Philippines is a country known for its beaches and the sea full of aquatic life. The Philippine waters have attracted an increasing number of divers are eager to discover the underwater treasures of the country. Most of the resorts have modern diving equipment and instructors and guides. There are facilities for water skiing, windsurfing, sailing, traveling from island to island and other water sports. For those who prefer to avoid getting wet feet, there are boats with transparent background through which they can discover the magical world of coral.
But Philippines is not just for beach lovers and the sea, there is a wide range of attractions, depending on whether one is in the north or the south. For nature lovers there are possibilities for mountaineering, bird watching, exploring caves and even go on photo safari. Lovers of history and culture can learn more by visiting museums, historic buildings and churches scattered throughout the country. And to savor the rural life, nothing better than a tour of farms in the provinces.
Filipphine are basically of Malay race, with drops of blood china, American, Spanish and Arabic. Philippines has a population of 60 million and it is really difficult to distinguish the division between races. A long history of colonial rule in the West, mixed with visits to merchants, has emerged a unique blend of East and West both in appearance and in their culture.
Filipino character has a bit of all cultures. The bayanihan spirit of brotherhood and camaraderie is the best known trait of Filipinos and come, as they say, the ancestors of Malays, the close family ties have inherited from the Chinese, religion comes from the Spaniards, who introduced Catholicism in the sixteenth century, the hospitality is a common denominator in the Filipino character and this is what distinguishes them. Filipinos are, in all likelihood, the only Eastern nation that speaks English fluently. The Filipino is the official language, the English language is considered unofficial.
Filipinos are divided geographically and culturally into two regions and each regional group is distinguished by its features and dialects.
Tribal communities are scattered throughout the archipelago. Philippines in 111 dialects spoken due to the divisions of these regional and cultural groups.
80 percent of the population is Catholic, this is the enduring legacy of Spain. 15 percent, most of those living in Mindanao are Muslims. The rest of the population practiced religions of Christian origin or Buddhist.
Metro Manila, a mixture of old and new
Metro Manila, in its principles was a small tribal settlement at the entrance of a natural harbor, has become a metropolis and a major business center, commerce and education. It consists of 13 municipalities covering an area of 630 square kilometers. Manila is also the capital, the main entrance to Philippines.
Metro Manila is an incredible mix of old and new, of centuries-old tradition and the attractions of modern life, of old buildings and brand new skyscraper, the quaint stalls and modern shopping malls, with majestic museums, discos and bars. The Spanish colonizers moved the capital Manila to Cebu in 1571.
The same year began the construction of walls, the walled city as the venue and church official. A walk through this area will allow any visitor to better understand this city.
Among the most interesting figure in walls Fort Santiago, the headquarters of Spanish troops and prison to thousands of Filipinos, including the national hero, Dr. José Rizal. Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church, the two oldest churches in the Philippines, offering collections of religious objects, and Casa Manila, a reconstructed nineteenth century mansion, decorative objects and furniture of the sixteenth to the nineteenth century.
Outside the walls is Rizal Park, resting place of the Filipinos. It is an extensive green area with fountains, an outdoor auditorium, a Japanese garden and a Chinese garden, playgrounds for children and a skating rink. The remains of José Rizal lie at the monument that bears his name.
Coconut Palace, genuine Filipino architecture
The Cultural Center of the Philippines is the country’s artistic center. Is the main stage for ballets, concerts, plays and other shows. Within the same complex is the Coconut Palace, which is a living testimony to the architectural genius Philippine. Almost the entire structure has been carried out in materials from the coconut tree mixed with other natives.
Just 10 minutes from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is a 23 acre park, where you can see the different varieties of culture and attractions of the country in Nayong Filipino can see replicas of the Mayon volcano BRICOL of rice terraces Banaue, the Chocolate Hills of Bohol and Magellan’s cross in Cebu.
Typical houses 6 of the 13 regions of the country can be seen in models of miniature towns Makati, the business center of Metro Manila, which is distinguished by its tall buildings, large shopping malls, streets full of gourmet restaurants, places for leisure and sports clubs exclusive.
The Ayala Museum in Makati offers an exhibition representing different periods in the history of Philippines, inviting visitors to tour several centuries of Philippine civilization.