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What does travel mean to you? Some might think you have to leave your own country to travel or you must be away for a certain period of time. To me, traveling is just going somewhere else, anywhere, whether familiar or new. It doesn’t matter if its the next town over, a new country or other place in your own country. One of my hobbies is traveling. I like to travel with my friends and we usually do it once a year or twice a year. I haven’t visited other country but what we want to do with my friends is to travel first here in our country which is the Philippines. Philippines is composed of 7,107 islands. Manila is the capital city of the Philippines. My country is rich in natural resources and famous for its long stretch of beaches and coral islands. There are many beautiful islands in the Philippines, I want to discover and visit these beautiful islands first than discovering other countries. Last summer of 2014, I went to Coron Island with my friends to celebrate my birthday as well. Coron is the largest third island in the Calamian islands in Northern Palawan in the Philippines.  It has seven lakes, one of it is Kayangan lake which is the cleanest lake in the Philippines. It also has a  number of islands with white beaches and clear blue waters perfect for snorkeling, deep sea fishing and shipwreck diving. It was my first time to travel with my friends. When we arrived in Coron island, the people were very friendly and smiling. So we were strolling and enjoying the beautiful place. On our first day, we went to Maquinit hot spring which is located near the downtown area. Since its really cold in Coron at night its good to visit in Maquinit hot spring in late afternoon and soak your body in the hot water. By that, you will be more relaxed. The pool is big but not deep. There’s a lifeguard and the place is well maintained. The view is also amazing, you can see the beautiful rock formations and mangroves are everywhere. In our second day, we went to Mt. Tapyas. Mt. Tapyas is the second tallest mountain and one of the most  dominant land features around the town of Coron in Busuanga Island, Palawan. You have to go through the 800 steps in order to reach the top of the mountain. It’s best to go there in the afternoon to chase the sunset. When you can reach the top of the mountain you can see the whole island and its beautiful rock formation. For me, that was the most amazing view I have ever seen in my entire life. I don’t want to go home anymore, I just want to stay there for the rest of my life. Living there with a simple life is what I’m dreaming of. I just want to go away from the hustle and bustle of city life. On the next day, we had our island hopping tour. We went to 5 tourist spots in Coron namely Banul beach, Banana beach, Kayangan lake, Twin Lagoon and had a shipwreck dive. These places never failed to amaze me. We really enjoyed swimming, snorkeling and diving. You can really see how they take care of these places. The beaches are clean with white sands. There are a lot of foreigners swimming and discovering the beautiful islands of Coron. Though, the food and accomodation there is really expensive but it’s all worth it. Coron island is one of the most beautiful creation that God had created. The beautiful rock formation is like painting and when I first saw it I just said wow and remained speechless. After that trip, I realized there are a lot of beautiful places that we need to visit here in the Philippines. I am so blessed that I am living in this country. I don’t need to travel other country just to discover new things. I need to discover it first in my own native land. This present year, Coron Island is the most beautiful island in the whole world.

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