a common mode of transport in Metro Manila, home to 10 million
Boulevard in the Ermita area, Manila. The ocean is to the left.
In such a crowded, bustling city, a bit of nature is much
common mode of transport is the 'tricycle'. For P7 per person
you can go for a decent distance in the city.
This one is
man powered and he looks ready and willing!
Memorial in Rizal Park, a real oasis in crowded, noisy Manila.
The changing of the guard happens every couple of hours. The
park has flowers, fountains, Japanese and Chinese gardens, wide
lawns, a chess playing area and music! On Sundays this park is a
favorite with the locals for picnics and family time.
of tricycle, powered by a motorcycle. Convenient, available, affordable.
When it's raining, the side flaps are rolled down.
area in Rizal Park. Notice the towel that the player in the
center is wearing on his head. All throughout The Philippines, vendors
came up to us to sell us these 'head towels'. Certainly a high
fashion way to keep the sun or rain off one's head!
lined up in the city
of Dumaguete on the island of Negros. The island of Cebu is in
the background. As you can imagine, island life is very
connected to the sea.
the lunch special at Annabelle-Jean's in Dumaguete. Price is
P95, just a little over $2USD. We enjoyed our meal with a full
sea view from our table.
dinner at Lab-as seafood restaurant in Dumaguete, we met a
family at the next table. The Filipinos are so warm and
friendly, that we were immediately invited to their home on the
other side of the island for the Maskaras festival! Here, their
children pose for a photo.
tropical islands, we take advantage of the marvelous seafood
available. Fresh, vibrant, and everywhere!
As you know,
many fish lose their coloring when taken from the sea. Here, you
see the exotic brilliant turquoise of local fare. These fish
sell for about $1.70USD per kilo.
Dumaguete locals free-dive for tasty sea urchins. They remove
the outer shells then take them to town for sale.
and music are Filipino riches cultivated in youth. The sea is
right behind this church.
of Dumaguete. The spine of these mountainous islands are seen in
The South Sea
Resort Hotel, about 2.5 kilometers from our hotel. P10 per
person on a tricycle will get you there!
We had shrimp
cakes, beverages, and this delectable seaweed salad for a light
lunch at the resort.
and friendly smiles are everywhere! It's hard not to fall under
This sea view
walkway is a relaxing place for families to have picnics and
share music. Many restaurants line up on the other side of the
road offering this restful view. The yellow and blue building in
the center is Bethel Guest House.
another essential mode of transport island-to-island. We took
this Oceanjet ferry to Cebu City from Dumaguete for P800 each.
tourist attraction in Cebu City is Magellan's Cross. Pieces of
the original cross brought across the ocean by Magellan are
housed inside this hollow cross. This Spanish world explorer is credited for
bringing Christianity to the Philippine islands in 1521.
the Philippines is often done in small stages. We took a ferry
from Negros Island to Cebu City, a plane ride to Kalibo, this bus from
Kalibo to Caticlan and finally, a ferry to the island of Boracay.
in the quiet sunset hours on Boracay. Certainly a little piece
of paradise and worth the effort to arrive here!
tricycles, so little time! We took these daily to our favorite
beach of Diniwid on the island of Boracay.
Take our word
for it. The Filipinos welcome you to their country! Family and
fun is the order of the day.