Officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, the Philippines is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean. It consists of 7,107 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. After centuries of Spanish rule, it come under the authority of the United States, leaving a legacy of Catholicism and a love for donuts and fried chicken.
BAGUIO (BOTANICAL GARDEN)
Also known as Centennial Park, the Botanical Garden features native huts typical of the type of Igorot dwellings found in the Cordilleras.
Home to 2,000-year-old rice terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao by ancestors of the indigenous people.
Capital of the Philippines and the nation’s center of education, business, and transportation.
SAGADA (HANGING COFFINS)
Members of the Igorot tribe have long practiced the tradition of burying their dead in hanging coffins, nailed to the sides of cliff faces.
SAGADA (ST. MARY’S CHURCH)
A known landmark at the center of town and a vibrant Episcopal parish with a storied past.
A typical village known for its woodcarving, hand woven products, and the displaying of their ancestors’ bones.
For this, our first trip to the Philippines, we focused on the Northern Luzon region. In future trips, we’re hoping to possibly do some island hopping and also visit Bohol’s Chocolate Hills.
Back to Asia.
During one’s lifetime, who does not live on an island?
— Su Shi