Dedon Island is tucked between between ancient mangrove forests and the white sands and crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. Naturally sheltered from the raw tropical wilderness all around it, this palm-fringed private island is simply paradise. Located at the southeastern tip of reef-ringed Siargao, just around the corner from the Philippine Deep and the legendary surfing wave, Cloud 9, Dedon Island nestles between ancient mangrove forests and the white sands and crystal clear waters of the sea. A palmfringed paradise, naturally sheltered from the raw tropical wilderness all around it, the place is magic. True magic. We could tell you all about it, of course. The beauty. The biodiversity. The exquisite harmony of nature, architecture and design. But like all true magic, it can never be explained. It can only be experienced. Continue reading
This video takes you into the middle of a terrifying rescue scene. Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines is about to erupt. Hundreds of thousands of people live in the middle of the volcano’s path. Is there time to safely evacuate the townspeople before the volcano erupts? Nova beautifully captures the fear and astonishing footage of the world’s largest volcanic eruption in 80 years. Continue reading
While in the Philippines, Andrew visits Manila. While there, he eats at street vendors, local restaurants, and on the beach. Some of the more exotic foods he shares: balut (chicken fetuses), coconut grubs, mangrove worms, water crickets and deep-fried whole baby chickens. Continue reading
Simon Reeve leads a team of journalists on a journey of discovery in the Philippines, from the staggering scenery of the mountainous rice terraces in the north, to the war-torn Muslim regions of the south.
In the capital, Manila, population pressure has led to some surprising consequences. The city’s largest cemetery has become home to a thriving community, who look after the tombs of the rich but also have their own schools and shops. The country is still in some political turmoil and a long-running communist insurgence has led to allegations of illegal killings by the army. Simon meets a general known as ‘The Butcher’. Continue reading