Traveller Shilpa Mehta visits some of the Philippines'
7,000 islands. She begins her journey in the town of Baguio on the island of Luzon, where
she visits the giant statue of Marcos and finds out
what life was like in the Philippines during his rule.
She also visits a faith healer renowned for his ability
to perform surgery without the use of tools or incisions.
From here, Shilpa takes the bus and journeys south
to Sagada through the beautiful Filipino
countryside, where she visits the famous Hanging Coffins
and the amazing rice terraces, often considered to be
the eighth Wonder of the World. Next stop San
Fernando, where every year on Good Friday incredible
real-life crucifixions take place as a form of penance.
Shilpa travels south to Manila to
witness one of the Philippines' most popular sports,
cockfighting. She meets a karaoke singing taxi driver
and goes to one of the busy ballroom dancing nightclubs,
as well as seeing evidence of the darker side of Manila
- child prostitution.
A local outrigger boat takes Shilpa to the island of Boracay and its stunning beaches. She
explores the old part of Boracay on horseback and goes
diving around the corals off its exotic shores.
Shilpa's next stop is the island of Negros,
the sugarland of the Philippines, and the town of Bacolod. She travels on the vintage steam engines still
used on this plantation, the largest in the world, and
visits the beautiful but controversial Saint Joseph's
From Negros Shilpa travels to Davao on the island of Mindanao, where she
samples local delicacies such as roast pig, the Durian
fruit that 'tastes like heaven and smells like
hell' and a popular aphrodisiac - a duck embryo. She
also visits the Sea Gypsies and the amazing Tiboli people
that live on Lake Sebu, as well as
attending a horsefight.
Next, Shilpa travels west to the island of Palawan and the city of Puerta Princesa, where
she visits the open prison. North from here in El Nido, cavers risk their lives collecting
swallow saliva, a key ingredient in the local delicacy,
bird's nest soup. Finally, Shilpa visits the last discovered
tribe of the Philippines, the Tau't Batu who live in
the caves in the jungle near El Nido.