The Philippines is an archipelago of 7100 islands studded with fertile and lush that are home to some 90 million people. Nature covers most of these islands with amazing rock formations, fiery volcanoes, steep hills and beautiful beaches of white sand. They also live here most fascinating creatures, whether endangered or unique species in the archipelago.
UNESCO chose five spectacular sites as World Heritage. First, four baroque churches scattered throughout the archipelago, churches that serve as testimony to the proud heritage of Catholics of the country. Another of its wonders are the Banaue Rice Terraces, north of the archipelago. These former rice fields were built on the steep slopes of the mountains of Ifugao using the knowledge and the sacred traditions that have been passed from generation to generation.
About the province of Ifugao is the province of Ilocos and his small town of Vigan. This historic city is the only well-preserved Spanish colonial town in Asia exceptionally preserved its peculiar architecture and cultural elements.
Another wonder is the Philippine National Park Underground River of Puerto Princesa. It is characterized by its spectacular limestone caves and an underground river that opens directly into the sea from the mountain. No less important is the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park. This atoll is home and nesting site for numerous marine species and birds.
All these world heritage sites in the Philippines demonstrate the unique blend of this nation, its natural abundance and its proud heritage. Furthermore, the archipelago also serves as background to other wonders, like the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, the islands of Pangasinan, the Mayon volcano in Albay and Boracay in Panay Island. All of them are the main attractions of this country.
There are many ways for movement in the Philippines. Domestic airlines or companies that offer shipping in most cities and towns do so at a very reasonable price. For the truly adventurous can take a few small vessels between the smaller islands or a jeep to cross the territory and have seen what ye do.
Filipinos are very fond of parties in mass. So do not be surprised if all of a sudden you see a group singing and dancing in the streets. Cities around the country hosting theme parties throughout the year to celebrate their patron saints and commemorating ancient traditions. The major festivals are promoted by the Department of Tourism and the animation is living in the streets with music and dancing.
For example, one of the most popular and lively is the Festival of Kalibo Ati-atihan, which commemorates the history of the city and worship the Holy Child. These festivals are becoming more prominence with the wonderful hospitality of the Filipinos.
And every island of the archipelago can offer something Distino and enigmatic. The nature and man’s work have made a unique fusion in this part of the world. There are only to be discovered. Are we ready?