No doubt watching the Miss Universe 2016 candidates as they had their photos taken in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Siargao, Boracay and amazed the audience in their swimsuits at the JPark Island Resort and Waterpark in Cebu sparked within you a desire to go out and travel the Philippines. We feel the same too! This is why we came up with a list of sunrises we should definitely see this year.
1. Sagada (Cordillera, Mountain Province)
Image courtesy of jackinetic.wordpress.com
Sagada is a known retreat for anyone looking to do a bit of soul searching, especially after it became the featured location in a box office hit rom-com movie. There are surely a lot of places to see and things to do in Sagada, and one of them of course, is catching the sunrise at Kiltepan Peak. Locals advise heading out to the Kiltepan campsite as early as 4AM. You have the option to walk or arrange transportation to get there. From the site, you’d have to hike about a kilometer to the peak, along lovely trails lined with pine trees and a chilly morning breeze. Sunrise in Sagada happens at around 6:30AM.
2. Chocolate Hills (Carmen, Bohol)
Image courtesy of tenacityinpursuit.com
If you haven’t gone to see the wondrous Chocolate Hills, then it’s time you book a trip to Bohol because it’s also a great location if you’re looking to catch a breathtaking sunrise view. The hills--over a thousand of them--are off-limits to visitors, but you can get a good view of the grassy wonders amidst of a backdrop of a misty sunrise. To get there, book a flight to Tagbilaran City, from which you could catch a bus going to Carmen City. Get off at the Chocolate Hills Complex and then you can walk or take a habal-habal to reach the viewing deck.
3. Valugan Boulder Beach (Basco, Batanes)
Image courtesy of thepoortraveler.net
Batanes is most definitely included in every travel enthusiast’s bucket list, and the magnificent sunrise at the Valugan Boulder Beach is surely a good reason for this. Although the three-kilometer beach doesn’t offer you the option to go swimming, with the shores lined with either boulders and large pebbles, Valugan offers a sunrise view overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean unlike anything you’d see elsewhere in the Philippines. To get there, book a flight to the Batanes capital of Basco and ride a tricycle to Valugan Boulder Beach.
4. Mt. Pulag Summit (Benguet, Ifugao)
For the more outdoorsy thrill seekers, climbing atop the 2900-meter high Mt. Pulag offers the amazing reward of a beautiful sunrise view amidst a magical sea of clouds. The best part is you don’t need a lot of mountain-climbing experience because Pulag because it features a trail that’s pretty much like a walk in the park.
To get started on this unique adventure, you’d have to call the DENR office to reserve a slot as the number of climbers are limited per day. You and your buddies can then take the bus to Baguio, from where you’d have to find your way to the van terminal going to Kabayan. Get dropped off at Ambangeg junction, a good 2 hours’ ride from Baguio and go to the DENR station, where there are habal-habals to the Badabac Ranger Station.
5. MB Sunrise View Resort (Oslob, Cebu)
Image courtesy of junvillegas.blogspot.com
The municipality of Oslob in Cebu draws thousands of tourists every year for the shark and whale watching. Aside from those, you can also go island hopping, visit historical sites, and yes, get swept away by a beautiful view of the sunrise. The MB Sunrise View resort is an ideal accommodation for sunrise chasers for its commanding view of the beaches and the sights around Cebu. Oslob is 3 to 3.5 hours away from Cebu City (by bus).
And now, we hope that you are convinced how beautiful our country is! Because we are pretty sure that this year’s Miss Universe candidates are! And we bet our newly crowned Queens are now figuring out how they can come back soon.
Well, to all the candidates, congratulations and we hope to see you sometime next year!