8 Places in the Philippines You Probably Didn't Know Exist

Boracay? Check! Fort Bonifacio. Been there. Burnham Park? Yep. If you think, you’ve seen ‘em all, better think again. There are actually a lot more fascinating places in the Philippines that only a few know. We bet you don’t know most of the following.

It's the same old places, year in and year out. Try something new on your next vacation and go to places only a few people know about. We promise, it’ll be worth it. The bragging rights alone are enough.  

1. Temple of Leah, Cebu

This piece of Roman architecture masterpiece in the Queen City of the South was built with by Teodorico Adarna for his wife Leah Villa Albino-Adarna. It is a temple with an art gallery, museum, and a library. What’s more, it is open 24/7, with no entrance fee!

Photo from Facebook /TempleOfLeah

2. Cintai-Corito’s Garden, Batangas

This Balinese-inspired sanctuary in Balete, Batangas is home to exotic animals such as alpacas, spotted deer, mini horses, and peacocks. Original built as a family rest house, it was soon turned into a resort so the its beauty can be enjoyed by everyone. The garden hotel has 18 villas and four swimming pools. 

Photo from www.coritosgarden.com 

3. Hinagdanan Cave, Bohol

“Hinagdan” in Tagalog connotes to the presence of a “man-made ladder.” True enough, tourists have to climb up a ladder to experience the extraordinary beauty of this hidden paradise in Bohol. Inside the cave is a 10 to 12 meters deep lagoon that is just Instagram-worthy especially when hit by natural light.

4. Qiwellness Living, Tagaytay

Only an hour away from the city, this Chinese-inspired teahouse/spa/resto in Tagaytay offers an absolutely breathtaking view of Taal Lake and an equally wonderful massage.

Photo from Facebook/Qiwellness-Living-306850776152706/

5. Sip and Gogh (various branches)

This spot in Ayala Heights literally lets you sip and paint a la Vincent Van Gogh. The resto has easel boards where people can create their masterpiece while enjoying a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine.  

Photo from www.sipandgogh.com

6. Gefseis Greek Grill, La Union

Greek-themed restaurants are becoming a trend today and this Santorini-inspired restaurant in La Union is leading the pack. The resto gives you the perfect view of the beach and is the go-to chill spot after a surfing adventure.

Photo from Facebook /GefseisGreekGrill

7. Sirao Flower Farm, Cebu

Who says you can only see fields of flowers like these in the Netherlands? For just PhP30, you can explore this off-the-beaten-path flower farm in Cebu during peak seasons, April to May and October to November and take selfies with these gorgeous Celosia flowers, which are the official flowers of the Sinulog Festival.

Photo from Facebook /Siraogarden

8. Camping Date, Baguio

Yes. We’ve all heard of Burnham Park and Mine’s View. But the next time you visit Baguio City, try to go camping…well, inside a resto. This innovative concept has the camping set up down to a T. Plus you can choose from different pizza flavors, chicken, and Korean dishes.

Photo from Facebook/campingdate