Self guided tours, sightseeing

Self guided tours, sightseeing

Сообщение HainanWel.com(e)! » 24 фев 2015, 18:17


Zoo visitors will massage five-meter pythons


Zoo on the Philippine island of Cebu offer visitors massage treatments pythons, according to The Daily Mirror. Funds received from the Cebu City Zoo provision of such services, will be used to keep animals.

Massage one client make just four snakes, the length of each is about five meters, and their total weight - about 250 pounds. Zoologists assured that the procedure is well relaxes.

"At first, visitors are afraid, but most of the guests who have tried massage, remain satisfied" - said zoo manager Giovanni Romarate (Giovanni Romarate).

A similar procedure was proposed in Cebu City Zoo and earlier, as a special offer. She returned to the permanent menu of services to numerous requests from customers.

Pythons - family of non-poisonous snakes. They feed mainly on mammals: catch prey, while grabbing her teeth and clenching his body rings, and then swallow it whole. Known cases of attacks on human pythons.
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Сообщение HainanWel.com(e)! » 29 сен 2015, 13:21

Lon Wa Buddhist Temple

Lon Wa Buddhist Temple, located in Davao City - one of the largest Buddhist temples in the Philippines and the largest on the island of Mindanao. It is located on the Avenue Kabagio 3-4 km north-east of the city center. At 500 meters away is Taoist Temple, but because it is beyond the fence, tourists rarely visit it. But Lon Wa is one of the main tourist attractions of the city - it is unique by the fact that it is one of the few Buddhist temples in the territory predominantly Muslim region. In Mindanao, Buddhism began to penetrate in the 7th century BC - Archaeologists have found evidence of this. With the arrival of the Spaniards on the island, widely introduced Christianity here, the number of followers of Buddhism declined significantly - today there are only about 3% of the total population of Mindanao.

At the entrance of the temple welcomes visitors statue of a smiling Buddha, quietly greeting visitors. Stairs to the temple is guarded by sculptures of lions - a traditional Buddhist protection from evil spirits. The simple architecture of the church with a green roof and grayish walls gives it a very charming and serene look. Inside, on the walls of Italian marble, you can see the words of the prayers, which, if desired, you can say. Around the temple is divided a small, cozy garden with palm trees and exotic flowers and walkways, tiled ordinary stones. Traditional lily pond is a real decoration of the garden.

The monks and novices are also living on the territory of Lon Wa - when meeting with them made a slight bow to greet. Sometimes you can see the Chinese students in monastic garb, praying before a statue of Buddha and sing ceremonial songs. An interesting detail - unlike the Taoist Temple, inside Lon Wa can take photos.
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Сообщение HainanWel.com(e)! » 10 окт 2015, 13:10

Arch of the Centuries

Arch of the Centuries - a monument, located in the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, 15 meters from the main gate. National Museum of the Philippines announced the Arch of the Centuries national treasure that serves as a reminder of the relationship of the university campus with a Spanish heritage. The monument became a symbol of the acquisition of knowledge - a gateway to greatness, which passed through generations of students, including graduates of the University of the Philippines national hero Jose Rizal, and the first President of the Republic Manuel Quezon.

Centuries Arch was erected in 1611 on the territory of the old district of Intramuros in Manila, which then housed the University of Santo Tomas. When the university moved to a new building in the district Sampalok, arch was dismantled and also moved to a new location, where it is collected in its original form.

Once Arch now facing the main building of the University, he served as the main entrance into it, but during the Second World War, it was destroyed. The current Arch of the Centuries was built in strict accordance with the original. It consists of Doric columns, but its details clearly emerges the baroque style. The inscription on the arch reads: "Entrance to the history of the best generation of the Philippines", which serves as a reminder that many university graduates have had a significant impact on the history of the country. In the left column there is a memorial plaque with the name of Jose Rizal, on the right - with the name of Manuel Quezon. On top of the arch settled plaques describing the life of St. Thomas Aquinas (-to English - Santo Tomas), the patron saint of the university and all the Catholic schools.

All students entering the University of Santo Tomas, are a kind of initiation rite, known as the "Trail of Thomas Welcome" - they must pass under the arch. Archway and graduates - in the framework of celebrations on the occasion of a bachelor's degree. This tradition began in 2002. There is an old belief, according to which the archway is possible only in those cases - for admission to the university and after graduation. It is believed that if to break this rule, the fate will do so that the student will be expelled from school.
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Сообщение HainanWel.com(e)! » 16 окт 2015, 13:44

Burnham Park

At the heart of the city of Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines, located Burnham Park - the oldest public park of the city, named after the American architect Daniel Burnham, developed in the early 20th century development plan Baguio. A few narrow paths around the park lead to Camp John Hay - the former US military base in the Philippines. And from the park overlooking Mount Kabuyao - the highest peak in the region of Baguio. Its height - more than 2 thousand meters. It has several relay centers and private observatory, once belonged to the United States. And at the top of the hill is a small community of farmers. It offers a wonderful view of the entire city of Baguio and the province of Pangasinan in the west. In an especially clear day you can even see the ships passing in the South China Sea.

In the center of Burnham Park is an artificial lake, where you can take a boat ride, rent here. In the southern part of the built playground for lovers of skateboarding. In the east are Melvin Jones Grandstand, and a football field, which are usually held ceremonial parades, concerts and political rallies. In the western part of the park you can visit the Orchid Greenhouse with an amazing collection of plants and a playground with a lot of different attractions. Here you can rent bikes, including tricycles for the youngest children. In the northern part of the park by the beautiful rose garden stands a monument to Daniel Burnham.
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Сообщение HainanWel.com(e)! » 01 ноя 2015, 20:14

Basilica of Santo Niño

Basilica of Santo Niño is located in Cebu City, the capital of the island of the same name, is the oldest Roman Catholic Church of the Philippines. Construction of the church began in 1565 under the leadership of Augustinian monks Andrés de Urdaneta. According to legend, a place for the construction of the basilica was not chosen by chance - it is here, in the center of the current Cebu Spaniards in 1565 found an image of the Child Jesus, brought to the island by Fernand Magellan decades earlier.

The first basilica was built out of clay and wood. In 1735 the governor of the province of Cebu Fernando Valdes Tamon ordered to build on the site a new building, this time in stone. Construction was completed in 1739. Architectural feature of the church was an organic combination of three styles - Muslim, Romanesque and neoclassical. Two centuries later, in 1965, during the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Christianization of the Philippines hundredth of Pope Paul VI has given the Church the status of "Basilica minor". Until now, the Basilica of Santo Niño is in the possession of the Order of St. Augustine.

Inside the Basilica organized a small museum dedicated to the history of the Christianization of the island of Cebu. Here you can see antiques, including antique furniture, apparel priests, statuettes and other things. An interesting part of the museum's collection are the numerous toys, gifted to the baby Jesus.

Today visit the Basilica of Santo Niño come not only many believers, but also tourists. In order to accommodate all the visitors, in the territory of the churchyard it was built the so-called "pilgrim center."
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