March Challenge: Landscape… Entry #8 Two for the Price of One!

Uh oh! Here comes Tess again trying to weasel in two photos!

“Sorry again. Am I too late to submit my entry?
If not I will be submitting TWO since I missed the January challenge… LOL.”

The first one is: Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines
“The Chocolate Hills are a group of unusually shaped hills located in the middle of the island of Bohol in Philippines. This extraordinary landscape is unique to this small island. It is unknown how many chocolate hills there are. It is known that at the bare minimum there are 1268 hills but some estimates put this number as high as 1776. The hills are not huge; the highest one barely reaches 120 meters in height. Even so, most hills are between 30 and 50 meters. The conical Chocolate Hills are scattered within a fifty square kilometer area.”

Chocolate Hills (Photo by Tess)

Chocolate Hills
(Photo by Tess)

Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines
“Here on 27 April 1521, Lapulapu and his men repulsed the Spanish invaders, killing their leader Ferdinand Magellan thus Lapu Lapu became the first Filipino to have repelled European aggression. On this spot Ferdinand Magellan died on April 27, 1521 wounded in an encounter with the soldiers of Lapu Lapu, Chief of Mactan Islands. One of Magellan’s ships, The Victoria, under the command of Juan Sebastian Elcano, sailed from Cebu on May 1, 1521 and anchored at San Lucar de Barrameda on September 6, 1522 thus completing the first circumnavigation of the earth. Location of the Battle of Mactan which is close vicinity from Mactan Shrine. The mangroves and shallow water were site of the downfall of Magellan in 1521 who was not able to bring his big guns close enough to the shore to use them against the forces of Lapu Lapu.”

Mactan Island (Photo by Tess)

Mactan Island
(Photo by Tess)


4 thoughts on “March Challenge: Landscape… Entry #8 Two for the Price of One!

  1. Hahaha! I just knew you would send me two photos! Those hills are really quite fascinating. Have never seen anything quite like that! Even though your horizon line is smack in the middle… it does not bother me as the sky is filled with such beautiful clouds! Your second photo is nicely composed. I bet that would look good at sunset too! And thanks for the history lesson!

    • Thanks Lala. I actually cropped the first photo to create an illusion of wide angle. Also, it has some rubbles due to the destruction of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in this area (Bohol) that happened in October 15, 2013. It created a huge damages to the area. When I was there in April 2014, we can still feel few aftershocks. It was scary.
      It was my first time to visit this place and this was in my bucket list of places to visit. LOL.

    • Thanks Rebekah. The structure is a 15th century replica of guardhouse that the natives used to watch against the Spanish conquistadors. This is used during the yearly reenactment of the Battle of Mactan. Again, it was my first time to see this but the tourist guide said that they will bring a ladder using a boat to be able to climb up.

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