Luzon Islands People & Culture

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People in Luzon Islands 
Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Keep an eye on your stuff, particularly when walking around. When you get in at the airport, go upstairs to the departure area to get taxis that just dropped off passengers; the taxis who wait for new arrivals overcharge.

New traditional Filipino cuisine restaurant in Quezon City, near the Sulu Hotel. It's called Adarna, and they have very good food. Highly recommended.

Best bargain shopping, if you're up for a little adventure and heat, is in Divisoria. Take the MRT north to Quezon Avenue, then hop on a jeepney to Divisoria. It's a district of stalls and bargain shopping.

Bring lots of water. Be polite, but careful. Although there are a lot of nice people in Manila (and the Philippines in general), there are always a few jerks who try to take advantage of travelers, especially if you obviously don't look Filipino.
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Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Lovely people. So-so food. Terrible traffic.
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Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
DO NOT TRUST TO THE FIRST PERSON YOU MEET. FILIPINOS ARE FRIENDLY TO FOREIGNERS BUT THERE ARE ALSO SOME WHO ARE WISE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE.
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Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Hot and dirty. if your rich you drive in your air- conditioned car, from your air- conditioned house to the air-conditioned supermarket, shopping centre, amusement park. Whilst people try and sell yesterdays newspaper to you throguh your car window when you're stuck in traffic. Keep your windows up to avoid smoke and hands entering. Shopping rocks, people are lovely, yay if you have a pool, sucky if you don't.
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Angeles, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Most visitors (which is almost exclusively male) come her for one reason and since kids and people who complain too much read this, I won't say what that reason is. But there is another activity that is g-rated to do. Mt. Pinatubo is a volcano that had a huge impact when it erupted in 1991. It expelled 10 cubic kilometres on the surrounding 125,000 sq km. Today it is peaceful and you can go hiking through some of the new terrain that has been created. Myself I took a flight over and around the volcano. It was a bit hazy that day but still had clear views of the crater lake that is on top of Mount Pinatubo.
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Luzon Islands Culture 
Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
If you want a relaxing vacation come to the Philippines where you can see different cultures, good food that they make and great oceans, river falls!!
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Vigan, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Vigan is a huge on culture when it comes to the Spaniards colonial houses. It also know for its trade of pottery, the palatable longganissa (stuffed pork meat into sausages). There's also an old steeple that's quite popular because it was where the movie "Ang Panday" (the blacksmith)was filmed.  
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Angeles, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Yeah it's an adult playground. But it also a great place to find charitable causes to lend your knowledge on if your in the medical or social services professions. Additionaly, the diversity of cultures there is amazing and so chances to try different foods abounds. Try Margarita Station on Field Avenue and order the Salpicao. It's outstanding! Additionaly, take in the sights and tours which are extremely cheap compared to other tourist spots. If you want a tattoo, the world famous Mad Dog tattoo is in an inconspicuous little shop in upper Fields. They do quality work and it's safe (most importantly). Watch out for pickpockets, police, underage whores (unfortunately pedophiles love asian countries), legal age whores (in addition to the police), the thriving gangbanging community, scam artists, DONT ever take up an offer to go play cards, the transvestite population (unless you're into that sort of thing), and obviously someone is going to go there for the adult entertainment...so use a condom, and of course, stay away from the Koreans. If you run into a rude asian, it's probably a Korean and not a Filipino.
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Baguio, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Baguio is really a nice place to have a vacation. I was there with family and friends last December 2007. We had a great time. We visited all the tourists attractions there. We also went to the famous strawberry farm where they are culturing planting strawberries but
I can say that it is more expensive to buy strawberries from there unlike in the Baguio market where it is 100% cheaper. Its just that the strawberries in the farm are fresh and taken straight from the plant. You can also buy lots of cheap souvenirs around Baguio
City.
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Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
The people of the Philippines are wonderful people. They are some of the most pleasurable to Americans than any other culture I have visited. We were thanked several times for our nations role in the war.
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Luzon Islands Arts & Recreation 
Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
For live Music go to Manila! Did you know that all over the Asian Pacific Area music bands from the Philippines are on stage! Pilipinos are born with music and are extremely talented. In Manila don't miss Hobbit House (Freddie Aguilar, check which day of the week) or Cowboy Grill. Just walk along mabini street, Malate area. Lot's of music and fun.
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Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
check out Cowboy Grill in Ermita its fun hehe everyday live music
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Luzon Islands Sports 
Angeles, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Most visitors (which is almost exclusively male) come her for one reason and since kids and people who complain too much read this, I won't say what that reason is. But there is another activity that is g-rated to do. Mt. Pinatubo is a volcano that had a huge impact when it erupted in 1991. It expelled 10 cubic kilometres on the surrounding 125,000 sq km. Today it is peaceful and you can go hiking through some of the new terrain that has been created. Myself I took a flight over and around the volcano. It was a bit hazy that day but still had clear views of the crater lake that is on top of Mount Pinatubo.
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Cagayan de Oro, Luzon Islands, Philippines
great place if you are looking for water adventures - white water rafting, diving and snorkeling is readily available in this city...
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Mindoro, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Go Scuba diving or snorkelling here, fanatastic!
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Manela, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Talk about taking things for granted. My family came from a very poor background. The family that remained in the Phillippines at the time I visited was still having a hard time making ends meet. We had stayed for about a month and a half; me, my sis, and mother, father. We stayed mostly with our Uncle Efren, Auntie Edna and our five cousins. This was in Angono Village in Makati I believe. I was very young then like 10years old. The things I remember most are: water from a pump well we had to boil the water to drink, bringing home a live pig and my uncle slaughtering it. My Uncle Efren making my Xmas gift which was a very large paper mache' and bamboo kite; probably the most appreciated gift I had ever recieved. Sleeping in mosquito nets. Children or toddlers running around with no clothes. The closeness of family regardless of the conditions. The creek by there house which we fished out of with just a string and a makeshift hook. The village town center where parties, church and gatherings were held. The look of the kids when I brought my remote control car with me. The festivities during New Years was like no other I have ever experienced even till this day. I think about what we have now here in 'North America' and we truly take things for granted. Manila isn't like that anymore as I have heard from others who travel often to and from. That trip as a spoiled brat was enlightening and still lives with me till this day.
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Mindoro, Luzon Islands, Philippines
First of all: NEVER EVER go to Mindoro by boat from Busuanga to San Jose. It's just horror. You can get there from Manila easily by bus and ferry. Check-out little Puerto Galera with it's nice resorts and also lovely beaches (Tamaraw Beach as an insider tipp). If you want to something reeeally really special go to Abra de Ilog by ferry and take bus or taxi down to Sablayan. There are two islands and on one of them you can spend beautiful and relaxed vacations = Pandan North. There is only one resort on this island with swiss managers and very convenient. Perfect place for diving and snorkeling!
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Food in Luzon Islands 
Bontoc, Luzon Islands, Philippines
If you want to see the Ifugao tribes, then go to the Bontoc mountain province. It was such an interesting experience to see pine forests in the middle of the tropics. We stayed at Mount Data lodge, where it actually got quite chilly at night - very special place in the Philippines.
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Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
You really need to travel with someone who knows how to get around Manila because catching Jeepneys, tricycles or buses is not easy if you don't know how!! Because of the traffic, make sure you allot plenty of time to get to your destination, especially the airport! Don't give money to beggars or more will swoop down like pigeons or seagulls (take your pick). Best way to experience Manila is to stay with a family or a friend who lives there. The only good reason to visit Manila (apart from seeing family and friends) is for the shopping. The malls are huge and pretty cheap too.
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Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Keep an eye on your stuff, particularly when walking around. When you get in at the airport, go upstairs to the departure area to get taxis that just dropped off passengers; the taxis who wait for new arrivals overcharge.

New traditional Filipino cuisine restaurant in Quezon City, near the Sulu Hotel. It's called Adarna, and they have very good food. Highly recommended.

Best bargain shopping, if you're up for a little adventure and heat, is in Divisoria. Take the MRT north to Quezon Avenue, then hop on a jeepney to Divisoria. It's a district of stalls and bargain shopping.

Bring lots of water. Be polite, but careful. Although there are a lot of nice people in Manila (and the Philippines in general), there are always a few jerks who try to take advantage of travelers, especially if you obviously don't look Filipino.
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Makati, Luzon Islands, Philippines
the most modern place in manila. it's got fancy restaurants and shopping malls. but be careful. always follow your common sense!!
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Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Lovely people. So-so food. Terrible traffic.
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Luzon Islands Government 
Olongapo, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Olongapo is a city in the central west province of Zambales in Luzon Island in the Philippines. The city used to host the Subic Naval Base of the United States. The naval base was abandoned in the early 1990s and the facility was converted by the government into an export and business zone, the Subic Freeport.

There are recreational and shopping destination within and and around the Subic Freeport.
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San Fernando, Luzon Islands, Philippines
OASIS COUNTRY RESORT is a dynamic evolution in itself and a milestone for the province of La Union. The hotel-resort started as a single proprietorship in 1963. It was incorporated and registered under the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1975. With a vision to be global, preferred and the best and a mission to give its customers great value, delightful experience and to achieve a sustainable growth, came a remarkable moment when the development of the hotel got into fruition in 1996, the same year when it was finally inaugurated and known as OASIS COUNTRY RESORT. Oasis is owned and managed by La Union Country Resort Hotel, Inc. (LUCRHI), the highest rated Triple "A" resort accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and hailed as the "Healthiest Hotel in Region I" by the Department of Health (DOH). Strategically located right at the heart of La Union at San Fernando City, the coastal capital city of La Union, is an investment paradise. This emerging Subic version of the North-Western Luzon Growth Quadrangle is an important trading and commercial center being a home to several major industries in the Region. Host to Poro Point Special Economic and Free Port Zone and Regional government agencies, San Fernando City is considered the growth center of the Region. San Fernando is also a favorite destination of tourists especially during summer. La Union and the surrounding provinces is also perfect for out of town escapades with its clear, pristine beaches ideal for swimming, snorkeling, jet-skiing and surfing; and many historical and religious sites for recollection and pilgrimage. Undoubtedly, Oasis is a boost to the tourism industry. The hotel continues to be the most favorite destination in the Ilocos Region for business and pleasure guests alike. It has also been the preferred site of banquets, balls, dinners, luncheons, conventions, meetings for the civic, social, business and political organizations of La Union and its surrounding provinces, state and national organizations. It is also the priority choice of foreign-accrediting companies and a host to many international events such as medical missions and outreach programs. Anchored in the unique hospitality and warmth of its people, Oasis is a recognized trailblazer in the industry.
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Corregidor Island, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Corregidor Island
Corregidor is a small rocky island in the Philippines about 48 kilometers west of Manila which is strategically located at the entrance of Manila Bay. This island fortress stands as a memorial for the courage, valor, and heroism of its Filipino and American defenders who bravely held their ground against the overwhelming number of invading Japanese forces during World War II.
Also known as "the Rock," it was a key bastion of the Allies during the war. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines in December 1941, the military force under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur carried out a delaying action at Bataan. Corregidor became the headquarters of the Allied forces and also the seat of the Philippine Commonwealth government. It was from Corregidor that Philippine President Manuel Quezon and General MacArthur left for Australia in February 1942, leaving behind Lt. Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright in command.
Although Bataan fell on April 9, 1942, the Philippine and American forces held out at Corregidor for 27 days against great odds. On May 6, 1942, their rations depleted, the Allied forces were forced to surrender Corregidor to Lt. Gen. Homma Masaharu of the Japanese Imperial Army after having successfully halted the Japanese advance on Australia. It was only two years and ten months later in March 1945 when the Allied forces under the command of General MacArthur recaptured Corregidor ... making good his promise to return to the Philippines.
The big guns of Corregidor are now silent and the ruins of buildings, structures, and tunnels in the island tell a very moving story of a war that has claimed so many lives. A visit to this former battleground is a memorable experience especially for those who cherish and value peace and freedom. In his speech delivered at the signing of the surrender of Japan aboard the U.S.S. Missouri at Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, General Douglas MacArthur said, "It is my earnest hope and indeed the hope of all mankind that a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past - a world founded upon faith and understanding, a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish for freedom, tolerance and justice."
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