The House of Representatives approves house bills declaring select areas of the country as new tourist destinations. Seven (7) areas have been proclaimed as potential tourist destinations, namely:
- Bucari Area, Iloilo
- Passig Islet, Barangay Bato, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur
- Balutakay, Bansalan, Davao del Sur
- Kapatagan, Digos, Davao del Sur
- Mudlom Cave, Quezon, Palawan
- Sangaran Cave, Quezon, Palawan
- Iigan City
Bucari is a mildly popular tourist destination nestled in the mountains of Leon, Iloilo. It is known as the province’s “little Baguio” for its cool climate and highland attractions. Bucari is an excellent place to visit during the dry season since it offers an escape from the summer heat.
Among the attractions include refreshing waterfalls, cold springs, hiking trails, and a pine forest at Tabionan.
Read more about what Bucari has to offer here.
The Passig Islet Eco Park, located in Barangay Bato, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, is one of the popular summer destinations in the province. House Bill 5229 seeks to declare it as an aqua-ecotourism site.
The Eco Park offers white beach, crystal clear water, a serene place and the lovely mountains of Davao del Sur forming as backdrop. It is perfect for unwinding and relaxation. With Passig Islet Eco Park, you can enjoy nature for an affordable entrance of P20 (as of October 2017).
Balutakay in Bansalan, Davao del Sur is one of the areas in the country with high coffee production potentials as well as home to Salinta Monon who is described to be the “last Bagobo weaver” and a National Manlilikha awardee.
The declaration will promote the preservation of the knowledge and technique of weaving the traditional Bagobo-Tagabawa textiles which has been on the verge of extinction for years.
Kapatagan is positioned at the foot of the prominent Mount Apo, described as “a breathtaking volcano that has been the subject of many local and international publications.
Mudlom Cave and Sangaran Cave
These two caves located in Quezon, Palawan are declared as tourist destinations. The province is also known for the Tabon Cave, where the Tabon man’s skull was first located.
Iligan City in Lanao del Norte, has been dubbed as the “City of Majestic Waterfalls. It is so-called because of its many magnificent waterfalls like the Maria Cristina Falls, the largest source of electric power in Mindanao, Limunsudan Falls and Tinago Falls. Iligan City has twenty (20) waterfalls, with others remains unexplored.
The city also offers a dozen natural springs in Timoga-Buruun, forested mountain of Mt. Agad-Agad, pristine forest of Rogongon and Digkilaan and coastal areas ready to be tapped for development. The famous array of cold springs in Buru-un, has also been one of the major attraction of the city.