How to Visit the World’s Top Destinations Without Leaving the Philippines

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Who doesn’t dream of travelling around the world? Not me! Most of us surely want to visit different places outside the country while we’re young and full of energy. But with our hectic work schedules and meager earnings, it seems that our dream of discovering the beauty of the world will forever be just a dream. Fortunately (here comes our favorite conjunctive adverb), there are places in the Philippines that looks like some international destinations. You don’t believe me? Take a look at these:

1. Santuario de Redentor in Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City / Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The 38-meter tall statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of Brazil’s most popular landmark. We are lucky to have our own version of this spectacular structure in Cagayan de Oro – the Shrine of the Redeemer at Golden Haven Memorial Park in Bulua.

2. Bacuit Bay in El Nido, Palawan / Halong Bay in Vietnam

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Ever dreamed of visiting Halong Bay in Vietnam for its spectacular limestone islets and landscapes, caves, beautiful beaches, and enchanting lagoons? Before you book a flight to Vietnam, check out first the magnificent tourist spots in Palawan that will make you feel like you’re in Halong Bay! Palawan houses magical caves and beaches, and its famous lagoons!

3. Vigan / Old Towns in Spain

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I’m sure you’re aware of the cobble stoned streets in Vigan, Ilocos Sur and its well-preserved Spanish-era heritage houses that’ll give you Spanish era feels.

4. Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas / Athens, Greece

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No wonder Fortune Island is becoming a favorite weekend getaway – its unique Grecian architecture that looks like one of Greece’s most renowned ancient ruins is truly magnificent!

5. Manjuyod Sandbar in Negros Oriental / Maldives

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With bright blue waters, white sand, and cottages on stilts, The Manjuyod Sandbar in Bais Negros Oriental is the perfect place to go if you want to witness the beauty of the Maldives.

6. Taoist Macho Temple, La Union / Temples in China

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Want to travel to China to visit its worship temples? Did you know that aside from Cebu’s Taoist Temple, there’s also the Taoist Macho Temple in La Union that you can visit and take photos of? It’s just five to six hours away from Manila so it’s really an ideal place for those who don’t feel like travelling too far.

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