1. Party in Boracay!
Say what you want about Boracay, but it's the country's party hub for a reason. Its white sand beaches are lined with resto-bars, and people from all over the world flock to Boracay for an incredible experience. Sure, you and your cousins could just hit the clubs in BGC, but you haven't truly partied until you dance the night away there—and deep inside, you know it. Plus, you get to enjoy this stunning view while recovering the following day.
2. Learn how to surf in Siargao.
Nothing brings two people closer together than struggling through and accomplishing a challenging task, so why not try surfing with your pinsans? Shame and shyness are no longer issues because, hey, they were there during your awkward stage—what could be more embarrassing than your emo 'do in 2005? Known as the surfing capital of the Philippines, Siargao is THE place to be if you want to ride the waves. Btw, surfers are the chillest people out there, so you can learn sans fear of judgment!
3. Take a break from civilization in Sagada.
Did you know that there’s a 12-hour bus from Manila that can take you straight to Sagada? Already that's half a day’s worth of bonding! When you get there, though, you’ll only have nature, yourself, and each other—yes, the WIFI connection is weak AF! Apart from spelunking and hiking, you can also learn how to make pottery. At Sagada Pottery, they'll guide you through making your first piece for less than P150.
4. Channel your inner daredevil in Paoay!
There's so much more to the Ilocos region than Vigan and Baluarte Zoo. Rent a couple of 4x4s and some boards, and enjoy the sand dunes in Paoay. The activities there are suited for both beginners and thrill-seekers, so you and your cousins won’t have to compromise on the fun. An additional perk is that you get to end the day with a delicious longganisa dinner! ;)
5. Eat until you drop in Batangas.
We don't know about you, but most of our hangouts with our cousins revolve around food. If you've crossed every food park off your list, why not go for a short drive to Batangas for some good, ol' fashioned bulalo? Sometimes, we get too caught up in culinary trends, and we forget just how amazing our classic dishes are.
6. Go church-hopping in Iloilo.
Restore your faith and feed your soul while you enjoy new views in Iloilo! Iloilo boasts some of the most beautiful churches in the country. Miag-ao church is made of limestone and local corals; Jaro Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, and it’s known for having its bell tower across the street rather than right next to it; and St. Anne's Molo Church is called the Feminist Church because the saints adorning the main aisle are all women.
7. Try climbing + camping in Mt. Pico de Loro.
If you've never built a tent in your life, then you have no idea how much energy and determination it takes to successfully do it without wanting to tear the whole thing apart. Not to mention the three- to four-hour ascension you have to endure before you have start building. If this doesn’t make you guys close, we don’t know what will.
8. Take your adventures abroad, and fly to Hong Kong!
Whether you're a first-time flyer or an epic globetrotter, Hong Kong is the perfect place for any group looking to create memorable experiences. Explore Hong Kong’s streets and take selfies by incredible murals. Take a break from shopping, and go café-hopping! But if you're looking for something a little more fun and playful, drop by Trick Eye Museum Hong Kong, which is located in The Peak Galleria Mall.
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