Balancing act

DSC_0070A group of women prepare for a dance performance at Intramuros, a colonial-era walled city in Manila, Philippines. The centerpiece of Spanish Manila (1521-1898), Intramuros was heavily damaged during a battle to recapture the city from the Japanese during World War II. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Manila.

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Postcards from Tagaytay

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Coconut trees along a highway outside Manila.

A group of police officers on an early morning run in a small town near Manila.

A group of police officers on an early morning run in a small town near Manila.

A brand-new Catholic Church. Around 80 percent of Filipinos are Catholic.

A brand-new Catholic church. Around 80 percent of Filipinos are Catholic.

The inside of a church under construction near Tagaytay.

The inside of a church under construction near Tagaytay.

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Tagaytay is located about 65 km south of Manila. Because of its high altitude, temperatures are mild, and many people from Manila come to Tagaytay to escape the heat and humidity.

The area around Taal Volcano is regarded as one of the most attractive spots in the Philippines.

The scenery around Taal Volcano in Tagaytay is stunning, and is regarded as one of the most attractive locations in the Philippines.