THE CAPITAL Metro Manila, composed of 16 cities and one municipality, remains the top local destination for Filipinos during the Holy Week holiday, based on bookings of online site Agoda. Manila has been number one since 2017. Bookings on the week of April 14-21 this year show six of the top ten destinations are within the country, with Cebu coming in 2nd, Boracay replacing Palawan on the 3rd spot, and Baguio is 7th. Batangas and Palawan are 9th and 10th, respectively. “Boracay rounding off the top three did not come as a surprise as the reopening of the famous stretch of white sand beach has been a highly anticipated occasion for local and foreign tourists alike,” Agoda said. The four other destinations in the top 10 are abroad: Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Seoul. “Given Pinoys’ (slang for Filipinos) strong familial ties, spending a week of contemplation, introspection, and reflection with loved ones only seems fitting,” Agoda said.