I must admit that I did not expect the unbelievable beauty of the Philippines. It’s such a fabulous country with magnificent scenery, stunning beaches, friendly locals, funky transportation and at times delicious food.

Located at the very eastern edge of Asia, the Philippines are home to more than 7,000 islands, which are inhabited by friendly locals and many indigenous tribes. From pristine beaches and marvelous natural wonders to interesting historic sites, the country is a “candy store” to nature and history lovers.

Among the world heritage sites in the Philippines, the Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras have such a powerful presence that makes them one of the most outstanding places in the country. Lying high in the Cordillera mountain range, their setting cannot be replicated anywhere in the lowland tropical landscape of the Philippines – or even anywhere in the world, for that matter.

The island of Bohol is characterized by its “Chocolate Hills,” more than 1,000 rounded mounds formed by coral deposits smoothly eroded over time by rainwater. In the dry season, the hills take on the chocolate color that they are colloquially known for, while in the rainy season they are lush and green. Bohol’s other natural attractions are the jungles that are home to the tarsier, the world’s smallest primate species.

The 16th-century town of Vigan, on the island of Luzon, is called “the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia” by UNESCO, which made it a World Heritage Site in 1999. As a major trading town in its heyday, the well-preserved architectural treasures of Vigan represent the varied influences of the Philippines, China, Mexico and Europe. Buildings feature the unusual coexistence of stone, terra-cotta, wood and brick as well as seashells and limestone.

The first few images were taken in Manila the Philippines’ capital in an area which which is narrowly defined as “under the bridge”.  Due to the bridge protection from rain and wind, many homeless people have made it a home.  Almost all are involved in some small trade activities from coal, old circuit brakers, electrical swiches and more. Despite the unfortunate situation of obvious poverty, one can observe a sense of pride and self-worth. No begging or violent behavior. Just a quite community who call the brige a home.

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