Category: Philippines

Puerto Princesa – Palawan at its best

Puerto Princesa – Palawan at its best

As I (Merge) continued my travels in the Philippines on the MS Westerdam, I visited Puerto Princesa in the southwest for a couple of days.  On my must-do list were two things.  First, explore the historical town and other sites within the area; and two, make the short day-trip to the UNESCO world-heritage Puerto Princesa […]

Manila’s native son – Dr. Jose Rizal

Manila’s native son – Dr. Jose Rizal

Not just a medical doctor, but also a writer, artist and nationalist, Dr. Jose Rizal was pivotal in the Philippine struggle for independence from Spanish colonial rule.  He is also a national hero in the Philippines as I (Merge) discovered in my two-day visit in November 2023 to Manila, the country’s capital.  I had been […]

A beach day in Boracay, Philippines

A beach day in Boracay, Philippines

Boracay, located in the central Philippines, is a small island known for its striking natural beauty, stunning beaches and vibrant tourist industry.  I (Merge) got a chance to visit one cloudy November day on my travels on the MS Westerdam.  Boracay is part of the Aklan Province and lies approximately 315 kilometers south of Manila. […]