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When students take hold of the chance to study abroad, they are being given more than just the opportunity to study with a change of scenery. A part of what these students get the chance to learn is how other cultures live and what other countries have to offer. So, it’s important to take the time to see some of the best destinations to experience while you study in the Philippines.
Vigan, Ilocos Sur
For students who are interested in the history of the Philippines, a trip to Vigan, Ilocos Sur is absolutely crucial! The City of Vigan is the capital of the province of Ilocos Sur.
The real draw of Vigan, though, is that it is well-preserved. Stepping into Vigan is like stepping into a 16th century town. In fact, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to experience history to its fullest, take the time to visit some of the many heritage museums in the city. Some of these include Syquia Mansion, Crisologo museum, and Padre Burgos Museum.
If you want a more modern city to kick off your exploration in the Philippines, Cebu City is a good start. This city isn’t without its history, though. You can see plenty of pieces of history such as the monuments of Casa Gorordo, Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, and the Lapu Lapu Monument.
In addition, Cebu City has plenty of places to shop and eat. There are even a few novelty adventures students can experience such as Crown Regency’s Sky Experience Adventure.
When you finish shopping in the city, you can even take a trip to the Camotes in Cebu. This will give you an island life experience alongside your exploration of the city.
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The Camotes in Cebu aren’t the only beautiful island sites to see in the Philippines. For those interested in experiencing this side of the Philippines should visit the “Maldives of the Philippines”, the Manjuyod Sandbar.
At the Manjuyod Sandbar, you will get to enjoy white sands and clear waters. You’ll even have the chance to see dolphins and whale sharks if you’re lucky!
Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995 is the Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue. These are some of the most well-preserved rice terraces in Cordillera. That’s pretty impressive for rice terraces that are estimated to be around 2,000 to 6,000 years old.
These aren’t equally as breathtaking all year round. Students visiting between December and March might be disappointed at how barren the rice terraces look. The best time to visit is August to November since this is when the rice terraces are at their greenest.
Sagada, Mountain Province
For the more adventurous students, the Philippines has a few sites to see that will take your breath away and challenge you. One such place is Sagada in the Mountain Province.
There are a couple things to do in Sagada. For those looking for adventure, caving and spelunking is a great option.
A cultural site here is the hanging coffins. These are hung because the locals believe that placing the dead on a steep slope will help them to reach the afterlife since they are closer to the gods.
Langun Gobingob Caves, Samar
If Sagada doesn’t satisfy all a student’s caving needs, another site to explore is the Langun Gobingob Caves in Samar. Some even call this the caving capital of the Philippines due to the fact that it’s the largest cave system in the country.
Studying abroad in college is about more than just reading your textbooks in a new location. It’s about broadening your horizons. So, take this chance of being in the Philippines to really explore and soak in all the sights and culture.