Some of the Philippines’ best sites are hidden deep in the forest or high up in the mountains and can only be seen by intrepid hikers. There are no roads or transportation to bring you to these places ensconced on cushioned seats. One of these sites is Tarak Ridge in Mariveles, Bataan.
Cesky Krumlov is full of storied streets and walls, of fairy tales and fantasies, of glorious history. You go through a gamut of human emotion - amazement, enchantment, bewilderment - as you catapult yourself back to the past.
Occupying a narrow corridor of plains bounded by the Cordillera range to the east and the West Philippine Sea to the west, Ilocos offers a pleasant mix of bucolic scenery, empty beaches, historic sites (including two UNESCO-designated churches), and an easy pace for driving.
An alluring world of seaweed and houses on stilts, of seafarers, of long stretches of sand, of the Sama and the Bajau, of a serene oasis in a neighborhood of turbulence. Islam's first missionaries made their maiden steps here. Yet, people of diverse beliefs coexist. Welcome to Tawi-Tawi!
A long lazy ferryboat ride south from the city of Mandalay reaches the ‘Valley of Temples’ at Bagan, and the magic and mystery of this spirited place rolls out like a carpet over a vast flat plain. At the height of the Kingdom of Pagan between the 11th and 13th centuries over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in these Bagan plains.
This part of Palawan is less prominent than its prestigious counterparts in the North-- El Nido, Coron, Sabang or Port Barton-- yet no less spectacular. The long sandy powdery white stretch in San Vicente and the limestone karsts that shoot out to the sky in the Calamianes are noticeably absent but the place is not diminished one bit.
The story of the South Sea Pearl is one of accomplishment; of victory over the elements, the merits of collaboration, and the power of stewardship. It is a chronicle of unyielding passion and a testament to miracles. It is the story of life.
During the long dark period in between General McArthur’s flight and the island’s retaking after his triumphant landing on Leyte, men were put to the test in Corregidor and were not found wanting, suffused with courage and valor -- virtues acquired only in extremely dire and desperate circumstances.