Top 5 Historical Places to Visit in the Philippines

Philippine is an archipelago located in Southeast Asia. It is made up of 7,107 islands and the 5th country with the longest coastline in the world. Its tropical weather and wonderful beaches makes it a favorite tourist destination. Most of all, Filipinos are known to be very hospitable; one reason why foreign visitors would long to go back after their first visit. If you think that knowing the country’s history will make your visit worthwhile, then Philippine have a lot of places in store for you. Below are the top 5 of the county’s most visited historical spots.

Magellan’s Cross in Cebu

Housed in as small chapel or “kiosk” is a cross planted by Ferdinand Magellan; a Portuguese navigator who introduced Christianity to Filipino’s when he visited the country in 1521. The original cross was claimed to be encased on another cross by government officials since people are chipping its wood with the thought that it can miraculously heal any illness. However, there are controversies that the original cross has already been destroyed long ago and the one that we can see now only serves as a replica.

Sunken cemetery in the island of Camiguin

When Vulcan Daan erupted in 1870, the remains of their buried locals were driven underwater. However, a lonely marking, represented by a large cross stands visible up until this day to signify the presence of entombed lives underneath its waters below. Your visit to Camiguin Island will not be complete without experiencing the solemnity of the place as you memorialized its departed local buried underneath it.

Vigan

This is where you can find remains of the marks o Spanish colonization of the country. In fact, UNESCO incudes the place in their world heritage list in December 2, 1999. You can never resists viewing its preserved Spanish monumental building which was erected in the 18th century. And this structure stands up to this day.

Malacanang Palace in Manila

This is a home of Philippine presidents since 1750. It is designed using Spanish colonial style signifying the impact of Spanish colonization in the country. You can check out its entrance hall, reception hall, heroes hall, library, museum, grand staircase, Malacananang Park, garden and retreat house called “Bahay Pangarap”.

Rizal Shrine

Dr. Jose Rizal is the country’s national hero. He has fought the battle against the country’s Spanish colonizers. Rizal Shrine showcases all the works that he has done which includes books, memorabilia and various collections. This is where he also wrote his last poem entitled; “Mi Ultimo Adios’ (My Last Farewell). He has enclosed the poem in an oil lamp to conceal it from the guards. This is where he also spent his last night before he was finally executed to death in December 30, 1896.

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