Thursday, October 4, 2007

PHILIPPINES, MY HOME



The Philippines or Pilipinas (in our native Tagalog) is an archipelago comprised of 7,107 beautiful islands, west of the Pacific Ocean. It is located in Southeast Asia, with the city of Manila as its capital.When I was growing up, I always dreamed of traveling within my country and experience all of it's beauty first-hand. I was aware of the economic and political climate of my country and got involved whenever I can, but I tried to make a conscious effort of concentrating in its positive aspects. The strongest side being blessed with natural resources and having white, sandy beaches is one of them.

I grew up in Dumaguete City, the capital city of Negros Oriental and referred to as the "City of Gentle People". Negros Oriental occupies the south-eastern half of the island of Negros, a province located in the Central Visayas region.It is now called "Oriental Negros" in order to avoid confusion with the other half of the island which is Occidental. We take pride in our famous tourist sites and activities such as dolphin watching in Bais City and become infuriated when some people said it is in the Occidental part of Negros. Others may find it amusing but overall,it is good for the local economy and also in maintaining the beauty of the province. We live in the adage "Take nothing but pictures. Kill nothing but time. Leave nothing but footprints."

I never got to travel in all of the 7,107 islands of my country but I did travel as much as I managed. Now, that I am here in the U.S. I still plan to go on vacations in the islands I've never been to. For those who love to travel, you can check out these sites :

http://www.dumagueteinfo.com/
http://www.tourism.gov.ph/
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/

or look for additional information in the Web. Enjoy!



DUMAGUETE CITY


Dumaguete Bell Tower

Built in the year 1811 to forewarn the locals of any incoming danger from Muslim marauders in search of slaves. It remains to be the oldest bell tower in the Visayas and is a very famous architectural landmark in the city. The Belfry is located along the main Perdices Street right next to the St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral.



Silliman University

Right in the heart of Dumaguete City is the internationally recognized Silliman University, established in August 28, 1901.



City by the Bay






VALENCIA

Forest Camp


Cata-al WW2 Memorabilia


A private collection of World War 2 memorabilia. The small private museum is proudly run by Porforio Cata-al, an 84 year old World War two veteran. The museum is full of all kinds of relics: personal effects, grenades, a gun removed from a crashed Japanese Zero fighter,three 1000 pound bombs and more.



SIATON

Siaton is the southernmost municipality in the province of Negros Oriental.

DATAG , Siaton



BALANGAWAN FALLS, Siaton




Balanan Lake

It is situated about 15 km from the national highway of Siaton, going South. Lined with century-old trees, the lake is ideal for swimming, relaxing, and other recreations.






SIQUIJOR ISLAND

The Spaniards called it Isla del Fuego, the "Island of Fire"...
http://www.charisma-resort.com/aboutsiquijor.htm
http://www.dumagueteinfo.com/siquijor.php


salagdoong beach, maria, siquijor



cambugahay waterfalls


1884 St. Isidore Labradore Parish Church and Convent in Lazi





SUMILON ISLAND

From the town of Oslob in the Cebu Province, a 15 minute boat ride will take you to the breathtakingly beautiful small island of Sumilon. This island is by far the most popular diving spot in the whole of Visayas because of its amazing underwater views.www.dumagueteinfo.com/sumilon-island.php



with my friends: Cielo, Pacz, Gabby and Abeth



BAIS CITY : Dolphin and Whale Watching

Bais City is well known for its proximity to the protected marine sanctuary, the Tañon Strait. From the Capiñahan Wharf in the South Bay, the boat heads out to the Bais Bay and into the Tañon Strait where the dolphins frolic in the water, and the whales emerge from the deep.
www.dumagueteinfo.com/bais-dolphin-and-whale-watching.php





Manjuyod White Sand Bar - Bais City

This pristine 7 kilometer stretch of premium white sand can be accessed via a short 15 minute boat ride from Capiñahan Wharf in the South Bais Bay, Bais City Negros Oriental. It is basically an island towards the North Bais Bay in the Tañon Strait that emerges only during low tides. On the island you can find native wooden houses built on stilts – and which, during high tide, appears to be floating on the water.
www.dumagueteinfo.com/manjuyod-white-sand-bar-bais.php




SIBULAN : The Twin Lakes of Balinsasayao

In the mountains of southern Negros Island, 12 km west of the town of Sibulan, Negros Oriental peacefully lie the captivating Lake Balinsasayao and its twin lake, equally breathtaking Lake Danao. Lake Balinsasayao is a protected Natural Park and home to an expansive ecosystem and great biodiversity.
www.dumagueteinfo.com/twin-lakes-of-balinsasayao.php





We also helped in tree planting (bakan sapling) before going to the twin lakes.

3 comments:

  1. wow, i can't believe you didn't get any comments in this page. maybe you need to repost this. hehe..our country does need some good local tourism exposure.

    ganda ng visayas! i will definitely travel within the country. love our own ika nga diba? hehe

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  2. Thanks Reena. I know! Pero at that time, hindi pa ako active kasi,eh. Parang diary lang sa simula, kaya wala pa ako noon mga kaibigan. Buti nalang nandyaan ka para mag appreciate. SALAMAT! :)

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  3. how nice very nice very nice i love philippines

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