Five Philippine Historical Sites to Go Down Memory Lane this National History Month
This August as we celebrate the National History Month, it is high time to revisit the Philippine historical sites that contributed to what and how the country was made today. Here’s our list of five must-see sights according to Agoda.
Mount Samat National Shrine
Ever wonder what’s that big, white cross rooted in the mountains of Bataan? Located in historical Mount Samat in Balanga, the Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor) is a huge memoir of the fallen heroes of World War II. This cross was designed by Filipino artists with art and history in mind.
Have an added historical tour and head to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar to know more about Philippine through its design and architectural features that resonates the Spanish colonization.
There is no better way to walk down memory lane than literally going through the streets where history was made.
Dubbed as a UNESCO World Heritage, Calle Crisologo is a Spanish street in Vigan, Ilocos Sur which can be dated back in the 15th century, features over 200 preserved historic houses. Never miss a mandatory shot in this street while reliving the century-old memories within its pavement.
Not far from this site is the Hotel Luna, a property that both a hotel and a museum. Despite having colonial structures as its main theme, this hotel incorporates modern amenities for its guests.
MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park
Palo, Leyte is witness to a historical happening in 1940s. This was where General Douglas MacArthur arrived to finally end the Japanese occupation and liberate the country from colonizers. Today, it is now dubbed as the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park and is frequented by locals and tourists as a sweet memory of the country’s independence.
When in Leyte, booking an accommodation at The Oriental Leyte means having the best spot to reach destinations within the province the easy way.
In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived in Cebu and introduced Catholicism in the country. This cross, now named as Magellan’s Cross, is one of Cebu’s best tourist spot and is housed in a Spanish-styled pavillon.
Azalea Place Robinsons Cebu is one of the best places to spend the night after touring in different spots. Aside from being close to Philippine historical sites in Cebu City, it also offers modern amenities and facilities that many guests laud.
Rizal Park and Shrine
The Philippines’ National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal was exiled in Dapitan before he was executed in 1896. His years of fighting for Philippine independence through his work as a prolific writer, nationalist, doctor, and educator is traced through the Rizal Park and Shrine located in the area. The Rizaliana Museum also commemorates the life of Rizal through exhibiting his personal belongings while in exile.
Close to Dapitan is Dipolog City where you can find Ariana Hotel, a place that is relaxing and convenient for guests.
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