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I was born and raised in the Philippines. As my short bio in the home page of this website reveals, I had the chance to travel around my hometown and eventually around the country for the first time when I started joining quiz competitions and when I eventually joined the Philippine government service after graduating from college. Because of that, I developed an interest in seeing more of the Philippines. I vowed to visit the 81 provinces of the Philippines little by little as one of my bucket list items.


During the past few years, I have only mostly traveled overseas and I vow to see the Philippines more. So far, I have only been to the following provinces (in no particulat order):

  1. LA UNION: I visited the town of San Juan, a popular surfing spot in the Philippines. I stayed at Monaliza Surf Resort and ate at Tipple and Brew. I discovered a lot of Instagrammable hostels which I promised to go back t next time.
  2. PANGASINAN: My family went on a quick road trip to visit the Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine, where I stumbled upon the Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag. We ate at Matutina Gerry’s Seafood Restaurant after.
  3. AURORA: I visited the small but beautiful town of Dingalan and witnessed its beauty. I stayed at Fil-Dane Inn.
  4. BATAAN: I was able to visit the towns of Morong (where we stayed at Juness Beach Resort) and Bagac (where we stayed at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar) for a work-related events.
  5. BULACAN: My family occasionally visits resorts in Bulacan for a quick getaway. I also had a random solo day tour in Malolos.
  6. NUEVA ECIJA: I was able to have a quick visit to Cabanatuan City when I visited Aurora Province.
  7. PAMPANGA: My maternal grandma’s hometown! We go here at least once a year. I was also able to visit Pampanga on several work-related occasions. I have stayed at Azzurro Hotel, Lewis Grand Hotel, and many more.
  8. TARLAC: My maternal grandpa’s hometown! We would occasionally visit Concepcion town to catch up with our relatives.
  9. ZAMBALES: I visited Subic for a work-related activity and had a weekend escapade at Liwliwa Beach, a popular surfing spot, where I stayed at The Circle Hostel Zambales.
  10. BATANGAS: MY HOMETOWN! I have been all over the province since I was young for quiz competitions, and I also make it a point to travel around here very often!
  11. CAVITE: I frequently visit Tagaytay City and had several school and work-related activities all over Cavite.
  12. LAGUNA: Most of my relatives live here. I have also worked and lived in Laguna. Calamba City is also a city my family and I frequently visit. My favorite cafe in Calamba is OJ’s Brew.
  13. RIZAL: I have visited Antipolo several times (because I love taking my friends to Pinto Art Museum). I have also visited other places in Rizal for school-related activities.
  14. MARINDUQUE: I joined a group tour to Maniwaya Island and had a very terrible experience. I’ll give Marinduque some justice by visiting the mainland next time.
  15. OCCIDENTAL MINDORO: I had the chance to visit the towns of Abra de Ilog, Mamburao, and Paluan for a fieldwork with at team from the World Bank.
  16. ORIENTAL MINDORO: I attended a seminar at Calapan City and stayed at Parang Beach Resort. I wish I could see Puerto Galera next time.
  17. PALAWAN: I visited Coron over a long weekend and it was amazing! The flight was so terrible, though.
  18. ROMBLON: I was able to visit the towns of Romblon, Cajidiocan, Magdiwang, and San Fernando for a work-related task.
  19. ALBAY: Legazpi City is a place I would love to visit often! I was also able to visit nearby towns. I have stayed at Mayon Backpackers Hostel and Casablanca Hotel.
  20. CAMARINES NORTE: I randomly visited Daet and I was surprised with so many things! I stayed at Calaguas Gateway Hotel.
  21. CAMARINES SUR: I visited Naga City and CWC. I liked Albay better as a province.
  22. BENGUET: I had the chance to visit Baguio City and it was beautiful! I just wish it will not reach the Manila level of being a city.
  23. AKLAN: I celebrated my birthday in Boracay Island where I took a ro-ro vessel going there. A beautiful hotel I could recommend is Lanterna Hotel.
  24. CEBU: The city I will keep on coming back too! I celebrated my birthday here, I went here for work, I went here solo, I went here with friends!
  25. MAGUINDANAO: I was able to visit Cotabato City and Datu Odin Sinsuat town for a fieldwork.
  26. SULTAN KUDARAT: I visited the town of Lebak for a fieldwork.

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How about you? How many of these provinces were you able to visit so far? Let’s all witness the beauty of the Philippines and try to visit all 81 provinces!

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