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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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Mount Mayon: In the Shadow of the Most Active Volcano in the Philippines

Mount Mayon: In the Shadow of the Most Active Volcano in the Philippines

Author : Richard Collett
The full version of Richard Collett's ATV adventure up the conical volcano of Mount Mayon from our Hot and Cold Winter Issue, featuring lava, ziplines, history, and more.
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Remote Lands Hot Winter Pick: Palawan for the Beaches

Remote Lands Hot Winter Pick: Palawan for the Beaches

Author : Tyler Roney
If you’re watching the latest season of Naked and Afraid XL, you probably think Palawan is a lot tougher than it is. Check out this Remote Lands pick for your winter holiday in 2020.
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Shopping on the Streets of Manila

Shopping on the Streets of Manila

Author : Ronan O'Connell
Manila is a whirlwind, and nowhere is this more apparent that the swirling markets of the capital, from the bustling streets of Chinatown to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene.
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Sharks and Exclusive Underwater Adventures in Tubbataha

Sharks and Exclusive Underwater Adventures in Tubbataha

Author : Juanita Pienaar
Found almost a hundred miles from the nearest port, the diving hotspot of Tubbataha in the Philippines is under-traveled and teaming with life.
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Coron: Island Hopping and Instagramming

Coron: Island Hopping and Instagramming

Author : Jordan Hammond
Photographer Jordan Hammond takes his camera to the tropical paradise of Coron for a look at sunken ships, pristine white beaches, tourist favorites and off-the-beaten-track gems.
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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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