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An archipelago consisting of 7,107 islands, the Philippines stretch out from the south of China to the northern tip of Borneo. The country has over a hundred ethnic groups and a mixture of foreign influences which have molded a unique Filipino culture.

Before the Spanish explorers came, Indo-Malays and Chinese merchants had settled here. In 1521 the Spaniards, led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, discovered the islands. The Spanish conquistadors established a colonial government in Cebu in 1565. They transferred the seat of government to Manila in 1571 and proceeded to colonize the country. The Filipinos resisted and engaged in Asia's first nationalist revolution in 1896. On June 12, 1898, Emilio Aguinaldo declared the Philippines independent from Spain and proclaimed himself president. After colonializing for 333 years, the Spaniards finally left in 1898 and were replaced by the Americans who continued to colonize the country for another 48 years. The Americans brought over their educational system, their legal system, and their democratic form of government. On July 4, 1946, the Americans finally recognized Philippine independence.

Considered as the third largest-English speaking country in the world, the Philippines has world-class facilities and services such as excellent accommodations, fine restaurants, modern shopping centers and communications services, efficient congress and exhibition organizers, and reliable tour operators.

The country is divided into three geographical areas; Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It has 16 regions and 79 provinces. Its capital is Manila.


The Philippines in the World

The Philippines is very accessible from the travel capitals of the world. Traveling time to Manila from Hong Kong is 2 hours; from Singapore, 3 hours and 25 minutes; Bangkok, 3 hours and 15 minutes; Tokyo, 4 hours and 15 minutes; Sydney, 9 hours and 35 minutes; London, 14 hours; Paris, 14 hours and 45 minutes; Frankfurt, 14 hours and 10 minutes; San Francisco, 11 hours and 50 minutes; Los Angeles, 12 hours and 35 minutes; and New York, 18 hours.

Explore the Philippines' Wealth of Wonders

The country may be accessed through 5 international gateways. One can explore other interesting destinations and venture out of these gateways by land, sea, or air.

MANILA is laying many places of interest that are easily accessible for day excursions: Intramuros, the Walled city of Old Manila; Nayong Pilipino, a theme park that showcases in small scale the country's famous landmarks; Rizal Park, a tribute to the country's national hero; museums and some of Asia's most modern and biggest shopping malls. From Manila, the country's premiere gateway, one can access the following destinations by land:
· Cavite/Tagaytay City/Laguna/Batangas/Quezon
· Isabela/Cagayan
· Banaue/Bontoc/Sagada
· Baguio
· Bulacan/Pampanga
· Tarlac/La Union/Pangasinan
· Daet/Legaspi/Sorsogon

Being the country's capital, other international gateway and secondary travel gateway cities and provinces can be accessed by air or sea.

LAOAG is the international gateway at the northernmost province in Luzon, Ilocos Norte. Aside from offering a variety of destinations within the province, the city is also an access point to:
· Ilocos Sur
· La Union/Pangasinan
· Baguio/Bontoc/Sagada/Banaue

SUBIC, the most latest addition to the country's list of international ports, offers both rest and recreation and adventure. It serves as a most convenient gateway to:
· Bataan/Zambales/Pampanga/Tarlac

CEBU, the country's first capital and dubbed as the "Queen City of the South" offers diverse attractions and facilities to cater to every tourist preference. Due to its location in the Visayas, it also acts as a major hub to cities in the Visayas and Mindanao, either by air or sea.
· Bohol, a favorite satellite destination from Cebu, may be accessed by fast seacraft

DAVAO offers an array of colors, shapes, tastes and textures that manifest a fusion of indigenous Filipino and Malay culture. In terms of land area, it is the biggest city in the world, part of which is already the base of the country's highest peak, Mount Apo. Located in the eastern part of Mindanao, Davao acts as the international gateway to its neighboring provinces:
· Davao Oriental
· Davao del Sur
· Compostela Valley


To experience more the country's wealth of wonders, the country its dotted with strategically located secondary gateways, which can give the tourists more convenient travel connections to more remote provinces and island destinations.

BATANGAS CITY, located 3 hours south of Manila, offers its famous dive sites and beach resorts. From the city pier, fast ferries and other sea vessels may connect the traveler to:
· Mindoro Oriental and Occidental
· Romblon
· Marinduque

LEGASPI CITY is one's front seat to the spectacle of the Bicol region, the world renowned Mayon Volcano, and the jump-off point to eco-tourism sites. Land and sea connections are available from this gateway to:
· Camarines Norte and Sur
· Sorsogon
· Catanduanes
· Masbate

TACLOBAN CITY is the gateway to Eastern Visayas, whose strategic location made it a perfect landing site for Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the American troops that liberated the Philippines from the Japanese forces during World War II. From the city, one can venture out to:
· Samar/Leyte

ILOILO CITY in Western Visayas boasts of a number of historical attractions which include churches and ancestral houses, as well as good beaches. Land and sea transportation connects Iloilo to Boracay, which is hailed as one of the best beaches in the world, and other quieter places in the region:
· Panay provinces/Aklan-Boracay
· Negros Occidental (Bacolod City)
· Negros Oriental (Dumaguete City)

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY is the capital of Palawan, known for its amazing species of wildlife and marine life, and the jump-off point to:
· Southern Palawan
· Northern Palawan

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY is the gateway to picturesque Mindanao. The following destinations offer visitors an array of power-packed adventure activities such as white water rafting, kayaking, canopy walking, and surfing:
· Camiguin Island
· Misamis Oriental/Lanao del Norte
· Agusan del Norte and Sur
· Surigao Norte and Sur
· Bukidnon

ZAMBOANGA CITY offers a glimpse into the culture of 5 colorful tribal groups living in harmony with the Christian community. It is the gateway to the charming attractions and indigenous craft of the following exotic places:
· Zamboanga del Norte
· Zamgoanga del Sur

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