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Panoramabillede af Edwin Karganilla Jr. EXPERT Taget 08:51, 05/02/2012 - Views loading...

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A rest hut in Batad

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Mang Ben's Hut in Batad, Banaue, serves as refuge to one of my photographer friends.  It was cold that morning, with no clearing, we were hoping for some miracle to happen fo rus to get that very elusive morning shot.

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A: Traversing The Paddies Of Batad

Af Edwin Karganilla Jr., 80 meter væk

As the clouds started to creep in, we trekked to higher ground hoping to get a good vantage point and...

Traversing The Paddies Of Batad

B: Early Morning Batad

Af Edwin Karganilla Jr., 100 meter væk

Early Morning in Banaue.  One can see smoke and fire from the village and surrounding houses.  Time t...

Early Morning Batad

C: 360° View of Amphitheater Terraces of Batad - Banaue, Ifugao

Af Rommel Bundalian, 170 meter væk

The Batad rice terraces is famous with amphitheater shaped terracesand it is also part of the Banaue ...

360° View of Amphitheater Terraces of Batad - Banaue, Ifugao

D: Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines

Af Edwin Karganilla Jr., 170 meter væk

Traversing Cambulo Village to Batad.  This is the view from the upperdeck, a sweeping panorama downward.

Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines

E: Shooting the Ampitheater

Af Edwin Karganilla Jr., 180 meter væk

Early morning shoot with the PiPhoOrg Camera Club and Friends at the Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue, Ifu...

Shooting the Ampitheater

F: Batad Handheld Group Shot

Af Edwin Karganilla Jr., 180 meter væk

A quick handheld panorama.  Taken at the northern tip of Batad rice terraces.  What a magnificent vie...

Batad Handheld Group Shot

G: Bachang Canon

Af Edwin Karganilla Jr., 600 meter væk

Bachang Canon

H: Rice Terracies of Batad, Philippines

Af Luca Candela, 630 meter væk

Rice Terracies of Batad, Philippines

I: Batad View Point

Af Edwin Karganilla Jr., 650 meter væk

At the View Point, the entry to Batad, this is where you will find the different places to stay, such...

Batad View Point

J: The View Deck at Simon's Inn, Batad

Af Edwin Karganilla Jr., 660 meter væk

The View Deck at Simon's Inn, Batad, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines My favorite hill-side guesthouse in ...

The View Deck at Simon's Inn, Batad

Dette panorama blev taget i Philippines

Dette er et overblik over Philippines

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.

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