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Philippines Travel Guide
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A brief introduction to the Philippines:

The Philippines sit off the southeast coast of Asia between Borneo and Taiwan. Set in between the Pacific Ocean and South China Sea, they consist of 7,107 islands and islets (7,108 at low tide). The clear blue sea is ideal for sunbathing, swimming and diving through impressive coral gardens and amazing marine life.

The largest and most northward of the main islands is Luzon. It has spectacular mountains in the north, flat vistas in the central plain and lakes, and volcanoes in the south. The capital, Manila has been a port for many centuries. Some tourist attractions are San Augustin Church and the Manila Cathedral with terrific views of the harbour. Just off the coast of Pangasinan is an ideal place for swimming and fishing. There are a hundred islands made up of 400 islets, encircled by coral gardens and white sandy beaches.

Mindanao is the most southward island, and has a completely different feel from the rest of the Philippines. Zamboanga City in the southwestern edge is considered to be one of the romantic places in the country. It is a popular resort among holidaymakers. The city is known for its vast array of seashells, unspoilt tropical landscape and beautiful flowers. Some famous local dishes are oxtail stew in peanut sauce served with bagoong (kare-kare) and sinigang (meat or fish in sour broth). Performances by native artists in the various venues take place most nights. A number of the larger hotels provide music spectacles ranging from string quartets to show bands.
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