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Manila: Bold and brassy, big and beautiful, Manila is a city of contrasts where the baroque churches rub shoulders with swinging nightclubs. The oldest part, the Intramuros, is a walled city, containing Manila Cathedral and Fort Santiago. Outside the city is Las Pinas, home of the famous jeepney factory, Taal Lake and volcano in Tagaytay and the Pagsanjan rapids, famous for white water rafting.

Baguio/Banaue: 5,000 feet above sea level on the Cordilera Mountain range, the highlight of which is Banaue which is dominated by spectacular rice terraces carved into the mountain side some 2,000 years ago. There is some fairly strenuous walking required to visit the more notable terraces and due to inclement weather, tours are restricted between June and September. An umbrella and light jumper are recommended.

Cebu: Just one hour’s flight south of Manila or direct from many Asian capitals. Cebu is the country’s oldest city and a large wooden cross planted by Magellan in 1521 remains its most historical landmark. But its best assets are its verdant tropical scenery, local markets, small villages and sparkling white coral sandy beaches, bordered by crystal clear waters.

Boracay: Seemingly endless stretches of white beaches, with sands as fine as talcum powder. “Isla de Amor” to the fortunate travellers who have discovered it. Rustling palms, gently lapping warm clear waters and perfect peace and solitude.