The Philippines is a hotspot for scenic vacation destinations and South Korean celebrities are no stranger to them. Numerous famous personalities have been in and out of the country for our white, sandy beaches and lush mountains—experiencing everything the country has to offer. And who could blame them? This tropical paradise is home to a lot of natural gems. It’s safe to say that they favor our top holiday spots as much as we favor theirs.
Check out which Philippine holiday destinations are frequented by our favorite celebrities:
Cebu is probably the trendiest holiday destination for South Korean actors and idols. From personal getaways to reward vacations for an entire K-Drama crew, countless K-celebrities come to the island for the crystal clear waters and to witness the rich marine life. Hallyu heartthrob Park Bo Gum, for one, shared that his snorkeling experience when he visited back in 2017 will remain a fond memory for him and that he cannot wait to do it again.
Snorkeling at Pescador Island is a guaranteed fun time. You will be greeted by schools of fish and colorful coral reefs. It’s the perfect activity for those who want to experience incredible Cebu marine biodiversity.
Exploring the city is just as exciting if marine activities aren’t for you! Like EXO’s Kai, roaming around the metropolitan area (and snapping photos along the way) is a way to get to know the city’s rich history and culture. Follow the footsteps of EXO’s main dancer and visit the popular tourist attraction Magellan’s Cross, drop by a couple of local markets to see local produce, and more!
Speaking of Korean idols, the Padding Squad, a famous group of friends in the industry that includes Ha Sung Woon, VIXX’s Ravi, SHINee’s Taemin, HOTSHOT’s Timoteo, and of course, Kai himself, have taken a summer Cebu getaway in 2019 that has left everyone jealous of their friendship, and, of course, their well-documented, fun travels.
The group took their adventure to Kawasan Falls, where they went canyoneering. These boys certainly look like they enjoyed the adrenaline rush of jumping off of cliffs and plunging into the cool waters of the falls. When in Cebu, this is definitely a must-try activity.
Ravi also took to Instagram the news about receiving his scuba diving certification in Cebu! In the photo, he poses underwater—no less—showing off his newly-acquired license to mark his achievement.
Now, what’s a trip to Cebu without having a feast of the island’s most mouth-watering flavors?
Earlier this year, ASTRO member Sanha chronicled his healing time in Cebu on Instagram, posting photos of him enjoying giant red crabs at a restaurant in Lapu Lapu. Teeming with marine life, Cebu is one of the best places to hit for delectable seafood experiences.
The picturesque Bohol is best known for the iconic Chocolate Hills, which Sandara Park of 2NE1 visited in 2019. She celebrated her birthday by going on a sightseeing tour of the province and has shared a wealth of photos of her getaway online.
It isn’t just the Chocolate Hills that lure Korean celebrities to Bohol. Other natural wonders such as its pristine beaches and the majestic Loboc River, characterized by its emerald waters and surrounding flora are popular tourist spots as well.
B1A4’s Sandeul looked like he had a fun time when he went on a Loboc River Cruise during his 2017 visit to the island. The River Cruise is the ideal mix of sightseeing and relaxation as you get to feast on an array of local dishes as the boat sails down the calm river.
Batangas, which is the nearest vacation destination from Metro Manila, is abundant with stunning beaches perfect for a quick weekend getaway – which is exactly what EXO’s Sehun did.
During a 2017 trip to the Philippines, fans believe that he stayed in Batangas from the photos he uploaded on social media. Posing in an infinity pool with an outline of mountains in the background, he seemed to have had an amazing time enjoying the serene views of nature.
K-Pop group SEVENTEEN also spent a quick vacay in Calatagan, Batangas in 2017. Although their stay was mainly for an album jacket shoot—where they are seen playing on the beach, riding a tricycle, and relaxing in cottages—their stay proved to be a memorable one for all the members, especially to Jeonghan, who picked Batangas as his favorite beach destination.
This list wouldn’t be complete without the famous Boracay. Many hallyu stars made their way to relax on the shores of this island paradise to relax and unwind or film travel variety shows like KBS2’s “Battle Trip.”
Among the most popular idols who went on a secret trip to Boracay is PENTAGON’s Kino, who was seen snorkeling, enjoying delicious food, hatting with locals as he got his buko juice fix, and even riding on the back of a tricycle! In a 2022 interview while promoting the group’s latest album “IN:VITE U,” Kino likened his Boracay trip to a movie.
For your next getaway ala your favorite South Korean celebrity (that is, once conditions are better and restrictions are lifted), choose from the many exciting trips available on KKDay!
Words by: Arian Blasquez