Our Archives: Visits in the Philippines
19 Jun 2012
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Filmed 1957, 1958, 2000, 2001
Spending long and short periods of time in
the Philippines on the Island of Luzon (1956-1958, 2000 and 2001)
provided us with interesting information concerning the people, their
environment and their culture. Thus, the videos give insight into
the Filipinos and their country.
My first visit to the Philippine Islands was in 1956. It was an
opportunity to learn about a different people and place.
Sharing these experiences with friends, family and those with an
interest in other parts of the world continues to be a passion for
The first set of videos was filmed
with a 16mm movie camera. Recently the film was digitally
mastered and then edited to produce high-definition quality
www.ozarkview.com for more information on digital mastering).
Finally, in the years 2000 and
2001, my wife and I traveled to the Islands helping several
evangelical missionaries with their media development. Our
prayer is that through these videos you will better understand the
people and want to become involved in reaching them for Christ.
1956-1958 Tour of
Military Duty: all in 720p resolution
AFB and Places Nearby (3:57)
Force Base is about 75 miles north of Manila. This military base
was established in 1903 and was now the headquarters for the 13th
Air Force. My assignment was with the 6207
Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron. The job was to help
maintain and repair communication equipment located on top of
Manila, Philippines (4:52)
the largest city in the Philippines and the capital of the
country. Jeepneys and busses are the prime mode of transportation
but the streets downtown are crowded with modern cars, jeepneys,
busses and people as well as horse drawn calisas. Manila Bay is a
well-protected harbor and the port of call for many ships. In the
Bay, relics from the War remain.
Mt. Arayat; Harvesting Sugar Cane
Within view from many places on the base was
Arayat. It was once the stronghold of the Huks, a terrorist
group that fought against the government.
Sugarcane is very productive in the flatlands between Clark and
Manila. The water buffalo cart is still used for small loads
but sugarcane is big business.
and Bontoc (10:56)
Baguio is about 4 hours
bus ride north of Clark. The cool mountain air at 5,000 feet
elevation makes this a favorite vacation spot.
The road up to Baguio
and Bontoc wound its way across bridges, along the sides of
mountains and streams and past waterfalls. Wide places in
the river valley were often occupied by several thatched-roof
Ambuklao Power Station (4:16)
A visit to the Ambuklao Power Station located
northeast of Baguio was the last major trip I made while in the
Philippines. This time I went by myself and the mountain scenery
was similar to that on the road to Bontoc. The power plant was an
opportunity to see a more modern part of the country.
Japan, Hong Kong (6:02)
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2000 Mission Trip:
all in 540p resolution
Cahigam Baptist Church (6:34)
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To reach this small community church, we head
Southeast of Lipa City into the rural area via a
very rough dirt road. We
through rice and corn fields and finally arrive at a collection of
about four to five homes. In the back
yard of a home is a small structure with a tin roof, no walls and
a dirt floor … the Cahigam Baptist Church.
Sunday in Metro Manila (10:46)
this Sunday morning, after a late season typhoon, we are heading
for a small church -- "One Faith".
the service, we will visit a few places in Manila.
400 years ago, Ft. Santiago's
prisons and dungeons were used by
the Japanese in World II.
The American Cemetery,
hallowed ground, is
the largest in the Pacific for U.S. personnel killed during World
Back at Clark AFB
stay at Clark in 1956-58, I have always wanted to return.
In 2000, our friends Darryl and Shirley took us there. The
new main gate welcomes us to a place much different than
Angeles was just a few miles south of the
base but the bars, calisas, dirt roads and, hopefully,
prostitution are gone. The calisas have been replaced by the
tricycle taxi and the Jeepneys are much larger now.
Baguio: 43 Years Later (13:52)
Baguio:43 Years Later
Over the years Carl has talked about the Kennon Road as it winds
its way up to Baguio. Soon I will be able to see it for myself.
It is a long ride, normally about seven hours from the Pasig BusTerminal near Manila.
We were packed light for our four day stay in the
cool mountain resort.
Trip: all in 540p resolution
to Northern Luzon (12:07)
farmland of the Cagayan Valley is well known for its huge crops of
rice and other agricultural products. But, here too, in the
northern part of Luzon, are places of spectacular scenery and
people whose lives are much different from ours.
destination is the large city of Cauayan in Isabela Province; six
hours and 200 miles from Manila. The northern part of Island
of Luzon is a place of contrasts, of challenges to the mind, body
Rice Terraces (7:54)
ago, the Ifugao people began building terraces to grow rice, --
the staple food for much of the Philippines. These terraces were
built by hand. The center of the rice terraces is here in Banaue
built on mountain ridges and steep slopes.
The 80 mile drive from Cauayan takes us across the Magat River at
Bagabag then up the mountain highway to Banaue. This final 30
miles is a narrow crooked road.
Roxas Baptist Church (7:55)
as we worship with fellow believers at this church in the city of
Roxas. Leading the congregation in worship each Sunday is
Lelaine Morales, the pastor's wife. Most of the music is in
English. Pastor Mario Morales preaches in Tagalog, the national
Roxas Baptist Church is very active in the community located
about 20 miles from Cauayan.
Working in the Barrios of
Cauayan Valley (12:31)
Life in the barrios of Cauayan Valley
moves along at a seemingly slow pace; much different than in
the cities. Plodding along, the caribou pulls its load of green
grass toward a place of rest. Field hands follow as they head for
some shade to escape the hot mid-day sun. It seems to be an
Schools in the Barrios of Cauayan Valley
The opening activities at the Ramon National High School began at
7:30 in the morning. Most of the students either walked, rode a jeepney or motorized tricycle. Transportation and the required
school uniforms is a significant expense for the families of these
Sharing God's Love in the Cauayan Valley
- The Scripture is Read
- A Prayer is Made
- The 10 Commandments are Displayed
- A Song is Sung
Pictures of People and Places
in Cauayan Valley while song "When I look Into His Eyes" is sung.
More to come
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