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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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Highlights of Cebu

Posted by on 25 Jan 2012 in Central Visayas (Region VII) | 0 comments

Highlights of Cebu

Cebu City is the capital of the province Cebu, and regional center of the Central Visayas. The surrounding metropolitan area, known as Metro Cebu, is the largest in the Visayas, and one of the largest in the country, with a population of 2.3 million. It is the economic hub and the main port of entry of the Visayas. Cebu City was the original capital of the Spanish East Indies. Later they moved the capital to Manila. Metro Cebu is well equipped for tourism: There are beautiful white beaches on the coast, hotels, restaurants and resorts to suit...

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Highlights of Tacloban City

Posted by on 1 Jan 2012 in Eastern Visayas (Region VIII) | 2 comments

Highlights of Tacloban City

Note: On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, largely destroyed Tacloban . It will take a long time to rebuild the city. Hotels, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions may be gone, closed, damaged, or have limited services. Tacloban City is the capital of Leyte, and the regional center of the Eastern Visayas. It is by far the largest city in the area. Though tourism is underdeveloped in Tacloban City, as it is throughout the Eastern Visayas, the city does have a lot to offer to the visitor. Santo...

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Boracay

Posted by on 1 Jan 2012 in Western Visayas (Region VI) | 0 comments

Boracay

Boracay is the beach capital of the Philippines. White sand, palm trees, a clear blue sea, Boracay has everything you expect from a tropical island except tranquillity. The long western beach, appropiately called White Beach, is where all the action is. Hidden behind the palm trees are the hotels, clubs, restaurants, cafes, bars and souvenir shops. There are no high-rise appartment blocks of the kind you find at Cancun or the Spanish costas, but it has all the facilities you’d expect of a beach resort. Boracay is a perfect spot for...

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Highlights of Bohol

Posted by on 1 Jan 2012 in Central Visayas (Region VII) | 0 comments

Highlights of Bohol

The island (and province) Bohol is famous for its Chocolate Hills, but it has a lot more to offer – like beautiful beaches, cute tarsiers, floating restaurants, or old churches. Chocolate Hills Bohol may have a lot to offer to its visitors, but it is famous for only one thing: The Chocolate Hills. These hills are usually green, but they become chocolate-brown in the dry season. When they are brown, they look like giant chocolates – hence the name Chocolate Hills. Unfortunately, when we visited the dry season was over, and the...

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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: 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: 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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