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Forces of Nature

Posted by on Apr 16th, 2009
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An awesome quiet saturates mother nature’s gift on this landscape as the sun sets over. For centuries, Philippines has welcomed travelers searching for sights as impressive as any have seen.

It is in Philippines that some of the most amazing wonders of nature lies, and on Tourism-Philippines, we take a chance to showcase some of the finest of what Philppines can offer.

All images by Storm Crypt

Mountain of Rice

Philippines Ifugao Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines

The Banaue Rice Terraces are 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the Batad indigenous people. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to by Filipinos as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. It is commonly thought that the terraces were built with minimal equipment, largely by hand. The terraces are located approximately 1500 meters (5000 ft) above sea level and cover 10,360 square kilometers (about 4000 square miles) of mountainside. They are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces. It is said that if the steps are put end to end it would encircle half the globe.

The Banaue terraces are part of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, ancient sprawling man-made structures from 2,000 to 6,000 years old. They are found in the provinces of Apayao, Benguet, Mountain Province and Ifugao, and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mt. Pinatubo’s Artwork

Philippines Mount Pinatubo

Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano located on the island of Luzon, at the intersection of the borders of the Philippine provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga.

Ruins of Santo Domingo

Philippines, Ruins of Santo Domingo

The place looks eerie and equally haunting. While the ruins of Cagsawa is closer to Legazpi city, more photographed and more famous, the ruins around Santo Domingo shows a lot of Mt. Mayon’s destructive power. Its perfect cone, its “seven wonders of the world” tag, its beauty, time and time again tries to hide its monstrous side. After all, this is the most active volcano in the Philippines.

Whimsical Noontime

Philippines Pandan Island, Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Pandan Island – North Shore, Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

Mystical Lake

Philippines Lake, Negros Oriental
A small lake near the entrance to Balinsasayao Nature Park.
Negros Oriental, Philippines

Katibawasan Falls

Philippines Katibwasan Falls

Valley of the Southern Side

Philippines Mantalongon, Dalaguete, Cebu
Mantalongon/Tabon
Dalaguete, Cebu, Philippines

Mt. Mayon’s Postcard Shot

Philippines Mayon Volcano and Cagsawa Ruins, Daraga, Albay
Mayon Volcano and Cagsawa Ruins
Daraga, Albay, Philippines

The Last Shot

Philippines Mount Mayon, Albay
Mt. Mayon
Albay, Philippines

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9 Responses to “Forces of Nature”

  1. Adam Lambert says:

    Absoblutely brilliant photos. Philippines is blessed with all these natural wonders! The beach at Pandan island looks amazing. Can’t wait to read reviews of these places from you!

  2. Ryan says:

    Excellent post PK! I will most likely either go to Pandan Island in Palawan in June or do the Bais (whale sharks-7 kilometer white sand bar- dolphins)-Apo Island (diving)-Siquijor trail (beaches) trail. :)

    • pktan says:

      These are just a glimpse of the beauties. Looks like you got your holiday trip all planned out! As for me, hah, just lots of wedding dinners to attend lined up. Crazy : ))

  3. Peter Daramy-WIlliams says:

    Whoa….the Phillipines is an amazing country! Lush green jungles, fresh clean oceans, gorgeous wildlife and wonderfull people! I wish to visit the Phillipines very soon, WHAT A JEWEL!!!!!
    Greetings from the United Kingdom

  4. weng says:

    u should visit iligan city to see the Ma. Christina falls & Tinago falls to feature @ ur web pix.

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Weng, we went to Iligan City last weekend of September. We saw Ma. Cristina Falls but not Tinago since we did not have time (imagine going around 4 provinces in just 4 days!). We went to Aruma, Iliganon (with the super creamy Durian Shake), and Yoms. We also went to Macaraeg-Macapagal Ancestral House. :) We will feature Iligan City and Lanao del Norte soon so watch out for it. :)

  5. cute lenz says:

    very meticulous!!!!
    u should visit negros oriental for its splendor ed beauty..
    its the pearl of the orient…
    u will truly love it..

    • ……………I feel proud to see the phillipins different natural places as a grate wonder combination ‘ Every phillipins have to be prould for their own native nature ‘ I am also proud with with them ‘Zakir ———–Jizan’K.S.A ‘

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