I am planning a trip to the Phillipines over Christmas and the new year with some friends. We would like to visit sites and villages of cultural and historical interest. Most of the information for tourists in the Phillipines concentrates on beaches and resorts. While we will spend some time in a resort and on the beach, I would appreciate advice and information on alternative things to do in the Phillipines. We will stay in Manilla for a few days but would like to do some travelling as well. Where should we go: north or south?