The Traveler – Philippines – Episode 1

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Let’s make the distant horizon our destination, reaching beyond..
so far will we travel. Together, we will wander and explore the magic of today’s light and the mystery of yesterday’s shadows. We touch the history of times to read the story of the coming future, to celebrate what is precious to our hearts and to cherish what makes us humans shine. To discover the wonders and miracles,
wherever they may be hiding. Observe every detail of its color and to feel it pulsing, may we be moved by visions. Let’s make all that we can imagine come true. Here I am the traveler and today I step in a completely new world. Philippines
Pearl of the East. A beautiful painting of forests, beaches
and charming islands. It was conquered by invaders,
tyrants and occupiers but it never ceased the fight for it’s freedom. Welcome to the Great Archipelago. Welcome to Philippines. More than seven thousand islands inhabited by 100 million people
from different origins, religion and language, all living in a remarkable harmony. Despite its isolated location
in the Chinese Sea, quite some foreign influence
has arrived trough times. The Spanish brought Christianity
during their four centuries stay After which, the Americans
introduced the English language and the characteristics of the western culture. Boasting lots of people mobility in Manila
is a challenge for its visitors due to traffic congestion but it is certainly a city worthwhile visiting. Manila is one of the biggest ten cities in the world. People from the country side
come to the capital searching for a better life. It’s a joy walking around
the ancient history of Manila and along its walls, churches
and what’s left of its other ancient monuments as most of them were destroyed
during World War II. This is the ancient side of Manila or what’s left of it,
the Intramuros neighborhood. Intramuros means “within the walls” and inside these giant walls,
there’re many stories that we will be telling you. For centuries, Intramuros remained
the capital of the Islamic state established by the Muslim traders
who came from China and Indonesia until it fell into the hands of the Spanish invaders
in the sixteenth century. The Spanish built terrible prisons in Intramuros
for the rebels and resistors. It was used after that by the Japanese
who occupied the Philippines during the Second World War. In this small room, the Japanese soldiers
killed 600 persons of the Americans and the Filipinos and buried in a mass grave not far away from here. Before the Japanese withdrawal
at the end of the second world war, they destroyed most of the streets of Manila and leaving about
one million dead behind. Despite the sad memories
that this district brings up, it has a bright page of the history of Philippines. This is a memorial of one of
the greatest national heroes of Philippines, José Rizal. Rizal fought the Spanish occupation
at the end of the 19th century and then he was arrested
on charges of rebellion and conspiracy. These are the steps that this national hero Rizal walked
from his cell to the execution square as he was executed outside these walls. The moment of his execution in 1896
turned into a historical detail as it was the spark of a nation-wide revolution ended with the expulsion of the Spanish occupiers and for the first time in centuries,
the Philippine people gets its freedom and independence. Farewell, dear Fatherland,
Gladly now I go to give thee this faded life’s best, And were it brighter, fresher, or more blest” This is part of the Filipino hero Rizal’s last poem
that he wrote before his execution. People that search for a quiet place in Manila
away from the crowd find their sake here for sure at Manila Baywalk. From here, you can enjoy the sun view
in this colorful halo as it sets at the coast of Manila
to announce the beginning of the night life in Manila. Despite that most of the population is poor,
they have a passion for shopping. Sometimes, you find it hard to make your way
through these crowds from all over the world. In the popular markets, you can find
almost everything at reasonable prices and you certainly find
the real spirit of the city and its people. Manila – Bataan We arrived to this archaeological
complex and museum that is about 2 hours away from Downtown Manila. Las Casas Filipinas or the house of Philippines It was built at the junction of a small river
with the Chinese Sea and was designed to be
a miniature representation of Philippines and to show its cultural aspects. The project of transferring tens of historical houses
required what people of Philippines are good at, advanced engineering, hard and careful work, and lots of passion. Here, time takes you back
to the Spanish colonial era. These distinct houses were dismantled
from all areas of Philippines and re-installed in this complex. You can see the creativity
in the restoration of old buildings and the construction of modern buildings
in the old style. The least that can be said about this creativity
is to be quite dazzling. Bataan – Manila – Coron What a beauty! Finally, we’re in the presence of the Queen. Not just any queen
but it’s the beauty queen of the islands. Welcome to Coron! In Coron, the lakes with the crystal clear water
hug the wonderful rocky heights which makes you like
you’re in one of the real wonders of nature. We are now in the Twin Lagoon. Two small lakes separated by a narrow waterway, and to make things more exciting,
there’s only way to move between them… and that is swimming. We’re in one of the cleanest lakes in the world and the most peaceful one of them all. Coron really deserves to be call itself
the Queen of Islands. How beautiful! There’re two water currents,
freshwater and saltwater. The saltwater is so clear and the freshwater feels like wavy,
like if you put sugar in the water. It’s so beautiful. Going up these stairs
leads to one of the purest lakes in the world, and the purest lake in Asia Kayangan Lake in Philippines Only The Traveler takes you
to these remarkable places. Three hundred steps away from the lake, halfway up, you can enjoy
panoramic magical view of Coron island. Kayangan Lake is one of eight lakes in Coron, It has crystal water
and a unique mixture of fresh and salt water, and cold and warm currents. We will move from Kayangan
to the most popular diving site in Coron, Siete Pecados a group of seven small islands. Sometimes, you just have
to tilt you head down a little in the water to experience a sea world
that’s full of life and colors. Coral reefs down there are very beautiful. It’s really a place worth a visit. Also, the fish that you can see down there are very unique and strange. I have never seen before anything like this. It could be similar to something you’ve already seen before but the size fish and the clear way you see them,
is something truly magnificent. It’s really a trip that you should do. In a high temperature and humid atmosphere,
I visited the public Coron market. It’s a thriving market that’s full of movement. You find yourself in middle of a community
of sellers and buyers exchanging greetings and smiles
and sometimes laughter. All the goods here are fresh and locally produced, and despite the limited capabilities,
everyone is committed to hygiene and public health. Not far from the market,
in the center of Coron, I passed by a sports complex
for children and young people. I couldn’t resist getting in for a closer look. Playing with these kids isn’t easy as it may seems. These kids are great and in a very good physique. Here, joy and fun are contagious and when you see the passion in these kids, you know right away
that there’s another generation on the way, A generation that grows up on
the values of cooperation, trust and challenge. The temperature of these
salty volcanic springs is 47 degrees, which is because of the volcano
that is under these springs. Maquinit springs of Coron
are one of the few hot springs in the world that consists of salt water. It’s a destination for many visitors
because of its healthy benefits and to enjoy the view of the mangroves trees,
volcanic rocks and the small islands surrounding it. Mount Tapyas is the highest mountain in Coron. You can see the top of the mountain
from anywhere in the city. Watching tens of visitors climbing the mountain made me more excited and sure
that there’s an amazing view awaits me. These are the steps that we should climb
to get to the top of Mount Tapyas. We climbed 400 steps,
350 to go. The Japanese used this mountain
during the Second World War to observe the American ships
that were coming from this direction, but today I and many visitors like me
come only to enjoy this picturesque scenery.


3 Comments

dividedbyyou · April 1, 2019 at 6:23 pm

Amazing cinematography! Grateful to stumble upon this on YouTube. Those shots with the man preparing the pineapple was so cool!

Jayson Mark · April 1, 2019 at 9:47 pm

I'm from the Philippines, and you captured its beauty! Thanks for this video! As an aspiring content creator, I am always inspired of your creations!

Mohamed Rafeek · April 16, 2019 at 2:25 pm

Beautiful wonderful CORON….

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