There are a total of 81 provinces in the Philippines. Thirty kilometres south of Manila begins the diversified and dynamic province of Laguna. The best known place historically is the birth place of the national hero Jose Rizal in the town of Calamba. The younger generation though are more tuned in to the 23 world-class rides and attractions just 40 kilometres south of Manila, which has already claimed over 10 million visitors at Enchanted Kingdom in Santa Rosa. The centre of worldwide rice research in Los Banos is funded by companies and countries worldwide, recognising the fact that half the word population lives on rice. Every type of rice from all over the world is stored here in a rice vault, and they have a brilliant Rice Museum open to all, that both fascinates and educates all visitors about the place and importance of rice on our planet.
I was talking today to Russell who spent years #travelling throughout interesting places in South East Asia … and now, as a Filipina, realizes that her own country is full of endless magic throughout the 7000+ islands. We spoke of far off places in the north of the country like the Batanes Islands which has a burial culture also found in southern Japan; of the Guimaras Islands in the Central #Philippines where the indigenous tribe is claimed to originate from Australia; #Butuan in NE Mindanao where the ancient #Balangay boat used to sail as far as Japan, China, India and to Africa over a thousand years ago. The variations and rich intensity of diverse local culture is endless as one travels throughout the Philippine Islands.