After a 15 hour flight and a layover in Guam, Grant and I finally made it to Manila! We arrived around 5:30 in the morning, greeted by my mom and some of my relatives. They definitely don't waste any time in the Philippines because after we got to my Uncle's house and hung out for a bit, we started sightseeing ASAP. Luckily for us, jet lag hadn't set in yet ;)
Pampanga, which is the region of the Philippines where my family is from, is home to a lot of old Spanish churches. A little history for those unaware but the Philippines were under Spanish rule for a few centuries, hence the country's Catholic majority and a large Filipino population with Spanish surnames (fun fact, my last name is an indigenous one. It means woven rice container).
Anyway, old churches never let me down and the ones we visited were amazing. Definitely a far cry from the Disneyland-like mega churches that dot Orange County.
Later in the day we went up into the hills/ jungle because my Aunt knew of a cool vantage point that let you see the entire Province/ Manila on one side and the other side had a view of Mt. Pinatubo, a volcano that erupted and devastated the region in the early 90s. The view was so awesome; it was definitely worth the bumpy car ride up there!