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Blog: Adventures in the Visayas

Before the storm

Posted by on 15 Dec 2013 in Adventures in the Visayas, Philippines, Photo Blog, Thoughts | 0 comments

Before the storm

Last month typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) destroyed large parts of the Visayas area of the Philippines. I’m sure you saw images of the destruction, especially from Tacloban. We hope to visit the region some time next year, and I’ll share a few photos afterwards. Hopefully it will only be photos of how nicely they rebuilt everything. We visited the region before, several times, and have many happy memories there. Indeed, we married in Tacloban. Below I share a couple of photos that I took during our last visit, two years...

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Photo Friday: Japanese Madonna

Posted by on 3 Aug 2012 in Adventures in the Visayas, Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Park, Philippines, Photo Blog | 0 comments

Photo Friday: Japanese Madonna

In a park in Tacloban City in the Philippines, locally known as the Japanese Peace Park, is a large statue of a woman, known as Madonna Maria Kanon, Goddess of Peace, or Madonna of Japan. The statue was donated by Japan, as a symbol of peace and friendship. The park is now popular with young people as a place for courting.

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Photo Friday: Visayan beaches

Posted by on 9 Dec 2011 in Adventures in the Visayas, Beach, Philippines, Photo Blog | 0 comments

Photo Friday: Visayan beaches

Today on Photo Friday I share seven beautiful beach photos from the Philippines. From top to bottom: Children playing on a remote beach in Samar. Fishing boats on a secluded Visayan beach, with a fishing village in the background. Tropical drinks on the beach. The landing monument on Palo Red Beach, Leyte. Boracay White Beach. A beach on the island Panglao, province Bohol. Balinghai, a secluded, often deserted beach on the island Boracay.

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Photo Friday: San Juanico Bridge

Posted by on 2 Dec 2011 in Adventures in the Visayas, Bridge, Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Philippines, Photo Blog | 1 comment

Photo Friday: San Juanico Bridge

A few photos of the San Juanico Bridge, one of the longest bridges in the Philippines. It connects the islands Samar and Leyte, in the Visayas...

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Photo Friday: Carigara

Posted by on 25 Nov 2011 in Adventures in the Visayas, Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Philippines, Photo Blog | 0 comments

Photo Friday: Carigara

Carigara is a large town in the north of the island Leyte, in the Visayas region in the Philippines. Today, Photo Friday, I show you five photos that I took in Carigara. From top to bottom: The port of Carigara, food stalls on the Boulevard, a basketball court, a house decorated for an upcoming fiesta, and a tricycle.

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Photo Friday: Fishing village

Posted by on 28 Oct 2011 in Adventures in the Visayas, Philippines, Photo Blog | 0 comments

Photo Friday: Fishing village

A fishing village, somewhere in the Visayas region in the Philippines. Note the fishing boats and the houses: These are typical for this region. The stands, used to keep boats that are not in use from floating away during high tide, are also common here.

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Photo Friday: Rafael Farm

Posted by on 21 Oct 2011 in Adventures in the Visayas, Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Park, Philippines, Photo Blog | 0 comments

Photo Friday: Rafael Farm

Rafael Farm is a park (or landscaped garden) with a restaurant and several function rooms. It is a popular location for photo shoots, e.g. for weddings or prenuptials. Rafael Farm is in the town Babatngon, province Leyte, not far from Tacloban City, in the...

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Photo Friday: Filipino food

Posted by on 10 Jun 2011 in Adventures in the Visayas, Food, Philippines, Photo Blog | 0 comments

Photo Friday: Filipino food

On Photo Friday today: Four still-lifes of Filipino food. Top to bottom: Lechon, or roasted suckling pig. Lechon is served like this, in one piece, on a special platter. It is (usually) only served on parties, and a party is not really complete without it. A display of the catch of the day in a Visayan restaurant. Choose your fish and it will be cooked to order. Seaweed with a lemon dish. Served in a restaurant somewhere in the Visayas. Binagol, a sweet Visayan delicacy made of taro. It is sold wrapped in banana...

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Photo Friday: Cebu

Posted by on 20 May 2011 in Adventures in the Visayas, Central Visayas (Region VII), Philippines, Photo Blog | 0 comments

Photo Friday: Cebu

In the Photo Friday series today: Cebu, a major city in the Philippines. If you like these photos, you should also check out Cebu in the gallery shop or visit my Cebu album on flickr.

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Photo Friday: Tacloban City

Posted by on 1 Apr 2011 in Adventures in the Visayas, Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Philippines, Photo Blog | 0 comments

Photo Friday: Tacloban City

We have visited the Philippines three times in the last five years, and will go again later this year. Our base is always Tacloban City, on the island Leyte, in the Visayas. Below I share five photos from Tacloban City.

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