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Find out more about the country’s trying times and accomplishments through the historical destinations in the Philippines!

Whenever we visit a new place, spots that show us history will always find its way into our itinerary. It’s not only because it is expected of us, and not only because it’s a must-see for tourists. It is also a way to learn more about our own past. After all, there is something grand about standing on the exact spot where our ancestors created history.

These iconic locations tell us how a certain area gets its charm, or what major influences contributed to its culture. But the best part about visiting these places is the first-hand experience. There, we get to revel in something that we only see in textbooks and on TV.

Whether these historical destinations showcase an accomplishment or a struggle, it will always give us a learning experience that we’ll never forget.

Calle Crisologo, Vigan

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A walk-through this Spanish colonial street will take you on a time-traveling journey. If you’ve ever wondered what houses during the Spanish period looked like, this is the place to be! What used to be houses of the rich mestizos is now filled with shops that sell delicacies, handwoven items, trinkets, and other local goods. If that’s not enough to give you a taste of the Spanish colonial era, you can even travel via kalesa for the ultimate Calle Crisologo experience!

Sandugo Shrine, Bohol

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It was in 1565 when Miguel Lopez de Legazpi arrived on the shores of Bohol. And as a tribal tradition, the two leaders, Lopez de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna, performed a Sandugo or a blood compact. The Sandugo Shrine, found in Tagbilaran City, is a commemoration of the first ever blood compact between the Spaniards and Filipinos.

Corregidor Island

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As it is strategically located at the entrance of Manila Bay, Corregidor Island was used as a dock, a headquarters, a supply depot, and a hospital. Today, it bears the scars of World War II. It also serves as a memorial for the Americans and Filipinos who bravely fought against the Japanese. With building ruins and weapons scattered all over the island, we all can’t help but feel a sense of pride for all those that fought for our peace and freedom.

Banaue Rice Terraces

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Built over 2,000 years ago, the Banaue Rice Terraces is a captivating natural wonder built by an indigenous tribe, the Ifugao. It is one of the historical destinations in the Philippines that goes beyond the country’s Spanish colonization. It has been maintained for several generations through its cultural traditions, passed on by their ancestors to their offspring. What truly amazes us is that its irrigation system hasn’t changed despite readily available modern techniques.

Leyte Landing Memorial Park

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We all remember General Douglas MacArthur’s famous line “I shall return.” And it was on October 20, 1944 when he fulfilled his promise and helped liberate the Philippines from the Japanese occupation. Located in Red Beach, Palo, Leyte, the Leyte Landing Memorial Park commemorates the historic return of General MacArthur and the freedom of the Filipino people.