20 Best Islands in The Philippines for Beach Getaways

Looking for the best beach escapes in the Philippines? Look no further than these gorgeous islands in Palawan, Bohol, Cebu and more.

1. Canigao Island, Leyte

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Canigao, Leyte’s hidden gem, is a small island located off the southeastern coast of Leyte. Its beauty is often compared to that of Boracay’s, thus locals fondly call it Leyte’s little Boracay. Minus the crowd, of course.

2. Calaguas group of islands

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Calaguas is under the jurisdiction of Vinzons, Province of Camarines Norte. The islands of Calaguas can be reached by boat from the fishing village of Paracale. There are no commercial establishments in the island, but you can set up your own tent and camp overnight. Just make sure to bring your own food and drinks, and you are set for an awesome island adventure.

3. Sumilon Island, Cebu

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“Sumilon” translates to “shelter”. The story behind this name is that many fishermen seek shelter in Sumilon Island when there is bad weather. Aside from its shifting sandbar, Sumilon Island has a century-old baluarte (watch tower) and a natural lagoon. This island paradise in southern Cebu can be reached from Oslob.

4. Palawan Island, Palawan

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Palawan is one of the most beautiful islands to visit in the Philippines. From exploring the underground river in Puerto Princesa to snorkelling at Honda Bay, there is no shortage of things to do in Palawan. From Palawan, travellers can go island-hopping to discover the smaller islands that surround it.

5. Coron, Palawan

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Located at the northernmost island part of Palawan, Coron is as beautiful as many people claim it to be. Aside from marveling at the picturesque Kayangan Lake, travellers can beach-hop, soak in hot springs and dive to explore shipwreck sites in the surrounding islets.

6. Siargao, Surigao del Norte

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Siargao is a tear-shaped island that enjoys year-round waves, making it one of the best surfing meccas in the country. Many Australian and European surf enthusiasts find their way here to ride huge waves.

7. Panglao Island, Bohol

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Part of main island of Bohol, Panglao boasts white sand beaches and world class dive locations, and it is frequented by many vacationers. When in Bohol, do try their delicacies such as ube jam or ube halaya (purple yam), kalamay (brown, sticky sweet treat that is sometimes encased in coconut shells), peanut fingers and peanut brittle.

8. White Island, Camiguin

 

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White Island is actually an uninhabited white sandbar off the northern shores of Mambajao, Camiguin. The picturesque horseshoe-shaped sand bar changes in shape and size, depending on the season. The area surrounding the island also hosts some of the greatest dive sites.

When in Camiguin, try their sweet lanzones and include a visit to the sunken cemetery in your itinerary.

9. Boracay Island, Aklan

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As many travellers would have known, Boracay is the party island destination in the Philippines, famous for its long stretch of White Beach. Best time to go is during summer season from March to May. If you want to avoid the crowds on the beaches, visit around June to September. Complete your trip with a fruit shake from Jonah’s and a calamansi muffin from Real Coffee and Tea Café.

Also Read: 10 Boracay Experiences to Complete Your Boracay Getaway

10. Bantayan Island, Cebu

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Since the Philippines is a Catholic country and observes Holy Week, Bantayan Island is the only place in the country that you can eat meat without feeling guilty during Lenten Season. Bantayan Island used to be a Spanish base against Moro invasions. Hence, the island has built many forts and watch towers all over the place which locals fondly call “Bantayan sa Hari” (watchtower of the king). It was then shortened to “Bantayan”.

11. Ave Maria Islet, Guimaras

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Ave Maria Islet can be visited as part of an island hopping tour from Guimaras. The white sand beach and interesting rock formations of Ave Maria Islet will guarantee that it will be your favourite island among the lot around Guimaras. When the tide is high, the beach will be submerged but when the tide is low, you can have a picnic on the sand. Adjacent to the Ave Maria Islet is the Turtle Island, which is also well worth a visit.

12. Siquijor, Siquijor

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In the past, Spaniards nicknamed the island province of Siquijor as “Isla del Fuego” or “Island of Fire” due to the glow of fireflies seen every night. Siquijor was popularly known for traditional folk healing and bewitching myths of sorcery. Aside from its mystical charm, Siquijor is home to tempting beaches, multi-tiered waterfalls, old spiritual structures and mountains. You can even ask the locals to point you to a faith healer.

13. Kalanggaman Island, Leyte

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Kalanggaman Island is Leyte’s ultimate beach destination, famed for its long sand bar that stretches from one side of the island to the other. There is no restaurant on the island but visitors can buy fresh catch from local fishermen selling their bounties. Grilling stations and wooden tables are available for use as well.

14. Batan Island, Batanes

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Once you overcome the treacherous waves to get to Batan Island, you will fall in love with the stunning rolling hills and Ivatan stone houses before your eyes. One of the places you must drop by in Batan Island is Honesty Coffee Shop, which is well-known to both locals and travellers as the shop that does not have anybody manning the store. Food and refreshments are available and tagged with labels, and you can just leave your payment into a basket.

15. Corregidor, Luzon

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Corregidor is an island located at the southwestern part of Luzon Island. During World War II, Corregidor is the site where historic battles between Filipino, Japanese and American troops were fought. There’s more to the island than its war stories and fortifications, though. One can join a jungle survival camp, go bird-watching, have a scenic boat ride or just laze on the beach.

16. Bucas Grande Island, Surigao del Norte

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Bucas Grande Island is known for its magnificent white beaches and it resembles a mix of Palawan, Bohol and Boracay. One of the sights you need to visit in Bucas Grande is the enchanting Sohoton Cove that has a partly-submerged entry and exit point. Other than caves and incredible beaches, you can also find mangroves, waterfalls, lakes in Bucas Grande Island.

17. Balesin Island, Quezon

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Balesin Island is a 500-hectare members-only paradise in Polillo, Quezon and it has a beach that stretches 7.3 kilometres, with sand colours varying from white to golden sand. It also a virgin forest with old banyan trees, colorful birds and glowing fireflies. Anyone privileged enough to experience this island will find that they have so many options for activities: from mountain biking and archery to boxing and tennis. Balesin Island even has an aquatic sports centre, a clubhouse, spa facilities, restaurants and bars.

18. Caramoan group of islands

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The Caramoan group of islands is an unspoilt paradise known for being a shooting location for the global reality TV show “Survivor”. This group of islands in Camarines Sur is blessed with fine white sand, caves, limestone cliffs, lagoons and a cornucopia of marine life. Since Caramoan is underdeveloped island, there’s no resort or hotels in the area. However, there are homestays and pension houses in the town centre.

19. Malapascua Island, Cebu

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Malapascua is charming island in northern part of Cebu that offers travellers a chance to see and even get close to huge sharks such as hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, whale sharks and thresher sharks. Giant manta rays, devil rays and turtles can also be spotted underneath the crystal blue waters.

20. Vanishing Island, Davao

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Nestled in between Davao del Norte and Samal Island, Vanishing Island is a wide stretch of sand bar that largely “vanishes” when the tide rises. Those who wants to stay on this island without vanishing along with it during high tide can stay in the charming cottages on stilts.

Also Read: 20 Reasons Why You Must Visit the Philippines

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Our children are not our possession, they are entrusted to us to care for

Our children are not our possession, they are entrusted to us to care for until they can independently live in this world, ready with their college degrees or creative passions.

We model our good behavior to our children or God’s children and it is our honor when they grew up as responsible citizens, loving and caring other human beings.  We are temporary caretakers of our children and we do not own or possess them. They are children of God and not our own. We are tasked to take care of them until they can take care of themselves.

Religion is a place to worship and not to limit us in the way we love or treat others. Positive cultural practices are followed and negative , dehumanized cultural norms are not followed as we are human beings, with free will and love.

I am sad of some honor killings in Pakistan. Let the future children believe that this world is filled with human love, not limited by cultural practices without love and compassion and not limited by religion that judges one because of abortion, marrying another without parental permission and so on.

I am sad that there is no family planning in the Philippines. A household of 6 siblings and the father and mother have no jobs. The children has to labor to put food on the table. And the older children dependent on their parents for everything. I am sad there is not enough jobs in the Philippines and not everyone can survive without help from other family members or relatives, college education is not free and other misfortunes.

I am positive that the future is bright if we have love in our hearts and passion to fulfill our dreams, to finish college and to find a better job.

I am hopeful for the USA without Trump or with Trump but still hoping that US politicians will put the people’s issues first and not their own.

 

Lung cancer in the Philippines

In the Philippines, cancer ranks third in leading causes of morbidity and mortality after communicable diseases and cardiovascular diseases (Department of Health–Health Intelligence Service or DOH–HIS, 1992, 1996) (1). Over the period 1942–96, communicable disease mortality has shown a gradually decreasing trend, in contrast to the increasing trends of heart disease and cancer (non-communicable diseases).

In the Philippines, 75% of all cancers occur after age 50 years, and only about 3% occur at age 14 years and below. If the current low cancer prevention consciousness persists, it is estimated that for every 1800 Filipinos, one will develop cancer annually. At present, most Filipino cancer patients seek medical advice only when symptomatic or at advanced stages: for every two new cancer cases diagnosed annually, one will die within the year.

The Philippine Cancer Control Program, begun in 1988, is an integrated approach utilizing primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in different regions of the country at both hospital and community levels. Six leading cancers (lung, breast, liver, cervix, oral cavity, colon and rectum) are discussed.

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The top cancer sites in the Philippines include those cancers whose major causes are known (where action can therefore be taken for primary prevention), such as cancers of the lung/larynx (anti-smoking campaign), liver (vaccination against hepatitis B virus), cervix (safe sex) and colon/rectum/stomach (healthy diet). Except for the liver, the top Philippine cancer sites are also the top cancers worldwide.

Survival from Cancer in the Philippines

The survival experience, regardless of treatment, of patients with top cancer sites diagnosed in 1987 and included in the DOH–RCR was evaluated as the first population-based survival data for Filipinos (5). Lung cancer had the lowest survival and breast cancer had the highest (Table 4). Five-year survival in excess of 40% was observed for only three cancer sites: oral cavity, colon and breast. For all other sites, survival was less than 30%. Owing to the small number of cases in each category, no distinct impact of age on relative survival could be perceived for most cancer sites. However, both observed and relative survival rates were low for breast cancer patients less than 35 years old.

A study in 1999 (11) estimated 17.9 million Filipinos to have a history of smoking (46.5% of the adult population). At least another 26.4 million are passive smokers. The economic burden resulting from lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular disease adds up to approximately US$ 1 billion (59% from health care costs, 39% from premature deaths and 2% from productivity loss).

Second-hand smoking, effects to non-smokers

The group renewed its call for stricter implementation of tobacco control measures in the country that will address the many dangers of smoking, including its effect on non-smokers.

The call comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday, February 27 celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), of which the Philippines is a signatory.

Among other tobacco control measures, the FCTC calls for protection from exposure to tobacco smoke.

Yet despite the Philippines’ Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 (Republic Act 9211), the figures are still alarming: 24 million Filipinos are exposed to tobacco smoke every day, with 66.7% inhaling second-hand smoke at work, and 75.7% in places without an anti-tobacco policy.

Citing the Philippine Cancer Society, NVAP said 3,000 Filipinos die of lung cancer each year because of second-hand smoke. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the Philippines and worldwide. (READ: What you should know about lung cancer).

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Lung cancer – top cancer in the Philippines

Dark chocolate with coconut butter and coconut sugar, anti-anxiety drug

  • Science now shows that chocolate may be good for you. Five chemical compounds contained in raw, unadulterated chocolate are highlighted to show exactly what they are and how they work.
  • First, antioxidant polyphenols that neutralize free radicals provide some of the most compelling aspects of eating chocolate because they can reduce processes associated with the development of diseases like Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer.
  • Second, chocolate contains anandamide, named after the Sanscrit word for “bliss,” which is a neurotransmitter in the brain that temporarily blocks feelings of pain and anxiety.
  • The caffeine and theobromine in chocolate have been shown to produce higher levels of physical energy and mental alertness while, counter-intuitively, lowering blood pressure in women.
  • Chocolate’s heart-friendly properties may be due to the presence of epicatechins, antioxidants which are found in higher concentrations in darker and raw forms.
  • Studies showed that one-and-a-half ounces of dark chocolate a day for 2 weeks reduced stress hormone levels.

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Theobromine in cocoa and carob products

In modern medicine, theobromine is used as a vasodilator (a blood vessel widener), a diuretic (urination aid), and heartstimulant.[1]

Theobromine increases urine production. Because of this diuretic effect, and its ability to dilate blood vessels, theobromine has been used to treat high blood pressure.[21] The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition notes that historic use of theobromine as a treatment for other circulatory problems including arteriosclerosis, certain vascular diseases, angina pectoris, and hypertension should be considered in future studies.[22]

Following its discovery in the late 19th century, theobromine was put to use by 1916, when it was recommended by the publication Principles of Medical Treatment as a treatment for edema (excessive liquid in parts of the body), syphilitic angina attacks, and degenerative angina.[23]

In the human body, theobromine levels are halved between 6–10 hours after consumption.[21]

Theobromine has also been used in birth defect experiments involving mice and rabbits. A decreased fetal weight was noted in rabbits following forced feeding, but not after other administration of theobromine. Birth defects were not seen in rats.[24] Possible future uses of theobromine in such fields as cancer prevention have been patented.[25]

Theobromine has also been shown to improve the microhardness of tooth enamel which could potentiality increase resistance to tooth decay.

Philippines Cacao

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Microbiology of cocoa fermentation and its role in chocolate quality

The first stage of chocolate production consists of a natural, seven-day microbial fermentation of the pectinaceous pulp surrounding beans of the tree Theobroma cacao. There is a microbial succession of a wide range of yeasts, lactic-acid, and acetic-acid bacteria during which high temperatures of up to 50 degrees C and microbial products, such as ethanol, lactic acid, and acetic acid, kill the beans and cause production of flavor precursors. Over-fermentation leads to a rise in bacilli and filamentous fungi that can cause off-flavors.

The physiological roles of the predominant micro-organisms are now reasonably well understood and the crucial importance of a well-ordered microbial succession in cocoa aroma has been established. It has been possible to use a synthetic microbial cocktail inoculum of just 5 species, including members of the 3 principal groups, to mimic the natural fermentation process and yield good quality chocolate.

Reduction of the amount of pectin by physical or mechanical means can also lead to an improved fermentation in reduced time and the juice can be used as a high-value byproduct. To improve the quality of the processed beans, more research is needed on pectinase production by yeasts, better depulping, fermenter design, and the use of starter cultures.

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Should Filipinas follow Venezuelan women on opting for sterilization due to food shortages

Venezuela’s food shortages, inflation and crumbling medical sector have become such a source of anguish that a growing number of young women are reluctantly opting for sterilizations rather than face the hardship of pregnancy and child-rearing.

Traditional contraceptives like condoms or birth control pills have virtually vanished from store shelves, pushing women towards the hard-to-reverse surgery.

“Having a child now means making him suffer,” said Milagros Martinez, waiting on a park bench on a recent morning ahead of her sterilization at a nearby Caracas municipal health center.

The 28-year-old butcher from the poor outskirts of Caracas decided on the operation after having an unplanned second child because she could not find birth control pills.


In the Philippines, the average number of children per household is 6 where the father has no job and the mother takes more than 3 odd jobs: laundry woman, street vendor and more.   Young children coming from a big family are forced to work at a young age to support a whole family.

Other factors affecting the increasing poverty level in the Philippines are:

  • low wages of teachers and nurses and rest of workforce
  • poor educational system in elementary and high school, families have to opt for expensive private schools
  • traffic and poor transportation making it hard for hard working college students who are also taking on odd jobs to send themselves to college in the absence of student loan system
  • expensive food items, crowded homes, poor living situation, lack of government funding in health care and social welfare and more
  • absence of condoms/family planning support, air pollution from cars/factories/smoking