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#TodayIWill Encourage Everyone to Travel Around the Philippines

By Thelostboylloyd @lloydthelostboy
“Today, I will practice my freedom and travel around the Philippines. I want to show the world that the Philippines is such a beautiful, beautiful place and I want them to tell their friends that the Philippines is the “Pearl of the Orient,” we have so many hidden gems and we are in the map. Today, I will help contribute in the efforts for the Philippines to regain its lost glory, especially in Manila and Mindanao.”
That’s what I said when asked what I will do today. Allow me come through with my promise that I will “contribute in the efforts for the Philippines to regain its lost glory.” Read more…

#TodayIWill Encourage Everyone to Travel Around the Philippines

Photo credit: Puerto Princesa Underground River Facebook page


1. Please elect the Puerto Princesa Underground River into the New 7 Wonders. Voting ends 11-11-11, so head over to www.new7wonders.com and vote exclusively for this gem! You may also key in PPUR (one vote), PPUR7 (seven votes), or PPUR15 (15 votes) on your mobile phone and send to 2861. An SMS vote costs only 2.50 PHP for Globe and other carriers. But you also have to see its wonder yourself, so book a flight to Puerto Princesa!

#TodayIWill Encourage Everyone to Travel Around the Philippines

Photo credit: Puerto Princesa Underground River Facebook page


 2. Can’t go far to travel today? Try exploring Manila by rail. I’ve previously written a thorough guide on how to explore the forgotten city by means of the LRT-1.
The Forgotten City by Rail: An LRT Manila Tour (PREFACE) The Forgotten City by Rail: An LRT Manila Tour (PART 1) The Forgotten City by Rail: An LRT Manila Tour (PART 2)
#TodayIWill Encourage Everyone to Travel Around the Philippines
3. If you haven’t decided where to go next or where to book that Piso Fare, I’d like to offer you my posts about different destinations around the country:
LAGUNA – A province just on the immediate south of Metro Manila, Laguna has a number of heritage churches beyond its hot springs.
#TodayIWill Encourage Everyone to Travel Around the Philippines
BATANGAS – Batangas is good for those spur-of-the-moment beach getaways due to its proximity to Manila. Head over to Laiya, San Juan for its numerous white beach resorts.
#TodayIWill Encourage Everyone to Travel Around the Philippines
SUBIC – Subic contrasts the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila. Just less than three hours up north, Subic is great for those lifestyle weekends.
#TodayIWill Encourage Everyone to Travel Around the Philippines
CEBU – Cebu is my favorite place outside Manila. It’s got its good share of heritage, history, food, and natural wonders. And where else can you try the best pig ever?
#TodayIWill Encourage Everyone to Travel Around the Philippines
ILOILO – Beyond the La Paz Batchoy and the biscocho, the towns of Southern Iloilo has a heritage trail with one church named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Miag-ao Church.
#TodayIWill Encourage Everyone to Travel Around the Philippines
BORACAY – Boracay’s white beaches, great food, hip parties, and hot people are perennial crowd drawers. Boracay has its charm, and it will always be my wonderland.
#TodayIWill Encourage Everyone to Travel Around the Philippines
DUMAGUETE – Dumaguete is a gateway to Negros’ and Siquijor’s many natural attractions. But in the city, you should try its food.
#TodayIWill Encourage Everyone to Travel Around the Philippines
DAPITAN – This is where our national hero spent his years in exile. Retrace Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s history through replicas at Rizal Park in Dapitan.
#TodayIWill Encourage Everyone to Travel Around the Philippines
It’s always been said that when we travel around our country, we are aiding the economy and our countrymen. It’s not pricey to travel; we just need to be willing. Let your friends know too of the beauty of the country, so we can regain our glory.
My above #TodayIWill statament also appears today on the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, and [email protected] as part of the “Today I Will, Go lang nang Go” campaign. What will you do differently today? Tweet it with the #TodayIWill hashtag.

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