I have the opportunity to travel to the Philippines on business for a conference in Cebu mid-August, and as I'll be on summer vacation from the university I think I'd like to stay for an extra week or two to take in the country. Unfortunately though, I don't have a lot of time to plan (as I normally would) for a trip like this and would appreciate any ideas or suggestions people might have for visiting the country. I'm looking more for interesting photo ops (nature, people, architecture) with the minimal amount of travelling/internal flights -- ideally just to visit 3 or 4 regional areas.

I know that going to the Philippines in mid-August is not an ideal time climate-wise, so if there are any other suggestions about places to avoid at that time that would be great.