Travel Around the Philippines From Anywhere You Are

About the Philippines

The Republic of the Philippines is a sovereign state in archipelagic Southeast Asia, with 7,641 islands spanning more than 300,000 square kilometers of territory. It is divided into three island groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The Philippines was named after Prince Philip (later King Philip II) of Spain by the Spanish explorer Ruy Lopez de Villalobos during his 1542-1546 expedition to the islands.

The Philippines is a unitary presidential constitutional republic, with the President of the Philippines acting as both the head of state and the head of government. It proclaimed its independence from the Spanish Empire on June 12, 1898, following the culmination of the Philippine Revolution. It is a founding member of both the United Nations (UN) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It has embassies and consulates in 62 countries around the world.

The country’s primary exports include electronics, semiconductors, transport equipment, construction materials, and minerals. As an open economy, the Philippines trades with other economies around the world. It considers Japan, the United States, China, South Korea, and Germany as its top export markets.
Jose Rizal Monument Park

The Philippines was host to a record high of 8.2 million foreign tourists in 2019, thanks to country’s tourism brand, “It’s More Fun In The Philippines.” Among its top tourist drawers are Boracay Island in Aklan, Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan, Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Mayon Volcano in Albay, Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte, and the Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, as well as the cities of Manila, Baguio, Vigan, Cebu, and Davao.

Places to Explore in the Philippines

National Capital Region

NCR
Explore the vibrant night life and marvel on the city skylines of Philippines’ capital-Metro Manila.

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Cordillera Administrative Region

CAR
Traverse the misty mountains, immerse with indigenous cultures, and witness world’s eighth wonder.

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Ilocos Region

Region 1
Travel back in time and discover culture and heritage while sidetripping the white sand beaches.

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Cagayan Valley

Region 2
Wander across bio-diversed plains and valleys bordered by mountains and engulf in caving adventures.

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Central Luzon

Region 3
Diversify adventure by experiencing natural wonders and beaches with a mix of historical tour.

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CALABARZON

Region 4A
Take homage to the region’s historical sites and enjoy world-famous majestic falls and lakes.

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MIMAROPA

Region 4B
Come across Philippines’ oldest traditions, colorful festivals, and richest natural attractions.

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Bicol Region

Region 5
Embark in trekking, shark watching, island hopping, and camping activities in this travel capital.

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Western Visayas

Get exposed to nature-based trip and discover pristine beaches, diving spots, and marine sports.

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Central Visayas

Region 7
Blend in to a city-island life and choose among its beaches, limestone karsts, and diving spots.

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Eastern Visayas

Region 8
Dive into the region’s natural attractions, unique rock formations, and island destinations.

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Zamboanga Peninsula

Region 9
Uncover this land of ethnic lore filled with vibrant culture and spectacular attractions.

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Northern Mindanao

Region 10
Crash into nature and adventure by land, water, or the sky while scanning rich flora and fauna.

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Davao Region

Region 11
Get dazzled with this land of picturesque landscapes and virgin forests home to rare wildlife.

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Soccsksargen

Region 12
Conquer vast mountain wilderness and explore many forests, caves, and wildlife reserves.

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CARAGA Region

Region 13
Enter into this ecological frontier that also boasts rich cultural heritage and many nature sports.

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Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

BARMM
The region possesses a vast array of natural landscapes and seascapes with different types of environs. Explore a proposed UNESCO tentative site and one of the 17 most ancient lakes in the world.

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Philippines Travel Advisory

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) is ensuring that tourism stakeholders implement the safety protocols and series of precautionary measures set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH), and is promoting habits that the public can adapt to contain the spread of the COVID-19. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has given the Department of Tourism (DOT) a SafeTravels Stamp in recognition of its adoption of “health and hygiene global standardized protocols” that will ensure safe travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. SafeTravels is the stamp of approval given by the international organization to certify compliance with its global health standards to allow for safe travels.

For more information on COVID-19 situation in the Philippines, you may click here. For any concern, inquiry, or clarification, travelers may message the DOT Official Facebook page or call the DOT hotline at 1-386. Currently, there are travel protocols and other health measures in place in key areas and locations to reduce the risk of imported cases and community transmission.