Twitter's most popular Philippine destinations this 2017

by Romy Antonette Peña Cruz
Dec 8, 2017
Did your favorite tourist spot make the cut? Tubbataha Reef in Palawan was the top tweeted tourist destination in the Philippines for 2017. 

Part of being a wanderlust these days is sharing your dream destinations on social media.

Whether a breathtaking photo or a video of the latest adventure, netizens are generous in showing their followers their escapades.

For 2017, the Twitterverse was abuzz with different tourist destinations that can be found in the Philippines.

From our jaw-dropping shorelines and dreamy sunsets to rich heritage sites that dot our archipelago, Philippine provinces took center stage in this year's top conversations on Twitter.

Here are the top ten most tweeted tourist attractions in the country:

10. Rizal Park

The only Manila attraction on the list, Rizal Park hasn't lost its charm to local and foreign tourists alike. Also known as the Luneta, Rizal Park is called as such because this is where our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal was executed on December 30, 1896.

Today, the Rizal Monument serves as the park's historic and symbolic focal point. Visitors also frequent the nearby walled city of Intramuros, and the Manila Bay when coming to this spot.

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9. Chocolate Hills

Found in the Visayan province of Bohol, these natural wonders got their name because the hills turn brown (like chocolate), whenever summer season rolls around. A top tourist spot for those visiting Bohol, the Chocolate Hills comprise of more than 1,000 geological formations found in over 50 square kilometers of land.

In 2006, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) submitted the Chocolate Hills to the UNESCO World Heritage to be included in the list of Natural Monuments.

8. Boracay Island

Hailed as the "best island in the world," from a survey by international travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler, Boracay's white sand beaches, picture-perfect sunsets, and thriving nightlife make it top of mind for local and foreign tourists traveling the country.

Kapamilya Actor Jericho Rosales and fashion blogger Kim Jones said their "I do's" in this magical island in 2014.

7. Camiguin

This island province is located off the northern coast of Mindanao.

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Although it is the second smallest province in the Philippines next to Batanes, tourists will not run out of activities in this quaint place.

Aside from sampling their famous sweet lanzones, travelers can visit the Sunken Cemetery, and explore the Mount Hibok-Hibok Protected Landscape, which was declared an ASEAN Heritage Park (AHP) in 2015.

AHPs are protected areas acknowledged for their uniqueness, outstanding value, and diversity. They can also visit the province's natural springs and islands.

Sweethearts Mark Herras and Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Winwyn Marquez recently hied off to Camiguin for some work and R&R.

It is also the destination of Miss Universe 2017 contestants who are currently in the country.

6. Siargao

This island down south has attracted visitors for its tall and majestic waves popular to surfers.

Siargao has become a tourist destination for foreigners and even locals who were former city rats but chose to relocate to the surfing capital of the Philippines.

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Discover the visual feast that is Siargao when its namesake movie hits theaters this December 25 during the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival. Siargao stars actor and surfer Jericho Rosales, Erich Gonzales, and Jasmine Curtis-Smith.

5. Vigan

This city in the North remains a must-stop for vacationers all year round.

Famous for its preserved Spanish colonial architecture, one can't help but step back in time when visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Don't miss Calle Crisologo during your visit, for a tour on its cobblestone streets, old mansions, and a horse-drawn carriage ride.

Vigan was one of the locations of the 2016 Kapuso teleserye Someone to Watch Over Me which starred Lovi Poe and Tom Rodriguez.

4. El Nido, Palawan

El Nido is a municipality in Palawan famed for its limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, and beautiful coral reefs.

Those bit by the travel bug always include El Nido on their travel list, and Cable News Network's travel website CNNgo named it Philippine's best beach in 2012.

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Go lagoon hopping, spelunking, and diving when you visit the pristine island paradise.

This was the location of Bianca Gonzalez and JC Intal's destination wedding in 2014.

3. Batanes Islands

Found in the northernmost part of the country, the Batanes islands feature rollings hills and mountains, and panoramic views of the sea.

It is the smallest province in the Philippines, with a total area of only 219 square kilometers. It is also called the New Zealand of the Philippines.

The beauty of Batanes was showcased in the 2015 Toni Gonzaga-Coco Martin film You're My Boss from Star Cinema.

2. Coron, Palawan

From its aquamarine waters, shipwrecks, and huge rock formations, the island of Coron in Palawan is always a sight for sore eyes.

Divers and beach lovers always hie off to this destination for a great island experience.

Coron island is part of the municipality of the same name.

Don't forget to include Kayangan Lake, Busuanga hot spring, Cathedral Cave, and the Lusong Gunboat Wreck in your itinerary.

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1. Tubbataha Reef

With more than seven thousand islands, it's not surprising that the Philippines is home to a vast biodiversity on land and more so underwater.

This year, the top tweeted tourist destination is the Tubbataha Reef, a protected marine and bird sanctuary found in the Sulu Sea.

It is a haven for scuba divers and a model for reef conservation.

Part of the island municipality of Cagayancillo, Palawan, the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

Meanwhile, the Philippine metropolis is not far behind in making noise on Twitter.

Here are the top 10 most tweeted-about cities in the Philippines this 2017: Manila, Cebu, Marawi, Davao, Makati, Baguio, Quezon City, Passi in Iloilo, Batangas, and Legazpi.

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