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Philippines - Pilipinas Kay Ganda

Four centuries of Spanish and American influence combined with the aged cultures of Malay and Borneo have created the exciting and interesting blend known as the Philippines. Made up of 7,107 islands, the Philippines lie above Asia's continental shelf in the western Pacific. This massive archipelago is populated by enormous, partially submerged mountains and is part of the great chain of mountains stretching along the earthquake inclined Ring of Fire from Japan to Indonesia. Being the only primarily Christian nation in Asia, the Philippines have always been unique among those nations, even in the case of cuisine. Philippine cuisine is an unusual, sedate mixture of Chinese and Spanish influence.

The enormous city of Manila, the usual starting point for tourism, is an overwhelmingly energetic and chaotic megalopolis. The city is old, and its history is evident in architectural structures such as Malacanang Palace, a variety of statues, and the inner city of Intramuros. To the north lie the highlands of Baguio and Ifugao, tranquil rice terrace landscapes. To the south, is Cebu, a thriving city full of life, and the Boracay beach resort. To the west, Palawan contains remote jungles, lovely beaches, and excellent diving opportunities.

Filipinos have maintained their composure in spite of a troubled and challenging history, quietly aware that life is all about adaptability. Visit the Philippines and experience their hospitality and disarming landscape.

Cities of the Philippines

  • Manila (Capital city of Philippines)
  • Quezon City

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