Today my very dear and special friend, Mel from
We have wanted to do this for years.......She so richly deserves a holiday so I am taking her to the PHILIPPINES ; a chain of around 7,000 beautiful islands and the only predominantly Christian country in
So let's go.........
Since Mel deserves a break from the rat race........we are going to start with some island hopping and the perfect place is
We heard the locals mention something about a "chocolate hill"....so we are going to find it......yummy......
What?? They are not made of chocolate???
The Chocolate Hills is an unusual geological formation in
There are 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi) & are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, hence the name!!
It is featured in the provincial flag and seal. It has been declared the country's 3rd
We simply cannot miss Banaue, with its magnificent rice terraces which were carved out of the hillside by Ifugao tribal people 2,000to 3,000 years ago.& passed on from generation to generation. The Ifugao Rice Terraces represent an enduring illustration of an ancient civilization that surpassed various challenges and setbacks posed by modernization
Next on our heritage sites list is the
built in 1786 by Spanish Augustinian missionaries, had been declared as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Baroque Churches of the
The Church of San Agustin in Paoay is reputed to be the finest example of "earthquake Baroque". The outstanding feature of the church building is its fourteen buttresses which line the enormous volute of the church building giving the sense ofsturdiness and strength, enabling it to withstand many earthquakes. In 1993, San Agustin Church joined three other Philippine churches constructed during colonial period to receive UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The Philippine government had named the site a National Historical Landmark in 1976.
And to finish off our trip to the
The area was designated a Man and Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO in 1973 and has some of the most diverse coral reef diving in
Until next we meet
Mabuhay (pronunciation: mah-BOO-hahy)....that's Filipino for "Live Long and Prosper"........hmm, is that where Mr Spock learnt this??