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The Philippine islands are well known as a popular beach resort, but the archipelago can be proud not only of its beautiful nature because this country is home to many interesting historical landmarks and amazing old buildings. Fort Pilar, which is located in Zamboanga City, has become a signature sight of the country. The fort was built in the beginning of the seventeenth century in order to protect the city from attacks of pirates and other hostile tribes. The complex is surrounded by a tall stone wall, there are also traces of a ditch on perimeter. The fort has been transformed into a museum that currently exhibits a large collection of architectural findings. Don't forget to visit the chapel of Virgin Mary and the garden that is also located in Fort Pilar. This place is a favorite destination of rest not only for tourists but also for locals, who enjoy charming and cozy atmosphere of the fort. There are many wonderful parkways and benches, where one can seat, relax and enjoy birdsong.
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Taal Volcano remains one of the most famous natural landmarks of the country. This volcano is also known as the smallest active volcano in the world. Its height is only 350 metres, and there is a lake in the spiracle. Travelers are welcome to climb up to its top and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the area.
The most famous religious landmark of the Philippines is located in the capital of the country, Manila. This is San Agustin Church, the building of which was finished in 1607. The church's arc is decorated with magnificent sculptures of lions, and its spacious niches are decorated with statues of saints. The magnificent ceiling made by famous Italian masters remains the biggest attraction of the church. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The Orchid Gallery is one more famous attraction of the capital. This park is located right in the heart of the city. The gallery was founded not long ago - yet ten years ago this place was nothing but an ordinary parking lot. Nowadays, the park features numerous winding cozy roads, charming observation decks, bridges, flower beds and trees. There are also several miniature waterfalls, fountains and man-made lakes in the park. Beautiful fretted benches, sculptures and arbors - this magnificent place is really worth visiting. When you visit the park, don't forget to attend the pavilion of butterflies that was open by initiative of internationally famous company Nokia.
When you're done with Manila, it's time to move to another beautiful place - Cebu. The vicinity of this city is home to Taoist Temple, a beautiful Chinese monastery that was open in 1972. The building is located on the top of a hill, from which visitors will enjoy stunning panoramic looks of the coastline and neighbor islands. The monastery is quite unusual from an architectural point of view - it's made out of colorful stones and its facade is decorated with traditional Chinese dragons.
Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks in Philippines
♥   National Park 'Aurora Memorial' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Balbalasang-Balbalan National Park' . On the map   Photos
♥   Natural Park 'Balinsasayao Twin Lakes' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Bataan' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Biak-na-Bato' . On the map   Photos
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Palaces in Philippines open for public
♥   Palace 'Palacio del Gobernador' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'The Mansion' Baguio. On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Torogan' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Philippines from our review series

Mindanao Island

From the series “Top 11 dangerous spots for adrenaline-seekers”
Mindanao Island, which is part of the Philippine Islands, has become one of the most dangerous places on the planet by a will of fate. The incredibly beautiful island with white sand beaches and lush tropical vegetation has been at the epicenter of hostilities, so it is currently impossible to visit this amazingly beautiful place. Previously, the island was very popular not only among fans of scenic walks, but also among fans of diving.

The island of Mindanao houses one of the major attractions of the archipelago, Mount Apo, which is the highest mountain in the Philippines. Mindanao is one of the twenty largest islands in the world, with an area of ​​about 97 500 square km. There is the large river of the same name. Picturesque lakes are another important part of the local landscape. … Read all

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

From the series “10 Natural Wonders of the World”
The Philippine Islands represent a real treasure trove of natural attractions. One of the most famous among them is located on the island of Palawan. Here, in one of the caves, the underground river with the beautiful name of Puerto Princesa flows. It’s located close to the town of the same name. The length of the river is about 8 km. It’s worth noting that the cave is one of the largest in the world. It has several large rooms that strike with diversity and beauty of the stalactites and stalagmites.

At present, the underground river is located in a large national park that also features valuable rare species of flora and fauna. Despite the fact that the underground river is open for tours, it's not as easy to visit it as it might seem at first glance. In recent years, a number of … Read all

Chocolate Hills

From the series “The most surrealistic places of the Earth”
On Bohol Island, which belongs to the Philippines, there is a wonderfully beautiful place - the chocolate hills. On the territory of the extensive tropical forest, a few hundreds of hills rise, reminiscent of the giant chocolate truffles. For many years, the mysterious hills have been one of the most unusual sights of natural origin on earth. Until now, the scientists are unanimous about the version of their show. The locals connect a lot of the interesting legends with the chocolate hills.

The exact number of hills is unknown. According to some data, there are from 1 500 to 1 700 hills. With a view to the fact that the surface of the picturesque island forms 50 sqkm, this dense arrangement of the hills seems really strange. The height of the hills is different and forms from 30 to 121 … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Philippines

Manila
Originally one could see the Sanyago fort right at the entrance of the city. In XVI century there was located a bamboo fortress, and the Manila Cathedral was built right in front of it. Sadly, only church of St. Augustine and the museum have survived after the period of war. However, the main historical sight of Manila is its main street named Calle Real. Intramuros is the heart of Manila. This is a wall, which has protected the first Spanish settlement from a variety of attacks. The wall … Read more

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