Sadly, the Sony Pictures hack left me without all the high-res photos on my laptop, as I'd neglected to upload them to Flickr. Instead, all I have a smaller subset of photos that were either taken on my phone and uploaded to Google Photos, or I had decided to post onto Facebook. There was one thing that I did have the foresight to do, though: a montage video!
The main purpose of the trip was to make sure that Ray and I got a chance to spend time with the folks, while I also wanted to make sure we also visited the Banaue Rice Terraces. As a World Heritage Site, it was a bit embarrassing that I'd not yet seen it in person, despite my ethnicity. It didn't disappoint. (Sadly, most of those photos were the ones on the work laptop that had to be wiped. Oh well, I'll always have the imperfect camera of my mind.)
The biggest surprise of the trip for me was Baguio, the City of Pines. After the sweltering and oppressive heat, the cooler temperature at the higher elevation was a relief, as was the sight of actual urban civilization. We'd spent the past few days in some remote mountain villages, and it's sad to say but being in the mall was a welcome respite.
This won't be my last trip to the Philippines, so I'm not going to stress out about the loss. There's always next trip.