Bell Tower in Bantay, Ilocos Sur
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Bell Tower in Bantay, Ilocos Sur

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Panorama's in de omgeving van Philippines

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A: Bantay Church Bell Tower

door Michael Malag, 10 hier vandaan

Bantay Church Bell Tower

B: Bantay Tower Belfry

door Fung Yu, 890 hier vandaan

View atop Bantay belfry in Iocos Sur.

Bantay Tower Belfry

C: Plaza Burgos in Vigan

door Michael Malag, 940 hier vandaan

Plaza Burgos in Vigan

D: UNESCO Heritage Village of Vigan

door Fung Yu, 1.1 hier vandaan

UNESCO inscribed heritage village of Vigan in Ilocos Sur.

UNESCO Heritage Village of Vigan

E: Calle Crisologo

door Michael Malag, 1.2 hier vandaan

Calle Crisologo

F: Breakfast at Garden by the Ruins in Gordion Hotel

door Michael Malag, 1.2 hier vandaan

Breakfast at Garden by the Ruins in Gordion Hotel

G: Heritage Village -UNESCO’s World Heritage Site

door Rommel Bundalian, 1.3 hier vandaan

The Vigan Heritage Village is a town in Vigan, Ilocos Sur that is considered the best-preserved examp...

Heritage Village -UNESCO’s World Heritage Site

H: Hidden Garden

door Jon Caparas, 1.4 hier vandaan

Hidden Garden

I: Baluarte

door Michael Malag, 3.8 hier vandaan

Baluarte

J: Paoay Church - UNESCO’s World Heritage Site

door Rommel Bundalian, 53.7 hier vandaan

The San Agustin Church, or more commonly known as the Church of Paoay, is located in Paoay, Ilocos No...

Paoay Church - UNESCO’s World Heritage Site

Dit panorama is genomen in Philippines

Dit is een overzicht van 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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