Islanders Castle is located in San Jose in the Dinagat Islands Province. Islanders Castle sits on the top of the hills of San Jose. It is a mansion privately owned by Governor Glenda Ecleo. It is not open to the general public but they allow tourists to take pictures outside the gates of the Castle. Continue reading
The Monastery of the Transfiguration is located in San Jose, Malaybalay in Bukidnon Province. The Monastery of the Transfiguration is a modern chapel, which was designed by the late Leandro Locsin, National Artist for Architecture. It is one of his best architectural designs before he passed away. It has a distinct Mpyramid-shaped church sitting in a hill overlooking the greenery. The Monastery is a favorite place of refuge for people who want to go on a retreat. Staying at the monastery is also popular among visitors on retreat. For those who wish to stay at the monastery for retreat, it will only cost P800 for overnight stay, but it already comes with complete meals. From the highway, it takes around 5 kilometers to go to the Monastery, which is about 10 minutes travel time. Continue reading
Stingray Islet is located in San Jose, in Dinagat. An aerial observation of the island shows the stingray shap of the rock formation jutting from the water. This cute islet is one of the natural wave breakers of San Jose. Stingray Islet can be reached through canoeing or boat ride in five to ten minutes. There are some local version of this islet’s name: “yawe” key, “pawikan” turtle, and “pagi” stingray. Continue reading
Freedom Park in Nueva Ecija is located in front of the former provincial capitol, San Jose. Freedom Park was aptly named in recognition of the province’s glorious past and its contribution to the country’s quest for freedom and democracy during the last world war. Filipino revolutionaries during the Spanish occupation considered Nueva Ecija a strategic site in their struggle against the enemies in view of its central geographic position in the region. The park is a favorite spot for picnickers and bystanders. Continue reading
Whitewater Kayaking is a new extreme sport at the rapids of the Bulsa River in San Jose, Tarlac. Explore the breathtaking landscapes of San Jose, Tarlac while having the adventure of a lifetime in an inflatable kayak. As you paddle down the incredible rivers, you will be immersed in nature, surrounded by mountains, and face to face with wildlife. Class 1 & 2 rapids the whole family will enjoy. The rapids are generally smooth and gentle to moderately quick, and the passages between rocks are clear and open. The activity is organized from Rapid Stream Ecotours, the sole proprietor of kayaking trips in the region. The paddling begins in the mountain village of Maamot, where the body of water originates and traverses through the landscapes of San Jose and its rural scenes. The next few hours in the water the pace Continue reading
The EBJ Freedom Park is located in San Jose, Antique, in front of the Antique Provincial Capitol building. The park used to be known as the San Jose de Buenavista Plaza but was renamed EBJ Freedom Park in honor of the late governor Evelio B. Javier. Governor Javier was assassinated on February 11, 1986 while defending freedom and democracy from the forces of martial law. At the park is the EBJ Monument, a bronze statue of Evelio Javier with his left hand waving a peace sign created by the National Artist Napoleon Abueva. Continue reading
Diamond Park, also known as Tayabo Nature Park, is located in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija in the Cagayan Valley. Strategically located at the gateway to the Cagayan Valley, Diamond Park is a favorite haven for picnickers and nature lovers. It features an unspoiled forest and a host of wildlife species. Upon reaching the top of its 100-step stairway, one is awed by a pagoda on a hilltop offering a panoramic view of northern part of Nueva Ecija. The Department of Tourism took part in the restoration and renovation of the forest park. Continue reading
Telegrafo Hill Boundary is located in Antique Province. Often mentioned as a haunted place in the Visayas, Telegrafo Hill was a stronghold of the Japanese during World War II. The place is ideal for hiking and horseback riding. Many ghosts and evil creatures are said to lurk in the shadows. Straddling the Iloilo-Antique boundary, it commands a view of San Jose, Antique.