The Traveler – Philippines – Episode 2

Let’s make the distant horizon our destination, reaching beyond, so far will we travel. Together, we will wander and explore the magic of today’s morning light and the mystery of yesterdays’ shadows. We touch the history of times to read the story of the coming future, to celebrate what is precious to our hearts and to treasure what makes us humans shine. To discover the wonders and miracles of the world,
wherever they may be hiding. To observe the every detail of their colors and to feel them pulsing. That we may be moved by visions. Let’s make all that we imagine turn into reality. Here I am, the traveller,
and today I step into a whole new world. Philippines – The Pearl of the East We left Coron and headed towards Palawan, a journey that took us 4 hours in a speedboat. We are on our way to El Nido Island,
a divers’ destination, and one of the most beautiful shores in the world. A lot of adventures await us.
Let’s go. Your eyes drift away
wandering over these vibrantly coloured seas or examining these jungles
that have settled on mountain tops, or by gazing upon these gigantic rocks
and eye-catching rock formations. It’s as if the rocks jump out from the waves
to greet us visitors, as if they’d been set free
from a fairy tale. or maybe from a science fiction film. These beautiful rocks behind me are the gateway
to an exquisitely beautiful lake that lies behind it. Getting there isn’t easy,
but we’ll find a way. It seems like the rocks here
are welcoming its visitors with open arms as if it awaits them
eagerly and with devotion, to reveal the treasures
that are hiding beyond it. Plants sprout from the centre of the rocks,
and lakes arise from the centre of the sea. They characterise with pride and glory,
the Island of Miniloc in Palawan. Surrounded by an almost perfect natural scenery it is easy break away from anything
that interferes with the purity of life. In a friendly area of land consisting
of more than 7000 islands, it’s not hard to find an Island
all for myself. A place that suffered relatively little human impact,
a paradise made of series of unpopulated islands. Clear water, rainy jungles, and dream-like sandy beaches. If you are the kind of person that seeks tranquility
and isolation, then certainly come to this place. We saw the captivating beauty of the Islands, now come with me to explore
an entire world underneath. Its diverse and unique biodiversity
has made it a bliss and paradise for divers. People come from far to this place to revel in this thrilling and colourful world
of breathtaking scenery. Fields of corals, groups of fishes, turtles
and other peculiar sea creatures; you can find all of these passing by
at this magical space under the ocean’s surface. The second dive was very beautiful, we saw three large turtles.
I felt like touching them but I was a bit scared. Though, they are extremely gentle
as they searched for food between the rocks. Something truly magnificent. With the abundance of coloured fishes,
it feels like you’re in a cartoon. Amazing!
Just incredible. The climate is tropical,
hot and humid. Its major cities are highly crowded
and its infrastructure requires serious improvement, In despite, millions of tourists flock to the Philippines each year
to enjoy its lakes, beaches and forests. As for its Islands, they reveal themselves to you
as a fascinating world. Crystalline water, coral reefs, magnificent fishes
and impressive rock formations. The islands here are
the precious treasure of the Philippines. Yet, the Islands aren’t the only reason
that will encourage you to visit this country. You’ll meet people that will welcome you kindly and say goodbye with a heartwarming smile.
Locals approach you with great respect and good manners. They are known for their love of festivities and music
as well as their fondness of searching for new friends. This is why people will easily approach you open to involve you
in their social life. You won’t leave this country
without many good friends. The people in the Philippines
are very nice and simple, sometimes you would wish for time to freeze
while spending time with them. A nation that loves life, they won’t waste
a single chance to rejoice and celebrate something. Exactly like their children
who take advantage of every occasion to play basketball
at anytime and in any place. Whether you are in a big city,
a small town or a remote island you will always find
a cheerful spirit of celebration around you. We will leave the magical El Nido
heading to another city, this time Puerto Princesa. It is a city where you can find
one of the new World Wonders. El Nido to Puerto Princesa The underground river, Puerto Princesa,
is located 80 km from the city centre. UNESCO lists it a World Heritage Site because of its unique scientific and biological characteristics. We are at the opening of
the longest underground river in the world in the city of Puerto Princesa,
the island of Palawan, the Philippines. This river is more than 30 million years old
and it contains unique rock formations that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The river that starts from underneath the ground and flows through the underground caves
stretching over more than 8 kilometres. The darkness did not stop me
from remarking the enormous size and immensity of these caves
including all of its astonishing details. Puerto Princesa to the city of Cebu. Welcome to Cebu,
the oldest city in the Philippines and its first capital. Most visitors of the Philippines will end up here in this magical city of Cebu, in one way or another. Let’s go. Cebu City is the second largest commercial
and economic centre in the Philippines after Manila. It’s a historic city
full of energy and bustle. The Island is located
in the south of the country. It has the oldest
and largest port in the Philippines which makes it an ancient trading centre
with other Asian countries. Before going to its main landmarks,
namely the beaches of this Island, I found some time
to explore the historic sights in the city. Such as the courtyard of this old Church,
which religious people seek to visit often to commemorate their loved ones
that have deceased. Many musicians around the world
associate Cebu with the guitar. This is the Pandora, which is purely Filipino guitar.
It is a result of the direct influence of Spanish musical culture
that remained here for three and a half centuries. If you’d wish to indulge in a mix of
Filipino and Western cultures in the Philippines, then there is nothing better than listening
to the Pandora and guitar being played together. The hand-made Cebu Guitar
is sought after by musicians anywhere in the world. The wood is taken from the rain forests of Philippines
and ends up in the hands of these skillful workers who are passionate about caring about its details.
Nothing much of this has changed in the past 300 years. This is an old prison that was used by people
who occupied the Philippines to exploit its people. However, today it has turned into
the National Museum of the city or, in short, also known as “Sugbo”. The museum summarises the history of Philippines
from prehistoric times, throughout the Islamic and Spanish eras,
all the way to World War II. This corner of the Cebu National Museum
highlights the lives, sacrifices and work of journalists in the last century
and their role in the development of the Filipino community. Cebu’s history entails the assassination
of the famous Portuguese explorer, Fernando Magellan who lead a military force
invading Philippines in order to hand it over
to the Spanish monarchy. He was battled here by Lapu Lapu,
a Muslim leader and national hero. His soldiers were equipped
with primitive weapons only at that time. In this very specific place,
Lapu Lapu, the Filipino hero, killed Magellan and so he became the first Filipino to hold off
the European occupiers from invading the Philippines. This is one of the oldest houses in the Philippines
built more than 400 years ago and it still stands firmly to date,
resisting typhoons and earthquakes due to its coral rocks built. Inscriptions in copper, wood and ivory
are the marks its builders have left in this place. A beautiful spirit from the past resides here,
you can almost feel its presence, from the people praying there, sitting there
or even just talking. At that time, houses in the Philippines were built of bamboo,
however Yap Santiago, one of Cebu’s wealthy businessman asked a Chinese architect to build a strong house
to withstand the harsh weather. So the architect used strong coral reefs
and clay mixed with egg whites as an alternative to cement. Santiago passed away but the house remained,
recounting the stories of people who once lived there as memories. The city of Cebu to Oslob to Kawasan. We are in Oslob in Cebu,
today we will introduce you to one of the largest creatures
on the face of this Earth. The whale shark can be 12 meters long,
even though, it feeds on plankton, flora and small fish only. This makes swimming with it
an astonishing and entirely safe experience. It’s one of the most exciting experiences,
swimming side by side, with this giant creature. He seems to have accustomed
to the presence of adventurers like myself. He closely follows me
in a quiet and docile way transforming the nervousness I was feeling earlier
into reassurance and tranquility. This was not my first trip to the Philippines, but every time I visit new places
I haven’t been able to visit previously. However, there are certain places
I can never get enough of so I go back to them whenever I get the chance….
Kawasan Falls is one of them. We are going to end our journey here
in one of the hidden treasure of the Philippines Kawasan Falls,
a true mixture between imagination and reality. Goodbye!

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