Theme Week Philippines – Manila

25 January 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

University of Santo Tomas, the oldest existing university in Asia, established in 1611 © Ramon FVelasquez/cc-by-sa-3.0

University of Santo Tomas, the oldest existing university in Asia, established in 1611 © Ramon FVelasquez/cc-by-sa-3.0

Manila, officially the City of Manila, is the capital of the Philippines and a highly urbanized city. It is the most densely populated city proper in the world as of 2018. It was the first chartered city by virtue of the Philippine Commission Act 183 on July 31, 1901 and gained autonomy with the passage of Republic Act No. 409 or the “Revised Charter of the City of Manila” on June 18, 1949. Manila, alongside Mexico City and Madrid are considered the world’s original set of Global Cities due to Manila’s commercial networks being the first to traverse the Pacific Ocean, thus connecting Asia with the Spanish Americas, marking the first time in world history when an uninterrupted chain of trade routes circled the planet. Manila is also the second most natural disaster-afflicted capital city in the world next to Tokyo, yet it is simultaneously among the most populous and wealthiest cities in Southeast Asia.   read more…

Theme Week Philippines – Cebu City

24 January 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Cebu Provincial Capitol Building © Andrewhaimerl/cc-by-sa-4.0

Cebu Provincial Capitol Building © Andrewhaimerl/cc-by-sa-4.0

Cebu City, officially the City of Cebu, also known as the Queen City of the South, is a 1st class and highly urbanized city of the island of Cebu in the Central Visayas Region, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 922,611 people, making it the fifth-most populated city in the nation and the most populous in the Visayas.   read more…

Theme Week Philippines – Bacolod City

23 January 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

MassKara Festival 2017 © Ceslou/cc-by-sa-4.0

MassKara Festival 2017 © Ceslou/cc-by-sa-4.0

Bacolod, officially the City of Bacolod and often referred to as Bacolod City, is a highly urbanized city in the Philippines. It is the capital of the province of Negros Occidental where it is geographically situated but governed administratively independent from it.   read more…

Theme Week Philippines – Davao City

22 January 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Sari Sari store © flickr.com - Burgermac/cc-by-2.0

Sari Sari store © flickr.com – Burgermac/cc-by-2.0

Davao City, officially the City of Davao, is a 1st class highly urbanized city in the island of Mindanao, Philippines. The city has a total land area of 2,443.61 km² (943.48 sq mi), making it the largest city in the Philippines in terms of land area. It is the third-most populous city in the Philippines after Quezon City and Manila, the most populous city in the country outside Metro Manila, and the most populous in Mindanao. As of the 2015 census the city had a population of 1,632,991. It is geographically situated in the province of Davao del Sur and grouped under the province by the Philippine Statistics Authority, but the city is governed and administered independently from it. The city is divided into three congressional districts, which are subdivided into 11 administrative districts with a total of 182 barangays.   read more…

Theme Week Philippines – Puerto Princesa

21 January 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Portal of Plaza Cuartel © Joelaldor/cc-by-sa-4.0

Portal of Plaza Cuartel © Joelaldor/cc-by-sa-4.0

Puerto Princesa, officially the City of Puerto Princesa, and often referred to as Puerto Princesa City, is a 1st class Highly Urbanized City in the Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 255,116 people. It is a city located in the western province of Palawan, and is the westernmost city in the Philippines. Though the seat of government and capital for the province, the city itself is one of 38 independent cities within the Philippines not controlled by the province in which it is geographically located and is therefore an independent area located within Palawan.   read more…

Theme Week Philippines

20 January 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage

Boracay Island © panoramio.com - Alexey Komarov/cc-by-3.0

Boracay Island © panoramio.com – Alexey Komarov/cc-by-3.0

The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Japan to the northeast, Vietnam to the west, Palau to the east, and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south.   read more…

Theme Week Mexico

11 January 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage

Cancun and the Riviera Maya © Mardetanha - www.safainla.us/cc-by-sa-3.0

Cancun and the Riviera Maya © Mardetanha – www.safainla.us/cc-by-sa-3.0

Mexico, officially the United Mexican States (Spanish: Estados Unidos Mexicanos), is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Mexico has approximately 129 million inhabitants, making it the world’s 13th-largest country by area, 10th-most populous country, and most populous Spanish-speaking nation. It is a federation comprising 31 states and Mexico City, its capital city and largest metropolis. Other major urban areas include Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, and León.   read more…

Half Moon Bay in California

1 January 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, San Francisco Bay Area

Ritz-Carlton Hotel © Elisa.rolle/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ritz-Carlton Hotel © Elisa.rolle/cc-by-sa-4.0

Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. Its population is at 11,000. Immediately at the north of Half Moon Bay is the Pillar Point Harbor and the unincorporated community of Princeton-by-the-Sea. The urban area has a population of 21,000. Half Moon Bay is located approximately 25 miles (40 km) south of San Francisco, 10 miles (16 km) west of San Mateo, and 45 miles (72 km) north of Santa Cruz. Neighboring towns include El Granada, Princeton-by-the-Sea, Moss Beach, and Montara to the north and Purissima, San Gregorio, and Pescadero to the south.   read more…

Ironman World Championship in Hawaii

16 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport

Almost 2000 triathletes begin the 2.4-mile swim at the 2005 Ironman World Championship triathlon © U.S. Navy - Chief Journalist Deborah Carson

Almost 2000 triathletes begin the 2.4-mile swim at the 2005 Ironman World Championship triathlon
© U.S. Navy – Chief Journalist Deborah Carson

The Ironman World Championship has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978, with an additional race in 1982. It is owned and organized by the World Triathlon Corporation. It is the annual culmination of a series of Ironman triathlon qualification races held throughout the world.   read more…

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