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A: Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

by Tinton de Castro, 6.9 km away

The town’s underground cemetery is a one of a kind structure in the Philippines. Built in 1845 by Pad...

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

B: Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery Chapel

by Tinton de Castro, 6.9 km away

The town’s underground cemetery is a one of a kind structure in the Philippines. Built in 1845 by Pad...

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery Chapel

C: Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery Crypts

by Tinton de Castro, 6.9 km away

The town’s underground cemetery is a one of a kind structure in the Philippines. Built in 1845 by Pad...

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery Crypts

D: Inside Nagcarlan's Underground Cemetery Laguna Philippines

by Alexis Estenor, 7.4 km away

The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is considered a national historical landmark because its undergrou...

Inside Nagcarlan's Underground Cemetery Laguna Philippines

E: The Garden of Underground Cemetery Nagcarlan Laguna

by Alexis Estenor, 7.4 km away

The garden surrounded with walled tombs and the facade of the chapel which is the main entrance to th...

The Garden of Underground Cemetery Nagcarlan Laguna

F: Nagcarlan's Underground Cemetery Chapel Laguna Philippines

by Alexis Estenor, 8.4 km away

Inside a chapel just above the underground cemetery in Nagcarlan, Laguna, Philippines. Built in 1851,...

Nagcarlan's Underground Cemetery Chapel Laguna Philippines

G: Yambo Lake San Pablo Laguna

by Edwin Karganilla Jr., 11.1 km away

Our final stop, the last of the 7 Lakes. Yambo Lake. San Pablo Laguna, The Philippines.  Together wit...

Yambo Lake San Pablo Laguna

H: Lake Pandin

by Edwin Karganilla Jr., 11.2 km away

Pandin Lake, San Pablo Laguna, The Philippines

Lake Pandin

I: Mojicap Lake Atop

by Edwin Karganilla Jr., 13.0 km away

Mojicap Lake, San Pablo, Laguna, The PhilippinesOne of the 7 Lakes of San Pablo.

Mojicap Lake Atop

J: Me, myself, Edwink and Piphols

by Edwin Karganilla Jr., 13.8 km away

Me, myself, Edwink and Piphols at the bridge in Palakpakin Lake, San Pablo, Laguna, The PhilippinesA ...

Me, myself, Edwink and Piphols

This panorama was taken in Philippines

This is an overview of 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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