el nido view from the alternative restaurant
Welcome to the Alternative, a family-run Inn with restaurant and bar nestled into El Nido´s picturesque bay. We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and feature a wide array of healthy flavorful meals. Whether it is relaxing in our homemade wooden nests overlooking the sea or savouring a morning coffee while gazing at El Nido´s famous limestone cliffs. We also invite you to our most beloved island accommodations and the luxury of privacy it offers. Experience island serenity and be waken-up by cicadas and birds in the morning, the sunrise, the abundance of forests, white sand beach, corals for snorkeling, cave explorations, and wildlife. Come and enjoy the cooking of our chef with our organic foods and experienced staff. We also invite you to join our tours of different islands and enjoy our barbecue lunches! A relaxation and fun on your holidays!
Judith and a Tani started the El Nido Boutique & Artshop in 1995. Now it is the most popular meeting...
The Philippines are an archipelago of more than seven thousand islands off the southeast coast of Asia. Only half of these islands have been named and roughly one thousand are inhabited. Look at how beautiful they are! People first arrived here from the mainland around 25,000 B.C. by crossing a land bridge which existed at the time.
The name comes from Ferdinand Magellan of Portugal, who explored the Philippines in 1521. He claimed them in service of Spain, naming them after Prince Philip. Spain controlled the Philippines for the next 350 years until the Philippine Revolution of 1896.
Here's a picture of Fort Santiago, where the national hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned prior to his execution. He was a poet and novelist who supported peaceful reform, rather than violent revolution, against the Spanish government.
This is one of poems in which he describes the creation of the world, as a gift to his mother:
"Say they that tell of the world, the first dawn of the sun, the first kiss that his bosom inflamed, when thousands of beings surged out of nothing, and peopled the depths, and to the heights mounted, to wherever his fecund kiss was implanted"
Violent revolution broke out anyway and the Philippines changed hands from Spanish, to American, to Japanese control over the next fifty years. Following World War Two they finally became an independent republic.
Back to the beautiful ocean! You can dream about the Cafe Del Mar resort next time you find your screen saver kicking in when you're still sitting at the desk staring blankly. There's a series of DJ mixes with this title but I don't know if it refers to the same place. I would not be surprised.
Annnnd to really get you buying your plane tickets...
the sunset over Borocay White Beach!
Text by Steve Smith.