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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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Tribal Tagbanua: The Guardians of Coron

Tribal Tagbanua: The Guardians of Coron

Author : Richard Collett
Richard Collett travels to a beach with no name to visit with the Tagbanua tribe to shoot a courtship ritual, the people of the Tagbanua, and the pristine beaches of this forgotten tribal island.
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Home of the Ifugao: Discovering Tribal Banaue on the Trek to Batad

Home of the Ifugao: Discovering Tribal Banaue on the Trek to Batad

Author : Annapurna Mellor
Photographer and writer Annapurna Mellor travels deep into the largest island in the Philippines to explore the mountains of Batad and the culture of the Ifugao on a Banaue adventure.
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Is Boracay Back? What’s Left for Luxury Travelers?

Is Boracay Back? What’s Left for Luxury Travelers?

Author : Travelogues
Places like Amanpulo and Palawan have always had the edge when it comes to natural beauty, so what's left when you take the partying out of the most famous party island in the Philippines?
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Fillers in Manila: Dining in Style in the Capital

Fillers in Manila: Dining in Style in the Capital

Author : Duncan Forgan
Long overshadowed by other Southeast Asian cuisines, Filipino food is having a moment with a host of talented chefs enlivening the dining scene in the country’s capital.
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Diving Barracuda Lake in the Philippines

Diving Barracuda Lake in the Philippines

Author : Juanita Pienaar
Writer and diver Juanita Pienaar travels to Coron to experience the the strange rock formations and otherworldly thermocline of Barracuda Lake in the Philippines.
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The Adorable Wildlife of the Philippines Above and Below the Water

The Adorable Wildlife of the Philippines Above and Below the Water

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Take a break from the beach and check out these five cute critters found everywhere from Bohol to Palawan.
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