Pearl of the Orient: The Philippines

To the Philippines

Jose Rizal (our National Hero)


Warm and beautiful like a houri of yore,
as gracious and as pure as the break of dawn
when darling clouds take on a sapphire tone,
sleeps a goddess on the Indian shore.

The small waves of the sonorous sea assail
her feet with ardent, amorous kisses, while
the intellectual West adores her smile;
and the old hoary Pole, her flower veil.

My Muse, most enthusiastic and elate,
sings to her among naiads and undines;
I offer her my fortune and my fate.

With myrtle, purple roses, and flowering greens
and lilies, crown her brow immaculate,
O artists, and exalt the Philippines!


Sorsogon 3
A beach in Sorsogon


Sorsogon 2
Surfing in Gubat, Sorsogon


Capones Island
Capones Island


Back part of Boracay


Bulusan Lake (at the heart of Bulusan Volcano National Park)


Kayaking in Bulusan Lake


Sunset in Alaminos, Pangasinan


Sunset at Pradera Wake Park


Eskaya Bohol
Eskaya, Bohol


Sorsogon 4
Sunrise in Sorsogon


The Perfect Cone: Mt. Mayon Volcano


Mt Pamitinan
Mt. Pamitinan


Masungi 3
Masungi Georeserve


Masungi 2
Foggy Masungi at dawn


Mt Pundaquit
Mt. Pundaquit


Hot Air Balloon Fest
Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, Pampanga


Hanging Coffins
Hanging Coffins, Sagada


Magellan’s Cross, Cebu


Ruins of a municipal hall (Sorsogon)


Ruins in Corregidor Island


A Modern Church in Cebu: St. Pedro Calungsod Church


Lighthouse in Corregidor


All photos by Pia Lorenzo

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