PHILIPPINES - Luzon and Palawan - 2007

Philippines - March of 2007

In 2007, my trip to the Philippines, began my intercontinental trips. Finally, the dream that haunted me for so many years of knowing the World, materialized now in an exuberant reality...

The Philippines was the first of my great trips and the one that marked me the most. Even today, I feel a compulsive desire to go back there again... 

Mine, Intercontinental first trip                                                          Most of our audacious dreams, those who constantly persecute us and consume our imagination, are often difficult to get concretize them in a physical reality, something concrete that touches us and marks life forever. In most of our existence, dreams will always be dreams and nothing more...

 Dream to reality...                                                                                                           After many "moons" of preparation of the trip, the day of boarding finally arrived and many hours after a terrible atmospheric compression and confined to our tiny space, we arrived at Manila.

The arrival, is something that is probably marked forever by my modest memory. It is impossible to forget the moment where it transposed the swinging doors on the last step of the airport exit. The heat shock was so intense and so suffocating, that the feeling I had, was to have entered a giant furnace... that, it was the Tropics in yours maximum exponent and I was there...

Shells of the Philippines, Palawan 2007 - Specimens, caught by me...

First part of the trip - Luzon

To think that everything will go well just because we plan everything in detail, is a mere illusion... and this, perhaps, is the most interesting part of any trip on its own. The unforeseen...

The city of Manila is a chaotic, suffocating and uninteresting place to visit. It is an extremely large city, very polluted and full of slums, where millions of people heap in a miserable life. It is almost non-existent any point of reference that one can advise to visit, except the central part of the Bay of Manila and the Rizal Park, that is in that zone. Only then, is it worth spending a day...    Once considered the "Pearl of the East" (before World War II, it was completely destroyed, by the Japanese...), it is now one of the less interesting cities to visit in Southeast Asia.


Some simple advice for Luzon:                                              Exit as soon as possible from Manila and go to the peripheries. Near to the city, have much more to see, it is much calm and less polluted. The air outside the city is much easier to breathe ... Rural areas are calm and pleasant to walk around. Luzon, has many beautiful places to see in terms of natural beauty. Forget historical zones and monuments. You will not find anything worth wasting time to visit... enjoy the beaches, the mountains and, if possible, go see the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, which are World Heritage Sites. Unfortunately, I did not see...