Philippines – Pearl of Orient Seas – Not to be missed!

One fine morning, radio jingle on Radio City caught my attention which spoke about Philippines to be the destination for travel lovers. The jingle promised that it has something or the other for any type of tourist – adventurous, sporty, historical, beaches and most importantly shopping, which we all ladies love. Having limited knowledge of the country, I started my research and was amazed at what Philippines has to offer to its tourist. Though it has not been promoted greatly especially in India, it is worth a trip. So I am off to Philippines and I am sure after reading my post you too would be tempted to visit this “Pearl of Orient Seas”.


Someone prominent once called the Philippines “Pearl of the Orient Seas” and with sufficient reasons. It’s a rare beauty in the heart of Southeast Asia. A few days of sightseeing in the Philippines will prove this true. If you want to experience a variety in tourism, then the best place that you should visit is Philippines where you can have a taste of the Western as well as Eastern culture since it has been dominated by several nations in the past, such as Spanish, Japanese, and Americans. Because of this, Philippines became rich in several structures such as churches, towers, museums, and more.

Sightseeing is one of the activities that you can do here in Philippines. Each region and each province has something different to offer. Most of the tourist spots here in Philippines are natural scenic scenery and had been nominated to become one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Some of these destinations include the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Mayon Volcano in Albay, Subterranean River in Puerto Princesa, and the Tubbataha Reef in Suly. There are also several ruins that can be found in Cebu (churches as well as watchtowers), Albay (Cagsawa ruins), and even in the capital of the country, Manila (Fort Santigo).


Lets start from Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is the oldest and most popular city. It boasts of major historical sites, like those in Intramuros, the Walled City built by the Spaniards in the 16th century. Around Intramuros are Forts (like Fort Santiago) the Spaniards built to protect Manila from invasive attacks. Malacanang, the historical seat of power, is found here. Manila also keeps updated with the latest in hotel, restaurant, and mall amenities and other tourism attractions to afford travelers quality sightseeing in the Philippines. The famous SM Mall of Asia lies at its reclaimed bay area on the CCP grounds.


Cebu City

The Queen City in the South, Cebu City is among well developed cities in the country boasting of posh hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers considered among the finest in the country. In the early days, Cebu was famous for sweets and delicacies and the best brands of acoustic guitars. Today, Cebu is also an ideal venue for business conferences, real estate, tourism, and for establishing offshore business offices. Sightseeing in the Philippines is well rewarded with a dip in one of Cebu’s fascinating beaches.


Davao City

Foreigners have been captivated by Davao City even before the place was declared a city in modern times. Considered a convenient gateway to Mindanao, the Davao Gulf area has been serving for centuries as a welcome entry point for tourism. The localities in and around the Davao Bay have been phenomenal in luring tourists to check out pristine white-sand beaches and vivid world-class dive sites.

Mountain Province

Mountain Province lies amid hilly and mountainous vicinities of northern Luzon and is among the indigenous settlements in the Cordillera region—a series of awe-inspiring mountain ranges seldom visited by lowlanders. Mountain Province is an epitome of simple but virtuous living and tribal and communal cooperation sheltered in clusters of simple stilted huts. It is ideal for contemplative sightseeing in the Philippines.


Banawe Rice Terraces

It’s a common sight to see mountainsides converted into rice terraces by the native ingenuity of Mountain Province folks. But a vast mountain conversion is found in Banawe, a locality of Mountain Province. It is where a whole mountain range that stretches as far as the eyes could see functions as well irrigated ziggurats of rice fields manually engineered by native Ifugaos and Igorots. Called the Banawe Rice Terraces, it is a display of Filipino ingenuity, resolve, and brute strength. It’s a fascinating destination when sightseeing in the Philippines.

Baguio City

A bit lower than the Cordillera region is enchanting Baguio City in Benguet, a part of the Cordillera mountain ranges. This is a major tourist spot when sightseeing in the Philippines. Among fascinating sights here are Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Camp John Hay, Session Road, and Teachers Camp, among many others. The city was planned and developed by American city planner and Architect Daniel Burnham in the 1900s. Baguio City is the Summer Capital of the Philippines.

Vigan and Laoag

Ilocos Sur and Norte offer tourists a lot of absorbing memories of the past, especially during the Spanish time. Vigan and Laoag, capital cities of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte, respectively, not only brags about superb beachfronts but archaic lighthouses and old colonial church buildings, houses, and buildings preserved well since the 18th century. Sightseeing in the Philippines should include a visit to the Old Vigan Houses and the Marcos Mausoleum in Laoag.

Sightseeing in the Philippines is so worthwhile that most tourists find the need to keep coming back to the islands for more.

Light Up the Night with Color at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

 “Disney Paint The Night” Coming in October

Using a magic paintbrush and his vivid imagination, Sorcerer Mickey will light up the night with dazzling colors at the launch of “Disney Paint The Night”, the new nighttime spectacular coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in October 2014! The parade will mark Hong Kong Disneyland’s newest chapter after the completion of its three-part expansion project last year. It will appeal to both families and young adults, further boosting the attendance and business of the resort.


“Disney Paint The Night” will immerse guests in the color, energy and magic of an all-new nighttime spectacular through interactivity, inviting them to paint the night with their favorite colors.

Harnessing the scintillating power of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, Mickey has enchanted his brush and painted visions inspired by classic Disney Pixar stories! Lightning McQueen, Sulley & Mike will be found in a Hong Kong Disneyland parade for the first time ever. Tinker Bell, Ariel, Belle, Buzz Lightyear & Woody, and many other beloved Disney friends will also immerse onlookers in a world of light and color along Main Street, U.S.A. each and every night. The night has changed forevermore!

Hong Kong Disneyland will continue to bring magical experiences to guests from far and wide. Apart from the nighttime spectacular, the resort will launch new offerings to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2015. The first ever Marvel-themed area based on Iron Man will debut in Hong Kong Disneyland in late 2016. Another new resort-style hotel with 750 rooms will open by early 2017 after all necessary approvals have been obtained.

Tinkerbell parade float

About Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort offers immersive, unique Disney experiences for all families, generations and ages to enjoy. Hong Kong is one of only five locations in the world that is home to a Disney themed park and the many Disney characters that are beloved the world over, such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Stitch and Buzz Lightyear. Since the Grand Opening in September 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland has received more than 46 million guests from around the globe. Through the unique product offering and the world-class service provided by the 7,000 strong Cast at the theme park and the two hotels, the resort has received outstanding Guest satisfaction ratings and a range of awards from the hospitality and entertainment sectors.

Hong Kong Disneyland is dedicated to serving Hong Kong people through a wide spectrum of community services programs from helping families in need, to inspiring creativity among children and youth, to encouraging the protection of the environment in the region.

If you’d like to learn more about Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and enjoy the unique magical experiences it has to offer, visit the Resort or click on to for more information.