I was born in the Philippines and emigrated to the U.S. when I was 7 years old. In 1989, I went back to visit for the first time after 16 years. I‘ve been going back ever since. My connection with the Philippines grows stronger with each visit. Each time trying to visit a different part of the Philippines. It's hard not to feel connected when I meet people with so much warmth and generosity. Plus the mangoes are so sweet!

I love the markets, the food and the life under the sea. I'm always inspired after a visit. I love exploring the amazing coral reefs teeming with colorful fishes. Swimming in the warm waters heals my body and spirit. There‘s something about the Philippines that keeps drawing me back ...must be the food and the warm hospitality.

I realize now that it will take a lifetime to visit all the 7,000+ islands. I guess I’ll just have to keep going back. The following photo stories are the past visits I've taken since 1989. Just click on an image to view a visit. Happy virtual travels. And may you see the Philippines for yourself!

© Geri Zárate All Image Rights Reserved

Ultimo Adios - Music graciously provided by Joey Ayala

JULY 1989
1st VISIT

DEC 1991
PALAWAN

MAY 1994
IMUS, CAVITE

MAY 1997
CAMIGUIN

OCT 1997
MANILA

MARCH 2000
BUSUANGA

MARCH 2000
BATANES

FEB 2003
PALAWAN

MAY 2005
MANILA

JAN 2007
BINONDO

JAN 2007
EL NIDO

JAN 2007
LOS BANOS

FEB 2008
PAMILACAN

FEB 2008
40th DAY

JUNE-DEC 2008
KABABAYAN