Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Why Travel Tuesday: Bantayan Island Church

Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. I want to encourage people to travel because travel has shown me a lot of beautiful things, has acquainted me with a lot of amazing people, and has taught me lessons I will keep for the rest of my life. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features the Spanish legacy in the Philippines in the form of the Bantayan Island Church.

Bantayan Island, Cebu

The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Southeast Asia. I have known that to be true since I was a kid. However, I did not realize how real that statement was until I left my country and visited another. We are remarkably different from the rest of our neighbors here in Asia in that our culture resemble more that of Latin America. Unsurprising, of course. The Philippines was under Spanish occupation for more than 300 years. One reminder of that is this beautiful baroque church on Bantayan Island, a small island north of Cebu, five hours from the provincial capital, Cebu City.

So sure, travel does broaden your mind as it exposes you to cultures different from your own. But at the same time, it makes you appreciate your own country more. By traveling abroad, I learned that the Philippines is both Asian and Latino. And that made me realize that we are culturally richer than what I initially thought we were.

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