Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Why Travel Tuesday: The Very Catholic Philippines

(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. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features a very usual feature of the skyline of many Philippine towns and cities. This week's photo is that of the Belfry of Lazi Church and Convent in Siquijor.)

Lazi Church and Convent

Back in grade school, we were told that the Philippines is the only predominantly Catholic country in Southeast Asia. I didn't really get the gravity of that fact until recently, when I traveled around most of region. While the rest of Asia has stupas and temples, the Philippines has altars and churches. I've heard it said that arriving here for the first time, travelers find the sights jarring or at the very least unusual. Shouldn't this be in South America? I never really saw it that way. Growing up, I always saw myself as Asian. Arriving here again after six months of travel, I get it now.

What makes your country different? What makes it stand out from your neighbors in the region?

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