Celebrate Filipino culture at these five historic sites: Agoda’s top holiday ideas for an immersive lesson in Philippine History

With National History Month in full swing, Agoda, one of the fastest growing online travel agents (OTA) shares five destinations where you can get a lesson in Philippine culture and history – minus the boring professor!


  1. Enjoy the view from Mount Samat National Shrine

Built atop the historic Mount Samat in Balanga Bataan, the Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor), is a picturesque location that commemorates the fallen heroes of the Second World War. Components of the shrine are designed by prominent Filipino artists, making it an excellent venue that balances art appreciation and history.


If you’re looking to continue your history lesson, head to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, which is recognized by Historic Hotels Worldwide for its Spanish colonial-era architecture and design.


  1. Walk back in time in CalleCrisologo

    A stroll through CalleCrisologo, a 15th century Spanish street in Vigan, Ilocos Sur takes you back to the colonial era. The UNESCO World Heritage site features over 200 preserved historic structures, so you will find it easy to imagine what life might have been like during this time.


Close to CalleCrisologo is the Hotel Luna, a beautiful property that is equal parts hotel and museum.  Built atop a four-story historic structure, the property blends colonial structures and art with modern amenities.


  1. Go for a picnic at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park

As the landing area for General Douglas MacArthur at the beginning of the campaign to end Japanese occupation in the 1940s, the park serves as a reminder of a pivotal time in our nation’s struggle for liberation.


A 30-minute drive from Palo, securing an accommodation in Tacloban is a more flexible option to maximize a trip in the province. The Oriental Lyte, which blends modern design elements with regional Asian culture, is a great option to access the city’s best attractions.






  1. Say a prayer at Magellan’s Cross

Located in Cebu City, Magellan’s Cross represents the arrival of Catholicism in the Philippines. Standing underneath a Spanish-style pavilion, the wooden crucifix is believed to be the same cross planted in Cebu in 1521 by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.


Enjoy a resort-like experience at Agoda Home Azalea Place Robinsons Cebu. The accommodation is within walking distance of other historical shrines in Cebu City.


  1. Embrace nationalism like our National Hero at Rizal Park and Shrine

The latter years of our National Hero, José Rizal, is commemorated in the Rizal Park and Shrine, located in the city of Dapitan. Rizal’s life as a nationalist, educator, writer and doctor during the end of the Spanish colonial period is celebrated through the structures in the protected area. The Rizaliana Museum houses the largest collection of Rizal’s personal items, from the blackboard he used for teaching to his sketch books and post cards.

Ariana Hotel is situated in Dipolog City, a well-connected base close to Dapitan. The relaxing and spacious rooms allow you to unwind after spending the whole day immersing yourself in Rizal’s history.

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