Last Updated on April 20, 2021 by

‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’ – the new tourism slogan reads. And we can’t agree more.We arrived in the Philippines just a few days ago and in this short time span, we’ve already weaved through Manila’s historical center, sampled its culinary delights, visited the beautiful Mount Mayon in Legazpi, and even swum with whale sharks this morning in Donsol, Bicol.  The diversity of this country is immense and we can’t wait to see what else there is in store for us over the next few weeks. We’ll be tracking tarsiers in the wild, staying on the beautiful Panglao Island, visiting the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, and kayaking amidst the stone karsts of Palawan. Meanwhile, here are some snapshots of what we’ve seen so far in the Philippines:

 The 8,000-feet high Mount Mayon poking into the sky

Emerald green rice paddies in Legazpi

Sprawling view of Legazpi and the bay from Ligñon Hill

A typical tricycle standing before the white-washed Daraga Church

 
The beach in Donsol where we went swimming with whale sharks
 
 
Traditional rattan houses in Donsol
 
 
The gate of Fort Santiago built during the Spanish colonial days – Manila
 
 
The impressive interior of St Augustine Church in Manila
 
 
As seen from Fort Santiago, a view of Passig River and Manila’s skyline
 

This trip was made possible by Department of Tourism Philippines. Special thanks to good friend and local expert Ivan Henares for organizing this. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. Read more about our trip through the Philippines here or follow our journey on Twitter using the #WJAsia hashtag.

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