Manila, Philippines

From the top of Manila Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple, where I’ve spent about a month during our 4-month temple stay in the Philippines, you could overlook the country’s capital, and the sunset time was the best. If you were lucky enough and the evenings weren’t cloudy, you could see how the sun sinks into the waters of Manila Bay. I wasn’t that lucky.

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Sagada: Echo Valley and Hanging Coffins

SECOND PART
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Sagada: Echo Valley & Hanging Coffins, First Part

It’s not hard to guess why the Echo Valley is called so.. Many tourists come here and standing on some cliff they shout out loud to hear the echo.. I personally find it very rude! What would you think of a person shouting at cemetery for his own pleasure, to enjoy the echo?! While for most of the tourists Echo Valley is a place where they can have fun, for locals it is a sacred site where they used to “bury” their ancestors..

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Sagada: Echo Valley and Hanging Coffins

FIRST PART
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Sagada: Echo Valley & Hanging Coffins, Second Part

I arrived in Sagada late in the evening on a minivan I hitchhiked on the road from Banawe.. I wasn’t sure if could make it from Banawe to Sagada that day, because I left Banawe around 5 o’clock in the evening, and knowing the conditions of the road in the Philippine Cordilleras, I was expecting an overnight stay somewhere on the road or in the jungles.. But the Fortune’s wheel was on my side that evening.. First, on a motorbike I reached a military base on some mountain top.. That was the best ride on a motorbike I ever experienced: we had to drive through clouds and sometimes even above the clouds; that high we were above the sea level..

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Asuncion de Santa Maria Church

The Santa Maria Church in the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia in the province of Ilocos Sur in the north of Philippines is the most magnificently located of all the churches in Ilocandia.. Geographically, it is in the centre of Ilocos Sur.. It serves as the Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.. Perched strategically on top of a hill, it provides a panoramic view from which one can enjoy the delightful site for miles whether looking at the China Sea or into the verdant paddy fields of the valley, the surrounding seven hills, the coastal plains of the town, and the Cordillera mountain ranges.. It is approached by three broad stairways – one from eastern side where lies a now abandoned cemetery with a quaint chapel, surrounding walls and arch entrance; another one from the southwest side at the back of the church leading to the Nueva Coveta road (now Burgos); and the main stairway with 83 steps from the northwest..
 

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Ifugao Rice Terraces, Banawe, Philippines

The rice terraces of Ifugao province in North Luzon, Philippines, are UNESCO World Heritage site.. Rice terraces are located in Philippine Cordilleras around small villages of Ifugao people.. Some of the terraces are 2000 years old..
 

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