My Favorite Regions of the Philippines to Travel

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Author: Reekay V.

Since 2012 I’ve been traveling through various islands of the Philippines as a full-time Expat and spent 1999 living in Vietnam.

Share with me my ongoing adventures of life in the Philippines. Hopefully you find my observations helpful in your own adventures.
— Reekay


  1. I am amused that you consider Manila to be in the North. Well, I suppose it is compared with Mindanao, however the REAL North is the Cagayan Valley or Ilocos Norte.
    Sure, occasional typhoons here, but I think just as many as the Visayas have. The Northern Beaches of Luzon are amazing and the weather not quite as hot as the South. Anyway, I shouldn’t talk it up too much, since I love to keep the secrets to myself! 😉

  2. I’m shocked you went to Davao and didn’t come back to Cebu city.
    Cebu has just about everything Philippines has to offer eg international airport, major ferry terminal, sm/Ayala malls, great exploring in the province….Also centrally located in the county.

    At some point, I assume you will be back.
    My opinion, Cebu City/ Cebu province is very hard to beat

  3. I prefer Davao City myself. We have lived in Cebu for a short time, Bohol for a year and here in Davao for a little over 3 years. Ne is from Bohol but she has lived here for 28 years and knows it like the back of her hand which is nice. When that last typhoon hit Cebu & the upper Visayas. It sprinkled here. We get the earth though but not the Typhoons. No place in the world is perfectly safe.

  4. La Union has rarely seen typhoons. I personally prefer Baguio. The food choices, University life, most creative city in the Phillipines, beauty, lake, and weather can’t be beat

  5. could you do a vlog, for a 1st time traveller to the Phil’s, single guy, what are some cities to explore, maybe a top 3?

  6. We are looking at properties near Negros Occidental. Maybe 2-3 hours from central of Negros since that is where Angeles’ family is living.

  7. I am talking with a lovely lady near Tagoloan east of Cagayan de Oro on the north coast of Mindanao. Do you know that area? Safety concerns?

    I have previously been to Cebu City,, driven around Cebu Island, Oslob, Manila up to La Union and to Poerto Princessa in Palawan.

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