This summer Jen and I headed to the Philippines. We were there a little over two weeks.
We flew into Manila then headed south to Batangas city, where we stayed with our family friends from Michigan. They were very kind to us. They have a huge house with a giant swimming pool. They even brought in the town's best cook to make us traditional Philippino food. Next, we headed south for Mindoro, home to Sabang and Puerto Galera. There was great diving, cheap accommodation, and great outdoor activities - we rode an Oxcart through the jungle, and drove around dune buggys. We met some interesting people.
Next we headed to Cebu (on my birthday!!!). I had some nice luck at the Casino that night. The next day we headed to Moalboal, to do some diving and laying out on the beach. We also stopped at the Kawasan falls, which were picturesque. We returned to Cebu the next day. On our last day in Cebu, we went to see the cross of Magellan, as well as some other historical places, churches and things of that nature.
From Cebu, we headed to Boracay - the "Waikiki" of the Philippines. It was a bit over-rated, I must say. But there were great selections of restaurants and activities.
After Borocay, we spent a few days in Manila before the flight home. We stopped in the Manila zoo for a while, and got to play with some interesting animals.