Angie Quadra-Balibay (Condé Nast Traveller)
The Philippines has been named among the “40 Most Beautiful Countries in the World” by the popular travel site, Conde Nast Traveler (CNTraveler).
The Southeast Asian archipelagic nation of 7,641 islands is included in the list of countries that “have it all” in terms of natural resources and was specially cited by the travel site for the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan, the Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island, and the rice terraces of both Banaue and the Philippine Cordilleras.
Writer Caitlin Morton writes: “There are more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines, and they easily number among the most beautiful in the world. The Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan encompasses mangrove forests, one of the world’s most impressive cave systems, and an underground river. The Chocolate Hills of Bohol Island consist of an estimated 1,776 grass-covered domes that are mysteriously uniform in shape. The rice terraces of both Banaue and the Philippine Cordilleras provide panoramic views of every shade of green imaginable.”
The 40 Most Beautiful Countried in the World was released in June 2022 and is based on the World Economic Forum Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report’s Natural Resources section and the personal picks of CNTraveler editors.
CNTraveler Awards has included the Philippines and its travel spots such as Siargao, Palawan, Boracay, and Cebu among its top island destination choices.