The first stop on my Asia trip was the Philippines; the homeland of my mother. My mom planned the whole 3 weeks. It was her “I beat cancer” trip. She hadn’t been back for like seven years.
First stop, Bohol is famous for its wildlife and pristine beaches. My mom got us a lovely a beautiful room at Alona Beach Resort. She hired private tour from Bohol Life guide for three days. It included car, water and all the attractions. It cost about $250.
Honeycomb Resort is a local chain with great organic food with a vegetarian friendly menu. You can tour the garden and bee farm after your lovely meal.
Church because every town brags about their place of worship so it must be seen.
River boat Cruise
We went to a tarsiers reserve but I lost the photos. So sadly I can’t show you these it is well worth a visit.
So we went to Cebu. We saw two of my cousins and see the Sinulog Festival. I ended up getting sick so I didn’t get to enjoy Cebu.
My family is part of the founding families of this little city. We basically came here to visit my uncle and go to my grandmother’s grave. It was nice to see a more authentic Filipino town.
This was also mostly catching up with family. We ended up staying at a really nice hotel. Also we went to this place that was the house of an incredibly wealthy family that owned a coconut planation called Villa Escodero. There was a buffet by a waterfall, beautiful views and a cultural show. Another highlight was going to Green Hills, a sort of indoor market/ mall with really cheap clothes. I didn’t take pictures but if you are looking to shop in Manila go there.
Philippines is a beautiful country with rich culture. I’m glad to call it my homeland.