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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.
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In the course of archeological researches, it was found out that the territory of the Philippine Islands had been populated by representatives of different ethnicities and cultures until the 5th century AD. In the 5th century, the islands were settled by the people of Southern China. In some written sources, there are references that the islands were regularly visited by Chinese merchants in the 8th century. The important point in the history of the archipelago was the first Arab visits in the 14th century.
Manila Cathedral The European discoverer of the islands was Ferdinand Magellan. His team was the first to board one of the islands in 1521. At that time, the islands were under Rajas. On the archipelago, there had been quite a self-contained internal governance system even before the Europeans’ arrival. The first Spanish settlements in the islands were formed in 1565. They were preceded by a series of bloody battles between colonizers and local residents.
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The archipelago had been under Spain for almost 200 years. In 1762, as a result of the big battle, Manila was conquered by British troops. Spain managed to regain its rights in no time. Already at the end of the 19th century, as a result of the Spanish-American War, the archipelago came to the USA. The Philippines gained independence from the USA in 1946.
At present, besides luxurious beaches and tropical landscapes, the Philippine Islands are notable for their upscale dive sites. There are over 7 000 sites on the archipelago. In addition, the islands are perfect for surfing and other sports. Divers come here from all over the world to admire rare corals, exotic sea dwellers and beautiful shells. The most favorite place of divers is Manila. It will be also interesting for them to visit Mindoro.
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Those who prefer surfing visit the island of Catanduanes. Its main attraction is the Puranan Beach that is famous for constant strong waves. The coast of La Union is very popular with beginners. Professionals will certainly see the true value of the beach of Balabog. For many years, it has been a place where international surfing competitions are regularly held. In the Philippine Islands, you can combine beach recreation with admiring historical and cultural attractions.

Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Philippines

Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of 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
♥   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
The most visited cultural site in the city is the Ayala Museum. Its opening was in 1967. Now within the walls of the museum, there is a rich collection of archeological and ethnographic exhibits that were brought here from various regions of the Philippine Islands. The most unusual exhibits are hand dioramas, on which the most important moments from the history of the Philippines are captured. Fans of unusual attractions will like the Shoe Museum, which bears the name of the famous actress … Read more

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