August 28, 2019

My Trip to the Philippines, Part One

Business trips often take me to beautiful countries filled with history and culture.

If you follow my Instagram page @MarthaStewart48, you may have seen photos from my recent excursion to the Philippines - a place I’ve wanted to visit for a very long time. The Republic of the Philippines is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. My brief stay was in Luzon, the country’s largest and most populous island, and home to Manila, the national capital. I was invited to speak there as part of the ANC Leadership Series. While in the Philippines, I also toured many wonderful places including the historic walled city of Intramuros and the National Museum of Natural History. I went to the province of Pampanga to plant rice, and to see some of the amazing works of the region’s craftspeople. I walked through Binondo - the oldest Chinatown in the world and learned how to make the country’s traditional bread, pandesal, from one of Manila's finest bakers.

Over the next few days, I’ll share lots of photos from my trip - enjoy them all.