Traditional games in the philippines

Traditional games in the Philippines

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Traditional Filipino Games or traditional games in the Philippines [1][2] are games commonly played by children, usually using native materials or instruments. In the Philippines, due to limited resources of toys of Filipino children, they usually come up on inventing games without the need of anything but the players themselves. With the flexibility of a real human to think and act makes the game more interesting and challenging.

A few decades ago, kids used to gather in the streets or in their neighborhood playground to play their favorite Larong Pinoy games like piko, patintero, taguan, tumbang preso, siato, luksong tinik, etc. These has been their regular and popular pastimes, as well as the favorite games of their parents and grandparents until new and modern forms of entertainment has taken over the interests of young kids.

Dickie Aguado, Executive Director of Magna Kultura Foundation (a Philippine NGO for Arts and Culture), confirms that the Traditional Filipino Games are very much alive in the Philippines. It is not true that the Filipino Street Games are no longer played, as some would say that it has vanished in Philippine society in the age of computers and high-tech gadgets. In many urban and rural areas, a great majority of Filipino children still play outdoor street games as most of them are still unable to own expensive high-tech gadgets. Games like Patintero, Tumbang Preso, Piko, Sipa, Turumpo, and many others, are very much alive and played daily in the neighborhood. One of the main reason why some children stop playing the Filipino games is because Western sports activities (i.e., basketball or volleyball) are more prominently organized in local Barangays and in schools. With lack of organized sports activities for Filipino street games, children would just move on leaving the games of their childhood in the streets.

There are over forty (40) known Filipino games, and many of these are as challenging and competitive as Western games. To cite a few, Filipino Traditional Games include the following:

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[edit]Patintero

Patintero or haring diego – try to cross my line without letting me touch or catch you. A Filipino variation of “tag”. There are five members 5 in each group. Each member of the group who is itstands on the water lines. The perpendicular line in the middle allows the it designated on that line to intersect the lines occupied by the it that the parallel line intersects, thus increasing the chances of the runners to be trapped.even only one(1) member of a group is tagged the whole group will be the “it”.

[edit]Tumbang Preso

Tumbang preso or presohan (tumba-patis in most Visayan regions) is a popular Filipino street game and is commonly seen in most Filipino movies and TV series.

Like other Filipino traditional games, members take the following rules: one as the “taya”, someone who takes the rule of a-player-at-stake and holds the responsibility of the Lata (tin can), and; the two others as the players striking. The game is performed by having the players a “pamato” (which is ones own slipper) used for striking the tin that is held beside the taya.

As to how the game cycles, the taya, is obliged to catch another player to take over his position of running after the tin that keeps from throwing away by the strikes of the players. Nevertheless, the taya is only privileged to do so only if the player is holding on his way a pamato and when the tin is on its upright position. Hence, running after another player is keeping an eye to the tin can’s position. As for the players, they have their whole time striking the tin can and running away from the taya keeping themselves safe with their pamato since making the tin fell down helps another player from recovering. Instance like having everyone had their turns over is one big climax of the game that leads them to panic since case is that taya has all his rights to capture whether the player have a hold of their pamato or not.

However, mechanics also give each side privileges. With the roadway or streets as the area being performed, the taya take its place on one side held its tin centered on the ground while on the other end is bound by a line that limits the player when throwing. Breaking rules to the players give way for the taya to have his overturn, like: stepping on or outside the boundary line when throwing; kicking the tin; striking the tin without having oneself reaching the line; or even touching it.

In other versions, especially those in Visayan regions and Southern Luzon, is of complexity for the part of the taya. The latter has to make the tin can stand upright together with its own “pamato” on the top of it which also adds up to the mechanics of the game. The tendency is that even when the taya has already made everything stood up but when the slipper will fall from the tin, he is not allowed catching anybody unless he hurriedly put it back to its position.

[edit]Luksong-Baka

Luksong-Baka (lit. jump over the cow) is a popular variation of Luksong Tinik. One player crouches while the other players jump over him/her. The crouching player gradually stands up as the game progresses, making it harder for the other players to jump over him/her.Then he will be the taya if he dangled it the baka. It will repeat again and again until the players declare the player or until the players decide to stop the game.it is the Filipino version of leap frog

[edit]Luksong-Tinik

Luksong-tinik (lit. jump over the thorns) two players serve as the base of the tinik (thorn) by putting their right or left feet together (soles touching gradually building the tinik). A starting point is set by all the players, giving enough runway for the players to achieve a higher jump, so as not to hit the tinik. Players of the other team start jumping over the tinik, followed by the other team members.

[edit]Piko

Piko is the Philippine variation of the game hopscotch. The players stand behind the edge of a box, and each should throw their cue ball. The first to play is determined depending on the players’ agreement (e.g. nearest to the moon, wings or chest). Whoever succeeds in throwing the cue ball nearest to the place that they have agreed upon will play first. The next nearest is second, and so on.

[edit]Agawan Base

There are two teams with two bases. How many players on each team depends on the players. There are two bases which each team claims as their own. The goal is to tag the other team’s base without getting tagged. If you’re tagged, you’re transferred to the other team and must be rescued. There are several variations in which the rules are changed, in some, you can connect other items on the base so you can easily touch the base.

There are usually set points, such as first team to tag the other team 5 times wins. You can tag other people who has touched their base before you and are on the opposite team. If they’ve touched their base after you’ve touched your base, they can tag you, and you can’t tag them.

[edit]Patay patayan

Also referred to as Killer Eye. There should be at least 4 players. Cut pieces of paper according to how many players are playing. There should be 1 judge, at least 1 killer, at least 1 police, and others are normal people. The objective of the game is for the police to find and catch the killers by saying “I caught you” and say the name of the killer before the killer kindats (winks at) the judge. The killer gets to kill people by winking at the person he wants to kill. If he kills a normal person, the person says “I’m dead!” If he kills the judge without being caught, The judge says “I’m dead, but I’m the judge” and repeat again.

[edit]Sekqu Base

Sekqu Base It is another version of Agawan Base but no score limits. If a team scores five, the game is still going on. The players can hide in other things near the enemy base and ambush them.

[edit]Agawang sulok

Agawang sulok (lit. catch and own a corner) the it or tagger stands in the middle of the ground. The players in the corners will try to exchange places by running from one base to another. The itshould try to secure a corner or base by rushing to any of those when it is vacant. This is called “agawan base” in some variants, and “bilaran” in others.

[edit]Araw-Lilim

Araw-lilim – sun and shade – The it or tagger tries to tag or touch any of the players who is in direct contact with the light.

[edit]Bahay-Bahayan

A role-playing game where children act as members of an imaginary family, sometimes to the extent that one of them becomes the family “pet.” They then act out various household situations such as dinner, going to mass, and the like. there should be 4 to 5 players of it.

[edit]Hand clapping games

A hand-clapping game generally involving 4 people. They are split into two pairs, a pair having 2 people facing each other, and all members from both pairs facing the center (the two pairs being perpendicular to each other). Each pair then does a hand clapping “routine” while singing the “bahay kubo” or “Leron-leron Sinta” At the middle of the song, each pair exchanges “routines” with the other.

These are the lyrics:

Bahay Kubo

Bahay Kubo, kahit munti Ang halaman doon ay sari-sari, Singkamas at talong Sigarilyas at Mani, Sitaw, bataw, patani, Kundol, patola, upo’t kalabasa As saka meron pa labanos, mustasa, Sibuyas, kamatis, lalalalala bawang at luya Sa paligid-ligid ay puro linga.

Leron-leron Sinta

Leron-leron sinta Buko ng papaya. Dala dala’y buslo, Sisidlan ng bunga, Pagdating sa dulo, Nabali ang sanga. Kapos kapalaran, Humanap ng iba.

Not included (Gumising ka, Neneng, Tayo’y manampalok, Dalhin mo ang buslong Sisidlan ng hinog. Pagdating sa dulo’y Lalamba-lambayog, Kumapit ka, neneng, Baka ka mahulog.

Leron, leron sinta Buko ng papaya, Dala-dala’y buslo, Sisidlan ng sinta, Pagdating sa dulo’y Nabali ang sanga Kapos kapalaran,

Ang ibigin ko’y Lalaking matapang, Ang baril nya’y pito, Ang sundang nya’y siyam Ang sundang nya’y siyam Ang lalakarin nya’y Parte ng dinulang Isang pinggang pansit Ang kanyang kalaban.

Leron, leron sinta Buko ng papaya, Dala-dala’y buslo, Sisidlan ng sinta, Pagdating sa dulo’y Nabali ang sanga Kapos kapalaran, Humanap ng iba)

There is also a variation on the Hand-clapping game in which there is an incorporated action according to the lyrics. Example of which is the “Si Anna.” This game tells a story of a girl, starting when she was born. And the game progresses with the life story of Anna, (i.e. when she grew up, became a lady, get married, got children, get old, died, and finally became a ghost). After she died, one player would act like a ghost and catches the other players.

This is the lyrics:

Si Anna ay bata pa, kaya ang sabi nya ay um um um ah ah (players should act a baby action) Si Anna ay dalaga na, kaya ang sabi nya ay um um um ah ah (players should act a lady action) … Si Anna ay namatay na, kaya ang sabi nya ay um um um ah ah (players should act a dead action) Si Anna ay mumu na, kaya ang sabi nya ay um um um ah ah (players should act a ghost action)

[edit]Bati-Cobra

This is a hitting and catching game. This game is played outdoors only by two or more players.

To play this game, 2 pieces of bamboo sticks (1 long, 1 short) are required. A player acts as a batter and stands opposite the others players at a distance. The batter holds the long bamboo stick with one hand and tosses the short one with the other hand. The batter then strikes the shorter stick with the longer stick. The other players will attempt to catch the flying shorter stick. Whoever catches the stick gets the turn to be the next batter. If nobody catches the stick, any player can pick it up. The batter then puts down the longer stick on the ground. The holder of the shorter stick will throw it with the attempt to hit the longer stick on the ground. If the longer stick is hit, the hitter becomes the next Batter. If the player with the shorter stick misses to hit the longer one, the same batter will continue.

[edit]Bulong-Pari

Bulong-Pari – whisper it to the priest – It is composed of two teams and an it. The leader of team A goes to the priest and whispers one of the names of the players of team B. Then he returns to his place and the priest calls out, “Lapit!” (“Approach!”). One of the players of team B should approach the priest, and if it happens to be the one whom the leader of team A mentioned, the priest will say, “Boom” or “Bung!” The player then falls out of line and stays somewhere near the priest as a prisoner.

[edit]Calahoyo (“Hole-in”)

This is an outdoor game by two to ten players. Accurate targeting is the skill developed in this game because the objective of each player is to hit the anak (small stones or objects) with the use of the pamato (big, flat stone), trying to send it to the hole.

A small hole is dug in the ground, and a throwing line is drawn opposite the hole (approx 5 to 6 metres (16 to 20 ft) away from the hole). A longer line is drawn between the hole and the throweing line. Each player has a pamato and an anak. All the anak are placed on the throwing line, and players try to throw their pamato into the hole from the throwing line. The Player whose pamato is in the hole or nearest the hole will have the chance for the first throw. Using the pamato, the first thrower tries to hit the anak, attempting to send it to the hole. Players take turns in hitting their anak until one of them gets into the hole, with the players taking turns a complete round and so on. The game goes on until only one anak is left outside the hole. All players who get their anak inside the hole are declared winners, while the one with the anak left outside the hole is the alila (loser) or muchacho. Alila or Muchacho will be ‘punished’ by all the winner/s as follows:

  • Winners stand at the throwing line with their anak beyond line A-B (longer line between hole and throwing line). The winners hit their anak with their pamato. The muchacho picks up the pamato and returns it to the owner. The winners repeat throwing as the muchacho keeps on picking up and returning the pamato as punishment. Winners who fail to hit their respective anak will stop throwing. The objective is to tire the loser as punishment. When all are through, the game starts again.

[edit]Chinese Garter

Two people hold both ends of a stretched garter horizontally while the others attempt to cross over it. The goal is to cross without having tripped on the garter. With each round, the garter’s height is made higher than the previous round (the game starts with the garter at ankle-level, followed by knee-level, until the garter is positioned above the head). The higher rounds demand dexterity, and the players generally leap with their feet first in the air, so their feet cross over the garter, and they end up landing on the other side. Also, with the higher levels, doing cartwheels to “cross” the garter is allowed.

[edit]Declan Ruki

Declan Ruki – I declare, do it! – Participants are told to do something by the winner of the previous games. It is similar to the game Simon Says.

[edit]Holen

You should hold the ball called holen in your hand then throw it to hit the players ball out of the playing area. Holen is called marble in USA. It is played a more precise way by tucking the marble with your 3rd finger, the thumb under the marble, the fourth finger used as to stable the marble. You aim at grouped marbles inside a circle and flick the marble from your fingers and anything you hit out of the circle is yours. Who ever got the most marbles win the game. You can also win the game by eliminating your opponent by aiming and hitting his marble. You have to be sharp shooter to be a winner.

[edit]Iring-Iring

Iring-Iring – go round and round until the hanky drops – After the it is determined, he or she goes around the circle and drops the handkerchief behind a person. When the person notices the handkerchief is behind his/ her back, he or she has to pick up the handkerchief and go after the it around the circle. The it has to reach the vacant spot left by the player before the it is tagged; otherwise, the it has to take the handkerchief and repeat the process all over again.

[edit]Jack ‘n’ Poy

This is the local version of Rock-paper-scissors. Though the spelling seems American in influence, the game is really Japanese in origin (janken) with the lyrics in the Japanese version sounding very similar to the “gibberish” sung in the Philippines.

The lyrics:

Jack and Poy, hale hale hoy, sinong matalo syang unggoy!

[edit]Juego de Anillo

A game notably Spanish in influence. The name literally translates to “game of rings.” It involves riding a horse while holding a dagger and “catching” rings hanging from a tree or some other structure using the dagger. But now, people usually play this game nowadays by riding a bicycle while holding a dagger.And the competitors need to continue their speed in riding their bicycle.

[edit]Juego de Prenda

Juego de prenda – game of looking for the missing bird – There is no limit to the number of players that can play. Players sit in a circle with the leader in the middle. Each player adopts a name of a tree or flower that is given by the leader. The leader recounts the story of a lost bird that was owned by a king. He or she says, The bird of the king was lost yesterday. Did you find it, Ylang-Ylang? The player who adopted the name of the Ylang-Ylang tree at once answers that he or she has not found it, so the leader continues to ask the other trees whether the bird has hidden in them. If a player cannot answer after the third count, he or she is made to deposit a thing he or she owns to the leader until the leader has been able to gather a lot of things from the members.The Boy is choosing a tree.The Girl is choosing a flower.The one participants will be a king

agawan base Kapitang bakod – touch the post, or you’re it! or hold on to the fence – When the it or tagger is chosen, the other players run from place to place and save themselves from being tagged by holding on to a fence, a post, or any object made of wood or bamboo.

[edit]Langit-Lupa

Langit-lupa (lit. heaven and earth) one it chases after players who are allowed to run on level ground (lupa) and clamber over objects (langit). The “It” may tag players who remain on the ground, but not those who are standing in the “langit” (heaven). The tagged player then becomes “It” and the game continues.

In choosing who the first “It” is usually a chant is sung, while pointing at the players one by one:

Langit Lupa impyerno, im im impyerno Sak-sak puso tulo ang dugo Patay, buhay, Umalis ka na sa pwesto mo!

when the song stops and a player is pointed at they are “out” and the last person left is the “It”

[edit]Lagundi

A game of Indian influence. Basically game of tag, except here, the divide into two teams,the “it” team members get to hold the ball, passing it between themselves, with the of the ball touching the head of the other (not “it”) team.

[edit]Lawin at Sisiw (“Hawk and Chicken”)

This game is played by 10 or more players. It can be played indoors or outdoors.

One player is chosen as the ‘hawk’ and another as the ‘hen’. The other players are the ‘chickens’. The chickens stand one behind the other, each holding the waist of the one in front. The hen stands in front of the file of chickens.

The hawk will ‘buy’ a chicken from the hen. The hawk will then take the chicken, asks him/her to hunt for food and goes to sleep. While the hawk is asleep, the chicken will return to the hen. The Hawk wakes up and tries to get back the chicken he bought while the hen and other chickens prevent the hawk from catching the chicken. If the hawk succeeds, the chicken is taken and punished. If the hawk fails to catch the chicken, the hawk will try to buy the chicken. The game actually came from Japan.There,it is known as Janken

history: this game is made of friends who stick together until they died. Lawin at Sisiw came from CYBERKADA who create this in 1995 until now, it is one of the most tradisyonal game in the philippines.

[edit]Palosebo

Palo-sebo – greased bamboo pole climbing – This game involves a greased bamboo pole that players attempt to climb. This games is usually played during town fiestas, particularly in the provinces. The objective of the participants is to be the first person to reach the prize—a small bag—located at the top of the bamboo pole. The small bag usually contains money or toys.

[edit]Pitik-Bulag

This game involves 2 players. One covers his eyes with a hand while the other flicks a finger (pitik) over the hand covering the eyes. The person with the covered eyes gives a number with his hand the same time the other does. If their numbers are the same, then they exchange roles in the game

[edit]Presohan

  • See “Tumbang Preso”

[edit]Sambunot

Sambunot is a Philippine game which may be played outdoors by ten or more players, but not to exceed twenty. The goal in the game is to get the coconut husk out of the circle.

A circle is drawn on the floor, big enough to accommodate the number of players. A coconut husk is placed at the center of the circle. The players position themselves inside the circle. At the signal ″GO,″ players will rush to the center to get the coconut husk. Players may steal the coconut husk from another player in an attempt to be the one to take the husk put of the circle. A player who is successful in getting out of the circle with the coconut husk wins, and the game starts again.[3]

[edit]Sawsaw-Suka

The name literally translates to “dip into vinegar.” The “it” has his palm open while the other players touch this with their index fingers, singing “sawsaw suka/ mahuli taya!” which translates to “dip into the vinegar/the last one (or the caught one) becomes “it”. And indeed, the “it” tries to catch any player’s finger at the end of the song.

[edit]Sipa

Sipa – game of Kick – The object being used to play the game is also called sipa. It is made of a washer with colorful threads, usually plastic straw, attached to it. The sipa is then thrown upwards for the player toss using his/her foot. The player must not allow the sipa to touch the ground by hitting it several times with his/her foot, and sometimes the part just above the knee. The player must count the number of times he/she was able to kick the sipa. The one with most number of kicks wins the game.

The game mechanics of Sipa is similar to the Western game called Hacky Sack. Sipa is also played professionally by Filipino athletes with a woven ball, called Sepak Takraw, with game rules borrowed from our Southeast Asian neighbor, Indonesia.

[edit]Taguan

Taguan – hide and seek in America. What is unique in Tagu-Taguan compared to its counterpart, hide and seek, is that this game is usually played at sunset or at night as a challenge for theit to locate those who are hiding under the caves in laguna cavite which is a popular site for pro taguan players

[edit]Takip-Silim

Takip-silim – twilight gamelook out, cover yourself! or take-cover game! – Participants usually step on couches, hide under tables, or wrap themselves in curtains – much to the dismay of neat-freak parents.

[edit]Ten-Twenty

A game involving 2 pairs, with one utilizing a stretched length of garter. One pair faces each other from a distance and has the garter stretched around them in such a way that a pair of parallel lengths of garter is between them. The members of the other pair, then begin doing a jumping “routine” over the garters while singing a song (“ten, twenty, thirty, and so on until one hundred). Each level begins with the garters at ankle-height and progresses to higher positions, with the players jumping nimbly on the garters while doing their routines.

[edit]Tinikling

A game variant of the tinikling dance, with the same goal – for the players to dance nimbly over the clapping bamboo “maw” without having their ankles caught.

[edit]Tsato

Tsato – stick gamebetter be good at it – Two players, one flat stick (usually 3′) and one short flat piece of wood (4″ usually a piece cut from the flat stick).

Player A hitter and Player B as the catcher. Played outside on the ground where you dig a small square hole (slanted) where you put the small wood so it sticks out.

Player A hits the wood with the stick so it catches air enough to be hit by the stick.

The further the wood gets hit the more points you get (usually counted by the number of stick length

Player B on the other hand has to anticipate and catch the small piece of wood to nullify the points and become his turn OR looks forward to Player A to miss hitting the wood.

[edit]Ubusan Lahi

Ubusan lahi – clannicide – One tries to conquer the members of a group (as in claiming the members of another’s clan). The tagged player from the main group automatically becomes an ally of the tagger. The more players, the better. The game will start with only one it and then try to find and tag other players. Once one player is tagged, he or she then will help the it to tag the other players until no other participant is left. Some people also know this as Bansai.

[edit]Teks

Teks or teks game cards – texted game cards – Filipino children collect these playing cards which contain comic strips and texts placed within speech balloons. They are played by tossing them to the air until the cards hit the ground. The cards are flipped upwards through the air using the thumb and the forefinger which creates a snapping sound as the nail of the thumb hits the surface of the card. The winner or gainer collect the other players’ card depending on how the cards are laid out upon hitting or landing on the ground.[4]

[edit]The Traditional Filipino Games As A Cultural Treasure

Magna Kultura Foundation enjoins fellow-Filipinos to teach and play the traditional Filipino games, as it fosters appreciation of national culture, especially among the new generation. Amidst the age of computer and video games, the re-introduction of the traditional Filipino games can be a good vehicle to promote active outdoor play and attachment in things that are Filipino.

Magna Kultura believes that once children learn to play the games it will: (a) Build wholesome camaraderie among the youth in the neighborhood; (b) Enliven communities with the fun of children playing, and more importantly, (c) Become an avenue for creating warm bonding among parents and elderly relative who are familiar with the games.

The Traditional Filipino Games are a cultural treasure passed on from generation to generation. Through play, children can experience the Filipino Spirit. Subtly, and in fun way, it instills Patriotism. Filipino games (Larong Pinoy) will make them proud to be part of the rich Filipino heritage. Larong Pinoy does all of that. After all, according to Magna Kultura, play is the best way of learning and in instilling the Filipino Spirit among the new generation of youth.

Dickie Aguado, Executive Director of Magna Kultura, strongly encourages every parent, teacher and citizens, to teach the Filipino youth Larong Pinoy as a tool to instill patriotism, because “tomorrow, these children will join society’s league, and they will play in the team called Filipino race“.

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Among all the tourist spots in the Philippines that I’ve been to,  Hundred Islands is one of my favorites. Located in Alaminos City, Pangasinan, the Hundred Islands are scattered along Lingayen Gulf and cover an area of 18.44 square  kilometers. This National park is made up of 124 islands at low tide and 123 islands at high tide. Among these Islands only 3 were developed for tourists and  these are the Governor’s Island, Quezon Island, and Children’s Island.

 

Quezon Island is the biggest among the 124 islands. It is one of the most-developed and is ideal for picnicks and campings. It has dining areas, nipa huts, tables & cottages. Tables can be rented at P200 and there are also a lot of kayaks for rent here for P150.00.

The Governor’s Island keeps a Guesthouse which is also popularly known as the pinoy big brother house. It has this magnificent 360 degrees view of the Hundred Islands.

The Children’s Island are for budget travellers as it consists only of small screened cottages with kerosene lighting, a drum of fresh water and linens.

How to get there:

For public vehicles from Manila it will be a 4 hour trip via Camiling thru SCTEX or a 5 hr ride through Tarlac.

Public bus lines such as Victory Liner, Five Star, and Philippine Rabbit have scheduled rides from Manila, Baguio, Dagupan, Subic, Tarlac, and Zambales bound straight to Alaminos City and vice versa.

From the terminal, you then go to the Lucap Wharf which is only 10 to 15-minute ride away either by private vehicle or tricycle. There are plenty of boats  bound for the islands docked near the Wharf. There is also a Tourism Kiosk with a Hundred Islands National Park Center staff eager to assist you with information and other things you’ll need for your island adventure.

March 18th, 2011 | Tags:  | Category: Luzon | Leave a comment

There are plenty of tourist spots in Manila that local and foreign travelers would love to see. Let me enumerate some of the must see tourist attractions in Manila that you shouldn’t miss if you are in the capital of the Philippines.

1. Rizal Park or Luneta

Rizal park is located at the northern end of Roxas Boulevard and overlooking Manila bay. Formerly called as Luneta it has been a site to some of the most significant moments in Philippine history. It was where national hero, Jose Rizal was executed, and so as fathers Gomez, Burgos, and Zamora. It is also where Philippine independence from the Americans was declared. Aside from the Rizal shrine famous attractions within the park are the chinese and japanese garden, Philippine National Library, the Orchidarium and Butterfly pavilion, a giant Philippine map, and a diorama of Rizal’s martyrdom.

2. Intramuros

Just beside Luneta is Intramuros or the Walled City. During the Spanish sovereignty threats of invasion from other nations prompted the construction of defenses consisting of high stone wall, bulwarks, and moats. The walls stretched to 4.5 kilometers in length, enclosing a pentagonal area of approximately 64 hectares. Within the walls are residences, churches, 6alaces,, schools, and government buildings. There are colorful horse-drawn calesas or carts reminiscent of the Spanish time that bring tourists around the restored walls and stop at each historic spot. The calesa drivers are also expert tourist guides.

 

3. Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago is a defense fortress that is part of Intramuros. It is where Jose Rizal was imprisoned before he was executed. Metallic footsteps can be seen today from the prison cell of Rizal in Fort Santiago to Luneta to mark where the hero was said to have walked during that fateful morning. Fort Santiago also features dungeons, cells, ruins, and a museum for Rizal, among many others.

 

 

4. Quiapo Church

Every year thousands of devotees flock to Quiapo church to see the Black Nazarene, a much venerated statue of Jesus Christ. It is fficially known as Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene. Located in plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila,  it is one of the most popular churches of the country.

 

 

 

5. Manila Zoo

With the right mix of education and entertainment purposes, Manila Zoo will appeal to both children and adults. Located at Adriatic St. Manila, the zoo has a land area of 5.5 hectares and has a current population of about 500 animals. Manila Zoo also houses several endemic and indigenous species of animals like the bearcat, long-talied macaques and crocodiles. It also has a kinder zoo where children can pet animals.

 

6. Manila Ocean Park

The Manila Ocean Park is an oceanarium located behind Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park. It is the largest aquarium facility in the Philippines. Inside you can find a variety of marine creatures such as sharks, rays, and other fishes that is found in the Philippine waters. The main attraction of the park is the 25 meter long walkway tunnel with 220 degree curve acrylic walls. It is such a great experience to walk by that tunnel and just seal all the fishes swimming around you.

 

Here is a list of the top most beautiful natural tourist spot attractions in the Philippines.

Most of the top tourist spot attractions in the Philippines are natural wonders. There is no doubt that the Philippines is blessed with such beautiful places that makes it one of Asia’s favorite vacation place.

1.  Puerto Princesa Subterranean River

Declared as one of the United Nation’s World Heritage sites, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park features a spectacular limestone karst landscape with an underground river. The river’s distinguishing features is that it emerges winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. Major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers are also a highlights in the river. The stalactites and stalagmites formation resembles amazing images shapes like “banana blossom”,”bell pepper”, “corn”, “mushroom”, and the “nativity”.The area also represents a significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. The site contains a full ‘mountain-to-sea’ ecosystem and has some of the most important forests in Asia.

2. Banaue Rice Terraces

Considered to be the 8th wonder of the world, the Banaue Rice Terraces are 2,000-3,000 year old terraces that were carved from the hillside by the tribes people of Ifugao. The tribes people did this with their bare hands to level the steps where they plant their rice, which is what makes this wonder so attractive, aside from the fact that the rice terraces are still used today. The rice terraces are like stepping stones stretching towards the sky, where some of them reach almost 5,000 feet in altitude and cover about 4,000 square miles of land.

This is considered to be one of the greatest engineering feats of mankind, because if each one were connected end to end, then they would reach halfway across the globe or be 10 times as long as the Great Wall of China. On 1995 the Banaue Rice Terraces were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

3. Chocolate Hills

Spread over the municipalities of Carmen, Sagbayan and Batuan, the Chocolate Hills is Bohol’s signature attraction. It consists of approximately 1,268 cone shaped hills with heights ranging from 40 to 120 meters. Formed centuries ago by tidal movements, the hills are considered as a National Geologic Movement. During the dry season, the grass covering the hills dry up and the brown earth is exposed, transforming the area into seemingly endless rows of chocolate Hershey’s “kisses”

4. Taal Volcano

Reputed to be the world’s smallest active volcano, it is a volcanic island at the middle of a lake in the Southern Tagalog province of Batangas. Inside the volcano is the Crater Lake, and inside this lake is yet another volcanic island called Vulcan Point. A magnificent view of Taal Lake and volcano can be seen from the nearby Tagaytay highlands. Visitors need a boat ride from the shores of the big lake to get to the volcano, and horses are available for rent to explore the island.

5. Hundred Islands

The Hundred Islands are a group of 124 islands scattered along Lingayen Gulf covering an area of 4,557 acres in the northern Philippine province of Pangasinan. They are believed to be about two million years old. Only three of them have been developed for tourists: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children’s Island. The islands are actually ancient corals that extend well inland, in an area previously comprising the seabed of an ancient sea

6. Tubbataha Reef

 

Measuring 99,600 hectares in size, the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park is made up of 2 atolls rising in the middle of the Sulu Sea. A Study by Conservation International has confirmed what Scientists long theorized, that it is the nursery for fish and coral larvae that populates the Sulu-Sulawesi Triangle – an area that not only covers the most important and productive fishing grounds of the Philippines but extends as far south as Malaysia and Indonesia. So important is this submerged structure in the balance of the underwater eco- system that UNESCO declared it a world heritage site as far back as 1993.

7. Pagsanjan Falls

Considered as the Philippines most popular waterfalls, it is situated in the rugged highlands of Cavinti in the Tagalog province of Laguna. The base of the Pansanjan falls is a natural pool, allowing great swimming and diving. There are some caves to explore around the area which are known for their acoustics. Behind the waterfalls there is also a small cave which you can enter. To reach the waterfalls, visitors ride upstream on bancas (local canoes) handled by skillful boatmen. Many smaller waterfalls are visible on the way to the main falls especially during the rainy weather. The ride downhill is a swift one where visitors get to shoot 14 roaring rapids in less than an hour.

8. Mayon Volcano

Famous for its almost perfect conical shape, Mayon Volcano is one of philippine’s top tourist destination. Even with the fact that it is the most active volcano in the country does not stop tourist from taking a glimpse on this majestic volcano. Towering 2,462 meters above sea level with a jagged crater, the Mayon Volcano have unleashed its power and fury in almost 50 recorded eruptions since 1616. Its volcanic activity is regularly monitored by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology at their provincial headquarters.

March 14th, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Magellan’s Cross is the most famous tourist spot in Cebu City because of it’s great historical significance. The Magellan’s Cross is housed in a chapel next to Basilica  Minore del Sto. Niño in Magallanes St, and in front of  the City Hall of Cebu.  It is  considered to be the most important landmark of  Cebu and in fact it ‘s image can be found in the official seal of Cebu City.

The original wooden cross was erected by the Portuguese and Spanish explorers, as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 at this location where Cebu’s Rajah Humabon, his wife Juana and their followers were baptized and the first catholic mass in Cebu and in the Philippines was celebrated. This site was then improved in 1735 by Reverend Juan Albarran and 1834 by Ret. Reverend Santos Gomez-Marañon, Bishop of Cebu.

A sign below Magellan’s Cross says that the original cross is cased inside the Tindalo wooden cross which is found in the center of the chapel to protect the original cross from people who gradually remove parts of the cross as souvenir or in belief that the cross possesses providential power.

 

How to get there:

Getting to Magellan’s Cross is very easy. It can be reached  by availing a taxi, you can be assured that all drivers know how to get there. You can also ride a jeepney with a City Hall / Sto. Niño signboard.

 

Welcome to Philippine Tourist Spots .net! This website will be all about the must see tourist spots in the Philippines. We will explore the beautiful historical landmarks of different cities and provinces, breathtaking natural resources, serene beaches exciting hang out places that every tourist and Filipinos must visit. Not only that, I will also be sharing some personal experiences and travel tips for you to make sure that you’ll have a great time as you explore the beautiful tourist spots in the Philippines.

Halloween in the Philippines

Children tell ghost stories around a relative's grave on Undas.

Children tell ghost stories around a relative’s grave on Undas.

Halloween is not a festival native to the Philippines but is a recent adaptation from American culture, and is usually celebrated in urban areas during the last week of October by throwing Halloween costume parties and letting the children go trick-or-treating. Filipinos in rural areas, however, prefer to observe the more traditional All Saints Day or Undas on the first two days of November. Because of the similarities between the two festivals, Halloween and Undas have come to be linked, and even viewed by some as one celebration.

[edit] Observances and traditions

The Filipino version of trick-or-treat is pangangaluluwa (literally: ghost visit or haunting), where young people dressed in white or draped in white sheets go from house to house begging for food or money either in the evening or in early morning. In earlier decades, they would also steal items from the yard such as eggs, chickens or even livestock – the only day in the year when it was tolerated. This practice, however, has now all but died out.

Filipinos traditionally serve kakanin or native delicacies during the festival, such as suman, puto, palitaw and guinataan. Members of the family return to their family homes to spend the festival with their families, both the living and the dead. Before November, they go to the cemeteries to clean the graves of their departed family members, weeding and sweeping the family plot and painting or whitewashing their tombstones. On either or both days of Undas, they then spend most of the day at the cemetery, bringing with them food, flowers and candles. Some also visit other cemeteries where relatives are buried.

The Halloween season is also regarded as the season for supernatural and ghost stories. During this week, Filipinos share stories of ghosts, hauntings and supernatural beings. Television shows also feature similar material during this time. 

Doctor Fish Skin Treatment by Elizabeth Whitmore

One of the latest fads in skin care involves tanks of live fish, and it’s stirring up quite a controversy. Garra rufa, or doctor fish as they’re known to most of the world, have been used in spas across Europe and Asia for quite some time, but they weren’t introduced to the United States until 2008. That’s when a Virginia salon owner brought the fish home from a China spa and started offering doctor fish pedicures .

The fish originate in Turkey, where they’ve been used for more than 100 years to treat serious skin conditions such as psoriasis. The water temperatures there are high, which prevents many nutrients from surviving. As a result, doctor fish are basically starving and seem to have an insatiable appetite for dead skin . The popularity of doctor fish pedicures in the United States probably has as much to do with novelty as anything else. At the very least it’s a creative way to exfoliate, and it seems to work.

However, if you think the whole thing sounds a little fishy, you’re not alone. At least 14 state cosmetology boards agree with you. That’s how many have banned the procedure on grounds that it’s unsanitary, and more are likely to follow. The Virginia salon, however, remains unaffected for the time being. Virginia is not one of the fourteen states that have banned the use of doctor fish in spas.

Cherry Mobile the Filipino-made cellphone

Posted at September 11, 2011 // Technology

Way back 2009, Filipinos knows how to repair cellphones and there goes the repair cellphone industry. But, questions arise, how about the cellphone making?! Duh, we can’t, as 90% of cellphone are imported. Tough there are local brands in the market, they are not being noticed, maybe because of quality.

But this this was changed, a player changed the game, a new momentum was introduced. It was Cosmic Technologies Incorporated, the creator of Cherry Mobile. Cherry Mobile was launched last 2009 aiming to compete with foreign brands in the cellular phone industry in the Philippines.

 

The Cherry Mobile having a tagline “Everything for Everyone” created cellphones for different ages, gender and personalities and because it is manufactured here it’s quite cheaper. This product can provide the consumers the most complete handset. This company, after a year, already established a name and put the Philippines in the telecommunications industry.

This company was voted as the “IT company of the year” in the 3rd Cyberpress Awards, upstaging the biggest IT companies in the country both local and foreign.

The company manages to create phones as the competition arise from phones with keypad, to touchscreen and even android. This is also the company to first legally develop phones having dual and triple Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) system and the first to locally manufacture the first Windows-enabled phone in the country.

This company never failed to compete and upgrade itself as it is now also into tablets, their latest version was the Cherry Mobile Superion a tablet like Samsung Galaxy 1. Superion’s review is quite impressive though not that great compared to Galaxy and Ipad it can really do make a difference for the Philippine market and anytime soon now Cherry Mobile’s android product will improve and can rattle the international market.

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