What a mud bath! These two carabao, a species of water buffalo native to the Philippines, are completely covered in mud.
Puerto Galera, Philippines
Beautiful coconut palms overlooking the sea.
Puerto Galera, Philippines.
Pretty bougainvillea on a seaside balcony.
Eating lunch under an idyllic coconut palm tree on an idyllic tropical beach. A dangerous place to sit, by the way, since falling coconuts kill more people each year than shark attacks.
Mindoro Island, Philippines
Even in the rainy season, it's pretty.
Selling fresh fruit on a busy street in Manila.
Yachting in the Philippines
White Beach, Puerto Galera
A traditional Filipino wooden outrigger boat (banca) anchored on a gorgeous tropical beach.
A beach vendor displaying his tourist merchandise.
Beautiful nature, ugly buildings and environmental damage. Too bad...
Big Lalaguna Beach, Sabang, Puerto Galera, Philippines
A woman and four of her children standing in front of their small, roofless, concrete house after the husband suddenly died before he could replace the storm-damaged roof.
A Filipino woman living under plastic tarpaulins, with a dirt floor and only basic necessities, because she can't afford to pay rent.
The environmental cost of tourism development.
A large old tree cut down and being sawed into lumber material for local house construction in a rural community.
The future. Dense urban expansion into agricultural land, including rice paddies, due to population explosion in the Philippines.
Luzon island, Philippines
Farm land being turned into housing subdivisions.
Raising roosters for cockfighting, a popular sport in the Philippines.
A female carabao, a species of water buffalo native to the Philippines.
Symbiotic relationship between a water buffalo and a cattle egret. The egret eats flies, mosquitoes, ticks and fleas which bother the buffalo.
A failed tourism project resulting in an abandoned hotel in a former rice paddy after the owner ran out of cash.
The carabao (Filipino: kalabaw) is a species of the domestic Asian water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) native to the Philippines. It plows rice fields and enjoys cooling off in muddy waterholes. It's considered the country's national animal.
Rice paddy in the Philippines.
Seaside Coco Palms