Batad Rice Terraces

Posted on April 30, 2008

For an updated information on Batad, check out my updated post:http://www.eazytraveler.net/2012/02/race-across-terrace-batad-rice-terraces.html A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Batad Rice Terraces of Banaue, Ifugao Province is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Philippines. These secluded amphitheater-like terraces were carved out of the mountains by the Ifugao tribes people hundreds of years ago without the aid of machinery, way before the Spanish colonization of the archipelago. An international backpacker’s destination, Batad Village is located more than 350 km north ofRead More

Banaue Rice Terraces

Posted on April 22, 2008

While Jesus walked the Holy Land and the Great Wall rose from the ground, Ifugao highland tribes were making miracles of their own by carving out a vast network of rice terraces with primitive tools, along the unforgiving slopes of the Cordillera mountain range some 1500 meters above sea level. Rice terraces may be common throughout Asia, but no other can compare to the exquisite grandeur of Banaue’s 2,000 year old stairways. If these terraces were placed end to end,Read More

Paco Park & Cemetery

Posted on April 20, 2008

Green parks are a rarity in the megasprawl of concrete, metal and asphalt that we love-hatingly call Manila. Paco Park is affirmatively an oasis in the metropolis. Built during the 1700s as the municipal cemetery for aristocratic families, you will see rows of empty niches along its concentric walls shaded by old acacia and frangipani trees where cooing pigeons perch and prosper. Later on, this small cemetery became a quarantine for victims of a cholera epidemic and a storage place forRead More

Pari-an of Cebu

Posted on April 15, 2008

When I was younger, I remember accompanying my mother to downtown Cebu to shop for cloth and other supplies for our small tailoring family business. At the heart of this locality is the pari-an, a term used to denote the old Chinese district in established Philippine cities. Pari-an and Colon Street–the oldest in the Philippines–used to be the center of cultural, business and social activity in the country’s first Spanish settlement. Named after Cristobal Colon or Christopher Columbus, Colon StreetRead More

Marinduque: Magic & Mayhem

Posted on April 6, 2008

Like a giant hand reaching out to sea, the port of Balanacan welcomed our boat cramped with weary passengers. The verdant land summoned us to a limestone cove, under tangerine skies and the prayerful arms of the magnificent statue of the Blessed Virgin of Biglang-Awa. After twelve hours of waiting at Lucena and nearly 24 hours after leaving Makati, we reached our destination. We stepped foot on Marinduque. At last. Initially, the plan seemed fairly simple: four lomoheads, four days,Read More

Neo Chinatown Mall

Posted on March 31, 2008

Something is dawning amidst the cogon grass and turbid canals of the Pasay-Parañaque reclamation area, south of Manila Baywalk. Something potentially more exciting than the concrete behemoth called Mall of Asia. Welcome to Neo Chinatown.  A complex of six clusters characterized by traditional Chinese architecture and adorned by red lanterns, this open-air mall promises to rival the shopping and leisure experience of Old Chinatown in Binondo, Manila. Of course, this synthetic landmark can never compare to lively Ongpin, with itsRead More