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Mt. Pulag in Benguet included in Tripadvisor 2020 Travelers' Choice 'Not to Miss' destination in Luzon

Photo Courtesy || Mt. Pulag National Park - Bulletin
Cordillera - The Luzon Island in the Philippines was voted by Tripadvisor's readers as the World's Top 2 Trending Destination in the 2020 Travelers' Choice Awards. 

Luzon landed in the 2nd spot of traveler's popular destination in Luzon just after Kochi in India based in the list of Top 25 Trending Destination in the World released on February 25, 2020.  

According to Tripadvisor, "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."

The island of Luzon houses some of the world top destinations for tourist and travelers including  the National Museum of Manila, Fort Santiago in the Walled City of Intramuros and Cordillera's Mt. Pulag National Park which is one of UNESCO's list of World Heritage Center.

Mt. Pulag National Park is located in Kabayan, Benguet and it is the third highest mountain in the Philippine next to Mt. Apo and Mt. Dulang-dulang. 

It was proclaimed a National Park through Pres. Proclamation No.75 on February 20, 1987 covering an area of 11,550 hectares. 

Mt. Pulag is part of the Cordillera Biogeographic Zone and is a National Integrated Protected Areas Programme site.

The mountain also known as the 'playground of the gods' is famous for its "sea of clouds" and the view of the Milky Way Galaxy at dawn, which has attracted many tourists who wanted to experience the 'heavenly' scenery.

It has attracted at least 50,000 tourists in 2019 according to the latest data from the local government of Kabayan.

On Thursday (February 27, 2020), Kabayan Mayor Faustino Aquisan issued EO 23-2020 to lift the temporary suspension of all tourism activities in Mt. Pulag due the threat of the Coronavirus. 

Tourists who are planning to visit Mt. Pulag however, need to follow protocols set by the local government to ensure their safety and prevent the spread of the virus. 

In an advisory issued by the municipality of Kabayan, all tourists, tour organizers and tour operators should require their guests/clients/customers and all tourist do declare their travel history before being permitted to visit the park. 


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