10 historical places in the Philippines you need to visit
The saying “it’s more fun in the Philippines” is not just a campaign slogan by the government; Filipinos are one of the happiest people in the world. With its vibrant culture, feisty festivals, scrumptious foods, precious natural treasures, value for money and welcoming people across the country, it is without a doubt that the Philippines is one of the best places to visit.
With hundreds of interesting and 7,000 islands and historical places in the Philippines to see, so here is a short list of the top 10 historical places in the Philippines, which you need to visit.
1- Rizal Park, Manila
This enormous park in Manila takes its name from the national hero Jose Rizal who was executed here is 1896, his statue in the park has been the site of many significant rallies, declarations, and events throughout history. In the park are planetarium, the Museum of the Filipino People, the National Library and an exquisite Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion.
2- Intramuros, Manila
This is what remains of the Spanish colonial capital of the Philippines; the walled settlement is also the site of other interesting Philippine attractions like the Manila Cathedral. Within the thick fortified stone walls is the historic center which includes the stone fort of Baluarte de San Diego and Postigo del Palacio as well as other monuments, plazas, and museums.
Travel back to a time, Vigan is the home for many historical heritages of the country featuring the 18th-century Spanish colonial era. This UNESCO city has retained all the charm of the Spanish era and can be seen in the architecture of the old merchant homes. While there you could also pop into the Cristologo Museum which was once the home of the former Congressman of Ilocos Sur and his wife, Carmeling.
The Queen City of the South, Cebu is also a top tourist destination in the country that offers adventures like active cultures, pristine beaches to first class accommodations. Here you can visit the gardens which have been planted with a plant which butterflies are drawn to for their food, and you can wander among the flowers and plants together with over 50 species of butterflies.
5- Hanging coffins, Kabayan, Luzon
People were still buried here as of 2007 in coffins that hang off the side of limestone cliffs. The oldest of the coffins is dated 100 years ago and this ancient tradition which was also practiced in China. The bodies were hung in this way to protect them from wild animals and to bless the soul eternally.
6- Chocolate hills, Carmen
This unique geographical wonder looks like a field of giant mole hills; there are over a thousand of these half meter high mounds which get their name from the brown color they get in the dry season making them look like hills of chocolate.
Also known as the “Walled City” features a famous fortification and massive stone walls of about three-mile-long circuit which almost surrounds the entire district entirely. The Intramuros is known as the historic core of Manila and oldest district that still portrays the influences of the early Spanish era. If you are a history or photography lovers, then you will find the Walled City an exciting destination.
8- The EDSA Shrine
This Shrine is also known as Our Lady of EDSA or Shrine of Mary, and Queen of Peace. The shrine is a church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila located at Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Quezon City. The shrine is dedicated to the first People Power Revolution. Also, their peaceful outcomes on December 15, 1989, make it a place where the demonstrations of Ferdinand Marcos and Joseph Estrada overthrew the presidencies.
9- Fort Santiago
As a city is so steeped in culture and history, it makes for a very appealing destination for both history and culture buffs interested in Travelling to the Philippines. The diverse and alive culture in Fort Santiagois largely due in part to its illustrious history, which serves as a prison cell replica of Dr. Jose Rizal’s before he was executed.
10- Rice terraces, Banaue, Luzon
This is also a UNESCO site which is about 200 meters and is partially in use today. They were created by the local people of Ifugao they are slowly decaying. The terraces are irrigated by mountain streams which have been manipulated to run down the terraces watering the crop.
History is a great buff that helps us know more about our past and the reason we are where we are. We hope this list bucket list helps you discover the best historical places in the Philippines.