Top 13 Best Cities in the Philippines

Why not enjoy a whole new adventure exploring the different cities of this beautiful country?

Here are 13 Filipino towns and their best-kept secrets!

When ready for an exciting vacation, check out these astonishing locales in your desired region.

We start with Manila, which is known as The Pearl of Asia. 

Davao City has everything from waterfalls to beaches, and Cebu City offers gorgeous scenery that will make all your friends jealous on social media.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post about the top 13 best cities in the Philippines!

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1) Manila City

Manila is the capital of The Philippines and one of its most bustling metropolises.

Manila has about 12 million people, but it carries an undeniable charm found nowhere else in the country.

It’s not uncommon to see street vendors on virtually every corner, whether selling noodles or a five-dollar bag of peanuts.

Manila has plenty for history buffs, too. Rizal Park is a sprawling green space that houses the Philippines’ national hero, Jose P. Rizal.

The city also has many universities and colleges of varying degrees: from technical schools to liberal arts institutions.

One can find cheap accommodation in Manila hotels for as low as $50 per night if they are willing to stay in the outskirts.

The city has unrivaled nightlife, too; one can visit a “karaoke bar” on any block and sing their heart out for hours with little more than pocket change.

Manila is home to some of the best food that Filipinos know how to cook: from local fare like ceviche to more exotic dishes like sisig, a delicacy made from pig ears.

2) Cebu City

Cebu is a city that is well-known for its natural beauty and province.

Cebu has one of the most significant populations in the Visayas region and was a trading post between merchants from East Asia and Europe during ancient times. It became a Spanish colony in 1565.

Cebu City’s many attractions include historical sites, natural wonders, and vibrant culture.

Cebu is also home to some of the best beaches in the Philippines, with white sand that stretches endlessly for miles.

The city’s central shopping district, SM City Cebu, houses branches of popular brands like Nike and H&M.

Lastly, a tourist destination not to be missed is the Basilica of Santo Niño.

3) Davao City

Davao City is the largest city in Mindanao, and it’s considered one of the best cities to live in.

It has a colorful culture, which includes performing arts, cuisine, festivals, and historical sites.

Davao City is home to some of the Philippines’ most exciting attractions, including Crocodile Park, with its more than 500 crocodiles; 

the Davao Crocodile Farm, which is home to more than 150 species of animals, and the Kingdom of Tongkonan.

The city also has a wide variety of stores, from humble street vendors selling everything from dried squid to high-end boutique shops like Nike’s The Brandery Store.

Lastly, Davao City is home to some of the country’s most delicious dishes.

4) Dumaguete City

Dumaguete is the capital city of Negros Oriental. The city has a population of 131,000 and is known for its culture and art scene.

Dumaguete is also home to some fantastic beaches, like Tangub Beach in Bacong town with white sand as fine as powder sugar; Anawangin Cove on Panaon Island offers a great view of the sunset; and Dauin’s white sand beach.

Dumaguete is also a popular tourist destination, with many old Spanish colonial buildings in its downtown area.

Lastly, Dumaguete has fantastic food like bagoong rice, a specialty dish made up of grilled fish with fried garlic, vinegar, shrimp paste, and the sisig burrito.

5) Quezon City

Quezon City is the largest city in Metro Manila, with a population of nearly two million people.

Quezon City has many famous attractions, like Rizal Park, home to the National Museum and Quirino Grandstand.

Nearby attractions include the Philippine International Convention Center and SM North EDSA shopping mall.

Quezon City also has a lot of great food, like pork barbeque in Jollibee’s Quezon Avenue branch or pares (pork with vinegar sauce) from Mang Tomas.

6) Bacolod City

Bacolod is a coastal city on Negros Island in the Philippines, which for many years was known as “The Queen City of the South.” 

It features tropical trees such as palm trees, mangoes, and mango lining its wide streets. The town is home to famous restaurants, like Bacolod Chicken Inasal and Malou’s Jumbo Grill.

Bacolod has many tourist-friendly attractions like Bacolod City Plaza and Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center.

Nearby attractions include Dao Rice Terrace, the Crocodile farm in Dumaguete City, and the Bacolod City Public Market.

7) Baguio City

Pines City is a small city in the north of Luzon. Baguio City is famous for its cool weather, pine trees, and hot springs.

It has many attractions, such as Burnham Park with amusement park rides like the Giant Wheel or Splash Island waterpark, the Botanical Garden of Philippines at La Trinidad Valleyview resort town near Mt. Arayat, and the World War II Memorial Park.

Baguio City offers different tourist activities like exploring the exotic pine forest, hiking in Mt. Pulag, or biking around scenic Lake Baguio and Burnham Park to take pictures of its beautiful scenery.

The city is also famous among local tourists who enjoy eating at one of the many restaurants, shopping at the weekend market, or going to a Choco-latte.

8) Zamboanga City

Zambogoge City is filled with natural beauty everywhere you look; there’s never been any need to overbuild here because Mother Nature takes care of everything!

Its lush mountains are dotted with colorful flowers in every season.

Its lush mountains are dotted with colorful flowers every season, and Zamboanga del Sur may not be as large or famous as its fellow provinces, but it indeed makes up for it in its people’s warmth.

9) Tagaytay City

Tagaytay City is a popular tourist destination for both foreign and local tourists.

This Quezon province town offers many scenic views of the lower slopes of Mount Makiling and vistas at Taal Lake (approximately one hour away) that are often compared to those found in Switzerland’s Zermatt or Austria’s Salzburg.

The city also offers many dining and shopping opportunities, with lively nightlife.

Tagaytay City is also home to the country’s most-visited tourist attraction: Taal Volcano (the nation’s dormant but potentially active volcano).

The volcano has a lake of natural volcanic mud, which was once thought by locals to have healing powers.

The city is also home to the country’s tallest church, Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral.

The city has a significant population of Aetas and Tinguians who are traditionally animists but are now primarily Christianized.

Tagaytay City is also well known for its high-value residential properties due to its cooler summer climate, allowing for a more comfortable atmosphere.

10) Iloilo City

Iloilo City is the capital of Iloilo province in the Philippines. It is located at a river delta where it meets with Pontevedra and Pototan rivers on Panay Island, about 466 kilometers from Manila.

Iloilo City has an estimated population of around 300,000 as per 2015 census data, primarily concentrated in urban areas such as Barangay Poblacion and Barangays San Miguel, Santa Barbara, and Lapuz at Delgado.

The city’s economy relies on producing sugarcane products such as molasses (tuba), refined table sugar (panocha), and raw brown sugar cane (basis). The major industries in Iloilo are food processing plants, sugar mills, animal feeds, and oil manufacturing.

Iloilo City has the most significant public elementary schools in the Western Visayas region, with more than 200 teachers- one teacher to every forty students.

The Iloilo Science High School is an entirely science-oriented secondary school located at Brgy. Santa Barbara, Jaro, Iloilo City.

11) Subic City

Subic City, a former American naval base, is the gateway to Northern Luzon.

The city has been one of the fastest-growing cities as subdivisions and residential property developments sprouted in what was once regarded as an exclusive seaside resort for military officers and government officials during the Marcos regime.

Subic’s “economic miracle” began with its conversion into hotels, making it easier for people to come and visit the place.

The city has a lot of universities as well.

There are at least three private universities in the area, with more opening soon.

The city’s beaches are some of the best in the country: rest assured that you will find a beach to suit your taste.

The place has some of the most delicious food.

It is also home to one of the world’s tallest buildings, One Central Park, the tallest residential building in Asia.

12) Cagayan de Oro City

Cagayan de Oro is the center of trade and industry in Northern Mindanao. 

The city’s downtown area has many buildings from the Spanish era, giving it a distinct cultural ambiance. 

It is the second-largest city in Northern Mindanao and was part of Misamis Occidental until 1974 when it became a chartered city.

The city’s downtown area has many buildings from the Spanish era, giving it a distinct cultural ambiance.

13) Makati City

Makati City is a place to be for exciting and historical business opportunities.

It has been the financial center since the 1960s, located in Metro Manila’s Makati Central Business District, which houses many embassies and multinational companies.

The most notable part of this district? Some say it’s its crowning glory – one that can’t be missed: so-called “Makatitis” or put as ” the MBC.”

It sounds like heaven on earth!

The city has been ranked as one of Asia’s best cities for business, which means it is an excellent place to do business because many people think it is a perfect location to work and live.

Originally posted on June 2, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

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Throughout the years, I have had the opportunity to live in various countries, each offering unique perspectives and experiences.

My love for traveling led me to create, a website and blog dedicated to helping people plan their trips.

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