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The Philippines (Pilipinas) is an archipelago in South-East Asia. The nation consists of 7,107 islands located between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam, and north of Sabah and Borneo, combine all its beaches it forms one of the world's longest coastlines and it takes about 2 to 3 decades to visit and experience every island. Since Spanish colonial times, the country is considered to be Asia's largest Catholic country. Over a hundred ethnic groups, a mixture of foreign influences and a fusion of culture and arts have enhanced the uniqueness of the Filipino identity and the wonder that is the Philippines. There’s much more, though. The archipelago’s jungles, mountains, volcanoes and caves are ripe for exploration. But there are also the more subtle pleasures of getting to grips with Filipino culture. This isn’t a country that stages dozens of phony ‘cultural shows’ for tourists; and the festivals (of which there are many) welcome outsiders with open arms but are predominantly aimed at locals. So it’s down to individual visitors to strike up conversations and discover this fantastic country .
Beaches: Swim through the blue waters of Boracay and El Nido, sunbathe at the beaches of Puerto Galera and Pagudpud.
Heritage Sites: See the spectacular Banaue Rice terraces in Batad and be fascinated at how it was built, see the only successful laid out plan of a European colonial town in Asia; Vigan. The Baroque churches (the Immaculate Conception in Manila, Nuestra Senora in Ilocos Sur, San Agustin in Ilocos Norte and Santo Tomas in Iloilo) of the Philippines will amaze you about the European Baroque architecture.
Coral reefs: Dive the Tubbatahaa Reefs National Park and see the spectacular collections of marine life and corals. Anilao also offers good options.
Churches and religious sites: See the Basilica of San Sebastian in Quiapo; the only all steel church or basilica in Asia. A visit to a city's cathedral is worth it.
Historical Sites: Intramuros, Rizal Park and Blood Compact site in Bohol are worth seeing and will give you a glimpse of the history of the country.
Wildlife and Plants: Rare animals that can only be found in the Philippines and most of them are endangered and threatened. Philippine Monkey Eating Eagle; The largest eagle, Tarsier; a small animal that looks like an alien and can be found in Bohol, Carabaos and Tamaraws; water buffaloes only endemic in the Philippines, aside from these animals, some species of rats, bats and water pigs are also endemic in the Philippines. Endemic plants like orchids like the Waling-Waling one of the rarest flowers in the world as well as one of the most expensive in the world.
Malls and Shopping: The bustling urban streets of Metro Manila, have fair options of bargain centers and malls, shop in the second and fourth largest malls of the world; SM City North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia.
Philippinese Cities & Main Attractions : With 7,107 islands, the Philippines has many cities, below listed are nine important cities in the Philippines, some of which are provincial capitals and center of commerce and finance as well as culture and history.
Manila - the national capital of the country, it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, over 100 parks are scattered around the city.
Bacolod - dubbed as the City of Smiles because of the popularity of MassKara Festival; a festival held annually on October 19, not to mention also the famous Chicken Inasal.
Baguio - the country's summer capital because of it's cool weather, well-maintained parks and views and home of the indigenous "Igorot" people.
Cebu - known as the Queen City of the South, Cebu is the first established indigenous settlement discovered by the west in the Philippines.
Cagayan de Oro - known as the City of Golden Friendship, it is popular for whitewater rafting and is the gateway to Northern Mindanao.
Davao - one of the largest cities in the world in terms of land area, known for its Durian'.
Tagbilaran - site of the Blood Compact Treaty between Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Rajah Sikatuna representing the Bohol-anon people (of Bohol).
Vigan - a historic Spanish colonial town in the north, UNESCO World Heritage Site, about 8 to 10 hours drive or bus ride from Manila.
Zamboanga City- also known as the Asia's Latin City which comes alive during the Fiesta Pilar a festival which is in honor of the holy image of Our Lady of Pillar.
Philippine is an archipelago, most of the cities are mostly accessible through plane, ships and RoRo (roll-on and roll off, a service which uses both bus and ship) from Manila. Inter-regional trips are also available
More to see :
Banaue, home to the 2000 year old Rice terraces. People are fascinated at how the Igorots have made this, hence the Filipinos calling it as the 8th wonder of the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Boracay is 10km island featuring white sands.
Camarines Sur has beautiful coral reefs, and shorelines of Black and white sands. Visit the Camarines Sur Watersport complex and go water skiing.
Donsol is the Whale Shark Capital of the world, dive and see whale sharks.
Malapascua Island just like other islands in the Philippines, the island features a beautiful white sand shoreline and coral gardens.
Palawan offers beautiful beaches that are often inhabited and waters which have coral reefs that are home to a large variety of fishes, not only coral reefs but also animals such as dugongs and manta rays. Not only white beaches and tranquil water but see the Puerto Princesa Subterranean Park, a cave with beautiful rock formations as well as an underground river.
Puerto Galera, a favourite getaway for people during Holy Week because of its white sand shorelines and it's amazing flora.
Sabang is a municipality in Puerto Galera, dive its beautiful waters and be amazed at the fauna that you will see.
Tagaytay, tired of the old scene of the noisy metropolis of Manila? or missing the cool weather? Head to Tagaytay, a home to many historical sites as well as home to Mt. Taal, the weather is cool and often a getaway for Filipinos tired of warm tropical weather during the Holy Week.
Philippines Flights & Airports : Major Airlines fly to Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport . The Airport is divided into four terminals; Terminal 1, 2, 3 and the Manila Passenger Domestic Terminal. Terminal 1 serves non-Philippine Airlines and non-Cebu Pacific flights. Terminal 2 is exclusively used by Philippine Airlines and Terminal 3 serves Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines. The Manila Passenger Domestic Terminal is open to domestic carriers; Zest Airways, Interisland Airlines and SEAIR. International travelers can fly into airports in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark (Angeles), Kalibo, Laoag, Subic (Zambales), and Zamboanga .