Weekends rarely ever seem enough for people who work the typical Monday-to-Friday schedule, but it’s not impossible to maximize it for a road trip. For those living in Metro Manila, Mindoro, and Bicol, CALABARZON is often eyed for its proximity and range of destinations that go from natural to historical. Whether it’s for a day drive, a weekend staycation, or a long bike ride, here’s a cluster of sights to set your sights on and motivate you to power through the work week.

Malinta Tunnel in Corregidor Island. Photo by Rommel Bundalian courtesy of the Department of Tourism.
Mile-long barracks in Corregidor Island. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Cavite’s historical hubs. Cavite is a lot more than just a portal to Tagaytay and the south. It contains some of the country’s most significant historical landmarks that would fascinate even the non-history-buffs. This includes Corregidor Island, which was a key strategic defense location during the Spanish colonial rule up to World War II. Its key features include the Malinta Tunnel, Mile-Long Barracks, and Pacific War Memorial Museum. Beyond Corregidor, the must-sees are the General Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit and the Bonifacio Trial House in Maragondon.

Esmeris Farm in Laguna. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.
Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Buhay Laguna Tourism Circuit. Buhay Laguna lets tourists experience Laguna like a local. With Laguna endowed with natural springs, waterfalls, and protected areas, this tourism circuit highlights attractions in San Pablo, Nagcarlan, Liliw, and Rizal.

Stilts Calatagan in Batangas. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.
Museo Enrique Zobel in Batangas. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Batangas’ new and old charms. Batangas is an inexhaustible province for both old world charms and new things to do. Take a rustic tour around Taal’s Heritage Town or trek around the Taal Volcano, or take in the view while sipping on hot drinks paired with sweet and savory treats in one of the many establishments in Tagaytay. Drive further south to soak up the sun in any of the beaches in San Juan and Lian, or dive into the rich waters off Mabini.

Nemiranda Gallery in Rizal. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.
Parish of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Rizal. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

FFAAN Experience Tourism Circuit. Have a unique Rizal experience through the Faith, Food, Art, Adventure, and Nature (FFAN) tourism circuit. Visit museums and art hubs in Antipolo and Angono, shop for clothes in Taytay, and sample Cainta’s different kakanin (rice delicacies) to get a taste of the whole experience.

BIPCO bat watching in Quezon. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.
Balagbag Falls in Quezon. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Quezon’s beaches, falls, and bats. Quezon is definitely known for its beaches, but bats? Yup, Quezon is home to a bat sanctuary and some beautiful waterfalls! Visit the Binonoan Producers Cooperative (BIPCO) Bat Sanctuary in Infanta and see the bats in flight at around sunset. Infanta also has the multi-layered Pinlac Falls, while Real boasts the majestic Balagbag Falls. Finally, if you’re searching for beaches to bum in or test your surfboard in, head on over to the quaint and peaceful Pamplona Little Beach in General Nakar or test the waves at Real’s Malapad Surfing Site, where the waves are often gentle enough even for beginners.

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