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Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Cast _MG_3312upon the open plains of the city of Dubbo, the western plains zoo of Taronga was the end goal of our 400 km north west 5 hour road trip from the city of Sydney started on a busy Friday afternoon, the weather was bright and sunny compared to drab cloudy days that preceded it. As it was already the second month of the Autumn season and at this the time leaves are already starting to turn to a golden orange and yellow. I took the day off work, packed my bags, camera equipment and loaded my laptop with fresh tunes and movies for a weekend in the country.

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My “Ls”

Ls_MG_2609 or Learners license are the first step in driving here down under. Usually kids of the age of 17 are eligible to attain this kind of license and be able to drive a motor vehicle on Australian roads as long as they are accompanied by an experienced full licensed driver. I just got my Ls today because I FAILED my driving exams.

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Iwahig, Prison Colony

When_MG_1511 is a prison not a prison? Ever since we could do wrong our parents would tell us that if you don’t straighten up you will end up in prison! A prison would be a place of iron and bars, isolated from society where individuals would pay their dept back to the community. Not SO in IWAHIG.

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Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center

The _MG_1495 first stop on our city tour takes us to the Wildlife convention center a place of research and crocodile farming.

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Misibis

Located _MG_9109on the island of Cagraray along the Albay coast, the resort of Misibis is one of the most sought after resorts in the region. Boasting white sand beaches and a luxurious accommodation every minute is spent relaxing along the shore and soaking up the early morning rays on a beautiful veranda and dipping in the infinity pool ;)

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Tiwi

At _MG_8950the back of Mayon Volcano along the coastal highway heading north, 45min drive from Legazpi is the small town of Tiwi. Here the famous Tiwi Hot springs are found as well as clay potteries locally made and sold in the markets. From small piggy banks to life size clay dogs and table top decorations there is no end to the selection of handicrafts available to you.

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The Legend of Mt. Mayon

Legend_MG_8726_e has it that the land of Albay was created by the Mayon volcano. A legend that has been passed from generation to generation, as old as the islands itself, when the islands were still connected via land bridges to South East Asia… Centuries before Magellan came to the name this land Philippines. There was Daragang Magayon a beautiful maiden with hair flowing like the river and as black as the raven’s feather, skin as soft as silk and a beauty that was said to be incomparable to anyone amongst all the lands of the Kabikulanan! She was the daughter of the chief of the tribe Tiong Makusog, where the only law is the law of the chief. And according to the law no outsider would ever lay hands on Daragang Magayon and court her, she would only wed someone from inside the village and pass on the legacy of the village to the next generation.

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Camalaniugan

TheKampana of Camalaniugan sleepy town of Camalaniugan plays host to the oldest bells in the country that still works, located at the church in the middle of town and just across the Cagayan River. The Bells of Camalaniuganhas stood the test of time. They were placed on the old Spanish church sitting across the Cagayan River edge named after a Polish Saint, San Jacinto de Polonia established one year after Sta Maria was forged on 1596. Time and erosion claimed the original church, now the bells have been placed on a new and modern church that is just a stones throw away from the ruins of the original church made up of bricks, the church still bears the same name as the original. The bells are still functioning and until now have called faithful churchgoers to holy mass every Sunday.

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Callao Caves, Peñablanca Cagayan

A Callao Cavethousand years ago before Magellan was born, destined to discover the Philippines Islands, The Seven Chambers Callao caves was host to the very first Indio’s. The true natives that walked the land bridges of Palawan and Mindanao from the mainland of Asia, these were early man. Over looking the mighty Cagayan river, Callao cave became their home.

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St. Dominic Church, Lal-lo

Lal-lo, St. Dominic Church, Lal-loCagayan Valley
St. Dominic stand at the former site of the church of Tocalana during the time were the city of Lal-lo had three parishes One of w/c was the parish of the cathedral that was served by the secular clergy up to 1788. 25 years later the parish of Bagumbayan was established and entrusted to the Dominicans by Bishop Diego De Soria in 1813. All happened when Lal-lo was still better known as Nueva Segovia.

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