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Seven Serene Places to spend the Holy Week

Are you planning a vacation for the upcoming Holy Week & Easter weekend from April 13 to 16, 2017? Hager Travel and Tours has lined up some great deals for you on your search for the perfect Holy Week 2017 getaway. Be inspired and take your pick from among the most popular domestic destinations we provide.

Holy Week usually occurs in early April. For the predominantly Roman Catholic Filipinos, it is a period when families take leave from school and work and spend time visiting churches and/or revering the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Here are our offers for the 7 most tranquil places to visit during the Holy Week:

  1. Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur
    Roughly an 8-hour drive from Metro Manila, these sister provinces are popular for their gorgeous landscapes and centuries-old churches. Visitors often feel like they are traveling back in time, as many of these towns have done a splendid job of preserving their structures, some of which date as far back as the Spanish era. These make for great places to observe the Holy Week, particularly for vacationers who observe VisitaIglesia, or the tradition of visiting several churches and praying the Stations of the Cross.

La Union
  2. La Union
    Holy Week destinations are not limited to only choosing between churches and beaches. South of Ilocos Sur, the province of La Union has both. It is also an alternative for those who do not want to go too far north. Touted as the “surfing capital of the north,” the Point and Darigayos beaches are the spots to be for those looking for a different kind of peace and just want to surf the holidays away.

  3. Siquijor
    Siquijor is an island province around 30 kilometers south of Cebu. For the longest time, it had a reputation for being a place of magic and sorcery. While typically endowed with numerous beach resorts, waterfalls, and springs like most island destinations, it is the localsalternative healing methods that make it an interesting place to visit. Coinciding with Holy Week is the island’s Healing Festival, a four-day event marked with numerous masses, holy treks, and an exploration of the island’s different stretches, as well as specific healing sessions.

  4. Guimaras
    While not quite a household name like Boracay and Palawan, Guimaras is a great option for those seeking crystalline waters and shores with the finest sand. It is less frequented, providing vacationers with a certain level of seclusion, which is a little more apt for observing the Holy Week. Notable places to visit include the Baras and Natago beaches, the Pawikan Sanctuary, and the Panaluron Falls.

  5. Batanes
    Located in the northernmost portion of the Philippines, Batanes may be quite the commute for some, but the lack of malls and modern distractions make it a place worth making the trip to especially during Holy Week. Notable spots where visitors can enjoy quiet moments of reflection include Mount Iraya, Chawa Cave, and the Sabtang, Itbayat, and Batan Islands, among plenty of others.

  6. Sagada
    Another northern location that requires a bit of dedication is Sagada, a renowned destination due to its hanging coffins, numerous caverns, and breathtaking waterfalls. The area’s cool climate, lavish scenery, and minimal distractions make it one of the best places for a Holy Week excursion. Areas in Sagada that should not be missed include Echo Valley, the Samaguing and Lumiang Caves, and its own rice terraces.

  7. Cebu
    Even though the "Queen City of the South" is now more known for Sinulog and being a great jump-off for adventurers, it is also home to a lot of spiritual berths due to its distinct history. You can choose from both worlds. Visitors can go dive in the spectacular waters off Cebu islands and later take a look at the historical sights on display. For those who want to attend mass during Holy Week, stop by the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino for prayers and reflection. Cebu has it all.

A lot of these destinations also cater specifically to Holy Week “vacationers”. We at Hager Travel and Tours can arrange tour packages distinctively for you, from airfares to hotel bookings, accommodations to transfers, we’ll provide a hassle-free, memorable and in this particular case, peaceful vacation. See you soon and have a wonderful Holy Week 2017!