, Zamboanga City is also the home of a large number of natural and man-made attractions to add worth to a meaningful vacation. Carreon, Congo, Nancy, Busay, and Merloquet Falls are just some of the water adventures that are an absolute must-see in Zamboanga City, in addition to beaches and neighboring islands.

Mount Pulong Bato in Zamboanga City. Photo by Zamboanga Historical Landmarks

Iloilo

Take your annual Visita Iglesia a notch higher by visiting the beautiful province of Iloilo. A trip to the centuries-old churches of the province is a must especially for your Holy Week reflection. Be in awe with the historical churches that surround Iloilo, such as the Jaro Cathedral, Molo Church, Miag-ao Church, and Guimbal Church, to name just a few.

After church hopping, neighboring island-province of Guimaras is just a short boat-ride away, which offers a different kind of water adventure for tourists. Forget about time and stress through the various offerings, such as marine sanctuaries, limestone formations, isolated beaches and coves, and a lot more.

Miag-ao Church in Iloilo. Photo via Shutterstock.

Free yourself with stress, feast on the beauty of the country, and observe the true meaning of the Lenten season through these lovely places in the Philippines that offer a total spiritual and mental cleansing.

Tree Top Adventure Baguio Theme Park

Have you visited the Tree Top Adventure Nature Park in Baguio? How about staying at Azalea Residences while enjoying your vacation and activities in the summer capital of the country?

There are so many destinations in Baguio such as Mines View, Strawberry Fields, Ben Cab Museum to name a few but there’s only one theme park inside the popular Camp John Hay and that’s Tree Top Adventure which is just walking distance from Manor Hotel and Le Monet Hotel and just 10 minutes away from Azalea Residences.

Tree Top Adventure is the only theme park in the Philippines with motorized activities plus different kinds of Zip line adventure in the heart of nature; Superman, Canopy, Tree Drop, Silver Surfer, Free Fall, Funicular, Trekking, Skywalk and many more to be added. The vision came from the expertise of the owner of Tree TopAdventure who are Engineers and advocates of conservation of environment and healthy living thus Tree Top Adventure in Subic inside SBMA and Baguio inside Camp John Hay are making sure that customers will enjoy safely all the activities.

Unlike Tree Top Adventure Subic, The Baguio counterpart is charging only Php 100.00 for entrance which will also deduct from you in purchasing any activity rides. So if you’re getting the Superman ride for Php 350, you’ll just have to pay 250. One of the popular activities at Tree Top Adventure Baguio is the Team Building activity. For the “Team Building” activities, there are facilitators to lead the program and events. Unlike other facility, at Tree Top Adventure, everything can be measured and the output and success will be coming from the effort of the whole group who are working simultaneously to achieve the goal. Cost per head for the Team Building has two choices; Php 800.00 and Php 1000.00 but can be tailored depending on the needs of the company.

“We invite you to experience nature tripping from a breathtaking view – from 100 feet above the ground! With jungle trails comprised of platforms nestled on branches, suspension bridges, and the world’s first motorized canopy tour, what we offer is more than just the peak of excitement. Learn new things; with fresh eyes, we encourage you to explore. Find inner peace as you go through a natural sanctuary hidden by foliage. Or at the very least, conquer your fear of heights. Tree Top Adventure offers each one a personal journey, with unforgettable memories as dense as the forest that you won’t help but feel closer to the ones you take this most marvelous trip with.”

For more information about bookings and entrance, please contact Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas at 09166299381 or send email to grace@tagmedia.asia