Travel bloggers’s Best Place in the Philippines

Best Place You’ve Been to in the Philippines

– 1st Pinoy Travel Bloggers’s Blog Carnival

Pinoy travel bloggers come in different stripes and colors. Some like to go solo and experience the place for self discovery. Some hit the road to know if its possible to spend just P250 per day and go around places. There are those who enjoy the company of a dear friend or share the travel experience with lots of friends. When you look at these brave Pinoy men and women who have been writing and photographing their escapades into some remote or familiar places around the country or the world, you are sure to find great experiences and new learnings that will surely inspire you to hit the road and go to nowhere.

Welcome to the first edition of the Pinoy Travel Bloggers’s Blog Carnival with 13, they say that this number is lucky, participants writing about their best place in the Philippines that they’ve been to. Drum roll please…

A birthday trip that was supposed to be travel in Vietnam was rerouted to Batanes due to bird flu. An unexpected overnight climb together with coconut trappers in this beautiful mountain was something that he didn’t regret doing.

Firefly 360: 9500+ft. Above Sea Level

Fung brings us to Mt. Pulag and shows us an immersive experience in virtual, as in 360 degrees, view of the place. It’s like being there in Mt. Pulag! He says: Now whenever I travel, whether it’s by land, sea, or air, I just couldn’t get a wink. Maybe it’s the excitement, the anxiousness, or the constant motion of the vehicle I’m in that prevented my brain from resting. This has sort of become a “curse”, that zombie-like state of mind, neither fully awake nor in deep slumber; and I always envy those people who can easily fall asleep.

The Pinay Solo Backpacker: Matnog, Sorsogon: Beyond Borders

Gael, heads home to Sorsogon and explores her own province to explore the virgin beaches and islands in Matnog: It seems as if they’re not used to seeing a girl wanting to discover their town’s pride that’s why they can’t decide how much to charge me for the boat fare or perhaps they don’t usually encounter tourists so they don’t have a standard boat fare yet.

Journeying James: Puerto Princesa City: Benchmark Of What Paradise Is
James considers Palawan as his second home and gives us five more reasons why it is so close to his heart and always heeding its call to come back. He says, This is a place where I want to retire, a place I can call heaven on earth. Btw, I already chose an island where me and my future wife can have our wedding ceremony. I hope that she likes the idea.

Wanderlass Travels: Tubbataha: The Underwater Wonder

Lilianne dives to one of the country’s best diving site and UNESCO World Heritage Site: Tubbataha Reef. She says: Tubbataha was everything promised and more! The minute we back rolled into the water, I’m transported into a fantasy world of bedazzling colors and shapes. It was feast for the eyes to have enchanting wall of corals to one side and bottomless abyss of blue on another.

Nomadic Experiences: Best place I’ve been to the Philippines
Marky is at a loss as to what his best place he’s been to in the country. With so many beautiful localities in the Philippines from stunning landscapes, landmarks and festivals, to name a few, I surely would agree that it’s really difficult to pick one.

Gala Pinoy Redux: Destination: Anywhere
Cedric finds each place he travels to as special, even home. He says: enables me to open myself up to different opportunities to explore, to learn, and to grow–practically the things that I’m after when I travel. Curious to know more? Check his post.

Buhay Baboy Travels: La Union Surfing For The Piggies

Karlo takes time off to enjoy what he likes doing best with his two buddies, er, pigs: surfing in La Union. A little bit of history, a little bit of surfing terms, and where to eat and what to ride makes his post interesting. Check him out!

Lakas ng trip: The Best Place I’ve Been to in the Philippines

Josiah lists his four places which he considers the best in terms of magnificent mountain view, hospitality, beach and unique experience. Read him up and check if you agree with this wanderer.

Lakwatsero: For the love of Calaguas

Angel is a son of a beach, which he admits wholeheartedly, picks the beautiful Tinaga Island in the Calaguas group off Camarines Norte. He adds: Imagine walking on a perfect beach – pure fine white sand, sunny blue sky painted with pearl white cotton clouds reflecting a lovely gradient of turquoise blue calm water that breaks gently on the shore, producing a soothing music…

No Spam, No Virus, No Kidding: Hail The Most Beautiful Spot

Chyng writes: It’s just very hard to imagine that something this majestic can be destructive at the same time. That makes this spot very unique and remarkable. It’s really something every Pinoy can be proud of. Do you agree? Read her post on Mt. Pinatubo.

Fliptravels: Surviving Caramoan (episode 1)

The backpacking duo, Ron and Monette went with two other friends to these beautiful place: Now, what made me gape my mouth was not Sadako… It was disbelief. See, I know those magnificent island formations can be seen here in the Philippines. I know I’ll see them when I go to Palawan. I was not prepared for this sight when I went to Caramoan.

The Sole Sisters: How I Finally Got to El Nido: A Race, a Heartbreak and a Seat Sale
After having been inspired by the views of El Nido while watching The Amazing Race 5, Chichi, one of the Sole Sisters finally stepped foot on their own paradise with her friends, after four years from that episode. Not only that, she was able to enjoy the trip and got to explore the islands even on a budget.

First Time Travels: First-time in: Camiguin

Claire visits Camiguin (de Mindanao) for the first time and enjoyed the places and experiences including some sites and areas that are not traditionally part of the touristic route. Her post is also loaded with information on getting to the sites, an alternative accommodation like a tree cottage.

Flipnomad: Coron: The Most Beautiful Place in the Philippines

Flip (name unknown) visited Coron in the Calamianes group of islands in north Palawan and recounts his travel and experiences there: Coron seemed to be the most beautiful place that I’ve ever seen in the Philippines (yet).

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.


  1. Chichi
    November 23, 2010 @ 9:53

    Those are a lot of beautiful places, so glad to live in this paradise.

    Cheers to the next blogger carnival! Wow Philippines!

  2. Marky
    November 23, 2010 @ 10:20

    Inspiring blog entry, sums up our beautiful country well. I’ve yet to visit Sorsogon, Puerto Princesa and Batanes…2011 is a must travel year to these places.

  3. estan
    November 23, 2010 @ 10:51

    @chichi, @marky, thanx din 🙂

  4. Micamyx
    November 24, 2010 @ 0:23

    I really want to go to Batanes and Calaguas soon. I’ll add that to my list for next year 😛

    I’ll contribute on the next Blog Carnival 😀

  5. pusang-kalye
    November 24, 2010 @ 8:50

    tapos naba kuya? hahaha–as usual late ako—gusto ko sana pa mag-submit eh?lol. kakahiya nga lang kasi limited parin travels ko–feeling ko tuloy home buddy lang ako. hehehe

  6. journeyingjames
    November 24, 2010 @ 14:53

    nice job estan, wow pilipinas kay ganda!

  7. estan
    November 24, 2010 @ 15:21

    @james, thanx too for contributing 🙂

  8. estan
    November 24, 2010 @ 15:35

    @anton, @mica, may susunod na blog carnival this december 🙂

  9. Ada
    November 24, 2010 @ 20:29

    Breathtaking Philippines!! Sana makapunta ako sa Tubattaha and Batanes next year eeeekkk!! I want to contribute din hehehe

  10. estan
    November 24, 2010 @ 21:30

    @ada, meron upcoming blog carnival this december 🙂

  11. Josiah
    November 24, 2010 @ 22:48

    Great work Estan and to all bloggers who participated. Thanks for hosting the first Blog Carnival. 🙂

  12. pinoy boy
    November 25, 2010 @ 0:17

    next time, sali ako! nice! good job pinoy travel bloggers!!!

  13. pusang-kalye
    November 25, 2010 @ 0:40

    cge—december it is!!! can’t wait!!!

  14. flip
    November 26, 2010 @ 17:26

    good job estan!!! if i’m a foreign tourist, thi post would make me wanna go to the Philippines 🙂

  15. estan
    November 26, 2010 @ 22:24

    @flip, thanx 🙂

  16. fetus
    December 3, 2010 @ 8:35

    anak ng! %#$%^&%&*@#

    gusto ko puntahan yan lahat!!! i claim to be a travel blogger but i have only been to two places listed. tsk tsk tsk tsk…

    so far my best place was mount magayon. wait, maybe guimaras. no, i think siargao. oh yes, siargao, and it’s cute little islets. 🙂

  17. Jaysee Pingkian
    December 5, 2010 @ 12:49

    One of the greatest roundup in the travel web today! Great job Sir Estan!

  18. palawan lot for sale
    December 14, 2010 @ 14:59

    Such an amazing place! it’s so mesmerizing. I really want to visit the place / island soon! can’t wait to be there!

  19. Rizalenio
    December 15, 2010 @ 18:53

    I agree with Chyng. Mount Pinatubo is really one of the best places to be visited here in our country.

  20. Marcus
    January 14, 2011 @ 2:36

    I love Philippines more because of this!

  21. estan
    January 14, 2011 @ 8:06

    @marcus, thanx 🙂

  22. travel pod
    March 5, 2011 @ 6:44

    Wow ang ganda,,super..Sisimulan ko muna mglakbay dito sa Mindanao tapos dyan na naman, ang ganda talaga ng pinas!

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    March 15, 2011 @ 14:18

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  24. carmelle
    March 28, 2011 @ 16:45

    thanks for this blogs its seems the best place in the world is our own country Philippines.. =) just want to ask this coming november will be my vacation im working here in at Saudi arabia.. gusto ko kc itreat family ko where sa pinas pwede nyo ma recommend ok po b ang boracay.. plan ko po 1st week of november 2011..aside sa bora saan pa po pwede nyo marecommend 5 kami mama ko and mga kapatid ko bagets.. pwede na 3-4 days and syempre low budget.. hope to help me thanks po 😀

  25. hamptin inn
    June 1, 2011 @ 22:55

    Philippine is a beautiful country after all,despite of many negative traits that most Filipino possess.

  26. Jam Santos
    June 30, 2011 @ 2:52

    You’re forgetting something. IFUGAO 😀

  27. noreen
    December 7, 2011 @ 1:59

    I would love to recommend Calirana Private Resort (Cavinte, Laguna) and Canyon Cove in Nasugbu Batangas. Also a day trip to see the seven lakes of Laguna.

  28. Bohol Tour1
    January 20, 2012 @ 17:16

    It is indeed more fun in the Philippines. And even more fun in Bohol, where i lived.

    Hey guys, you might wanna check our cheap bohol tour services at and check how our guest enjoyed our services.


    September 18, 2012 @ 11:19

    Wow! I’m so envious… (T_T) Indeed, it is more fun in the Philippines! Coron, El Nido, Camiguin, Caramoan.. etc. I’m coming! haha

  30. hitokirihoshi
    November 26, 2012 @ 14:31

    ang gaganda nga ng place, nakaka-proud na mayroong tayong mga ganito ay nakakatuwa ang mga travel bloggers na mai-feature ang mga ito.


  31. estancabigas
    November 26, 2012 @ 14:35


  32. Emerald Balm
    May 10, 2013 @ 18:22

    There are yet a lot of places left undiscovered. Why don’t you check them here:

    March 10, 2014 @ 16:23


  34. Dimple's Outdoor Activities
    August 6, 2014 @ 14:35

    Perfect for a travel with family or friends who loves outdoor adventures. Thanks for this! 🙂

  35. Ana
    October 3, 2015 @ 10:58

    Without a doubt, the Philippines has a lot of beautiful places to visit. Our beaches and mountains are just breathtaking. I wish could travel more and visit tourist destinations in Cebu, Bohol and Palawan.

  36. Agness
    February 2, 2019 @ 20:28

    Hello Estan, nice article. What’s the best place in the Philippines that I can see in a two day tour?

  37. estan
    February 18, 2019 @ 18:21

    Agness, Old Manila. There are lots of tours from foodie, to architecture, to history via walks or bamboo bikes.

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