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9 Quick Travel Weekend Getaway Near Metro Manila [Philippine Tourist Destinations] VIDEO

Metro Manila, the biggest metropolitan area in the Philippines, has a lot of tourist spots but more await you when you travel outside the urban centers.
Day trips or weekend trips from bustling cities like Quezon City, Makati, and Manila (capital of the Philippines) is as easy as riding a bus or a private car for a couple of hours. Metro Manila is surrounded by many provinces dotted with scenic countryside, rolling mountains, and beaches; you can never run out of day trip destinations to choose from.  If you want to travel outside the city or take a breather from your busy urban life, here are some top day trip destinations and activities you can do if you're coming from Metro Manila that you can quickly escape to or plan for the weekend.

1 - Tagaytay City
2 - Taal Town / Mount Gulugud Baboy / Anilao Beach in Batangas
3 -  Corregidor Island
4 - Mount Daraitan and Tinipak River
5 - Artists Village and the Petroglyphs in Angono
6 - Mount Sawi in Nueva Ecija and Dingalan View Hill in Aurora
7 - Masungi Georeserve
8 - Minalungao National Park
9 - The Seven Lakes of San Pablo

1. Tagaytay City 
This place should rank up in the all-time list of favorite quick day trips from Manila. A two to three-hour drive from the Metro will take you to the highlands of Tagaytay, where roadside beaneries and appetizing specialty restaurants provide a wonderful place to wine, dine and relax.                 

2. Taal Town / Mount Gulugud Baboy / Anilao Beach in Batangas 
Batangas is a big province but it has municipalities that are only a three-hour drive away from Metro Manila. One place you shouldn’t miss out is Taal Town. This is where numerous centuries-old heritage houses and the architecturally impressive Taal Basilica are located.  

3. Corregidor Island
Visiting the place where many members of our country’s greatest generation fought bravely and died heroically should be a must for every Filipino. Fortunately for those living and visiting Metro Manila, Corregidor is only a couple of hours away by Sun Cruise ferry from Manila Bay.

4. Mount Daraitan and Tinipak River in Tanay, Rizal
The municipality of Tanay in the province of Rizal is gifted with an abundance of nature where rising mountains can be hiked – thanks to its high elevated jump-off areas, where one can witness a sea of clouds during the early morning. One popular day trip destination here is Mount Daraitan.

Part of the Sierra Madre mountain range, it shares a border with Tanay, Rizal and General Nakar, Quezon, Mount Daraitan rises 739 meters above sea level and is good for a 3-4 hour hike to the top. It features a lush forested trail highlighted by stunning karst formations. 

5. Artists Village and the Petroglyphs in Angono, Rizal
Learning about art and history for a day isn’t a bad idea. In fact, it makes up for a truly wonderful plan. Angono’s art culture is very much on display at its famed artist village where you can find the works of Angono natives and National Artists Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Lucio San Pedro. Other artists whose works are present in the village include Jose “Pitok” Blanco, Nemi Miranda, PerdigonVocalan and many more up and coming local artists.

6. Mount Sawi, Nueva Ecija+ Dingalan View Hill, Aurora
Not to be mistaken as a mountain exclusively for broken-hearted people, Mount Sawi offers a relaxed trail perfect for a day hike. Sawi, a word often used to describe one who had gone through a failed relationship, is the opposite of what this mountain offers to hikers.

7. Masungi Georeserve in Baras, Rizal 
The Masungi Georeserve is the Philippines’ first-ever nature conservation project located in the Sierra Madre mountain range in the municipality of Baras, Rizal. Spread over some of the most spectacular limestone karst peak formations, visitors can walk over trail pathways made of durable materials to protect the karst formations from human movements.

8. Minalungao National Park in Nueva Ecija 
Nature at its finest seems to be in full display at Minalungao National Park. Crystal clear river streams, jaw-dropping karst peaks, numerous cave systems to explore and a lush forest surrounding it. This is the reason why Minalungao has become a popular destination for day trip travelers coming from Metro Manila and nearby provinces. A relaxing dip in the river instantly cures a tired body.

9. The Seven Lakes of San Pablo in Laguna
The seven crater lakes of San Pablo City in Laguna namely Lake Bunot, Lake Calibato, Lake Palakpakin, Lake Muhikap, Lake Sampaloc and the twin lakes of Yambo and Pandin, can all be visited in a day.

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