20 Unique And Unusual Tourist Attractions in The Philippines

Apr 17th, 2011
Here are some weird and peculiar attractions in the Philippines.

The Philippines is truly a unique nation with lots of numerous unique attractions. Here are some weird and peculiar attractions in the Philippines.

1.) Coron Reefs

Palawan is truly a paradise, a perfect destination for nature lovers and one of the many beautiful attractions of the province is Coron Reefs. With seven lakes surrounded by craggy limestone cliffs, Coron Reefs is a perfect diving site. It has been certified as one of the top 10 best scuba sites in the world.

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2.) San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites

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Would you like to see personally a person being nailed on a cross? The San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites in City of San Fernando in the province of Pampanga is an unusual tourist attraction where you’ll see three crosses with nailed men on the top of a hill. It is a Holy Week re-enactment of the Passion and Death of the Christ.

This Lenten Rites, which is held every Good Friday every year, features a passion play and is highlighted by the actual nailing of at least three penitents to a wooden cross atop the makeshift Calvary.

3.) San Pedro Cantiasay Footbridge

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The San Pedro Cantiasay Footbridge is a unique bridge made of wood. With a length of 391 meters, this wooden footbridge is one of the country's longest wooden bridges. It connects the islands of Sibale and Nonoc Islands in the province of Surigao in Mindanao.

4.) Cagsawa Ruins

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The ruins of Cagsawa are reminders how cruel nature can be. One of the most destructive eruptions of the famous and near perfect coned Mount Mayon was its eruption in 1814. During the said eruption, surrounding communities and the town of Cagsawa was buried. Only the Cagsawa church belfry remained standing in that disastrous incident.

5.) Taoist Temple

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As a Christian nation, temples are not usual in the Philippines. One of the few beautiful temples in the country is the Taoist temple located in Beverly Hills in Cebu City. The temple was built in 1972 and is open to worshipers and non-worshipers.

6.) Sisig Festival

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A unique festival worth seeing is the Sisig Festival, an annual festival held annually in Angeles City, Pampanga during the month of December. Known in the Kapampangan dialect as Sadsaran Qng Angeles, celebration of this festival started in 2004 to promote the city’s culinary prowess. Sisig Festival also showcases a contest where chefs compete in making dishes.

7.) Camsur Watersports Complex

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It’s summer time it’s fun time! One place where you’ll definitely enjoy for the unique experience you’ll encounter is the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex. It is located in Cadlan, Pili – the capital of Camarines Sur.

8.) Bangui Wind Farm

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Bangui Wind Farm is one-of-its-kind in the country. This wind farm in the town of Bangui, Ilocos Norte uses 20 units of 70-meter high wind turbines. These wind turbines are arranged on a single row stretching along a nine-kilometer shoreline off Bangui Bay, facing the South China Sea. Not far from these wind turbines is the beautiful and very clean white sand beach – Pagudpud.

9.) The Terraces

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One unique urban and indoor attraction in the Philippines is the so-called “The Terraces” wing of Ayala Center Cebu in Cebu City.  The Terraces features a forest inside a building.

10.) Sagada Rice Terraces

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The captivating Sagada Rice Terraces is one of the major tourist attractions in Mountain Province.

11.) Hanging Coffins of Sagada

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The people of Mountain Province have a unique burial. Their dead relatives are placed on cliffs. The Hanging Coffins on the above photo was taken in the town of Sagada, Mountain Province. Only married people with grandchildren are qualified to be buried this way. With the Sagada Caves and the Sagada Rice Terraces, the Hanging Coffins are among the most popular attractions in the province.

12.) Underground Cemetery

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If there are Hanging Coffins in the Philippines, there is also an Underground Cemetery. The Underground Cemetery on the above photo is located in the town of Nagcarlan in the province of Laguna and was used as a secret meeting place by Filipino revolutionaries during the Philippine Revolution.

13.) Sunken Cemetery

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This unique attraction is located in the island province of Camiguin. It is known as Sunken Cemetery and is located in the town of Bonbon. Some areas of the town including the town’s cemetery sunk during the eruption of Mount Vulcan 1871 to 1875. The huge cross was erected in 1982 to commemorate the place.

14.) Bontoc Museum

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If you want to learn more about the life and culture of our brothers and sisters in the Cordillera region visit the Bontoc Museum. The museum hosts many of the materials used by the different Ethnic Tribes in the Mountain Province and is run by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

15.) Tabuk Matagoan Festival

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Tabuk Matagoan Festival is a unique festival in the province of Kalinga in the Cordillera Autonomous Region. It showcases G-String marathon with runners wearing G-String only, cultural dances and songs accompanied by their tribal musical instruments. Tabuk Matagoan Festival also features the different products of Tabuk coming from the different parts of the province including the aromatic Kalinga coffee.

16.) Casa Tribunal De Malolos

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Casa Real de Malolos, located in Malolos in the province of Bulacan, is one of the oldest and most historic structures in the Philippines. This huge and old Spanish house was constructed in 1580. It was the former residence and office of the gobernadorcillo (town mayor) and the site of the Imprenta Nacional, the printing press of the 1896 Constitution and the Heraldo de Revolucion.

This historic building became the seat of the American military government, a hospital in 1923, an annex to the Bulacan High School and was the Japanese Chamber of Commerce headquarters during the Japanese Occupation. It was renovated in the 1950s and is now the Malolos City Library and Museum and contains priceless artifacts and memorabilia.

17.) Basco Lighthouse

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One of the most recognizable landmarks of the beautiful and peaceful island province of Batanes is the Basco Lighthouse in the province’s capital of Basco. Built in Naidi Hills, with the lush green hills and the open sea provide a beautiful backdrop for the lighthouse.

Basco Lighthouse is 66 ft tall and has a viewing deck to see the entire Batan Island, the main island of Batanes.

18.) Ifugao House

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The Ifugaos are not only famous for their rice terraces but also known for their unique culture and architecture. Their dwellings are among the most unique in the country and in the world. The Ifugaos of Ifugao province have unique houses made of wood with roofs made of cogon grass.

19.) Baler Church

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What makes the Baler Church special or unique? The church of Baler which is officially named Church of San Luis de Tolosa was converted into a fort from July 1, 1898 to June 2, 1899. This event is known in Philippine history as the “Siege of baler”, “longest siege in the Philippines” that lasted for 11 months. The siege was fought between Filipino soldiers numbering about 800 and 50 Spanish infantry. With communications cut off with their own government and military, the Spanish soldiers continued to fight until 1899 although the Filipino-Spanish War already ended in December 1898.

Baler is also a beautiful tourist destination for its scenic and beautiful beach resorts and for surfing.

20.) Bohol Tropic

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Are you looking for the best resorts in the Philippines? Visit Tagbilaran City, a 1st class component city in the island province of Bohol, and go to Bohol Tropics – the best resort in the city.

See also

Best Tourist Destinations in the Philippines

The Top Five Island Tourist Destinations in the Philippines

Unique Tourist Attractions in the Philippines

Non-stop Beautiful Tourist Destinations in the Philippines

Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines

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