Tuesday, July 17, 2012

It's more fun in the Philippines

(The pictures and the details are not mine, I posted this just to promote my country as well): I just hope that the one who made it won't mind me posting this here). Got this on facebook from a page: Stunning and Interesting Facts that you didn't know.

Magickal Marinduque, Discovering its Beauty.

The West Australian’s John Borthwick traveled all over and chose the top 10 islands in the world.

Marinduque, Philippines landed in the No. 2 spot, following Sicily, Italy. Marinduque, of course, is home to the famous Moriones festival during Holy Week, where Christ’s passion and death is reenacted with the blind centurion Longinus as the central character — and after which the masks are designed. Its position on the list is also due in large part to Bellarocca, an island resort patterned after Santorini, Greece, with its white-washed cliffside houses perched on the Aegan Sea.

The funny part of that list is that Santorini, the inspiration for Bellarocca, is only No. 10!

In this case, Bellarocca (a triple class A resort), which means “beautiful rock,” has surpassed the “original.”

Other islands on The West Australian’s list are Reunion in the Indian Ocean, Manihi in French Polynesia, the Maldives, Phu Quoc in Vietnam, Kauia in Hawaii, Koh Lanta in Thailand, and Zanzibar in Tanzania.

Marinduque has been on several lists of must-discover islands lately. CNN’s Tiffany Lam last year told travelers going for the “next-gen Asian hotspots” to “forget Phuket,” as she includes Marinduque as Asia’s next major tourist destination.

Elle Canada had the same opinion. Whereas Phuket may have been the great island to flock to several years ago, Marinduque is the “now” island. “There are no Starbucks on this volcanic Philippine island — life in Marinduque calls for a calmer pace. (Think white-sand beaches and sulfuric hot springs.) Its sole concession to luxe tourism is the Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa, which sprawls over its own island. Indulge your spiritual desires in the Meditation Sanctuary and your sensual ones in the Cigar Bar.”

Discerning travellers in search of their next unexplored destination need to look no further than the Philippine Islands. With its white Santorini-inspired architecture on rolling terrain contrasted with the azure blue of the sky above and the clear water below, Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa offers a fantastic experience unlike any other place in the Philippines and across South-East Asia.

An integrated resort, spa and lifestyle island destination, Bellarocca opened its doors to the public last February 2009 and is scheduled for full operations this 2012.

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