Here’s a visual tour through some of the Philippines’ most spectacular scenery.
Photo by Lawrence Reyes
Located in the Bohol region, this UNESCO-recognized National Geological Monument consists of over 1,700 nearly-identical mounds, which reach a height between 100 m & 500 m.
Badat Village Rice Terrace
Photo by Eesti
I didn’t finish the stories until we went to the Philippines and I got malaria. I couldn’t work and I didn’t have any money, but I had seven stories. So I wrote three or four more.
Photo by Maria Vorraa
Built just off the coast of the Camiguin Island, a large cross commemorates the location of a cemetery that was sunk by a volcano eruption over a century ago.
Photo by Storm Crypt
A church bell tower stands as a lone testament of the 1814 eruption of the Mt. Mayon volcano, which is still considered active.
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December 31st, 2009 | Maricar | Read More | Comments: 0
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December 14th, 2009 | Maricar | Read More | Comments: 0
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November 30th, 2009 | Maricar | Read More | Comments: 0
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November 29th, 2009 | Maricar | Read More | Comments: 1
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November 20th, 2009 | Maricar | Read More | Comments: 0
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November 16th, 2009 | Maricar | Read More | Comments: 0
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November 14th, 2009 | Maricar | Read More | Comments: 0
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November 10th, 2009 | Maricar | Read More | Comments: 1
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November 10th, 2009 | Maricar | Read More | Comments: 0
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November 7th, 2009 | Maricar | Read More | Comments: 0
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November 6th, 2009 | Maricar | Read More | Comments: 0
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November 1st, 2009 | Maricar | Read More | Comments: 2
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