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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.
I learned to scuba dive in the Philippines and was certified (PADI) at Batangas, southwest of Manila. The Cathedral Reef and Sombrero Island off Batangas offered two very exciting dive areas.
I also had the pleasure of exploring and diving near Mindoro Island
and Tubataha Reef, in the middle of the Sulu Sea.
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
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
The boatmen pull the boats over many of the rapids on the way up to the falls
This section will show some different pictures of Philippine paper money.
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 (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
©2005 Joe Azzato
Last update: 25 Jun 2005