1. Mt. Sawi
Photo credits: Biyaheng Nueva Ecija
I’m guessing the name of the mountain explains itself: Sawi in the context of romance means to be broken-hearted. Mt. Sawi, also known as Mt. Bigti (morbid much), is located in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. The legend of Mt. Sawi tells of a woman who fell in love with a man from a different village. Since I don’t wanna spoil it for you, their romance doesn’t really end well.
What I can tell you is that it it’s the kind of grief-stricken romance a lot of us might be going through right now. Once you hike up to its summit, you can ask the guides in the area about the complete story, and you’ll witness the beauty of Nueva Ecija from atop the mountain. Feel free to take in that view and leave all your negative thoughts behind!
Tips: It’s a trail fit for first-time hikers and beginners, so you don’t have to be a pro to trek up. We suggest that you conquer this hike with a guide in tow so you can enjoy the history of the place even more!
2. Moalboal, Cebu
Moalboal Undersea Life
Photo credits: Marielle Catral from thelifeinapinkbackpack
Moalboal is a water lovers’ paradise! This island is best known for its beaches and numerous water activities to keep you occupied. Additionally, it is at least 3 hours away from Cebu City on bus. Moalboal’s underwater sights is teeming with life and will be the main highlight of your trip for sure!
As the saying goes, “There are plenty other fish in the sea”, then go and have an underwater date with the fishies! You can try freediving – which is like scuba diving but without the gear – and swim beside various schools of fish like sardines. It could be a more authentic way of bonding with the friendly fishes, so technically, you’re not alone!
Tips: Don’t even try attempting freediving without proper guidance from a pro. There are loads in the island so you don’t have to worry!
Photo credits: @nizzatravels on Instagram
Okay, maybe you expected Sagada to be on this list, but that doesn’t make it even more travel-worthy! There’s this movie called That Thing Called Tadhana, where Angelica Panganiban just screams her heart out. If you watched that scene, you’ll know what I’m talking about, if not then try it!
At the high terrains of Sagada you can copy that scene or at the summit of Mt. Kiltepan you can watch the sunrise, perfect for reminiscing and pouring out your emotions to the heavens. By the time you get down from the mountain, you’ll be looking and feeling like a new and improved you!
You can also go spelunking in Sumaguing-Lumiang Cave Connection if you’re not into hiking. Be ready for the thrill-seeker in you ‘cause you’re gonna get down and dirty in the dark!
Tips: There are plenty more activities to do in Sagada! We suggest also taking a side trip to Baguio on your way home.
4. Hulugan Falls
Photo credits: A Wanderful Sole
Nahulog ang loob ko sa Hulugan Falls! [I fell in love with Hulugan Falls!]
Hulugan Falls is a newly discovered gem of the Philippines, located in Luisiana, Laguna. There’s a trek on the way to the waterfall but when you reach the area, you won’t even feel the ache in your body (and heart)! The majestic falls and ethereal mist surrounding it will leave a fluttering feeling in your tummy – kind of like love at first sight!
Go for a swim on its waters or better yet, take that leap of faith (literally) and jump down the falls itself! The sights and fun you’re gonna have there will be more than enough to make you throw your love worries in the backburner!
5. Great Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga
Great Santa Cruz Island Shore
Photo credits: Roj Braga of Adventuroj.com
Guess what, the Philippines has pink sand beaches and one of them is at Great Santa Cruz Island! The pink sand beach is in Upper Calarian, Zamboanga City. The sakura-like color of the sand can inspire some pretty nice photos for your Instagram feed, or if you’re there to simply see the wonder of the place you can just chill around the shore while waiting for the sunset! Sure, maybe you don’t have someone to share it with but don’t think it’s less special, because you shared an intimate moment with place itself! 😉
Tips: Leave your hurt to the waves but please don’t leave your trash! Let’s help preserve the cleanliness of the beach.
6. Cave Pools of Anda, Bohol
Cabagnow Cave Pool
Photo credits: batanglaagan at WordPress
For the travelers that are scared of the sun or just don’t wanna get sunburned but still need a feel of the water, you should go to the famous Cave Pools of Anda, Bohol. Yes, there’s not just one but there are several: Combento, Kaligoon, Cabagnow, and East Coast Cave Pool to name a few!
Jump through the cave hole and into clear, pristine waters. Some of the cave pools go as deep as 25 feet, but all of them the most beautiful, sparkling waters. Clear your mind and heart from all your love troubles right here!
Tips: Don’t forget to rent a ladder for some of the cave pools since their too high for you to get out of. Also, most of them don’t have any rocky handles to hold on to when you get tired, so remember to always swim safe!
7. Tacsiyapo Wall at Isdaan, Tarlac
Photo credits: Rachel Oakley from lostateminor.com
Sometimes the only way you can release tension is to throw something. No kidding! Come down to The Tacsiyapo Wall at Isdaan, Gerona, Tarlac and release your anger! It is really a Filipino restaurant whose specialty is seafood, but one of the trademarks there is its Tacsiyapo Wall. Although there are a lot of these walls during fairs and carnivals, Isdaan’s is the permanently placed one.
Depending on how much emotional baggage you’re carrying, you can buy a mug for as low as P15 to a TV (yeah, a working TV) for P1300 and chuck it to the wall. You can dedicate it to your taksil boyfriend or your intrigera ex, or maybe you just wanna throw something for fun! It’s the perfect place to just release your emotional stress and energies without breaking any of your own house furniture!