In the Metro, we don’t really have a lot of time to enjoy ourselves for a week. There are work and responsibilities lurking around. We are kind of excited when long vacation days are approaching. The Holy Week usually starts Monday but the non-working holiday usually starts Thursday. So, we have more or less 4 days to go or do wherever. I was thinking of going to a retreat by Brother Bo Sanchez. However, aside from going to church and attending retreat seminars, where to go during holy week vacation?
I like going to the beach and soak in the water. Wherever that I could get in touch with nature and is safe is a good place to be. If you are like me, consider the list below:
Padre Pio Church in Batangas then head to some beach in Batangas
If you like to meditate, visit a holy place or reflect, heading to the Padre Pio Shrine may be a good idea. It’s not too far from Manila. Moreover, you can go to some of the nice beaches in Batangas after it. You can visit Laiya for example. To learn more about the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Batangas, I have written a separate post here: http://www.stelabenitez.com/discovering-national-shrine-padre-pio-santo-thomas-batangas/
Anawangin in Zambales
If you like an adventure, why not head to Anawangin? It’s in Zambales and not too far away from the Metro either. By own car, we traveled more or less 4 hours from Manila. We went there on a Friday evening to spend a night on the island. Here are some nice photos of the islands:
Fortune Island in Batangas
I wish visiting this island would really make us fortunate! But oh, it’s a beautiful place. It can also be found in Batangas. So yes, it’s accessible! Be sure to prepare ahead because Fortune Island is really an island. You will not find any stores nearby. You will even find some campers on the seashore setting up their tents. If you like diving and jumping off a cliff, the island got you. So if you like an adventure that is unplugged from the rest of the world, include Fortune Island on the list.
The Fortune Island features a white sand. From the coast of Batangas, you will have to ride on a “bangka“ or a small boat to get here. So, don’t forget your sunscreen, shades, and hats. You must bring water as well because it’s usually during the summer months such as March and April.
The campers here are all set up. They were free to spend a night or two here.
Jumping on a cliff! I like to watch but jumping? Yeah, I’m fine with watching and taking photosno thank you. 🙂
Hundred Islands in Pangasinan
A couple of hours away from Manila, the Hundred Islands in Pangasinan is also a nice vacay destination. We traveled for more or less 5 hours with a few stops along the way. There are travel agencies that accept a tour package for one day. Let me know if you need one, maybe I can suggest one or two trusted travel agencies. In the meantime, here are some photos:
If you are fine with getting on a plane to spend a vacation during the Holy Week, then Boracay is one of the nicest choices. Search for a nice resort or place to stay. Boracay is more or less an hour away from Manila by plane. Usually, I go to Cebu Pacific Air’s website to check for plane fares. I would also go to PAL’s website to compare. If you like more comparison though, try this site: https://www.cheapflights.com.ph/flights-to-Boracay/Manila/
Who does not like some cold weather when it’s summer? Baguio City is famous for its nice weather. If you want a break from the summer heat, Baguio is one of the best options you have. Although, you have to consider that going to and fro Baguio would entail a 6-hour land travel. The 6-hour land travel is an estimation. You have 4 days vacation. So if you decide to go to Baguio, you can visit Burnham park for recreation, visit the spring pool, Bencab Museum, etc.
Do you have more suggestions? Comment down below and share your thoughts.