Covering more than 7,600 islands and home to over 100 million people who speak approximately 170 languages, the Philippines is land of incredible diversity that rewards curious travelers.
Asia’s largest Christian country, the Philippines has a rich colonial heritage that dates back to the time that legendary Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan landed in the country as part of the first-ever circumnavigation of the Earth. The Spanish later conquered the country and the Philippines' name actually derives from King Philip II of Spain.
Evidence of this colonial past can be found all across the archipelago, most notably in the country’s baroque churches and Spanish-era forts, many of which have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. In the sprawling capital city, Manila, Fort Santiago acts as the gateway to the walled city of Intramuros, which also houses the historic Manila Cathedral.
These ancient attractions contrast with the Manila’s many modern wonders, the most recent of which are a series of mega-attractions such as casinos, shopping malls, theaters and conference centers overlooking Manila Bay.
Guests heading outside Manila will be rewarded with a wealth of wonders, including some of Southeast Asia’s most stunning stretches of coastline. The palm-fringed beaches of Boracay are a picture of paradise, with soft, powdery sands lapped by crystal clear seas, while pristine Palawan offers similarly stunning seascapes, plus the dramatic majesty of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.
Elsewhere, Cebu is the oldest city in the Philippines and blends historic urban attractions with tropical coastal scenery, and further north on the island of Luzon, the province of Pampanga is the country’s culinary capital, allowing guests to discover another wonderful aspect of the country’s national culture and heritage.
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