One-Month Weekend Challenge: November 2019

This month, step out of your comfort zone and into ethereal beauty.

The Halloween season may be over, but the beauty and mystique of the Philippines continue to live on. It’s never too late to pack your bags and spend your weekends on a fantasy-like adventure, free from the stressful city life.

 

Weekend 1: The Old Enchanted Balete Tree, San Juan, Siquijor

 

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What better way to start this fantasy adventure than to visit one of the most mystical islands of the Philippines, Siquijor⁠? The island’s majestic Century Old Balete Tree is actually closer to 400 years old and is the center of many of the place’s folklore and urban legends. Believed to once have been a place for sacred rituals, the spring under the tree is now a fish spa where one can dip their toes for a quick, relaxing dip.

Weekend 2: Bukal Falls, Majayjay, Laguna

 

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Wash away the stress of the weekdays by visiting this Bukal Falls which lies within the luscious forest at the foot of Mount Banahaw. It takes patience and energy to conquer the hike to this particular jewel but will surely be worth it once you’ve caught sight of its majestic beauty. A quick dip in its cold, refreshing waters will surely make you rejuvenated for the weekdays.

Weekend 3: Caleruega, Nasugbu, Batangas

 

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If it is a more intimate and peaceful getaway that you want, then Caleruega is the place to visit. The place is a retreat center built in 1995 by the Dominican Fathers and Brothers and is now a favorite venue for weddings and a sanctuary for pilgrims. As their catchphrase states, a day in Caleruega will bring you closer to nature and to God 

Weekend 4: Malinawa Spring, Brgy. Sapa, Surigao del Norte

 

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Here’s another natural spring to dip and relax in. With the roots of a Balete tree dangling from above, the Malinawa Spring is definitely an eerie yet beautiful sight to behold. Its naturally clear, cold waters are perfect for warm afternoons. The resort also accommodates overnight stays and has a function room which is perfect for holding special occasions.

Weekend 5: Angono Petroglyphs, Angono, Rizal

 

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If you’re one who’s fascinated by history, then the Angono Petroglyphs is the place to be in. Declared as a National Cultural Treasure in 1973, the Angono Petroglyphs is held sacred by the indigenous Tagalog religion with its engravings that are said to represent of sacred magic and healing. This fascinating and educational perfect place to end this November adventure.

 

Which of these weekend destinations are you most excited about? Tell us below!