Philippines: A visit to a haunted war site

In the town of Carcar in the province of Cebu in the Philippines, we visited The Carcar City Museum, formerly, “The Philippine Health Service Dispensary,” where horrific tortures took place on Filipinos by the Japanese during World War II. That’s not what the two-storied site suggests at first glance. The building is painted white and dressed in light green filigreed…

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Magellan’s Cross, Cebu, Philippines

Now we are in Cebu, the largest city second to Manila. The wooden cross planted in the Philippines in 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan is displayed at the Basilica of Santo Nino in Cebu City.  We had a look-see and it’s a cross within a cross since the original is encased in tigala wood for protection. Mark the moment 500 years…

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Hacienda Maria Part 2: The Kawa Pots

We’re at Hacienda Maria on the island of Panay in the Philippines, our cave adventures complete. Back at the veranda, the family has cooked us lunch – rice, pork soup, adobo chicken (stewed in soy, garlic and vinegar), what looks and tastes like baked mackerel steaks, and Gold Eagle beer. We’re the only visitors today, so I ask Jornel about…

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Cave Adventure: Hacienda Maria on Panay Island

Onward to an eco-adventure on the island of Panay. From Boracay, a “tricycle” (a tiny motorcycle van) drove us to the jetty where we caught a 15 minute ferryboat to the western tip of Panay Island. Afterwards we drove 40 minutes  to Buruanga, Aklan to “Hacienda Maria,” a working farm, to experience rural Filipino life and to see the Sapsapon Caves….

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Boracay Island: From Polluted to Pristine

October 19, our second full day on the “White Beach” of Boracay in the Philippines, and such variations of blue! The turquoise sea, the smoky blue gray mountains, skies in silver, eggshell and azure. Yesterday evening on the beach a policeman climbed stairs to a shrine on the shore to the Blessed Virgin, and lit candles at her feet at…

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