By Marjaleen Ramos
Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines, was recognized the world’s second Trending Destination by TripAdvisor in its 2020 Travellers’ Choice Awards.
“Travelers are flocking to the island of Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines, to experience one of the more unique locations in the world. Yes, this is where the dynamic capital city of Manila is located, but more than that, it’s home to some of the most exquisite natural landscapes and biodiversity on the planet — from vast mountains and dense rainforests to endless beaches and coral reefs,” TripAdvisor wrote.
TripAdvisor, an online global travel platform, also listed popular destinations to visit in the country’s northern island, including the National Museum, Mt. Pulag National Park, and Fort Santiago.
Meanwhile, Cebu Island in the Visayas ranked 24th in the list.
“From the cosmopolitan metropolis of Cebu City and the white-sand beaches of Mactan to the electric-blue waters of Kawasan Falls and the whale sharks of Oslob, it’s easy to see why Cebu Island is one of the Philippines’ top destinations,” the travel platform said.
Among the top Cebu destinations cited were Casa Gorordo Museum, Tumalog Falls, and Sugbo Mercado.
Kochi in India topped the list, while Porto in Portugal, Porto Seguro in Brazil, and Gramado in Brazil ranked third, fourth, and fifth respectively.
TripAdvisor said the basis for the rankings were traveler reviews in 2019.
“The Trending and Emerging Destination winners are based on the feedback and growing interest from travelers on TripAdvisor and are therefore fantastic sources of inspiration and planning for discovering somewhere new,” said Neela Pal, VP of Brand for Tripadvisor, in a press statement.
“From the hot destinations our Tripadvisor travelers are currently loving, to fascinating new places whetting the appetite of more adventurous explorers, these winners are all ones to watch, and hopefully visit!”