Camara Islands (San Antonio, Zambales)

Posted on May 13, 2008

Closer to Pundaquit Beach at San Antonio, Zambales–just two kilometers offshore–are the small Camara Islands (interestingly, often misnamed Camera Islands). Cascading foliage sparingly laurels this pair of huge volcanic rocks amidst the South China Sea, where a Lilliputian statue of the Virgin Mary facing the mainland on top of a giant boulder blesses visitors who spend hours enjoying the shallow surf and clean sand. These craggy islands with pockets of white sand and smooth stone strewn with glistening seaweed, polished shellsRead More

Capones Island (San Antonio, Zambales)

Posted on May 10, 2008

A behemoth of volcanic rock jutting from sea to sky, the bone-shaped Capones Island is accentuated by a dramatically weather-beaten Spanish lighthouse, Faro de Punta Capones, completed in 1890 after seven years of arduous construction. The original light and equipment were imported from France. The beautiful structure, sitting above the island’s crown of wild grass and low-lying trees, served to warn passing boats of the dangerous, rocky coastline. The island (as seen from Camara Islands in the first photo) is located sixRead More

Anawangin Cove (San Antonio, Zambales)

Posted on May 9, 2008

A 35-minute boat ride from the grey sands of Brgy. Pundaquit in San Antonio, Zambales through a craggy coastline of dramatic cliffs and rolling grass mountains will take you to the much-raved Anawangin Cove. This secluded stretch of salt-and-pepper sand sandwiched by the South China Sea and a freshwater lake-river, bordered by a thick pine forest, makes one unique landscape.  But I was not very impressed by the place. Perhaps the digitally-enhanced photos I browsed through Flickr.com heightened my expectations. OrRead More

Casa Vizantina (San Nicolas, Manila)

Posted on May 5, 2008

Much of the pomp and grandeur that was the Pearl of the Orient was carpet-bombed to bloody rubble during the Second World War. But whatever pitiful remains escaped the terror of Manila’s dark chapter suffers a sadder fate: the slow death of indifference and neglect. Such is the case of a magnificent house in San Nicolas. At the unpopular end of the once-affluent Chinese district, north of the Basilica de San Lorenzo Ruiz (Binondo Church), one can pick up the piecesRead More

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