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11 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit the Philippines

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Hello friends! My name is Kimberly and I'm The Venue Report's On-Boarding Specialist. I recently took a trip back to my homeland of the Philippines and I’m here to show you a couple of things to see and do while you’re there. After all, the Philippines has a total of 7,107 islands and one can only see so much. Stay tuned for what to do, where to go and most imporantly, what to eat! 

Pictured above is Palawan named as The Best Island in The World for 2017.
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Fly to Boracay Island

Boracay, Philippines
Words simply cannot describe how soft and fine this powdery white sand was! Boracay is known for this and it's crystal clear waters. Just a short plane trip from Metro Manila, it's definitely worth a visit for an unforgettable experience. Fun fact: This little piece of paradise has also made it onto "The Best Islands in the World” list numerous times.
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Sail in a Private 'Paraw' for the Day

Boracay, Philippines
An island trip is not complete without renting your own paraw (sailboat). Have the captain take you snorkeling or sneak away to less-crowded areas like Puka Beach. Soaking up the Philippine sun for 3 hours was probably my favorite part of the getaway. Insider Tip: Sail any time before sunset for cheaper fares and fewer people.
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Stay at the Luxurious Dedon Island Resort

Siargao, Philippines
Located in the surfing capital of the Philippines, Dedon Island Resort was named one of The 25 Coolest Hotels in The World. A standard of luxury and design, your days will be filled with adventurous activities like surfing, paddleboarding, snorkeling, and island hopping.
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Swim with Whale Sharks

Oslob, Cebu, Philippines
Bucket list alert: Swimming with whale sharks definitely needs to top your list! This Oslob, Cebu adventure brings you up close and personal with these gentle giants. Insider Tip: Go in November when there's cheaper domestic flights and fewer people.
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Convinced private island life is for you? Located on Pamalican Island, this sleek, modern and, most importantly, private resort is luxuriously adventurous so you can perfectly balance down time and on-the-go time. Insider tip: Stargazing is held at the poolside near the terrace every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 to 9:30.
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Catch the Philippine Sunset from the Ocean

Any Island, Philippines
The colorful, fiery skies of the Philippines are always Instagram ready and there’s no better way to watch the sun sink past the ocean than being in the middle of it all.
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Dine and Stay At Sonya's Garden

Tagaytay, Philippines
Enveloped by lush green foliage and vibrant flowers, Sonya’s Garden in Tagaytay is a must-see stop for both locals and tourists. Not only can you dine on freshly plucked local fruits and vegetables, but you can also book this venue for weddings and stay in their adorable bed and breakfast cottages. Insider Tip: Call ahead to reserve a table and don't forget to take a side trip to go see the postcard-perfect Taal Volcano while you're in the area.
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Visit Intramuros & Learn About Filipino History

Metro Manila, Philippines
It's time to dive into the fascinating history, culture and landmarks of the Philippines by way of Intramuros. This walled-city is filled with cobblestone streets, steepled churches and Spanish architecture. Insider Tip: If you want a fun, non-traditional guided tour, look up performance artist Carlos Celdran. His theatrical tours are both amusing and informative.

Dine At Hey Handsome

Bonifacio Global City, Philippines
If there's anything to know about Filipinos, it's that we LOVE to eat. There are endless options for restaurants, but Hey Handsome definitely tops my list. It won The Best New Homegrown Restaurant for 2016 and it totally lives up to its reputation. My taste buds were happily filled with Southeast Asian flavors. Their fried egg salad?? A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Insider Tip: They don't take lunch reservations but they do for dinner. Be sure to reserve a table as this spot is very popular!
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Sip on Libations at This Speakeasy

Bonifacio Global City, Philippines
A speakeasy tucked inside a 7-Eleven storage room? Who knew? Bank Bar is a chic and cozy space where art is projected on one of the walls and another illuminated area showcases their excellent liquor collection. Grab a few drinks here and you'll see why CNN named it as one of the world’s most intriguing speakeasiesInsider Tip: Go during “Happily Hour After” from 5-8pm. All you can drink cocktails for only $14!

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Party at Yes Please

Uptown Parade, Philippines
A club for people who are so done with clubbing? Yes please! This 90’s themed hot spot is an intimate cocktail bar that got its name from an 8-ball answer. Neon lights, street-art inspired murals, curated drinks, and a game of foosball? Sign me up!
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