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Your 2018 Long Weekend Travelspiration
Story by: jovy avisado ( Member ) on 2017-12-28
Are you on the lookout for your next destination this 2018? Let's make it easy for you with our top picks for every holidays for the year:

Chinese New Year: February 16-18, 2018 (Friday - Sunday)

Singapore. The most fascinating part of the Chinese New Year in Singapore is the mix of old and new traditions as well as the influence from other cultures. Dancing dragons, float parade and magic shows fill the streets with joy and people from around the world gather here to experience once in a lifetime opportunity to spend the holiday.

Manila. Hundreds of people gather in Binondo, Manila to witness and take part in the Chinese New Year celebration. It is the world’s oldest Chinatown. Dragon dancers snaked their way down the streets of Binondo to usher the good luck.

Holy Week: March 29 - April 01, 2018 (Thursday - Sunday)

Guimaras. It is a great alternative for those seeking crystalline waters and shores with the finest sand - a great way to relax and meditate during Lenten season. Notable places to visit in Guimaras include Baras and Natago Beaches, Pawikan Sanctuary, and Panaluron Falls. Visit SEAFDEC or South East Asian Development Center and bond with sea turtles and fishes. Try the mango pizza at the pit-stop and try the mangrove bamboo walkway.

Vigan. This province has a lot to offer. With the rich culture and traditions embedded around its famous landmarks, this is a place for those who want to revisit a huge part of Philippine history. There are a lot of things you don’t want to miss while in Vigan. Explore Calle Crisologo, the cobble-stoned street with Spanish period ancestral houses. Visit the Syquia Mansion, go to the Heritage River Cruise in Mestizo River, climb up Bantay Bell Tower, have a sip of sinanglaw, and take a bite of empanada.

Araw ng Kagitingan: April 07-09, 2018 (Saturday - Monday)

Camiguin. It is the second smallest province in the Philippines. The Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin is used to be the graveyard above the sea but because of the eruption of Mt. Vulcan in 1980, it was destroyed and its remnants found underwater. Corals has grown on and around the tombstones and marine life has flourished making it a unique and extraordinary diving destination. While in Camiguin, enjoy beach life at Mantigue Island Nature Park and visit their sandbar called White Island.

Quirino Province. Landingan Viewpoint is located at the town of Nagtipunan. It offers stunning panoramic view of the towering hills and the Cagayan River that cuts through the valley. While in Quirino, try boating at Governor’s Rapids as it is famous for its limestone formations. Also visit the Bimmapor rock formation that resembles a ship that is about to sink located along the Cagayan River bank in Nagtipunan.

Labor Day: April 29 - May 01, 2018 (Sunday - Tuesday)

Benguet. Mt. Pulag is the third highest mountain in the Philippines, next to Mt. Apo and Mt. Dulang-dulang. It is famous for its “sea of clouds” and the view of Milky Way Galaxy at dawn. As you take a hiking trip you’ll get to see the amazing view of sea of clouds. During the amihan season, the temperature at the highest point of the mountain is known to dip into subfreezing temperatures making it the coldest place in the country.

Hong Kong. Independence Day is the perfect holiday to unleash the child in you at the famous Hongkong Disneyland! Bring along the entire family to experience euphoria while enjoying various rides. The country is also a shopping destination known for its bespoke tailors and Temple Street Night Market.

Independence Day: June 09-12, 2018 (Saturday - Tuesday)

Taiwan. Roam free at the streets of Taiwan as you admire the stunning beauty of its natural terrain. Points of interests that you shouldn’t miss are Taroko National Park, Elephant Mountain and the Wangyou Forest. Want to experience something for the first time? Try taking a dip at one of its natural hot springs or conquer your fear of heights as you hike thee trails of Taroko Gorge.

South Cotabato. Lake Sebu is recognized as one of the country’s most important watersheds. It is a home to a cluster of striking waterfalls and extremely clean lakes. A visit to this destination will give a taste of culture of the Ubo and T’boli tribes. The lotus flower is iconic to Lake Sebu. It has the highest zipline in Southeast Asia that lets you experience the thrill of flying like a bird. You will also get to enjoy the view of the river, seven falls and the tall trees below.

Ninoy Aquino Day: August 18-21, 2018 (Saturday - Tuesday)

Davao. The Davao Crocodile Park is considered as one of the finest tourist attractions in the Philippines. Crocodile Park boasts its one of a kind zoo which houses different animals such as crocodiles, birds, snakes, monkeys, and many more. Other tourist attractions that you shouldn't miss are Eden Nature Park, Philippine Eagle Center and People's Park.

Surigao del Sur. Hinatuan Enchanted River is a deep spring river on the island of Mindanao. The river's unusual colors and unexplored depths has inspired various local legends. Their legends says that the river is haunted by supernatural beings which act as protectors. Take this holiday to find out the mystery of this stunning attraction.

National Heroes' Day: August 25-27, 2018 (Saturday - Monday)

Cagayan De Oro. Feel the rush of whitewater rafting in the beautiful and spectacular Cagayan De Oro River and discover the thrill of the nature. If you're up for some adrenaline rush while conquering the tyrant waves, National Heroes' Day is the perfect time to challenge yourself.

Bukidnon. Bukidnon is a landlocked province with 10,499 square meters kilometers of forests and canyons, pineapple plantation, and cattle ranches. It is also a site where you can try extreme adventures in Dahilayan Adventure Park and experience Asia’s first longest dual zipline at 1,166 meters above sea level. After landing on the flight deck, you are prepared for two more zipline rides which are the 320 meters sit-down ride and the 150 meters superman ride.

All Saint's Day: November 01-04, 2018 (Thursday - Sunday)

South Korea. Lotte World is a major recreation complex in Seoul, South Korea featuring one of the world’s largest indoor amusement parks. It is a theme park filled with thrilling rides, an ice rink and different kinds of parade, folk museum, department stores, and many more. Lotte World is divided into Lotte World Adventure, (a world themed indoor area), and Magic Island theme outdoors.

Japan. Fuji-Q Highland’s Labyrinth of fear is Japan’s most terrifying haunted house. It is the longest and scariest house of horrors in the world. Traverse dark passages, escape sealed rooms that will make you feel primal fear. The guests may not enter alone.

Bonifacio Day: November 30 - December 02, 2018 (Friday - Sunday)

Palawan. Calauit Safari Park is a game reserve and wildlife sanctuary in Busuanga, Palawan known for its wildlife sanctuary with a substantial population of African animals including giraffes, zebras, and antelopes that roam freely. If you're keen to travel to this part of Palawan, you need to visit these world-class attractions: Kayangan Lake, Calamian Islands and Malcapuya Islands.

Batangas. A province that is famous for excellent diving sites and the world’s lowest volcano. It is a thriving tourist destination replete with open beaches, subterranean caves and deep harbors. Anilao diving sites are ideal for poking around and observing marine life.

Christmas Day: December 22-25, 2018 (Saturday - Tuesday)

Cebu City. Cebu is considered one of the best destinations to spend the holidays. Here, you can complete misa de gallo at the Basilica Minore de Sto Niño, the oldest Catholic Church in the country. Also a must-see is the Giant Christmas tree in Fuente Circle. Try ice skating at the third largest shopping mall in the country. Every Christmas season, Kasadya sa SRP gives entertainment to people. It is open to everyone who loves to experience different carnival rides like ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and roller coaster. 

Bacolod City. Bamboo Tonogbanua's Christmas Village is a famous tourist attraction in the province for the Yuletide season. It is hailed as the most elaborate and most beautiful Christmas display in Bacolod. Among the interesting things in his collection is the “Fairy Tale” Christmas city which depicts how Christmas is celebrated in fairy tale land.

So were you able to fill out your bucket list for this year? Start planning your next adventure now!
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