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7 Natural Wonders...of the Philippines

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If you are fond of traveling and visiting other places, Philippines should be a part of your itinerary. You’ll find everything that you want here – beautiful places, delicious food and friendly people. You’ll definitely never run out of things to do (and see) here in my country.

As part of my countdown before hitting the second “hub” milestone (this is my 48th hub), I would like to present to the readers the natural wonders of the Philippines. There are many, believe me, but in the interest of space (and time), I have limited them to seven. These are by no means official but these are made by nature and are some of the top tourist destinations in my country. So read on and enjoy the pictures.

Banaue Rice Terraces

Widely considered as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, the Banaue Rice Terraces are already 2,000 years old. They were carved in the Ifugao mountains and were (are still, actually) used for planting rice and vegetables. These rice terraces were largely believed to be made by hand (with minimal or no equipment at all). Spanning about 4,000 miles, these rice terraces are said to go around half the globe if the “steps” are placed side by side. It is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

Courtesy of: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/17/Rice_Terraces_Banaue.jpg

Courtesy of: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/17/Rice_Terraces_Banaue.jpg

Tubbataha Reef

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tubbataha Reef is home to very beautiful corral reefs. It is located in Sulu Sea (about 150 kilometers southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan) and houses a lot of marine creatures. The reef was declared a national marine park by the then-President Cory Aquino in 1988. It is open for divers from around the world from March to June of every year.

Courtesy of: http://www.thinkphilippines.com/pictures/tubbataha-reef1.jpg

Courtesy of: http://www.thinkphilippines.com/pictures/tubbataha-reef1.jpg

Mayon Volcano

Located in Legaspi City, this is one of the most active (if not the most active) volcano in the country. It is known for its near-perfect cone and is also the mountaineers’ favorite because of the challenge of climbing this volcano. Seen near the volcano is the bell tower of the church of the town of Cagsawa, the only reminder of its most destructive eruption on Feb. 1, 1814.

Mayon Volcano with the bell tower in front. Courtesy of: http://media.photobucket.com/image/mayon%20volcano/Pnong_pino/5.jpg

Mayon Volcano with the bell tower in front. Courtesy of: http://media.photobucket.com/image/mayon%20volcano/Pnong_pino/5.jpg

The Hundred Islands

These hundred islands are located in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. The age of these islands? Approximately 2.0 million years old. They are actually “ancient corals that extend well inland”. Of all the islands, only three are actually developed for tourism: Governor Island, Quezon Island and Children’s Island. The islands cover about 18.44 square kilometers.


Courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HundredIslandsNationalPark20050420.jpg

Courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HundredIslandsNationalPark20050420.jpg

Taal Volcano

Another one of the active volcanoes in the country, Taal Volcano is located between the towns of Talisay and San Nicolas in Batangas. It is considered an island inside Taal Lake, a body of water surrounding the volcano which is actually believed to be a former crater or mouth of a larger volcano. It is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, making it very volatile. The volcano has become a very famous tourist spot; as a result, various establishments have been set up surrounding the lake. Due to its proximity to these establishments and human activities, the volcano is kept under close, tight watch for any signs of volcanic activities.


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Courtesy of: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1060/541816359_9c44a89af4.jpg

The Chocolate Hills

Another one of Philippine’s pride, this one is located in Bohol and is considered one of this place’s most famous attractions. The number of hills varies. Some say about 1,200 hills, others about 1,700 hills. Regardless of the number, the hills are, more or less, uniform in shape (about 30 to 50 meters). Why are they called chocolate hills? Because these hills are covered in grass, which during the end of the summer months, turn chocolate brown.

Courtesy of: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/136/336635045_2b8cab156b_o.jpg

Courtesy of: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/136/336635045_2b8cab156b_o.jpg

Mount Makiling (or Mount Maquiling)

This one is a “dormant” or potentially-active volcano. Located in Laguna, it is one of the most popular destinations for hikers. There are actually roads going up this mountain but if you really want to see its beauty, you have to veer away from these roads and hike on foot. This mountain has a lot of hot springs inside, which are the source of the hot spring resorts surrounding the mountain. Part of Mount Makiling is located in the University of the Philippines, the premier university of the country and one of the designated caretakers of this lovely mountain. From afar, the mountain looks like a reclining lady, said to be Maria Makiling, the “guardian” of the mountain.

Courtesy of: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1086/737951237_06aba45ce2.jpg?v=0

Courtesy of: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1086/737951237_06aba45ce2.jpg?v=0

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Comments

Lisa Ruiz on August 28, 2019:

Amazing blog this is. Best list it may be to explore Philippines. Nice blog.

Lester Moore Lambac on January 07, 2015:

Great top list of tourist spots in the Philippines. I have also written a blog post about Top 10 Tourist in the Philippines. Find out here in http://touristspotsfinder.com/

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 02, 2014:

The Philippines offer so many natural beauties. I heard Camiguin is really beautiful

cassy on March 11, 2014:

amazing

hershey caga on November 30, 2013:

so beautiful i love it

bella34 on October 01, 2013:

Nice hub!

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on August 06, 2013:

Although my wife and I have several Filipino and Filipina friends, they never told us about these places. So next time I meet them, and it could be as early as Thursday, I am going to complaint that they didn't lol.

With all these natural wonders, plus an opportunity to see the giant and elegant Philippine eagle, my family is going to have a helluva time in Philippines.

Thank you for sharing such a positive hub on this country that we love dearly because of our friends.

tastiger04 on July 15, 2013:

So many great places to see! I have been to Taal Volcano, I will have to visit the rest! :)

Yorja Rahmani from India on June 20, 2013:

Wow. So many of God's incredible creations. That Chocolate Hills look funny. Only if the ground was really made of chocolate, I will become a cow.

Gago You on February 04, 2013:

Walang Palawan cave bakit.

hana emily on December 09, 2012:

are you sure

gio on July 25, 2012:

i love it

sonofman on July 21, 2012:

the Philippines is the beloved city of GOD as mentioned in revelation

in the Bible....

jean on July 13, 2012:

love it

jean on July 13, 2012:

love it

prea from Philippines on July 10, 2012:

great hub :)

arvin on June 19, 2012:

sobrang gnda tlaga d2 s pilipinas.....

Shena Jane on June 19, 2012:

It's really amazing to see our naturals wonder

http://shenajaneazores.blogspot.com/

alyz on June 16, 2012:

the good thing is there are still a lot more beautiful places in the Philippines.

try to see here

http://alyzamonicaaguilar.blogspot.com

julieivieorido on May 27, 2012:

Philippines is really gifted.

To see more interesting things about it, visit this http://julieivieorido.blogspot.com/.

jeanihess from Cape Town South Africa on May 04, 2012:

Beautiful and interesting:)

DIANA JANE CENIZA on April 28, 2012:

I LOVE 2 LIVE IN PHILIPPINES

lance on April 21, 2012:

anganda talaga ng tanawin ang pinoy

aeron capalad on April 16, 2012:

the country of phil. are beautiful

Vacation quest on March 16, 2012:

It's really a good place for enjoying travel.I eager to know about this great place.

jeric afunay on March 10, 2012:

wag namang sirain ang kalikasan

jewelryn dullano dadivas on March 06, 2012:

how great thy CREATOR who made this gift of nature........

lets hold in hand in preserving His blessings to the Filipinos!!!!!!!!!!!!

kris formalejo on February 29, 2012:

ang ganda nang philippines im really love my own and native land

perla lozano on February 23, 2012:

yes, philippines tourist spots is so beautiful especially here in davao city.

yes philippines

yes, there are

Shena Jane Azores on February 18, 2012:

it is really amazing to see our Natural Wonders in our country..and i like the picture image though it's to far for me to go there but because your site...i already see the natural wonders "Discover the Natural Wonders in the Philippines"

http://shenajaneazores.blogspot.com/

katrina on February 12, 2012:

thanks cause i got the answers here because we have an assignment

fiona angelica flores on February 08, 2012:

i lyk our 7 wonders in the philippines ... so nyc..

sugandh on February 07, 2012:

nice nature image

Sarah on February 01, 2012:

I lyk that^

soul on January 29, 2012:

XIE XIE TILIM

john renzo on January 29, 2012:

ilike this nature

kyle joshua :) on January 17, 2012:

I Love my Country PHILIPPINES :)

PHOEBE on January 16, 2012:

WIW ANG GANDA ..GRAVEH.TALAGA C GOD WALANG KAPANTAY..HOOOOOO LOVE IT.

zaivhen on January 16, 2012:

love those pic!!!!!!?

Roland The Great on January 03, 2012:

What a nice places, someday i'll see the beautiful places :)

emievil (author) from Philippines on December 09, 2011:

Sorry Angel, hanggang 7 lang ang kaya ko.

angel on December 09, 2011:

wla ang laoag city mganda nman po xa huhuh

lzlpio90 on November 25, 2011:

yes, yes, yes,,beautiful country, beautiful people and beautiful landscapes... that is Philippines!!!

mauris alzona on November 20, 2011:

napaka ganda ng pilipinas hindi ko akalain na may ganitong kagandang lugar sa ating bansa ...

( WONDERFUL )

tengcabual on November 10, 2011:

Philippine Palawan underground river is nice... Wow the best...

maryjoy on November 10, 2011:

wow! philippines ganda talaga ng mga tourispots

Neil Yuan reyes on November 08, 2011:

its nice to see this photo's ^^

lapzz mamalo on October 30, 2011:

,,,i'm proud 2 be a Pilipino,,, ganda ng Pinas!!!!!!!!!!1

nilda midelo on October 27, 2011:

i know that every filipino deserve this

dadzkie on October 20, 2011:

hi there....nice infos for us Filipinos..but to add for that natural wonder pls help vote PPUP (Puerto Palawan Underground River)pls click below

http://www.new7wonders.com/vote-2

leniejoy on October 13, 2011:

very nice so beautiful palawan.,:)

graizel anne on October 12, 2011:

wow...philippines ang ganda mo talaga!

jayson on October 10, 2011:

wow!!!! its so nice to be here in the philippines. there are so many beautiful places and also girls..

andrew on September 22, 2011:

ganda mo

ganda ko

Abdulrahman edtiG on September 15, 2011:

Ya alLAH ur createD is verRY wonderfFUL and Nice view..

ernalyn on September 11, 2011:

what a wonderful place here in philippines...that's why i loved to live here

Prisana Nuechterlein from Thailand and Colorado on September 09, 2011:

Beautiful and informative hub!

collin on August 27, 2011:

ganda tagala nang atin kultur nu

albert on August 25, 2011:

the best ang gandda ng pilipinas")

graciela on August 20, 2011:

makiisa sa campaign na no to mining in palawan please

Jom on July 08, 2011:

Ifugao Rice Terraces is not a natural wonder, it's a man-made wonder. That should not be included in the list.

Jhem Regunan on June 22, 2011:

That's the creation of God!!!!ang gaganda talaga ng mga nilikha ng Diyos sa pilipinas!kaya dapat paka-ingatan natin ang kayang mga nilikha dahil lahat ng yan ay biyya ng Panginoon.....

pasaway on March 25, 2011:

i like it....its nice....

so we have to be proud to our country...

CatsHere! on March 24, 2011:

NICE!

sophia lyn vequizo on March 04, 2011:

maganda talaga ang pilipinas dapat lng ipagyabang

mabuhay ang pilipinas

wayne on February 27, 2011:

thanks because you said philippines is beautiful

wayne on February 27, 2011:

yes nakita rin

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 05, 2011:

This is a wonderful hub. I love exploring different countries at HubPages. I would really like to see the Philippines in person, but there are so many countries that I want to visit that I don’t know how I will find the time or the money! Your photos show very interesting geography. I am interested in animals and would especially like to explore the Tubbataha Reef. Thank you for the information.

emievil (author) from Philippines on February 03, 2011:

Thanks Jimmsparks.

Jimmsparks on February 03, 2011:

Philippines is one of the most beautiful country I've seen. You guys are blessed with great wonders. Maybe I could visit there some time during summer.

walang katulad ang pilipinas on January 08, 2011:

wala nang katulad ang pilipinas ..wala na siguro makakatalo pa..Philippines is the best..

ruzielito & richardo on December 01, 2010:

the philippines have the most beatiful view of all...it can relax our stress body......

Paulyn on November 14, 2010:

Wow..super duper.grbe ang gnda ng phIlipPines n0h??

Boracay Hotels on November 11, 2010:

Panalo talaga sa kagandahan ang Pilipinas.. kaya dapat ipag malaki natin to mga Pinoy.. kaya naman madaming tourist dito sa ating bansa dahil sa kanila walang ganan.. ehhehe.. diba.. TAMA... Pati Boracay ngayon sikat na.. Boracay Hotels

james on November 11, 2010:

wala ako masabi sa ganda ng pilipinas akal ng iba buro basura dito satin pero nagkakamali sila may ipagmamalaki din tayo

mica on November 07, 2010:

wow garbe talaga ang daming magagandang lugar dito sa pilipinas ????

PHOEBE on November 06, 2010:

SO CUTE .

von carlo balabat on October 26, 2010:

What a wonderful living things that god create for as to

see how philippines is beautiful???

cagayan de oro on October 25, 2010:

I like your hub! Yep, I agree with these seven wonders of our country. But that's just the discovered ones. There still are a lot of undiscovered scenic spots in this country. Meanwhile, discover the city of Cagayan de Oro as well!

jonabell on October 11, 2010:

15 yes ago i sw the beautifull place in banaue rice terraces in ifugao

Mee Mee on August 30, 2010:

The phil. is great......I luv it's splendid forests and natural resources....i luv my country.....but i wish our new president won't be corrupted like the other ones...."Mabuhay mga Kabayan

Phobie Allanah S. Celoso on August 23, 2010:

the seven natural wonders of the world is so beautiful

juzt MEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on August 20, 2010:

HI!SA Mga kapatid na igorot and to everybody

shel'sky on August 19, 2010:

WOW.....nakaka-enjoy panoorin VIEW ng PILIPINAS

cleo on August 19, 2010:

wow......ganda naman kasi ng pilipinas

jade on August 10, 2010:

hi 2LL....

cj goli on August 03, 2010:

ang ganda ng pilipinas!!!^_^

melissa on July 30, 2010:

ikeep on looking at the pictures because its so nice...

marionne on July 27, 2010:

what a beautiful views!!!!!!!!!!!

melissa on July 27, 2010:

Wow! nice.... we filipinos are truly blessed, we are given the chance to have all this kinds of wonders..

baby g on July 13, 2010:

LOVE! the PHILIPINE WONDERS!!!!????? mostly them =D !! ^_^!!!

emievil (author) from Philippines on June 03, 2010:

Thanks Steve. Hope you'll have a wonderful time here.

SteveoMc from Pacific NorthWest on June 02, 2010:

You have done it, you made me want to visit. Thanks for enriching our lives with such great travel advice.

emievil (author) from Philippines on May 12, 2010:

@FashionFame, come over and visit my country anytime. Promise you won't regret it.

@mega1, thank you. Philippines is indeed beautiful.

mega1 on May 12, 2010:

Very beautiful places - very different than any I've seen. Lovely hub.

FashionFame from California on April 18, 2010:

Wow!! Pictures are just fantastic. I just want to pack my bags and head to Philippines. Loved it.

leah on April 18, 2010:

i love Philippines ^_^ muah

hasgdfh on April 07, 2010:

hai to all

kishinaomi28 on April 06, 2010:

::its so BEAUTIFUL::i love this sights..

(:

digitalexplorer from United Kingdom on March 18, 2010:

This is only a very small fraction of what the Philippines can offer. Nice to feature some of these stunning places and Im still discovering some of them!