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Travel Itinerary Suggestions for Cultural Activities

Posted by on Oct 13th, 2009
Filed Under: Questions, Travel Itineraries

Question

Danni :Hello Tourism Paradise Philippines

I have been reading the site… need these information to plan my trip. I hope you can help me with this.

What are the main cultural activities of the Philippines people?

I am very interested in the cultural activities of Philippines, do you have a travel plan suggestion – that I can base my trip planning on?

Love, Danni

Answer

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Ryan: Hi Danni,
Hmmm… When it comes to cultural activities, there would be heaps! The Philippines is a very diverse country and cultural activities varies from province to province (and sometimes within the province itself).
I would definitely suggest the planting rituals and other rituals of the Cordillera region for one- although the schedules vary from place to place in that region. The rituals of the four major highland tribes in the province of Bukidnon as well merits attention. In Quezon, the town of Lucban has that festival where they decorate their houses with colorful leaves made of rice called kiping. Obando, Bulacan has the fertility rituals and the Ati-atihan in Kalibo, Aklan celebrates the dance rituals of the indigenous Aetas and the Malay settlers fused with Christianity.
Let me know which region you are most interested in visiting so I can tell you what to expect.
Cheers.
Ryan

Question

Danni :Hello Ryan,

I am thinking of the Visayas region, coming in from Cebu. I am quite intrigued by the Unesco baroque churches (thanks Grace!) article, and will love to be able to see all four of them, i doubt i will be able to do that in one trip.

What will you suggest otherwise?

As for the timing of my trip, i am still undecided, but it will be next year, and i will be traveling for 1 month. I might squeeze in another country, but will love to spend a good amount of time discovering Philippines.

Love, Danni

Answer

Editor addon

Ryan: Hi there,
As far as I know there is no UNESCO Heritage site in Cebu. The Sto. Tomas Villanueva Church is in Miagao, Iloilo (about 40 kilometers south of Iloilo City). The other UNESCO Churches would be the San Agustin Church in Manila, the Santa Maria and Paoay Churches in Ilocos Sur.
I think you are going to love Intramuros in Manila as well as the Mestizo District in Vigan (the best preserved European colonial town in Asia). The Cordillera is pretty stunning, the cultures, the weaving, the people and the scenery even the food! You must visit the Rice Terraces in Banaue, Batad and Mayoyao as well as the gorgeous town of Sagada in Mountain Province. Apparently, the last of the headhunters still lives in Kalinga (where you can also do white water rafting)..
There are heaps of things to do and see- I am just giving you an extremely short overview. To decently cover the Philippines, it would probably take you at least 2 years. LOL. Trust me, I’ve been to alot of places here but I don’t think I even covered at least half of it.
Cheers.
Ryan

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