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Boac Church of Marinduque: Philippine Travel Stories

The town of Boac, province of Marinduque, is well-known for the Moriones Festival. It’s also the site of the Boac Church (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception), although the marker on the church indicates that the cathedral was dedicated to the “Mother of Instant Mercy” (Pronto Socorro). The cross was brought to Marinduque in 1579, way before the construction of the cathedral in 1792. The Diocese of Boac was created in 1978. Continue reading Boac Church of Marinduque: Philippine Travel Stories

Mosques of the Philippines: Travel Stories

Religion is deeply rooted in the Philippines. Different religions, including Christianity and Islam, co-exist in this country. The mosques of our Muslim brothers and sisters , in addition to their religious significance, are architectural marvels that have become tourist attractions. Let us feature these mosques, as seen through the VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram. Continue reading Mosques of the Philippines: Travel Stories

Photo of the Day: Greece in the Philippines

We have a traditional idea on how the architecture on Philippine beaches and white islands should look like — nothing. We’ve said before that the government may decide to demolish all man-made structures in, for instance, Boracay and we won’t care. What we love, in the first place, is the beach: the fine white sand and the clear waters. Now, imagine how surprising it is to see a different country on a Philippine island? Go a few kilometers off the coast of Nasugbu, Batangas and you’ll find ancient Greece in Fortune Island. The Acropolis is actually now in ruins but we still have to find out if development has continued. Still, the place has a different attraction. Here’s a sampler courtesy of the lovely Hazel Pascual (_iamstorm), a Pinay who loves food, fashion, travel and, well, practically everything. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Greece in the Philippines

Gas Station Toilet: More Fun in the Philippines

Bohol is now more than the Chocolate Hills, the heavenly white beach of Panglao Island, the tarsier, the Loboc River cruise, the old churches, the man-made forest and other attractions. It now hosts one of the MOST important needs of any serious traveler — the toilet. Call it what you want — comfort room, restroom, or any other name — but it’s ideally a place of peace and comfort. We know, of course, that a clean toilet is a rarity for travelers on the road (but, mind you, seasoned travelers can do it the “natural” way). Imagine a CLEAN toilet. Imagine a CLEAN and ELEGANT toilet of a gas station. Now, stop imagining and go to Bohol. You’ll find this SHELL station (yes, we have to emphasize that it’s a Shell station as a token of appreciation for a gas station that takes a little from its billions of profits and gives back to motorists in the form of an ACTUAL, REAL clean toilet). We haven’t seen something like this, which is why we have this story about toilets. We hope other Shell stations follow suit. We hope ALL other gas stations follow soon (tell us which gas station has done so and we’ll feature them). Here, watch this video courtesy of Filipino-Canadian Jason Godfrey: Continue reading Gas Station Toilet: More Fun in the Philippines

Let’s Support and Vote for Vigan (Philippines) as New7Wonders Cities

Support and vote for Vigan City. Tell others and “convince” them to vote for Vigan City. We need to spread the word and vote for Vigan City as the Philippines’ only entry in the New7Wonders Cities. It started with the Nomination Phase (more than 1200 nominees from more than 220 countries), followed by the Qualification Phase and the shortlisting to 28 official finalist candidates (although we’ve counted only up to 21). The Philippines was part of the New7Wonders of Nature with the Puerto Princesa Underground River. See below on how to vote for Vigan. Continue reading Let’s Support and Vote for Vigan (Philippines) as New7Wonders Cities

World Heritage Sites of the Philippines

The Philippines has a number of World Heritage Sites, classified as cultural and natural, declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). There are other sites submitted for inclusion, but we shall feature them here once they make it to the list of World Heritage Sites. In the meantime, here are the existing five (5) sites on the list: Continue reading World Heritage Sites of the Philippines

Vigan, Ilocos Sur: Philippine Heritage City

Postcard-perfect. That’s how I’ve always imagined Vigan would be. Kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) leisurely rolling through cobblestone roads, passing century-old houses that are witnesses to Vigan’s rich history. I thought it would feel like being brought back in time, walking through the past which we’d otherwise read only in books. Continue reading Vigan, Ilocos Sur: Philippine Heritage City

Cape Bojeador Ligthouse (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)

A lighthouse, parola in Filipino and other dialects in the Philippines (and in Spanish, I suppose) guides ships and anyone at sea. The Philippines is an archipelago, composed of thousands of islands and, quite understandably, a large number of lighthouses. I’ll be surprised to know if you haven’t seen a lighthouse. Continue reading Cape Bojeador Ligthouse (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)

National Museum and Post Office Building (Manila City)

The architecture of buildings built during the American occupation of the Philippines tend to be similar, exactly identical, even. So maybe you’ve noticed that the building of the College of Law and the College of Education, facing each other at the other sides of the sunken garden of UP-Diliman, are the same. But we are not talking of the University of the Philippines here. Continue reading National Museum and Post Office Building (Manila City)