I spent two tours of duty at Clark Air Base in Angeles City and had plenty of time to explore this beautiful archipelago. This is my attempt to share some of the sights of The Philippines with you.

The Dive Shop

I learned to scuba dive in the Philippines and was certified at Batangas, southwest of Manila. The Cathedral Reef and Sombrero Island off Batangas offered two very exciting dive areas


See me scuba diving


A fish in the coral

I also had the pleasure of exploring and diving near Mindoro Island and Tubataha Reef, in the middle of the Sulu Sea.


A giant coral formation


When I get the chance I will post more dive pictures here.


I also climbed two extinct volcanoes, Mt. Arayat, long dormant, (pictured below), and Taal, with a lake inside the crater and an island in the middle of the lake. Taal erupted only a month after I was there!

Mt. Arayat

I never climbed Mt. Pinatubo, which was just behind Clark Air Base, although I have some beautiful sunset pictures silouhetting the peak. Here's what it looked like when it erupted!

Pinatubo blows its top



Corregedor Island, lying at the mouth of Manila Bay is the site of many historical events from the Spanish American War to World War Two. Here are some scenes.

One of the giant mortars used to defend the island.

The Malinta tunnel

Runnning the rapids at Pagsanan Falls

The boatmen pull the boats over many of the rapids on the way up to the falls


The roar of the falls is deafening. There is a raft that takes you to the cave behind the falls, which has been carved out by erosion.

Philippine Money

This section will show some different pictures of Philippine paper money. More to come soon.

During World War II, when the Japanese occupied the Philippine Islands, the resistance forces used their own form of money. Here are some samples of this "guerilla money":

A five peso note (front)


A five peso note (back)


A 20 peso note (front)

The back of a different 20 peso note (front)

Eventually I'll catalogue more of these and get the images loaded for you.


©2005 Joe Azzato
Last update: 25 Jun 2005