August is National History Month, and Agoda's got a neat idea: Why not have a staycation and snag a cool, on-site history lesson all in one go? If you're planning that field trip back in time already, here are five iconic places to begin—and a corresponding set of comfy hotels to book for the full experience. Click away!
1. Enjoy the view from Mount Samat National Shrine.
Built atop the historic Mount Samat in Balanga Bataan, the Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor), is a picturesque location that commemorates the fallen heroes of the Second World War. Components of the shrine are designed by prominent Filipino artists, making it an excellent venue that balances art appreciation and history.
If you’re looking to continue your history lesson, head to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, which is recognized by Historic Hotels Worldwide for its Spanish colonial-era architecture and design.
2. Walk back in time on Calle Crisologo.
A stroll through Calle Crisologo, a 15th century Spanish street in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, takes you back to the colonial era. The UNESCO World Heritage site features over 200 preserved historic structures, so you will find it easy to imagine what life might have been like at the time.
Close to Calle Crisologo is the Hotel Luna, a beautiful property that is equal parts hotel and museum. Built atop a four-story historic structure, the property blends colonial structures and art with modern amenities.
3. Go for a picnic at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park.
As the landing area for General Douglas MacArthur at the beginning of the campaign to end Japanese occupation in the 1940s, the park serves as a reminder of a pivotal time in our nation’s struggle for liberation.
A 30-minute drive from Palo, securing an accommodation in Tacloban is a more flexible option to maximize a trip in the province. The Oriental Leyte, which blends modern design elements with regional Asian culture, is a great option to access the city’s best attractions.
4. Say a prayer at Magellan’s Cross.
Located in Cebu City, Magellan’s Cross represents the arrival of Catholicism in the Philippines. Standing underneath a Spanish-style pavilion, the wooden crucifix is believed to be the same cross planted in Cebu in 1521 by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.
Enjoy a resort-like experience at Agoda Home Azalea Place Robinsons Cebu. The accommodation is within walking distance of other historical shrines in Cebu City.
5. Pay homage to our National Hero at Rizal Park and Shrine.
The latter years of our National Hero, José Rizal, are commemorated in the Rizal Park and Shrine, located in the city of Dapitan. Rizal’s life as a nationalist, educator, writer, and doctor during the end of the Spanish colonial period is celebrated through the structures in the protected area. The Rizaliana Museum houses the largest collection of Rizal’s personal items, from the blackboard he used for teaching to his sketchbooks and postcards.
Ariana Hotel is situated in Dipolog City, a well-connected base close to Dapitan. The relaxing and spacious rooms allow you to unwind after spending the whole day immersing yourself in Rizal’s history.