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Philippines – Pearl of the Orient Seas

A country with more than 7,000 islands, Philippines lies at the easternmost tip of Asia. Located in the western Pacific Ocean, this island country has no land boundaries but countries including Taiwan, Borneo, Indonesia are all situated across the seas from the Philippines. Blessed with many wonderful beaches, enthralling natural wonders and places of historical significance, Philippines have enticed many travelers around the globe. The capital of Philippines, Manila is one of the exciting and attractive cities in Asia. Housing Ninoy Aquino International Airport, one of the major airports in the country, the city also serves as a main entrance for international visitors.

About the Country

The islands in Philippines can be geographically categorized into three major groups – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. With bountiful natural resources and endowed with some of the greatest biodiversity in the world, Philippines territory extends up to 300,000 square km, making it world’s 64th largest nation. The 99 million people living in the country also makes Philippines the 7th most populous countries in Asia and 12th most populated nation in the world. Comprising more than 85% of the population is Roman Catholic, Philippines is one of the Asia’s largest catholic countries. Most of the Filipinos are bilingual, speaking both English & Tagalog language, the national language while Spanish is also fluently spoken in large numbers along with Arabic and Chinese.

Philippines enjoys warm climate with lots of rainfall and gentle winds. There are three seasons – wet to rainy (Jun to Oct), cool & dry (Nov to Feb) and hot & dry weather (Mar to May). For most parts of the Philippines, the best time to visit would be from December to May, while the country receives highest number of foreign tourists during January to March. For delightful cultural experience, one can also visit during New Year Eves, Holy Week (Easter month) and MassKara festival (Oct).

Major Cities & Attractions

There are 80 provinces in Philippines, divided into 17 regions comprising more than 120 cities. Along with seven thousands islands, the country has many cities that are of tourist importance. Cities including Manila, the capital city, Bacolod, Baguio, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Tagbilaran, Vigan and Zamboanga has their own charm and are popular tourist destinations.

The country offers multitude of tourist attractions from gorgeous pristine beaches to world class sceneries, historical sites and adventure opportunities. Situated in Manila, San Agustin Chruch, dating back to 15th century has survived many earthquakes and is the oldest church in the country. Famed for its exquisite carvings, the church is a must see attraction for tourists visiting Philippines.

Puerto Galera in the south of Manila with its pristine beaches, superb diving spots and diverse marine life is one of the most well known tourist spots. Featuring award winning beaches and charming resorts, Boracay island is the best spot for enjoying great adventure activities such as parasailing, horse riding, snorkeling, cliff diving and scuba diving. Explore the volcanic caves, turquoise lagoons around the island and enjoy the mesmerizing sunsets in Boracay. The island of Malapascua also has beautiful beaches and is a popular diving site.

The spectacular Banaue Rice Terraces in country is a nature lover’s paradise. Puerto Princesa in the island of Palawa is the longest navigable underground river. This natural wonder can be best explored through a boat tour. Visitors are sure to amaze with the intriguing rock formations and fluttering bats found here. The Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea is the place to be for having best marine experience. It is also one of the popular sites for diving. Visit the stunning waterfalls and caves in Sorsogan province. Dohol is a place in Sorsogon province where one can get a glimpse of whale sharks.

The Chocolate Hills in Bohol is world renowned and is among the top attractions to visit in Philippines. Besides, the historical sites including Rizal Park and Blood Compact in Bohol are worth visiting places for history buffs. Mayon Volcano, at an altitude of 8,000 feet is the most active volcanoes in the country and a popular spot for activities like camping, hiking and bird watching.

Eating & Shopping

Filipino cuisine is a fusion of Chinese, American and other Asian influences. The cuisine is less spicy in comparison to other South Asian cuisines, with dishes ranging from very simple meals that comprise fried salted fish, along with the rich garnishes, like the paellas & cocidos. Some of the celebrated foods include lechan, tapa, kare-kare, abodo, crispy pat, lumpia and halo-halo. All major cities and touristic locations have fine dining restaurants and eating joints, so eating would not be a problem for visitors.

Philippines is an ideal destination for cheap shopping. The country has many malls, a variety of flea markets, open markets, luxury stores and street shops where one can shop to their heart’s content. Antiques, brass ware, jewelry, clothes, dried mangoes, goldilocks, mats, shoes, bags, wood carvings and shells are some of the best buys in Philippines.

Flights to Philippines

Most of the major international airports in Philippines are situated in Cebu, Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles, Davao, Manila, Kalibo, Zamboanga and Laoag. Some of the main air carriers in the country includes Philippines Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, PAL Express and Tiger Air.

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