Welcome to the Philippines!
It only took me 32 years to make the trip half way around the world to visit the homeland of my mom, and host to the famous flashy Jeepney transportation system!
I'm not the only one who likes to photograph food!
We've been exploring historical and cultural sites around Manila. At fort Santiago, National Hero, Jose Rizal, was imprisoned before being executed for crimes against the state. His writings revealing the torments imposed on the local Filipinos spread the revealing and shameful truth of the nation's struggles during Spanish colonization.
San Augustin Church, built in 1587, is the oldest stone church in the country and the only surviving structure of World War II.
Spoliarium by Filipion artist, Juan Luna, is considered a National Treasure, having stunned European art crowds by winning the highest medals at the 1884 Madrid Exposition. It was amazing to take in the massive scale of this over twenty foot wide painting.
More food. Lumpia (another of my favorite filipino foods), puso ng saging (heart of banana- and a new one for me this trip), some green vegetables, and of course the asian staple, rice.
A Little Bit on the National Hero, Jose Rizal
At Rizal Park a larger than life sculpture once again shows his execution.
His writings have had the greatest impact, but Rizal was also a skilled sculptor, is credited with the discovery of a variety of local fauna, spoke over 7 languages, and was a practicing medical doctor.
I'm sure I'll be taking more shots of Jeepneys, but here are some of my best ones so far.