Chronicles of a Filipina's Discovery and Experiences of World Culture and Beauty
|PHILIPPINES: The Noble Creation|
Take a peek at Filipinos' history and culture mirrored by century-old churches, ancient forts and modern museums.
Manila: Be charmed by the city's glorious past mirrored by its century-old churches, gallant forts, classic plazas, ancestral edifices, stately museums, and historic monuments. At the same time, relish the beauty of a modern city rising from the ruins of yesteryears.
Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the most intact example of a Spanish colonial town in the Philippines.
Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the country and the main center of commerce, trade, education and industry in the central and southern parts of the archipelago. It has five-star hotels, casinos, white sand beaches, world-class golf courses, convention centers, and shopping malls.
Aside from beaches and diving spots, you can also take a dip in the refreshing waters of modern resort facilities, feel the gush of volcanic hot springs or just have fun under the waterfalls.
Hidden Valley Springs is one of the most popular resorts in Alaminos, Laguna. A number of springs with hot, cold and soda water, lace a forest of huge fruit trees, tropical shrubs and flowering plants.
Villa Escudero, a coconut plantation village in San Pablo City, was developed by its owners into a tourist destination complete with swimming pools, picnic area, fishing grounds, and modern amenities.
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Before the arrival of the Spaniards, the Philippine archipelago was known as Maharlika, which may have come from the Old Malay language meaning "noble creation".
The official name of the islands, however,
changed throughout the course of Philippine history. The name
Philippines and its Spanish counterpart Filipinas are derived from
the name of
Lying in Southeast Asia and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Philippines is blessed with an extensive coastline, and ringed with unspoiled beaches deemed as among the world's finest. Its deep-blue, crystal-clear waters offer about 40,000 square kilometers of coral reefs teeming with a wide variety of marine life.
Bohol is composed of numerous isles - Panglao, Pamilacan, Cabilao, Jao, Mahanay and Lapinin, which are excellent dive spots.
Boracay Island: Widely known as one of the finest swimming destinations in the world, Boracay is blessed with unsullied fine talcum powder-sand beaches. Its tranquil crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming, sailing, fishing and sunbathing.
Siargao Island: This newly discovered island boasts of white-sand beaches and surfing waves compared to that of Hawaii.
Samal Island: Samal Island offers unending fascination with its white-sand beaches, thick mangroves, coral reefs, rolling hills and rock formations.
Camiguin Island, known for its lanzones festival, offers white-sand beaches, spring resorts and magnificent caves untouched by industrial development.
Palawan boasts of white-sand beaches, scenic rock formations, underwater rivers and magnificent caves. It is also home to Tubbataha Reef, the only national marine park that made it to the World Heritage List and whose grandeur is comparable to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
Glan, the largest town in the Sarangani province, boasts of world-class beach resorts and rich fishing grounds.
Anilao, a resort village in Mabini, Batangas is considered the summer mecca of diving fanatics.
Puerto Galera (which means Galleon Port) is one of the most popular beach resorts in the Philippines. A marine reserve, it is endowed with coves, fine sandy beaches and shallow coral reefs ideal for snorkeling.
Witness the vast expanse of nature's splendor under the spell of cool mountain breeze. A perfect setting for romance or nature tripping, the country's mountain villages serve as a perfect hideaway from the lowlands' summer heat.
Baguio City is situated in the midst of pine-covered hills and valleys at the southern end of the Cordillera. Among its popular attractions are the well-manicured lawns of Club John Hay, the Mansion House and the Burnham Park. See BAGUIO Video
Banaue Rice Terraces, also considered as the eighth wonder of the world. An engineering marvel, this "Stairways to the Sky" was constructed by hand by the Ifugaos.
Tagaytay overlooks Manila Bay on the north, Taal Lake and Taal Volcano on the south, Laguna Bay on the east and the China Sea on the west. See TAGAYTAY HIGHLANDS Video
Sagada provides an endless expanse of mountain ranges which are clothed by fogs in the early morning. Among its attractions are towering limestone cliffs, subterranean caves and unexplored forests, the Kitongan bottomless pit and underground river, Calvary Hill, Bukong Falls and Alipine Lake Banao.
Mount Banahaw, an extinct volcano which rises 2,100 meters above sea level. Revered as a mystical mountain, Banahaw has become a sanctuary for different religious cults.
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