VISAYAS

 

ABOUT VISAYAS

Visayas is divided into three regions.

VISAYAS’ ADMINISTRATIVE REGIONS


REGION VI Western Visayas

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Western Visayas is also one of the most visited regions in the Philippines owed mainly to the world-famous Boracay Island. But the region is more than just the home of Boracay, it also features numerous natural wonders and progressive cities. Due to the large volume of tourists visiting the region, Western Visayas is served by three international airports and four domestic airports. There are also sea vessels that carry tourists to the port of Iloilo City, the regional center.

Key Attractions:
  • Alubihod Beach
  • Boracay
  • Cabugao Island
  • Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City
  • Gigantes Islands
  • Kanlaon
  • Ledesma Ruins, Talisay
  • Malumpati Cold Spring
  • Mararison Island
  • Maribert Inland Resort
  • Masskara Festival in Bacolod
  • Luho
  • Puka Shell Beach
  • The Ruins
PROVINCES
  • Aklan- Organized in 1213 by settlers from Borneo, Aklan is the oldest province in the Philippines being hailed as “The Philippines’ Oldest Province“. It became an independent province when President Magsaysay signed into law on April 25, 1956, Republic Act 1414 separating Aklan from Capiz. The Province of Aklan has turned out to be famous for the clean and tidy loveliness that nature has imparted to it and its people, a remarkable place in the Philippines that has made a clear-cut mark in the world map when it comes to attract tourists. Every municipality boasts of their different attractions, festivals and even delicacies and products exclusive only to their town. Aklan rewards the traveler some of the most innumerable and world-class experiences that the Philippines can offer. Nature’s gifts of scenic attractions are found in Aklan. Boracay Island, the province’s top tourist destination, is known all over the world for its fine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.  Discover exciting caves, pouring waterfalls and natural pools. Dive the seven-basin waterfalls in Jawili. Thrust into the natural cold spring of Nabas. Overcome the five caves of Buruanga town, the biggest of which is Ignito Cave, known for its cathedral-like chambers. Immerse in the province’s man-made attractions. Heed the call of the Ati-atihan festival which is held every third weekend of January, and join the rythmic dancing of participants who darken their bodies with soot and don colorful tribal finery.  Pleasant stay is guaranteed in Kalibo’s pensions, inns and lodging establishments. Meals are served in these places or nearby restaurants. Boracay has an array of accommodation facilities that range from luxury class to budget ones. Enjoy discos, bars and video KTVs. Savor International and local cuisine in the island’s numerous restaurants.
  • Antique- The province abounds with natural and historical attractions. It is more than blessed with its beautiful caves, falls, beaches, and churches. Coming from an island once masked in mystery, the province of Antique is truly an inquisitive place to visit. The province of Antique in the western part of the island. Bearing the tagline “Where the Mountains meet the Sea”, the province of Antique is a brilliant place to visit if you are in both seawater and land terrains. If the tagline is not already ostensive in what it means, it actually meant the short distances between the province’s coastal waters and rising mountains as both terrains parallel each other across a lengthened piece of land. In fact, as people have probably guessed it, this province’s selling points are its majestic mountains and amazing white sand beaches. This mystery is further embellished by the idea that the volcano is surrounded by lakes and waterfalls which makes the trip on it all the more worthwhile experience. But if you are in the more adventurous side, the province is also a dwelling spot to interesting islands which will want to make you go offshore to venture to.
  • Capiz- Life in Capiz is simple and peaceful. It is an ideal refuge for those who wish to escape the fast-paced life in modern cities. It owes much of its charms to a mixture of its rich history and natural beauty untrammeled by modernity and this is the reason Capiz is truly amazing. If you’re fond of eating seafood, Capiz is most recommended to you, as the Province of Capiz is known as the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines”. Apart from that, explore and experience the rolling hills, mountain peaks and ranges. Enjoy daytime tours at the province’s wide beaches and isolated coves. Have a fill of a variety of seafood available all year round. Visit local gardens, historical sites, old Spanish churches, Southeast Experience local festivals like Balintawakan and Sinadya sa Halaran. Various caves are waiting to be explored. Today, Capiz is a thriving city sprinkled with remnants of its glorious prime and makes for a perfect break out from the crowd-magnet Boracay. Capiz is home to the eponymous Capiz shells (Placuna placenta) locally known as pi-os.  That is why it is not surprising to see an abundance of locally-crafted Capiz shell products for sale here. This largely unexplored province in Western Visayas is oozing with immaculate beaches, majestic caves and mouth-watering seafood!
  • Guimaras- Pamper yourselves in the abundance of fresh and pure country air. Delight yourselves in the ambiance of rural life in the “Mango Capital of the Philippines” whose identity festival, Manggahan sa Guimaras, commemorates every May 22.  Mango plantations bearing their golden fruits are scattered in the island. Aside from mangoes, kalamansi and cashew nuts are also abundant. Truth be told, Guimaras is considered one of the exotic islands in the Philippines. Tourism, food processing, agriculture, handicraft, and fishing are the major industries here. It has an attractive and magnificent white sand beaches and island coves. It has the best diving site with its superb coral reefs and marine life, which are very eye-catching. The island is also famous for handicrafts like woven “buri” bags, mats, hats, and baskets. It is also renowned for its lime industry, mining industry, fruit processing industry, and coconut industry. Moreover, the seas of Guimaras teem with fresh fishes, shellfishes, and lobsters. Guimaras also produces a range of fresh vegetables and fruits, orchids, and root crop. Having many Islets surrounding the main island, it is no wonder why Guimaras has so many beautiful white sand beaches which captivates the hearts of many of its guests.
  • Iloilo- Modernly known as the “City of Love”,Iloilo City is one of the highly urbanized cities to visit in the Philippines. Iloilo is also often called as the “Heart of the Philippines”. This is especially true in its comprehensive compilation of tourist spots and attractions. Iloilo’s rich heritage is showcased in its treasured historical buildings, cultural traditions, delicious cuisine, captivating natural landscapes, and in many exciting festivals celebrated throughout the province. Fearless travelers who come to visit often discover that all the best reasons, why travelers love to visit the Philippines, can be experienced in Iloilo because it is a tourist hub where the best restaurants, museums, hotels, shopping districts, and nightlife in the province awaits. It is most known for the annual Dinagyang Festival, exquisite heritage sites, deliciously fresh seafood, and signature Ilonggo dishes. The city is also home of countless Spanish-colonial churches, grand vintage houses, and old commercial and institutional buildings dating back to its heyday as the “Queen City of the South”. Because of many things to do in Iloilo, tourists can guarantee that travel will be jam-packed with great experiences. It is perfect for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and just relax. You can even roll your window down and get a whiff of clean, fresh air that your lungs can thank you for, as you enjoy a scenic view of the city as well.
  • Negros Occidental- Discover and experience a happy blending of rustic and cosmopolitan lifestyle in Negros Occidental, the “Sugar Capital of the Philippines“ because it generates more than half of the country’s sugar production as well as exporting it to other countries. Ever since the main source of economy of Negros Occidental is the sugar industry. But it offers not just sugar for your sweet tooth but also tourist spots perfect for your summer escapade. Negros Occidental, of course, has a wide range of beautiful parks, exotic resorts, scenic spots, mountains, caves and other natural wonders that offer potentials for private investment in tourism projects and related support services. Celebrate nature’s blessings– waterfalls, mountains, rivers, springs, caves, and valleys. Go hiking and camping, fishing and angling, scuba diving and snorkeling, mountain biking and sky diving with guidance from reliable locals. Other industries/economy that Negros Occidental has are the fish industry, cottage industry, copper mines, oil factories, bottling plants, power generation, prawn culture, steel fabrication, aqua-culture ventures, agri-business, handicrafts, and BPO industries. The province earns an average of 3.332 billion PHP by 2014, and this is why it became the highest earning province in the whole country at the said year.
HIGHLY-URBANIZED CITY
  • Bacolod City- All Filipinos would know that Bacolod is the titleholder for the “City of Smiles”- The MassKara Festival is what defines Bacolod every October. But there’s so much more to the “City of Smiles” than just the colorful festival. There are ton of things to do and places to visit for the rest of the year. Looking into the most precious cities and islands, tourists may come across a place which is in Bacolod City. Though it may not be the most popular destination in the Philippines, it still ranks one of the most visited cities in the country because there are many things to do in Bacolod City. Tourists believe that this city has one of a kind and very welcoming people. It is admittedly a fact that the most delicious chicken inasal is originated in Bacolod. Regardless of the reasons of different people on why to visit Bacolod to see and discover splendid attractions are definitely worth exploring. People will tell you what´s the best time to visit Bacolod City, hotels in Bacolod City to stay and what to eat in Bacolod City. Of course, Bacolod booms its tourist destinations with its breathtaking sights along with variety of beautiful landscapes.


REGION VII Central Visayas

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Central Visayas has three main islands– Cebu, Bohol and the western half of Negros (Negros Oriental), and there’s the small island of Siquijor. The regional center is Cebu City. Central Visayas is known as the seat of the “Catholic Faith in the Philippines” and is also the site of the first documented battle against the conquistadors. Explorer Ferdinand Magellan met his failure near the waters of Mactan, Cebu. The region is accessed through the Mactan-Cebu International Airport and several other domestic airports in the neighboring cities and towns. There are also sea vessels that ply the waters between the islands within Visayas. When visiting the region, don’t forget to taste Cebu Lechon (roast suckling pig) and Bohol’s calamay and peanut kisses.

Key Attractions:
PROVINCES
  • Bohol- It is definitely one of Philippines’s most iconic travel destinations and home to an amazing array of sights, activities and events. Bohol, the 10th largest island in the Philippine Archipelago, is unquestionably the perfect place to spend vacation and holidays which was recognized as the Splendor Underwater and Over Hills“. Bohol boasts over 20 (and counting) must-see tourist spots that have been visited by diverse people from all over the world. Each year, the number of tourists increases because more and more individuals start to discover the lush and tropical sanctuaries, pristine white sandy beaches, amazing man-made marvels, rich cultural history, adventure-filled treks and the variety of cuisine and favorite Boholano delicacies that this beautiful island in the Visayas has to offer. Even first time visitors to Bohol will quickly be fascinated by how fun and captivating Bohol really can be. Bohol is filled with countless historical exhibits, unique architecture and magnificent landmarks. If you’re seeking the perfect paradise packed with fun and adventure, then you should waste no time and head on to Bohol, the Land of the Chocolate Hills. Bohol continues to be one of the pioneering islands of the Philippines that promote excellent tourism to travelers and visitors. Presently, more and more tourist spots have been discovered and developed, and more resorts, hostels and hotels are being established and perfected to best pamper vacationers with world-class service.
  • Cebu- It is the traveler’s dream of a tropical island come true– pristine beaches, pleasant weather, and luxurious resorts with all the frills of modern living. The island-province of Cebu is where the sweetest mangoes can be found and where Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan planted the Cross of Christianity in the name of Spain in 1521. It is the most densely populated island in the Philippines and is second only to Luzon in its strategic and economic importance to the country. This is one of the most prosperous regions in the country – the 2016 growth rate was 8.8%, considerably higher than the national average. Tourism numbers are booming, Cebu draws almost two million foreign travelers a year. Metropolitan Cebu, the country’s 2nd biggest metropolis, is the political, economic, educational, and cultural center of the Visayas. Hotels, shopping malls, entertainment halls, casinos, and golf fairways are present in the metro to cater to every tourist’s whim. Often called as the “Queen City of the South”and the “Seat of Christianity in the Philippines”, Cebu is the country’s oldest city. Cebu is the hub around which the Visayas revolve. The island’s prime attractions are its white-sand beaches and spectacular diving, chiefly off the northern tip of Cebu at Malapascua and down on the southwest coast at Moalboal.
  • Negros Oriental- This is probably the nature-adventure destination and the “Philippine’s Best-kept Secret”. Wide range arrays of natural attractions from reefs to ridges can be seen here, from world-class marine reserves, white sandbar, wonderful caves, and superb lakes and waterfalls among others. Discover nature at its freshest and most captivating in the province that promises the charming revelation of a fascinating highland adventure, abundant countryside, magnificent lakes, scenic beaches, breathtaking caves, world-class marine reserves, alluring dive sites, and even playful dolphins and whales. The most famous tourist adventures in Negros Oriental are diving/ dolphin and whale watching, being known as the Whale and Dolphin Haven“, hiking, and cave exploration. Tourism is another choice of livelihood for locals of the province considering that there were plenty of incredible beaches and resorts situated on the island. With its vast fertile land resources, Negros Oriental’s other major industry is agriculture. The heavens have blessed this province with more than its fair share of nature’s bounty, with a bonus to boot – the warmth and the inherent charm of the Oriental Negrense.
  • Siquijor- Locally known as “Esla Del Fuego”, or the “Island of Fire”, not because of a raging volcano, but because of its supernatural fireflies. Famous for its scenic beauty and ancient churches, Siquijor is also blessed with natural and historical attractions being nationally dubbed as the “Marine Paradise of Central Visayas“. Its unblemished environment and the warm hospitality of its people never fail to summon visitors from all over. The tranquility of the whole province makes it supreme for a perfect getaway.  It lures nature lovers and adventurers to explore its numerous caves, springs and rivers, and to climb up Mount Bandilaan, the highest peak at the center of the island. Being a coral island, it also invites diving enthusiasts to explore the reefs surrounding the island, teeming with marine life which has been remarkably left untouched. For tourists who just want to lay back and relax, the island offers a never-ending stretch of white sand beaches, all 102 kilometers of shorelines surrounding the island. With such varied tourist attractions, Siquijor looms as the playground of the Central Visayas region.
HIGHLY-URBANIZED CITY
  • Lapu-Lapu City– Lapu-Lapu City is a first class, highly-urbanized city in the province of Cebu in the Philippines. The city occupies most of Mactan Island, a few kilometers off the main island of Cebu and also covers the area of Olango Island further to the southeast region, plus a few other islands. It is part of the Cebu Metropolitan Area located in Cebu City.  Lapu-Lapu City was the most visited tourist destination in the region in 2017, according to the Department of Tourism in Central Visayas. As the main economic driver of the city, it is the Government’s duty to find pro-active solutions to protect investor interest in the tourism sector and its downstream industries that will eventually affect the city’s constituency.  Tourism is a platform of governance of Mayor Paz Radaza. It hopes to instill a culture of tourism for the entire city and emulate the tourism industry’s culture of service for the entire city. It is the envisioned to see the transformation of the entire City of Lapu-Lapu into a tourism oriented city. This vision aims to carve a name for Lapu-Lapu in the domestic and international tourism market, making it a distinct tourist destination that will benefit the tourism stakeholders of the city.
  • Mandaue City- Most recognized as the “Industrial Hub of Region VII” which is situated in the middle eastern coastal of Cebu. There are a number of exciting things to do in Mandaue City. It is a central point of manufacturing in Philippines, and a vital transport link connecting the islands of Cebu and Mactan, tourism, transport and commercial nerve centers. It is known to be the “Bridge City” because one can’t enter Cebu City without passing through Mandaue. From historical sites to cultural attractions, explore the comprehensive list of all other local attractions in Mandaue City. Discover new places to see and unique things to do here. As such, the City is known for its bustling and its entrepreneurial citizens who know what it takes to bring business from grassroots to global. It is the springboard for many Filipino industries that have dominated the world market. Mandaue is home to over 50% of the Philippines’ furniture export companies whose designs have captured the imagination of people worldwide by bringing natural material to the forefront and applying different design aesthetic to create truly distinguishing pieces. As an economic driver, it is home to almost 20,000 industrial and commercial businesses.


REGION VIII Eastern Visayas

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Key Attractions:
PROVINCES
  • Biliran
  • Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
  • Eastern Samar
  • Northern Samar
  • Samar

 

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