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"Manila Excusion" - 9x12 watercolor of Jeepeny, Manila Cathedral, Frangipani, San Augustin...

Manila

Pier Entertainment

Pier Entertainment

Pier Entertainment

Las Pinas church home of the bambo organ

Las Pinas church home of the bambo organ

Las Pinas church home of the bambo organ

Sarao Jeepney factory

Sarao Jeepney factory

Sarao Jeepney factory

Sarao Jeepney factory

Sarao Jeepney factory

Tagaytay restaurant view of Taal volcano

Waterfront property

Traffic in Manila

Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago

Dungeons at Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago

San Agustin Church

San Agustin church


2/25 – 3/1

The last stop this month was Manila, Philippines. It took us three days and 1351 miles to get there. There were a lot of dancers performing on the pier when we arrived. Many of the crew on this ship are from this area and their families were waiting their arrival. Holland America does a good job with the families, letting them explore the ship. It was fun seeing the families reunited.

We took a private tour in Manila which lasted most of the day. The tour started with the Las Pinas church with its bamboo organ, Yup a pipe organ with bamboo pipes. Unfortunately they would not play it so we had no idea how it sounds. The next stop was the Sarao Jeepney factory. This factory builds these neat small buses (used throughout the country) on Jeep chassis. Lunch was at Tagaytay a restaurant which provided a beautiful view of the Taal volcano, the smallest volcano in the country. Fort Santiago was our next stop. This fort was built in 1571 and is famous for imprisoning and executing Dr. Jose Rizal, an important figure in the freedom of the Philippine people. The last stop was San Agustin church, built in 1583. It was a great tour.



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