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Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,000 lush, tropical islands of great natural beauty, fascinating colonial remnants and some of the best beaches and diving in Asia. The Philippines features jade-colored rice fields, long, pristine beaches, clear turquoise waters, active volcanoes and rainforest-covered mountains. As one of the most diverse nations in Asia, the Philippines boasts fascinating tribal people in the more remote areas of northern Luzon, and in Mindanao, the southern Philippines, where few tourists ever venture.

Europeans first encountered the Philippines during Magellan's voyage to circumnavigate the globe in the early 1500s, when the archipelago was a disparate collection of tribal kingdoms. Subsequent Spanish missions succeeded in uniting the kingdoms under the Spanish flag, naming the country "Las Filipinas" after King Philip II. Colonized by Spain for over 300 years, then by the United States for another 40, the Philippines was a major Pacific theater of World War II, as the Allies sought to overturn the Japanese occupation. In 1946, the Philippines finally became an independent republic. Centuries of Western colonization have deeply influenced the culture, creating a unique amalgam of traditional Eastern practices and modern Western sensibilities. 

Despite centuries of colonial rule, Filipinos are exceedingly friendly and outgoing and very welcoming to visitors. About 80 percent of its 94-million-strong population is Roman Catholic, and the Philippines is one of the largest English speaking nations in the world.

The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,000 lush, tropical islands of great natural beauty, fascinating colonial remnants and some of the best beaches and diving in Asia. The Philippines features jade-colored rice fields, long, pristine beaches, clear turquoise waters, active volcanoes and rainforest-covered mountains. As one of the most diverse nations in Asia, the Philippines boasts fascinating tribal people in the more remote areas of northern Luzon, and in Mindanao, the southern Philippines, where few tourists ever venture.

Europeans first encountered the Philippines during Magellan's voyage to circumnavigate the globe in the early 1500s, when the archipelago was a disparate collection of tribal kingdoms. Subsequent Spanish missions succeeded in uniting the kingdoms under the Spanish flag, naming the country "Las Filipinas" after King Philip II. Colonized by Spain for over 300 years, then by the United States for another 40, the Philippines was a major Pacific theater of World War II, as the Allies sought to overturn the Japanese occupation. In 1946, the Philippines finally became an independent republic. Centuries of Western colonization have deeply influenced the culture, creating a unique amalgam of traditional Eastern practices and modern Western sensibilities. 

Despite centuries of colonial rule, Filipinos are exceedingly friendly and outgoing and very welcoming to visitors. About 80 percent of its 94-million-strong population is Roman Catholic, and the Philippines is one of the largest English speaking nations in the world.

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The Boracay Alternative: Philippines Beaches to Party and Explore

The Boracay Alternative: Philippines Beaches to Party and Explore

Author : Travelogues
It's official: Boracay is closing. But, for travelers who want tropical paradise and a party in the Philippines, there are quite a few options left.
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Volcanoes and Coffins: Luzon for Hikers

Volcanoes and Coffins: Luzon for Hikers

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The geological and cultural treasures of the Philippines' biggest island have an array of exciting options for the adventurous perambulator.
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Chinatowns Around Asia Celebrate Chinese New Year

Chinatowns Around Asia Celebrate Chinese New Year

Author : Tyler Roney
Are you ready for the Year of the Dog? Well, the great Chinese diaspora in Chinatowns around Asia are setting up for their Spring Festival extravaganzas.
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It Just Got Easier to See Cebu and Here are 5 Reasons to Go

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With new flights, classic resorts, waterfall adventures, natural wonders, and whale sharks, Cebu in the Philippines is a hard destination to beat.
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5 Exciting Non-Beach Adventures on Palawan

5 Exciting Non-Beach Adventures on Palawan

Author : Tyler Roney
Trying to convince travelers not to visit the beaches of Palawan and Coron would be the act of a lunatic, but there are quite a few hidden treasures inland.
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Filipino Treasure: Top 5 Luxury Resorts in Palawan

Filipino Treasure: Top 5 Luxury Resorts in Palawan

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Eco-friendly beaches, city getaways, and private islands – some of the best beaches in the Philippines are found in Palawan.
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