7 getaways near Metro Manila perfect to spend the long weekends

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED January 3, 2018 04:44 pm
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(Inside Manila) According to the list released by The Office of the President there are about 13 long weekends coming this 2018! The nearest will be on February with the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

If you're planning to go for a long weekend getaway but don't want to risk being that far away from the metro, take a look at these tourist destinations that are just the right amount of 'away'.

Taal Lake

No one can ever deny the beauty of the Taal Lake; a crater filled with freshwater that surrounds the volcano underneath it. It's the reason why even though the Taal Volcano is one of the active volcanoes around, tourists continuously pour in the location.


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As long as it is safe to visit Taal, tourists should expect physical activities like boat riding, trekking, horseback riding, sight-seeing and camping. 

Location: Talisay, Batangas

Pinto Art Museum

If you're looking for a budget-friendly getaway, the Pinto Art Museum can satiate your tight-wallet-travel-hungry self.


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The museum also has become popular to millennials for its Instagram-worthy space: from the art pieces display, the minimalist Mediterranean-inspired architecture and the gardens that surround the area. No one can ever go wrong with this trip!

Location: Grand Heights Rd, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal

Balite Falls

This falls situated around Cavite might be the next hidden gem waiting to be put on the spotlight.


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The Balite Falls is another nature spot that offers plunge of pools and falls naturally incorporated in a lush green landscape. Cottages, tables and rooms for big groups are available. Enjoy waterfall diving, bamboo showers and clear waters.

Location: Balite Rd., Amadeo, 4119

Angono Petroglyphs

Get to see primitive rock cravings dating back to the Neolithic Period at the Angono Petroglyphs.


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Discovered by National Artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco in 1965, the Angono Petroglyphs can also be an educational experience to anyone who sees these rare archeological gems still existing today.

Location: Binangonan, Rizal

Fantasy World

There's also beauty in abandoned places especially if you can get the chance to visit this abandoned theme park in Lemery, Batangas—Fantasy World.


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Reports have it that the place was supposed to be the next Disneyland. But it didn't push through. Yet, the place is still well taken care of by the homeowner's association around the area that opened the park to the visitors around.

Location: Diokno Hwy, Lemery, Batangas

Hulugan Falls

Luisina, Laguna doesn't only boast of being the province's 'Little Baguio' but also for its beautiful falls one of which is the Hulugan Falls.


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Although you have to take a trail before reaching the falls, it will all be worth it as the picturesque water falling from the mountains welcomes every tourist. Let the falls wash away all the city stress and come back anew after this getaway.

Location: Luisina, Laguna

Daranak Falls

If you and the squad are looking for a quick getaway, the cascading waters of Daranak Falls might be the place for you.


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Situated at the foot of the Tanay Mountains, Daranak Falls reveals nature's gift of clean and beautiful waters conserved and protected by communities. Due to its popularity, rentable picnic sheds and table are available. You could also grill on the site or have the place's canteen cook it for you.

Location: Tanay, Rizal



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