Region IV-A (CALABARZON)
The region is composed of five provinces, namely: Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon; acronym CALABARZON.
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Quezon Province Natural Attractions
It is a group of island located at the Tayabas Bay area where there are white sand beaches and rich fishing grounds. This is also the site of Tulay Buhangin where sand dunes connect the islets of Padre Burgos during low tide. It is located in Tayabas Bay, near the coast of Pagbilao
About two kilometers in diameter and 75 meters deep, Tikob Lake lies on the crater of an extinct volcano. Thick foliage surrounds the lake. It is located in Tiaong, Quezon.
Puting Buhangin Beach
Located in the Pagbilao Grande area, this pure white sand beach, with crystal-clear and calm water, is a favorite place in Pagbilao during the summer months. The white sand beach is about 70 meters long and 10 meters wide. A small cave is found at one end of the beach. It is located at Pagbilao Grande, Pagbilao, Quezon.
It is a small barangay, which is located in the heart of Mt. Banahaw. The area enjoys a cool temperature of about 17.2 degrees Celsius. About 400 meters from the end of the concrete road is the “jungle,” as the locals refer to it. Inside the jungle are lush vegetation and a river, which supplies the irrigation system of the area. Giant ferns, some extending to more than 10 feet, are all over the side of the foot trail. It is located in Barangay Mamala I, Sariaya, Quezon
It is a body of water connecting the northern part of Quezon to the Pacific Ociean. It bounds the coastal towns of Atimonan, Gumaca, Plaridel, Lopez, and Calauag, and the islands of Alabat. It is a rich fishing ground and the home of various living corals. Most parts of the bay consist of gray sand, some parts are filled with rocks, and other living corals. It is gradually sloping to the extend that, during low tide, the water level is low enough to allow one to walk as far as five hundred meters from the shore. The beaches in the towns of Gumaca and Plaridel are sandy and ideal for swimming. In some parts of the bay, about ten feet from the beach front, are living corals. The town of Lopez has the best colonies of corals which are located just about15 minutes by boat from the shore. Lamon Bay is located at the northern part of Quezon
Tayabas Bay (Sariaya Area)
The area of Tayabas Bay in Sariaya is developed because of the presence of several large beach resorts. The sand is gray and the water level is gradually sloping. It is located in Sariaya, Quezon.
Mt. Banahaw. This 7,382-foot extinct volcano is famous for its mystical attributes. Unique religious rites are held during Holy Week by pilgrims who believe that Christ walked on this mountain. There are approximately 66 to 68 registered religious sects whose members hold rituals on Holy Week. The mountain is also a favorite site of amulet hunters. Mt. Banahaw is located at the western part of Quezon
Quezon National Park
With an area of about 9,830,765 hectares, it has an intricate system of caves, waterfalls, springs, creeks, gorges, and ravines against a quaint backdrop of lush greenery. Local folks say that the park is full of flora and fauna from butterflies to birds and monkeys tugging along their young, while crossing the street. Trees are so tall and huge that the zigzag road is relatively dark. The park is also the site of Pinagbanderahan, a place where the Filipino Revolutionaries planted the Philippine flag in their fight against the Spanish colonizers. Quezon National Park encompasses the western municipalities of Atimonan, Pagbilao, and Padre Burgos. It can be reached by walking for about one hour from the road to the top of a ridge.
This is the site where members of religious sects of Mt. Banahaw believe Christ spent His Calvary. Thousands of pilgrims, the number of which may reach to 30,000 come to this area to fulfill their vows or be healed of their afflictions. What can be found here are the rocks where Christ was believed to have been tied (Pinaggapusan). His footprints are embedded on a rock, and a cold and damp rock at the entrance of a cave is said to have curing power. Kinabuhayan is located in Barangay Kinabuhayan, Dolores, Quezon
Ina Ng Awa
Situated near Kinabuhayan, at the foot of Mt. Banahaw, Ina ng Awa is also believed to be mystical. The mystical caves are located in this area. Many small caves and rock shelters were given Biblical names and some also serve as altars for the sects. Some, like the Santong Husgado Cave, test the purity of the spirit of those who enter. The ones with clean spirit can easily pass through and the unclean ones are overcome by rocks inside the cave, preventing them from continuing. Ina ng Awa is located in Barangay Sta. Lucia, Dolores, Quezon
Cristalino Falls, Mt. Banahaw
It is a few meters south of Santos Collegio, where crystal clear water can soothe one’s thirst after climbing a few slopes up. The falls is located in Dolores, Quezon
Durungawan, Mt. Banahaw
Having the strength of going up higher at Mt. Banahaw, one can see for himself the crowning glory of the holy mountain’s peak called “Durungawan” – a window place on the mountain’s top where one can gaze at the valleys, towns, and city surrounding the sacred mountain. It is from there that one can feel the ultimate satisfaction of having gone up the mountain. Durungawan is located in Dolores, Quezon
It is probably the longest cave in Atimonan, with a clearance of more or less 2 feet in height. It is located in Barangay Malusak, Atimonan, Quezon
These are two islands located off the shore of Padre Burgos town. The bigger of the two, Malaking Talabaan, is a favorite jump-off point to the beaches of Padre Burgos and the neighboring town of Pagbilao. The smaller island, Maliit na Talabaan, is a rock formation jutting out of the sea. What makes the island unique is that the rocks seem to have been curiously arranged and piled.
The Mag-asawang Bato are two pieces of big boulders jutting out of the sea. During low tide, the land where the stones stand are exposed so that people can walk over them. The boulders are located off the coast of Padre Burgos.
It is the biggest of the three islands near the shore of the municipality of Lopez and the neighboring towns of Calauag and Gumaca. The beach area is gradually sloping and the water is clear. Its best assets are the nearby colonies of corals about 50 meters from the islands. It is located in Barangay Hondagua, Lopez, Quezon
Tulay Buhangin Island
The island is one of the favorite areas of vacationers who go to Padre Burgos. Although one beachfront has been damaged, other parts of the island are still good for swimming. It is located in Padre Burgos, Quezon
This tourist spot looks very much like an ordinary island nestling in the calm waters of the Pacific. The people who live there, about 25 families, have very dark skin and brown hair. Coconut trees are all over the island. Aside from cogon grass, Bermuda grass also grows in abundance. Part of the perimeter of the island is covered with mangroves. Other parts of the beach are made up of either white sand or rocks. The entrance to the island (distance from the shore is about one kilometer) is good for snorkeling because it has colonies of live corals. During low tide, the corals can be clearly seen from a boat. The island is located in Calauag, Quezon
Located about three kilometers from the town port of Real, Baluti island covers an area of about 23 hectares. A wide river separates the island, which is a part of the mainland. Many parts of the island are covered with pine trees, instead of coconut trees. The beach areas are good for swimming. The water is relatively clear and the gray sand is fine. A slight drop-off is located just about 10 meters from the beachfront. It is located off the coast of Real.
The beach is about two kilometers long, 30 meters wide, and has been the favorite picnic area of many locals especially during the summer months. The sand is fine and light gray in color. The drop-off is about 20 meters from the shore. It is located in Barangay Libjo, Infanta, Quezon
The beach is about three kilometers long and 40 meters wide. Parts of the area have gray sand, smooth pebbles, and rocks. Rocks with curious formations are also present at one end of the beach. A spring with cold water can be found near these rock formations. It is located in General Nakar, Quezon
It is the biggest of the three falls located in Barangay Mapalad in Real. It has about 100 feet of cascading water.
San Francisco Beach
The beach is about one kilometer long and 25 meters wide. The color of the sand is light brown and the ocean floor slopes gradually. The area is a favorite picnic ground of the people of Polillo. It is located in Barangay Sibulan, Polillo, Quezon
Coccoc is a small island which looks like an umbrella from afar. White sand beaches surround the island. Although quite far from the town proper of Polillo, this particular island is also a favorite picnic area of many locals. It is located in Polillo, Quezon
The island is about one hectare in size and filled with mangroves, talisay trees, and other shrubs. The beach is gently sloping and it has light brown sand and crushed shells. The deeper portion is dotted with isolated coral beds. It is located in Burdeos, Quezon
The island has an area of one hectare and is still uninhabited. It is circular in shape and ringed by fine white sand. The sand level gradually slopes and the water is very clear. The land is densed forested. Not far from the island is a good spot for snorkeling and diving.
The island is about 15 hectares in size and filled with coconut trees. Like the other islands, it has white sand. It is located in Burdeos,Quezon
The island is about 15 hectares in area and the white sand beach on one side of the island is about one kilometer long and 25 meters wide. During low tide, one end of the island reveals a long stretch of sand which looks like a sand bridge. It is located in Burdeos, Quezon
It is a small islet or a large rock, which also looks like a land bridge with a small cave where swimmers can pass through from one end to the other. It is located in Anilon, Burdeos, Quezon
Malaking Malaguinoan Island
The bigger one of the two Malaguinoan islands, it is about 40 hectares in area. Several white sand beaches are located along its coast. It is located in Burdeos, Quezon
The major attractions of Puting Bato are its cliff walls, which look like limestone cliffs of North Palawan. Aside from the walls, there are small caves. Small isolated beaches, which are good for swimming, can also be found. Rock formations, which look like umbrellas, abound in the area. It is located in Barangay Puting Bato, Burdeos, Quezon
One of the biggest islands of Burdeos, it is about 40 hectares in area size. Several beaches are also present in the island. It is located in Burdeos, Quezon
Palasan is the biggest of the many islands of Burdeos. It is about 150 hectares in land area. Like the other island, Palasan also has several beaches. It is located in Burdeos, Quezon
Although the beaches in Anawan are good, they are very far from the town pier. The distance is about 1.8 nautical miles. Its land area is about 18 hectares.
Sila Beach is part of the main island of the town of Patnanungan. The beach is brown and gently sloping. Not far from the beach are colonies of corals. At one part of the beach are queer rock formations, which look very much like speedboats docked in a marina. It is located in Sila, Patnanungan
The sand on the beach is brown, and gently sloping. The beach is about 500 meters long and 20 meters wide. A wide area of coral reef is located near the island. It is located in Patnanungan.
The beach is one of the popular areas in the island for tourists. Because of the clear water, the wide area of the beach, and the sudden drop-off, professional swimmers prefer the area. It is located in Jomalig, Quezon
Maria Cristina Park
It is a promenade park with an area of 200 square meters, built along the Lamon Bay area in Atimonan. It is located along the Maharlika Highway, Atimonan, Quezon
The park consists of seven hectares of fully developed and well-maintained area located at the heart of Lucena City, the provincial capital. It features a children’s playground, a beautifully landscaped garden, a man-made cave, and a large area for outdoor dancing. It is located at the Capitol Compound, Lucena City, Quezon
It is a monument at the heart of the National Forest Park built in 1938 under the commonwealth government. This is called Pinagbanderahan for its historic role during World War II. It is a perfect vantage point to view Mt. Banahaw, the islands of Marinduque and Mindoro, as well as the major towns and cities of Quezon, like Lucena, Pagbilao, and Tayabas. It is located in Barangay Malinao Ilaya, Atimonan, Quezon
About 100 meters from Kinabuhayan spring, it is a place where one can bathe from sprinkles of tiny droplets of water from mountain springs, as fresh as dewdrops pouring down from the mountain slides. It is located in Dolores, Quezon
Sta. Lucia Falls
Before going directly to the falls, an adventurous tourist can detour to a winding footpath leading to “Ina ng Awa,” a place of religious worship where many members of religious sects pray for guidance from the Virgin Mary. 267 steps going down to Sta. Lucia falls, one can hear the murmur of the cascading water as it quietly settles into a tranquil basin, truly nature as its best. The falls is located in Dolores, Quezon
Tayabas Bay (Sariaya Area)
The area of Tayabas Bay in Sariaya is developed because of the presence of several large beach resorts. The sand is gray and the water level is gradually sloping. It is located in Sariaya, Quezon
Lumiliay River Waterfalls
It is approximately 114 km. from the barangay proper and is blessed with fresh, clean water. It is located in Barangay Caridad, Atimonan, Quezon
It has clean and fresh water. It abounds in tall trees and is ideal for picnicking. It is located in Barangay Malinao, Atimonan, Quezon
Manlalayes Lakes and Gunao Lake
These lakes are the main sources of fresh fish, like tilapia, hito, and dalag. Visitors can buy fresh fish at reasonable prices. They are located in Dolores, Quezon
Part of the Pagbilao Grande Islands, this is where the Tulay Buhangin (Sand Bridge) is located. People say that Patayan Island was named from the site where the young men of the town were killed by pirates during the olden times. This is the island to which one end of the Tulay Buhangin is connected. The island has a beach known for its smooth stones. The island is located in Pagbilao Grande, Pagbilao, Quezon
It is the biggest of the three islands near the shore of the municipality of Lopez and the neighboring towns of Calauag and Gumaca. The beach area is gradually sloping. The water is clear. Its best asset is the nearby colonies of corals about 50 meters from the island. It is located in Barangay Hondagua, Lopez, Quezon.
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Philippines Cuisine Characteristics
The traditional way of eating is with the hands, especially dry dishes such as inihaw or prito. The diner will take a bite of the main dish, then eat rice pressed together with his fingers.
This practice, known as kamayan, is rarely seen in urbanized areas. However, Filipinos tend to feel the spirit of kamayan when eating amidst nature during out of town trips, beach vacations, and town fiestas.
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