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!

 

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A beach in Sorsogon

 

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Surfing in Gubat, Sorsogon

 

Capones Island
Capones Island

 

Boracay
Back part of Boracay

 

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

 

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Kayaking in Bulusan Lake

 

Alaminos
Sunset in Alaminos, Pangasinan

 

Pradera
Sunset at Pradera Wake Park

 

Eskaya Bohol
Eskaya, Bohol

 

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Sunrise in Sorsogon

 

Albay
The Perfect Cone: Mt. Mayon Volcano

 

Mt Pamitinan
Mt. Pamitinan

 

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Masungi Georeserve

 

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Foggy Masungi at dawn

 

Mt Pundaquit
Mt. Pundaquit

 

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

 

Hanging Coffins
Hanging Coffins, Sagada

 

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Magellan’s Cross, Cebu

 

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Ruins of a municipal hall (Sorsogon)

 

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Ruins in Corregidor Island

 

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A Modern Church in Cebu: St. Pedro Calungsod Church

 

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Lighthouse in Corregidor

 

All photos by Pia Lorenzo

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