"The light of the jewel illuminates the jewel itself." ~The Third Ancestor

January 2, 2018


Left panel: A Spanish-inspired horse-driven Calesa in Manila Bay.

Right Panel - Top: Jeepney, a popular public transportation in Metro Manila
Bottom: Fort Santiago and Intramuros, old architecture influenced by the hispanic era.



TOP - Left: Makati, business center of the Philippines
Right: Philippine Jeepney

BOTTOM - Left: Horse-driven calesa in historical Intramuros
Right: Roxas Boulevard and Manila Bay


Mambajao, Camiguin, MINDANAO

LANZONES FESTIVAL is a four-day grand celebration held every 3rd week of October. It showcases houses, carriages, street poles and people decorated with Lanzones fruits and leaves.

November 9, 2012

October 23, 2012

Philippine Volcanic Wonders

Sent by Postcrosser: Cenezo Quemado of Iriga City

Taal Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines, found between the towns of Talisay and San Nicolas, Batangas. The volcano has a lake inside its crater.

March 4, 2012

Hero: Monument of the Filipino Soldier

 A tribute to the Filipino World War II Veterans

Andres Bonifacio: 100th Year Celebration of Heroic Deeds

Wikang Pilipino: Pagpupugay kay Andres Bonifacion, masigasig na tagapagtanggol ng kalayaan, supremo at dakilang ama ng katipunan. Siya ay ipinanganak sa Tondo, Maynila noong Nobyembre 30, 1863, Dahils sa pag-ibig sa tinubuang lupa, siya ay sumapi sa La Liga Filipina at nagtatag ng katipunan, isang lihim na samahan na ang layunin ay makamtan ang kasarilinan ng Pilipinas sa rebolusyunaryong pamamaraan, sumulat ng mga makabayang tula at sanaysay na naging batas ng diwang malaya ng mga Pilipino. Sa kanyang kabayanihan, ang panandang pangkasaysayang ito ay inialay ng madlang Pilipino sa kanyang karangalan sa pagdiriwang ng ikasandaang taon ng kanyang kabayanihan.

Quezon Memorial Park

March 2, 2012

Churches and Temples

Manaoag Shrine, Pangasinan
Our Lady of Manaoag is known to be the
patroness of the sick, the helpless and the needy. 
Established over 400 years ago, the Shrine of our Lady of 
Manaoag is today one of the Philippines' most widely visited Pilgrimage sites.

Barangay Baclaran, PARANAQUE CITY

Redemptorist Church is popularly called Baclaran Church. Completed in December 1952, it houses one of the most venerated Marian images in the country - the icon of our Mother of Perpetual Help. Devotees flock and pray the novena every Wednesday in what has become "Baclaran Day".

February 24, 2012

Mountain Scenic Views

Mayon Volcano, the world's perfect cone with the Cagsawa Church ruin,
a reminder of the volcanic eruption in 1814 when 1200 people perished.

Mt Pinatubo, Zambales
Trek up the volcano and experience breathtaking views of the crater lake.

Sagbayan Peak Viewpoint is the place wherein you will see the views around chocolate hills,
the way to the ocean to the north and the 3m high  replicas of dinosaurs and cartoon characters.

Taal Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines, found between 
the towns of Talisay and San Nicolas, Batangas. The volcano has a lake inside its crater.

Philippine Local Industry

Mactan Island, Cebu City
Cebu City is famous for the production of the world's finest handmade guitars.
Manibago, on Mactan Island, is the center of the guitar-making industry.
A craftsman needs one month to complete one guitar.
Kalibo, Aklan - is the biggest producer of pina cloth which comes from fibers of
pineapple leaves. This high-quality cloth is done by hand, from fiber extraction to weaving.

This traditional way of molding pots and earthen jars is known as "Pagburnayan" in Ilocos.


SAMPALOC - also known as Bulaklak ng Maynila, is a 24-hour flower market located along Dos Castillas and Laong Laan Streets in Sampaloc, Manila. The market displays flowers which originate from various locations all over the country,

Sampaguita Pickers - Early morning before 7am Sampaguita flowers are harvested and strung as garlands,
Sta Cruz, Laguna

Philippine Caves

Tagoloan, Lanao del Norte is in Mindanao Island, South Philippines

Sagada, Mt Province
SUMAGUING CAVE features magnificent and unusual deposits of stalactites and stalagmites.

Philippine Boats

SUBIRAN REGATTA (Leyte) It is an exciting race of one-man outrigger sailboats, locally called "subiran". This race is done without using a paddle, only skills and techniques to manuever the sail. It is held along the scenic and historical Leyte gulf every last week of June.

A refreshing scene at the waterfront of Puerto Galera, a famous tourist destination in the island of Mindoro

Terrace of Lantaka Hotel by the Sea, Zamboanga City.
Viewing The Basilan Strait with the island of Basilan in the background. (Mindanao)

Iba, Zambales: President Ramon Magsaysay Birth Mark

From Wikipedia

Zambales is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is Iba. Zambales borders Pangasinan to the north, Tarlac and Pampanga to the east, and Bataan to the south. The province lies between the South China Sea and the Zambales Mountains. With a land area of 3,700km, Zambales is the second largest among the seven provinces of Central Luzon. It has a population density of 170 people per square kilometer², one of the lowest in the country. The province is noted for its mangoes, which are abundant from January to April.

Mt Pinatubo: Lahar Grand Canyon

Lahar Fields of Mt Pinatubo

Baler, Aurora

From Wikipedia:

Aurora is a province of the Philippines located in Central Luzon region. Its capital is Baler and borders, clockwise from the south, the provinces of Quezon, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Isabela. To the east of Aurora is the Philippine Sea.

Philippine Folk Dances

"OBANDO" named after a town in Bulacan. Obando Dance is a dance of rural Philippines. Attire is the native "balintawak" and "salakot" for the ladies and "barong tagalog and "buntal" hats for the gentlemen.
PANDANGGO STA CLARA or OBANDO DANCE is a fertility dance popular in Bulacan. The dancers hope to find a wife, a husband, or a child.

SAKUTING - a folk dance of the Ilocanos usually performed during Christmas. Groups of boys and girls go to perform from house to house receiving many gifts in return. Note the two sticks used to produce the rhythmic sound. (Baranggay Folk dance Troupe Philippine Normal College).

 KUMENTANG - The graceful hand movements from the wrist going clock or counter clockwise while danding. this is atypical Characteristic movement of the hands in Philippine folk dances.

Native dresses brightens the countryside during harvest time. In the background is the world's most perfect cone-shaped volcano, THE MAYON.

Products of Cordillera

Ifugao: Banaue

Banawe, Ifugao Province - traditional Ifugao house are built on mountain tops and ridges. The Igorot people of the Cordillera Region are hardworking and industrious.