Missing the Mount Pinatubo

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As I mentioned in my post yesterday the only real reason to come to Angeles City was to visit the volcano Mount Pinatubo. The Pinatubo became infamous for its disastrous eruption on June 15, 1991 which coincided with the arrival of the typhoon Yunya causing a deadly mix of ashes, torrential rain and wind. Fortunately the eruption could be predicted relatively precisely leading to the evacuation of thousands of people in the area. Since then the volcano has … Read More

Angeles City? Strange City!

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I had Angeles City on the list of my destinations, as I wanted to visit the nearby Mount Pinatubo for quite some time. Therefore, I rented a car at the airport of Manila, where I got the first stress. I had made an online reservation with Europcar as I had done many times before without any problem. However, this time the registration process at the counter took forty-five minutes. The person serving me was obviously pretty nervous for … Read More

Sunny Trip along the Coast of Palawan

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Day three out of four full days. And the sun was finally shining. Perfect weather to drive up the coast. My first destination was the Honda Bay around 30 kilometres north of Puerto Princesa. The bay is famous for some islands with beautiful white beaches which can be reached by chartered boat. A lot of tours are on offer, but it is all the usual same stuff. The prices range in between 600 and 1500 Pesos depending on … Read More

Two Hours in a Philippine Prison and ending up in a Brothel (Part II)

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On Palawan there is not really too much to see. The island has three main attractions: El Nido on the Northern tip of the island and famous for its beaches, the islands in the Honda Bay near Puerto Princesa and the underground river, the longest one in the world. Apart from this the island has beautiful landscapes. And that´s why I was simply driving down the bay around the capital to a small fishing village. I had to … Read More

Two Hours in a Philippine Prison and ending up in a Brothel (Part I)

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Day two of four days on Palawan island. And the sky was extremely cloudy again. But I said to myself that I cannot wait any longer especially as Puerto Princesa does not have much more to offer than the cathedral, the seaside and the market all of which I have already ticked off. I took the risk and drove off to one of the most renowned attractions on Palawan, the so called Palawan Prison and Penal Farm. It … Read More

Impressions of Puerto Princesa on Palawan Island in the Philippines

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Before we come to Puerto Princesa I just have to say a few words on the Philippines starting with: I love the Philippines!. If you have never been to this wonderful archipelago before, it is time now to do so. Not only that the Philippines can boast some of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world. But in this country you also meet the most friendly and warm hearted people you have hardly ever met anywhere else … Read More

Luxury Housing for the Dead – The Chinese Cemetery in Manila

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Going to the Chinese Cemetery adjacent to the North Cemetery and having been to the latter one first is a contrast as it could hardly be stronger. While the North Cemetery with the poor people living here and giving you the feeling of being in a nice village rather than on a cemetery, the Chinese one represents order and wealth. The whole compound is very clean and is also closed and protected over night. It was founded when … Read More

Living with the Dead – The North Cemetery in Manila

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Cemeteries are usually an interesting place to see. In a way they give an insight into the culture of the people and represent the way they deal with their dead. I have been to a few cemeteries in the world but I have never been to a cemetery like the North Cemetery of Manila, the Cemeterio del Norte. It is the oldest and largest cemetery in Manila founded during the nineteenth century and covering an area of 54 … Read More