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Where to celebrate National Heroes Day

Craving for an epic and fun-filled long weekend? With National Heroes Day right in the corner, you’ll have a chance to experience another fantastic long weekend in 2018. And the good news is, there’s absolutely no shortage of options, when it comes to incredible long weekend destinations for Pinoy travelers. Whether you’re certified thrill seeker, history buff or luxurious traveler, there are dozens of places where you can celebrate the upcoming long weekend and National Heroes Day with a bang. Skyscanner highlights some of the top places to celebrate National Heroes Day in 2018.


Pay homage to the valiant heroes who fought for our freedom by visiting Bataan during the long weekend. Stepped in culture and history, Bataan has a cornucopia of spots that will let you relive some of the country’s most important historical scenes. A couple of places you must visit in Bataan during National Heroes Day are Las Casa Filipinas de Azucar and Mount Samat. Historic delights aside, Bataan also has a few serene sports where you can escape the frenzy and stress of your daily city life, like Sisiman Bay, Playa La Caleta and Westnuk Beach Resort.

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Can’t travel far this National Heroes Day? Want to pay tribute to some of the bravest heroes in the country’s history? Just because Manila is a bustling metropolis with sleek skyscrapers, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a historical tour in our capital city. As you explore Manila on National Heroes Day, you’ll get to see a ton of remarkable historic sites, such as Intramuros, University of Santo Tomas, Paco Park, San Sebastian Church, Rizal Park and Mausoleo de los Veteranos de la Revolucion. Of course, most of the historic sites in Manila will also host events to honor the legendary Pinoys who lay the foundation for the nation’s independence.

As an added plus, Manila has a host of hotels where you can have a relaxing long weekend staycation, like Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, and Makati Shangri-La.

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Hong Kong

Dreaming of traveling abroad for the holiday? Why not make Hong Kong your destination for the looming long weekend? In just 3 days, you can hit a bevy of wondrous places and attractions in Hong Kong, from the mesmerizing panoramas in Victoria Peak to the extremely colorful theme parks. For foodies, you’ll have an endless array of choices that will surely please your palate and gastronomic urges. And, if you skip the theme parks and plan your Hong Kong travel itinerary carefully, you may also take a quick day trip to Asia’s gambling mecca – Macao, during the long weekend.

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Cebu is a timeless classic and a favorite for Pinoy travelers looking for a memorable long weekend getaway. Not only is it loaded with cultural attractions and historic sites, but it also has a plethora of enthralling natural wonders. On your long weekend adventure in Cebu, make sure to check out Kawasan Falls, Lambug Beach, Sardines Run in Moalboal and Casino Peak. For adrenaline junkies, get ready to have your minds blown with hair-raising activities like canyoneering in Alegria and the 100-foot skydrop in Danasan Eco Adventure Park.

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What’s not to love about the Lion City? In Singapore, you’ll get to fill your vacation days checking out a bunch of amazing diversions, including Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa, Singapore Flyer and Botanic Gardens. Moreover, Singapore is a paradise for food lovers, offering a tantalizing smorgasbord of dishes with Western, Indian, Indonesian, Chinese and Malay influences. Truth be told, there are so many must-eats in Singapore that we can’t name them all in one paragraph. But, if it’s your first time visiting Singapore, we suggest that you try the famed Hainanese Chicken Rice, Chili Crab, Laksa, Char Kuay Teow, Barbecued Stingray and Hokkien Prawn Mee.

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Bangkok, Thailand

Lively and beautifully diverse, Bangkok truly has all the hallmarks of a superb long weekend destination.  For starters, it’s a world-class destination that can be visited by Philippine passport holders without a visa. Often ranked as one of the world’s top cities for travel, Bangkok will sweep you away with its gleaming temples, flavorful street food, vibrant nightlife, authentic canals, lovely markets and great shopping finds.  Price-wise, it’s remarkably cheap too, making it the ultimate long weekend international destination for budget-conscious travelers.

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Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Voted as one of the New 7 Wonder Cities, Vigan will give you a taste of the country’s intriguing past with its horse-drawn calash, intricate architecture and cobblestone streets. Praised for its old world charm, it’s one of the few remaining Hispanic towns in the country, and the locals have done a terrific job preserving the antiques and architecture that still look fairly useable. And, did we mention that the city also boast a handful of tasty culinary goodies?

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Aurora, Baler

Every Juan knows that Aurora is a switchboard for surfing in the Philippines. Likewise, there are some people and historians who know that Baler is the birthplace of the country’s second president – Manuel Luis Quezon. But, what most folks don’t know is the fact that there’s a place within Aurora that plays an important role in Philippine history. And guess what? This place dates back before Quezon’s reign as the president.

Nestled in front of the town’s municipal hall, Baler Church is the place where the Siege of Baler took place. The siege was a battle between the Spaniards holed up inside the church and the Filipinos who were trying to convince the Spanish forces to surrender. If you want to experience a beautiful piece of history in the town, don’t forget to include this church to your Aurora travel itinerary on your National Heroes day break.

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For those who just want total relaxation and fun for the holiday, look no further than Palawan. Ranked by travel magazines as the world’s best island, Palawan has been a dream destination for millions of travelers worldwide. Known for its breathtaking scenery, Palawan will appease your wanderlust with its crystal clear lagoons, immaculately clean beaches, towering rock formations and enticing dive spots. Plus, it has a multitude of classy and deluxe resorts that can give you a getaway that you’ll remember for years to come.

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One of the best spots visit on National Heories Day

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Think it’s not possible to experience all the eccentricities and charms of KL in just 3 days? Even in 72 hours, you can have a sweet and blissful escape in Malaysia’s impressive capital. From the glittering and towering Petronas to the one-of-a-kind Batu Caves, you can fit in a glut of attractions and stops to your 72-hour Kuala Lumpur travel itinerary. Not to mention, a visit to KL lets you sample some of the country’s tastiest authentic dishes and delicacies, like Roti Canai, Curry Laksa, Ais Kachang and Nasi Lemak.

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