Bring your 2023 summer travel goals to life with these six fascinating PH vacation spots

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES- The long, hot days of summer have finally arrived and if you’re one of the many up for travel and adventure this season, there are plenty of fascinating tourist and vacation spots across the country that you can add to your to-do list.

A recent study by travel and experience platform Klook noted that 87% of Filipinos are looking forward to traveling with many of their top destinations in the Philippines as bookings for domestic destinations have surpassed pre-Central levels. pandemic in 2022.

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According to the Ministry of Tourism, domestic travel is expected to see a full recovery this year, with the country’s hotel and resort association reporting that occupancy has topped 2019 figures and is largely driven by domestic tourism.

With 2023 dubbed the year of Revenge Travel, there’s no better time to plan your trip, pack your bags and set off on an unforgettable adventure. But before you do, make sure your travels are hassle-free by purchasing Travel Master insurance with COVID-19.

“It’s summer and we’re sure many Filipinos are already deciding which destinations they want to travel to, especially since the Philippines has so many beautiful sights to see – from beautiful beaches to beautiful towns and cities – it There’s something for every type of traveler. Traveling should be fun, stress-free and hassle-free, which is why we created Travel Master insurance – to give our travelers peace of mind and protection against any type of contingency so they can get the most out of their trips,” said Mario Berta, Igloo Country Manager for the Philippines.

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Created in partnership with GCash and Malayan Insurance, Travel Master with COVID-19 provides travelers with coverage, including for personal accidents, flight delays, lost baggage, emergency medical treatment, hospital allowance, compensation for travel inconvenience and COVID-19 protection.

To get Travel Master coverage, simply go to the GInsure page available on your GCash app and select Travel and Travel Master with COVID-19. Complete the form with your trip details and it will immediately provide you with the coverage benefits and premium contribution and you are good to go.

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Travel Master with COVID-19 is available whether you plan to travel locally or internationally, making it a flexible and essential travel companion wherever you go.

So if you’re looking for destinations to add to your vacation list, here are six places in the Philippines to get you started:

Samal Island Tourist Information Center, Facebook

Island Garden Town of Samal

North Davao

Located in the heart of the Gulf of Davao, the island garden city of Samal is known as the country’s largest resort island – home to more than 30 resorts on a 118 kilometer stretch of coastline.

Just 15 minutes by boat from Davao City, the resort island is an ideal stopover for those who want to soak up the beautiful landscapes and seascapes of the Philippines. Snorkel and enjoy the beauty of the 150 hectare coral garden and marine park which includes the Audanao Fish Sanctuary and the Giant Clam Sanctuary. On land, travelers can explore the government-owned 11.5-hectare Botanical Garden and Nature Park, where they can observe diverse flora and fauna.

The resort island is also home to the largest colony of fruit bats in the world and they can be seen in their natural habitat at Monfort Bat Cave.

Alona Beach Guide, Website

Alona Beach


The Philippines is home to amazing beaches (it has over 7000 islands after all) and if you are looking for a new beach haunt with white sand beaches like Boracay, Alona Beach in Panglao, Bohol is a great place to add to your travel bucket list.

The white sand beach stretches for a good 1.5 kilometers and offers breathtaking views of the blue and blue waters of the Bohol Sea. Nature lovers and adventurers can also immerse themselves in the rich marine biodiversity of Balicasag Island, a short boat ride from Panglao Island. Here you can snorkel and admire its 400-meter coral garden and marine sanctuary.

Meanwhile, those who want to get the most out of their vacation and explore more Bohol can also visit the famous Chocolate Hills, Mahogany Forest, or take a slow, leisurely walk and a beautiful lunch along the Loboc River with the cruise on the Loboc River. .

Lacson Ruins, Facebook

The ruins


Often referred to as the “Taj Mahal of the Philippines”, the Lacson ruins or ruins were the ancestral home of local sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson, built in the early 1900s in Talisay, Bacolod City. Inspired by Italian architecture, the ruins were built in memory of Don Mariano’s wife, Maria, who died giving birth to their 8th child.

During World War II, the mansion was burned down by Filipino guerrillas to prevent it from being used by the Japanese. The mansion burned down for three days in a row but left its beautiful foundation behind. The ruins have now become a popular tourist and event venue, especially for weddings due to its romantic history.

For those who want to experience more of the ancient architecture of the Philippines, they can – after visiting the ruins – take a day trip to the nearby town of Silay and visit its large collection of perfectly preserved heritage houses, including the Golez Heritage House and Heritage House and Museum Balay Negrense.

Orlina Museum, Facebook

Orlina Museum

City of Tagaytay

For those who want a quieter adventure in cooler climes, the Museo Orlina in Tagaytay City is the place for you.

Located in Hollywood St. Hollywood Subdivision in Tagaytay City, the museum houses the many glass sculptures of renowned Filipino visual artist Ramon Orlina. Spend an hour or two exploring the four-story exhibition area, including the Reflections Gallery, where Mr. Orlina exhibits videos, images, and documents charting his artistic journey. and the Naesa Gallery which presents an ever-changing exhibition featuring up-and-coming Filipino artists.

If you fancy seeing his work alongside nature, stroll through the sculpture garden and amphitheater, and end the tour with a spectacular view of Lake Taal from the rooftop terrace.

Tam-awan Village, Website

church bell, Website

Tam-awan Village And church bell

As the summer capital of the Philippines, many vacationers travel to Baguio in search of respite from the hot weather. The cooler climate and beautiful nature make it a must-visit destination for everyone, regardless of their preference for adventure.

Those who have been to Baguio many times will undoubtedly know its most famous sites, including Wright Park, Burnham Park, Camp John Hay, etc. But for those who want to experience more of the city and its culture, there is no better place to visit than Tam-awan Village and Bell Church.

Tam-awan Village located in Pinsao Proper, Baguio City is perfect for those interested in art and history. The village showcases indigenous crafts and Ifugao architecture alongside artwork by local artists in a vast and beautiful mountainside forest.

Bell Church, on the other hand, is a 63-year-old Taoist temple located in La Trinidad, Benguet. Here, visitors can enjoy the beautiful architecture and the picturesque lotus pond and even have their fortunes read by the temple monks.

Whether your summer plans are for adventure or relaxation, domestic or international, make your travels fun and worry-free with Travel Master Insurance with COVID-19 available on GCash’s GInsure marketplace.

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