Category Archives: Philippines

Enrique, Magellan & Lapu Lapu

While in Cebu recently I took the opportunity to visit the Mactan Shrine, the spot where the explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed in 1521 during a skirmish with the local chieftain, Lapu Lapu. There are two monuments at this site.  … Continue reading

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Temple of Leah, Cebu

I was in Cebu, Philippines last week for a short family holiday (yes, even travel bloggers need holidays). One of the more recent tourist attractions on the island is The Temple of Leah located in the cool, green hills of … Continue reading

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Back to Boracay

We’ve just returned from a beach holiday in Boracay in the Philippines. For me and my wife it was our second visit, the first time having been way back in 1986. In those days Boracay was still undeveloped and not … Continue reading

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Malunggay–Miracle Plant

We have a miracle tree growing in our garden. In our household we know it by its Filipino name, malunggay but its scientific name is Moringa oleifera. It is miraculous for two reasons: It is so easy to grow and … Continue reading

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Orient Bound President Lines

I was browsing through some of my old National Geographic Magazines the other day and came across one dated September 1956, when I would have been just a baby. I find that the adverts in these old magazines are as … Continue reading

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The Wonders of Taglish

In all my years of connections with the Philippines I have never made much progress in learning Tagalog, the national language. This is because: I am too lazy to put in the effort. It is too difficult for me, especially … Continue reading

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Controversial Banknote Designs – Philippines and Elsewhere

The people responsible for selecting the designs of a nation’s banknotes have a tough job. It is impossible to please everybody. For example, when the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (the central bank of the Philippines) released a new set of … Continue reading

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