2.22.2012

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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!


29 comments:

  1. love looking at these photos! hope to visit manila in the future one day

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  2. Yes!! I'm so excited for you guys! I love the photos!! Keep them coming. And safe travels!!

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  3. i really love these pics, beutiful and you look awesome like always!!!
    xoxo

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  4. Yay, I love it when Milk Teeths goes travelogue! Great first post and I'm looking forward to seeing more of the Philippines, where I've never been and apparently can't spell either... The little black Jesus reminds me of a famous statue of the Virgin they have here in Catalonia... damn the Spanish invaders though! : D

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  5. Woww.....soooo amazing!!! I can't wait to see more photos from your trip!! :D
    (loving both the outfits too)
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  6. Wow. Keep the photos coming! Looks awesome. Such a beautiful landscape.

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  7. Wow! Any pics of Pinatubo? I actually lived in Angeles City, Pampanga, when it erupted. I was five. I'll never forget the darkening of the sky, the smell of sulphuric ash, the panic of evacuation . . . ahh.

    Love your blog, btw. I'm local to you (Long Beach), so maybe when you're back in the States we can lunch and I can steal all your great thrifting secrets!

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  8. Welcome to the Philippines! :) Hope you're doing just fine in the heat. Summer decided to come early this year, so hooray for short shorts, breezy tops, and sandals! Can't wait to see more of your adventures. x

    Patty

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  9. so amazing!!! looks warm and beautiful!!! you must be in a very remote area!!!! so jealous!

    nataliya
    sewniice.blogspot.com

    p.s. love that navy and red dress you're wearing!!!

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  10. Haha. What's a Disneyland-like mega church? I guess we don't have those here? All of the churches in DC are like traditional cathedral or old-church-with-white-steeple type. Actually wait no, there is a Mormon temple in MD that looks straight up like a Disney ice castle. Sorry if I'm offending any Mormons with this comment, but it really does. Lots of DC kids grow up thinking that's where Cinderella lives. People used to say it was the Emerald City castle because they had weird green lights that lit up the white futuristic looking facade. If you're driving on the highway, it pops up out of nowhere and is kind of scary looking. Anyhoo, great photos! I can definitely see a family resemblance. I love the stained glass windows. Can't wait to see more pics. :)

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  11. oh beautiful! beautiful! everything! ah! LOVE your outfit- you always look so classic!

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  12. Hi A!
    I came to see what's going on. :) I waited with impatience for a report from your stay in the Philippines.
    It must have been wonderful!!!
    Pictures are fantastic ...
    The old walls are impressive.

    The man on the bull looks funny... ;)

    xxx

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  13. Hey! Just wanted to say I'm half Filipino [my mom is also from Manila (Malabon)] and I know what it's like visiting. Our family gets so excited - my cousins and I stayed up pretty late the first night we got there during Christmas season. Pretty jealous you're there though! It gets pretty crazy touring around with family =). Anyways, hope you enjoy your time there!

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  14. perfect spring outfit for a picnic! the view is so pretty

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  15. I really enjoy winter, but your summery looks make me dream about summer. Thanks for sharing your travel, it's seems such an interesting country with a great mix & contrast of cultures.

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  16. That's so beautiful! And you look lovely!

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  17. I love the educational nature of this travel post. Also, the hierarchy of height in the three generations of women.

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  18. you look great, love the photos too

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  19. Love the gingham top and printed dress - so pretty! What a gorgeous backdrop, sounds like a fabulous trip. I love old churches too, they're always a source of beautiful art and architecture.

    http://theautumnissue.com

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  20. Maligayang pagbabalik Ashley! You're looking gorgeous as always. :D

    http://angelandaluz.tumblr.com

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  21. youre so tall compared to everyone, its cute! i wanna sightsee, it looks gorgeous!

    Xo,
    steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  22. this is so awesome! i also love your outfits. but mostly that photo of the stained glass. yes. the one where the light is coming through it. awesome.

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  23. So pretty! Love the first outfit and both the photography and scenery are stunning! Have a terrific trip!

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  24. Those really take me to another place! Feeling major winter wanderlust...enjoy your trip!

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  25. beautiful photos! i was there last year, have fun!

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  26. All of these photos are so magical <3 I can only imagine how it is in real life!! Your outfits are amazing Ashley! So casual, classic and chic!! Hope you are enjoying your trip, and hopefully never received any jet lag!

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  27. what beautiful photos. I love your gingham top with those shorts. You look so warm as I sit here in a sweatshirt in my home!

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