Last updated: 20/01/2017 [Design & Pictures by Simons Nature]


On my longer trip to Asia in 2014, I was for the first time in the Philippines, more specifically on the islands of Luzon and Borocay. Starting from Manila, I undertook a trekking in Banaue in the Philippine Cordilleras to see the famous Rice Terraces. These are UNESCO World Heritage sites and should be in use already over 2000 years. Afterwards we went on to Sagada with the hanging coffins as interesting ritual of burial. To finish the Luzon adventure, we trekked to Pinatubo. This volcano was responsible for one of the biggest eruption of the 20th century. The ash mountains are very, very impressive and hardly imaginable that this is all from a volcanic eruption. However, when you consider that the mountain has lost almost 300 heights ...
The end of the trip was on Borocay, a small island, very popular with Asian tourists and an interesting dive area.
Banaue (or alternatively spelled as Banawe), officially the Municipality of Banaue is a 4th class municipality in the province of Ifugao, Philippines. It is widely known as the site of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Batad Rice Terraces and Bangaan Rice Terraces.
Boracay is a small island in the Philippines located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in Western Visayas region of the Philippines. The name Boracay is attributed to different origins. One story says that it is derived from the local word "borac" which means white cotton with characteristics close to the color and texture of Boracay's white sugary and powdery sand. Another credits the name to local words "bora," meaning bubbles, and "bocay," meaning white.
Manila is the capital of the Philippines. Founded on June 24, 1571, by Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi, it is one of the oldest cities in the Philippines and was the seat of power for most of the country's colonial rulers. It is situated on the eastern shore of Manila Bay and is home to many landmarks, some of which date back to the 16th century.
Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcanic caldera in the Zambales Mountains, near the tripoint of the Philippine provinces of Zambales, Tarlac and Pampanga, all in Central Luzon on the northern island of Luzon. Its eruptive history was unknown to most before the pre-eruption volcanic activities of 1991, just before June. Pinatubo was heavily eroded, inconspicuous and obscured from view. It was covered with dense forests which supported a population of several thousand indigenous Aetas.
Sagada is famous for its hanging coffins. This is a traditional way of burying people that is still utilized. Not everyone is qualified to be buried this way; among other things, one had to have been married and had grandchildren.
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