|Mt Mayon. Known as the world's perfect volcano|
“I WILL experience your island”
We planned on 16 days for the Philippines and I was rather sure I would be bored and ready to go home after 10. I had never heard anything good about this island chain, and in fact, I knew 2 people who changed their flights and went home early. When we had only 1 day left I wished we could exchange it for another month. It was that good, and we traveled only Luzon, which is 1 of their 7,000+ islands.
The Cordillera – A.K.A The Mountain Province
|The 1st waterfall. Bomod-ok falls|
|Looks like Ireland, but the paddies are rice (Get it?)|
|Beautiful weavings that take 3 weeks to make can be bought for $12 a meter|
A Pageantry of Blood
|The man in the center is actually hammered into the cross. They took him down and nailed up 12 more after him|
|This man beat himself until he passed out. He is in the medical tent|
|These men are soaked with their own blood from slicing themselves with razors and then whipping their own backs|
It was midnight in Vigan before I washed the blood off my legs from the mayhem that occurred 200 miles south. We felt as if we had escaped the whores and the horrors of Angeles and San Fernando.
These long night bus rides are a literal pain in the neck, but Vigan was a visually pleasing town of well preserved architecture from the Spanish colonial period. However – there was no reason to budget 4 days up there. An afternoon, in lowlight is all it deserves.
|These "windows" are actually capiz shells. They let enough light in and are cheaper than glass|
What’s it like?
|The 2nd waterfall in Batad|
A Really Big Knife, Customs, and a Missed Flight
|My $134 knife|
A Final Note
|Cheap and good|
Your man on point,