Philippines tourism has its own individuality and uniqueness because of the amazing man-made tourists’ spots. Philippines, an archipelago comprising more than 7100 islands offers quite a few of this. There are a lot of worth seeing spots in Philippines taking from the rice terraces to a walled city made within the city. Moreover, it is popular for being the world’s largest bamboo organ.
The northern Philippines is famous for its rich rice terrace
s existing in the Cordillera region. However, the largest collection of rice terraces is found in Banaue, Ifugao. It is situated 1500 meters above sea level and is spread over 10,400 square kilometers. These terraces are considered to be hand made with minimal use of tools. The purpose of construction was, however, need-based since flat fields were required to cultivate rice in the mountainous regions and is based on ancient irrigation system.
Another important feature of Philippines tourism is the 19th century man –made bamboo church organ known as Las Pinas Bamboo organ. It is the only bamboo organ in the world and is recognized as one the best old organs in the world by international organ masters. The unique feature of this bamboo organ is that it is preserved from any insect infestation since the bamboo pipes were kept buried in the sand for several months. It was made using around 950 bamboo pipes and the credit goes to a Spanish monk for making such a master piece.
Intramuros is a walled city which exists within a city and is situated in Manila. It is existing sign of Spanish rule in Philippines. It was made by the Spaniards in the 16th century. It was one of those buildings which were destroyed in the World War II but later on restored in 1980s. This walled city consists of Manila Cathedral and Saint Augustine Church. Fort Santiago is also a part of this walled city. These places are a clear depiction of colonialism in Manila during earlier times.
In other words, it can be said that Philippines hold a great history of colonial powers and it was an ancient hub of colonial rule. In the northwestern Philippines, Vigan is situated which is one of the most evident example of Spanish colonialism. The city of Vigan was established in the 15th century. The distinctive features of this city are its cobblestone streets and architecture which is an amalgamation of Asian and European influence. The then made houses have brick walls of red clay and tile roofs. Furthermore, museums and churches are symbolic of rich heritage which adds much to the beauty and charm of Philippines tourism.
There are four famous churches on the islands of Philippines which are a clear depiction of Spanish rule. These churches are important from heritage perspective as well since they have been listed under UNESCO World Heritage List. These churches have not just served the religious purpose but also have a great recognition as one of the most important political landmarks. Moreover, they have been subjected to local revolts and attacks from time to time and have great architectural importance as well.