Attractions - Local Philippines


Bacarra Bell Tower is located in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.  Known as "the bowing acrobat tower of Southeast Asia," the Bacarra Bell Tower is among the famous Ilocos Norte tourist attractions. This massive bell tower dates back to the 15th century, and lost its third and top floors during a powerful earthquake in 1913. The bell survived the earthquake and now hangs precariously on the tower's shattered dome.

Bacarra Church is located in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.  The Bacarra Church and Convent is situated at the center of the town. Constructed together with the Tower and Convent by the Spanish Augustinian Friars in 1593 and inaugurated in 1782. Destroyed by the intensity 7.8 earthquake on August 17, 1983. Reconstructed through the generous auspices of German Catholic Benefactors and the kind people of Bacarra and friends under the administration of Very Rev. Gil A. Albano Jr. Parish Priest and Episcopal Vicar of the North and Most Rev. Edmundo M. Abaya, D.D. Bishop of Laoag. The Church was inaugurated on August 17, 1984. Under Presidential Decree No. 165, the Bacarra Church was declared as a National Shrine in the Philippines.

Bacarra River is located in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines  The Bacarra River originates from the Bislak River that flows from the spring water of the Cordilleras.

Bacarra Town Plaza is located in Baccara, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.  The town plaza is located infront of the municipal building with an area of one (1) hectare. It has a wide playground equipped with tennis court, children’s park, videoke bar and a mini forest that serves as a potential tourist spot and recreation center.

Baclayon, Bohol  The Church of Immaculada Concepcion in Baclayon is considered to be one of the oldest in the Philippines. Construction began in 1717 where some 200 native forced laborers (obras pias) cut and dragged coral blocks from the sea, using only bamboos in moving and lifting the stones in position. Millions of white eggs were said to have been used as cement. The current building was completed in 1727. In the 19th century, the Augustinian Recollects added a new facade- pictured here- and a number of stone buildings that now surround the church. Old broken glasses no longer can be replaced. The colored panes locally available now are different- pattern is limited only to the basic quatrefoil "florentine" patterns and color choices are only 3: amber, green and blue. The original ones which date back to 16th century are thicker and deeper in color. the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon is one of the oldest stone churches in the Philippines and is located in Bohol, in the Visayas region. The construction was started by the Jesuits in 1596. As is happening in most grand historical structures in the country, the church is in partial disrepair. The first Spanish missionaries or doctrineros in the region, Fr. Juan de Torres and Fr. Gabriel Sanchez, first settled in Baclayon in 1595. Shortly after their arrival, a visita was erected on the spot. Although Baclayon was the first seat of the Spanish Jesuit missionaries, fear of Moro mauraders soon forced them to move their headquarters more inland, to Loboc. Only in 1717, Baclayon became a parish, and construction of a new church commenced. Some 200 native forced laborers constructed the church from coral stones, which they took from the sea, cut into square blocks, and piled on to each other. They used bamboo to move and lift the stones in position, and used the white of a million eggs as to cement them together. The current building was completed in 1727. The church obtained a large bell in 1835. In the Baclayon church is a dungeon, which was used to punish natives who violated the rules of the Roman Catholic church. Baclayon is some 6 km east of Tagbilaran City. Catch a bus or jeepney in Tagbilaran, going into the direction of Baclayon. You may also find a tricycle willing to bring you there. Inmaculada Concepción Parish The mission of Baclayon was established by two Jesuits Juan de Torres and Gabriel Sanchez who arrived in Bohol on 17 November 1596. They came from Cebu. Torres reports that he could not find a decent place to celebrate Mass, there wasn't even a serviceable table in the dwelling they stayed in. The Jesuit convinced the inhabitants to build a church, which they accomplished in no time. This was most likely a bamboo and thatch church. Baclayon served at one time as the residentia or center of the Bohol missions, where the superior resided. Baclayon was one of two towns that did not join the Diwata revolt (1621), remaining steadfast in the Christian faith. Source:Bohol Philippines

Bacolod Golf and Country Club is a 33 hectare 6050 yards course with 18 holes and 44 silica filled sand traps.  Located at Had. Binitin, Brgy. Blumentritt, the golf course has been a venue for a lot of local and international prestigious competitions and tournament. Source:Municipality of Murcia Website 

Bacolod City
The Bacolod-Silay City International Airport has one primary runway 45 meters (150 ft) wide and 2,000 meters (6,600 ft) long, just a bit longer than its predecessor, the Bacolod City Domestic Airport.  The runway runs in a direction of 03°/21°, and can currently handle aircraft as large as the Airbus A330.  Provisions for an 500-meter (1,600 ft) expansion of the present runway in order to accommodate even larger aircraft like the Boeing 747 and the Airbus A340 are in place. SourceWikipedia  

San Fernando (La Union)
Bacsil Ridge Monument is located in Barangay Bacsil, San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines. Bacsil Ridge is one of the most famous battle sites in the region. This is found in a mountainous terrain about 10 kilometers east of the city proper. It was the border of the Japanese Line established in mid-January 1945 and the Joint 121st Infantry Regiment of USAPIF-NI. A monument stands in the ridge to commemorate the hard-fought and won battle in the city.

Valencia, Anas, Bohol Badiang Spring is an underground freshwater spring that gushes forth over a cliff only a few meters high forming an attractive waterfall. The water is icy cold and flows directly to the sea which is only a few steps away. The area where the spring is located is scenic. The top of the cliff is full of trees and from there you look towards the mesmerizing blue expanse of the sea. Under and on the sides are rugged cliffs with intermittent tall coconut palm trees, old talisay trees, and other tropical foliage. The area is a favorite haunt of the locals, who either bathe under the falls or go swimming in the crystal clear water of the sea beyond. It is also a source of drinking water of the surrounding neighborhood. Likewise, the water that flows to the sea is where the locals wash their soiled clothes. The beach is not of fine sand. It is a beach of round and smooth stones – a joy for pebble collectors. The crystal clear blue sea beyond is ok for swimming and for snorkeling. The water is icy cool near the spring’s outlet and warmer further off. Nowadays, the area where the spring is located looks different: more attractive and convenient to bathers. Gone were the days when I bathe in the spring under its natural surroundings . . . and for free! Before, only a small pathway leads down a rugged cliff towards the spring’s natural outlet. Coming out from the top side of a cliff, the rushing water flows naturally over it, forming a waterfall. The water then winds its way thru a stony ground towards the sea. Now, due to the ever increasing influx of tourists, local and foreign alike, the LGU (Local Government Unit) and the eco-tourism council of the town where it is located developed the area into a tourist haven. With an entrance of P20 per adult and rental fee of cottages, huts and shelters, the municipality earns and is able to give jobs to some of their constituents. With the resort as an initial project, the government is aiming to develop more income-generating ventures and turn the sleepy town into a tourist destination.  How to get to Badiang Spring The Badiang Spring is located along the coast of Valencia town, at barrio Anas, in the province of Bohol. This is one province of the Philippine archipelago that has developed into a tourist destination. Valencia town is 42 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City, the lone city of the province and its capital. It lies east along the coastal highway. The town is a 4th class municipality with a population of over 7,000 spread into 35 barangays. Source:Bohol Philippines

The Bagacay Point Lighthouse is located in an uphill area which overlooks the sea. Ever since the past century, the lighthouse has served as a guide for sea navigators and fishermen from neighboring towns in Cebu Province. Source:Cebu Province Official Website