Of all the many tourist spots in the Philippines that ranked well on the New7Wonders of Nature‘s first round of nominations, the Chocolate Hills was my favorite. Simple, for strategic reasons.
You see, the nominees are categorized into: islands, rock formations, rivers, seascapes, etc. And there’s a part wherein the finalists will be shortlisted by a “panel of experts.”
I love the Subterranean River in Palawan. Yes, it was oh-so-amazing but how could that beat the Amazon Rainforest? They share one category.
I adore the Tubataha Reef, too. But hey, there’s the Great Barrier Reef to shoo away.
So I wanted Chocolate Hills to be the country’s official nominee. Too bad, it failed to snatch that.
But then again, I might be mistaken. I haven’t seen the hills. And most of my friends who’d been there weren’t that impressed and were all rooting for the underground river. But then again, they’ve never been there. So, I dunno.
Of all the four elements, the most underrated, I think, is air. Most places give you a chance to enjoy the sea, the sand, and the sun. That’s water, earth, and fire respectively.
Batanes offers an intimate relationship with the wind. Yada yada, I dunno why I’m talking about this now. But yeah, I’d love to go to Batanes. But darn, that’s a long shot. I might sell a kidney to get my ass to Batanes. Anyone interested to buy? (The kidney, that is. Not the ass.)
Right now, since it’s the wind that I want, I’ll just make do with the electric fan at home.
I’ve been to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Park, Sabang Beach, Honda Bay (or is it Hunda?) and many other parts of the capital and its surrounding areas. But Palawan has too much to offer that I am dying to experience.
Next month, our company is treating us to Coron! All-expense paid! I love my office. It’s just so generous most of the time.
And then, I’ll be eyeing El Nido.
There you go, the top 15 destinations in the country that I’ll be visiting before I die.