My favorite places in the Philippines: Joy Lim,  Travel Club head

Joy Lim, head of Travel Club, the Philippines' premier travel store, on her favorite Philippine destinations and places on her bucket list

By Monica De Leon


Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. By Daniel Soriano
“I like Vigan in Ilocos Sur for its rich history. I also like Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte. The portion at the end of the beach facing the Pacific Ocean is away from the crowd. Just be careful when there because the shoreline has strong underwater pull since it’s too close to open seas. But I love it because it’s isolated.”
Book a stay at Kapuluan Vista Resort.


“I like going to Bataan for its rich history – it’s got a handful of historical stops like Corregidor Island – and beautiful scenery like the beaches in Bagac area. The last time I went there was with my friends during my younger years.”
Book a Corregidor island tour and stay at Sun Cruises.

Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. By Jocas See
“It’s a bit touristy but it’s the site of a must see attraction, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. It’s a beautiful long river full of stalactite formations you can marvel at as you cruise and it’s a breathtaking experience. It can be a little bit scary though because you are deep down inside the rock, entrusting your fate to a local guide. Sometimes there are wild monkeys that will snatch your belongings so you really have to be mindful of your things and always listen to your guide. In Puerto Princesa, you go island hopping in Honda Bay.
Book a Puerto Princesa Subterranean River tour

Coron, Palawan

Coron is not so commercialized yet. You really get to be one with nature. Last time I went was with friends.”
Have a guilt-free stay at one of the newest resorts in Coron, Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa, which prides itself in being a 100 per cent self-sustaining property. 

Caramoan, Camarines Sur

“It’s in its purest. The area is not yet developed. There are so many things to do – island and beach hopping, trekking. Caramoan is so far it will practically take your entire day traveling. If you’re coming from Manila, it will involve several hours of land travel by bus plus a couple of hours more on the boat and then more land travel.
Know more about the adventure-packed peninsula, Caramoan


Baler in Aurora
A local surfer of Baler in action. By George Tapan
“Because we usually go to San Juan, La Union for surfing. I’d like to see how surfing is like in Baler next time.”
Check out Baler's hotels and resorts and where to book travel packages

Mt. Pulag in Ifugao
“I’ve read so many comments online from people who’ve trekked Mt. Pulag, saying how beautiful it is from the mountain top. I’d like to more than just hear and read about the experience.”
Find out about Mt. Pulag's tours



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“I’d like to see Pearl Farm in Davao. I’m told Davao is a safe and secure place to visit in the Mindanao region.”
Visit Pearl Farm.

Mt. Pinatubo
“The photos I’ve seen of the Pinatubo area after Mt. Pinatubo’s 1991 eruption caused lahar flows to change the area’s landscape are more than enough for me to want to see the place for myself. Apart from the scenic views, you can do trekking and take a 4x4 ride. These for me are worth experiencing.”
Check out Pinatubo tours

Bantayan Island, Cebu
“I’d like to see Bantayan because of its pristine beach and the locals. If you say Cebu holiday, what comes to mind is the Shangri-La or the busy city. I’d like to see beyond the usual side of Cebu.”
Learn more about Bantayan Island

Joy Lim is the current head of The Travel Club, an affilate of the Primer Group of Companies, overseeing the company's marketing, visual merchanding and operations. Prior to being head, she started with The Travel Club's marketing division in 2006, and tranfered later in 2011 in the visual merchandising division. 

Published March 2016