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When the gods created the first Island of the Philippines, right in the middle of a crystal clear ocean, they were so thrilled by their work that they shaped more than 7000 paradisiac islands, which are nowadays parts of the Philippine archipelago. Should we see there only a legend?

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If you are planning a trip to the Philippines, you will easily be tempted to believe in this legend. You will be charmed by this country, where culture richness and natural wonders seem endless. Varied and enchanting landscapes, multicolored coral gardens, heritage sites, this is what you can sample here.

Sometimes hard to access, the numerous islands of the Archipelago are somehow, the forgotten islands of South East Asia. In the grip of pro-independence claiming from the Muslim minority. (Essentially in Mindao and the Sulu archipelago.)

The reality of the Philippines is nevertheless far from this fairly dark picture.

  • The Filipinos like reminding that this is the country where “Asia raises a smile”
  • Its capital city, Manila is a hive of activity and its nightlife is hectic.
  • If you like peaceful environment, explore uninhabited islands surrounded by stunning beaches and coral gardens.
  • Meet mountain ethnics still living with ancestral way.
  • Sink into the thick jungle full of rare animals, active volcanoes, rice terrace, wide sugar cane fields punctuated with lakes, shadowed palm groves.

It is up to you to learn to be as cool as a Filipino!

But it is not only the Filipino sense of hospitality that seduces visitors, it is also their ability to make the most of life, accept it as it goes and always with a big smile on their faces, “Bakala na!” (“that’s the way it is!”).

People inhabiting this tropical archipelago and their incredibly living cultures perfectly combine all the influences to which they have been exposed to over the past centuries.

Filipinas and Filipinos have an Asian soul, an occidental spirit and a heart beating to the sound of frenzied latino rythms. Warm smiles as a welcome, they truly embrace the meaning of hospitality.

The Asian, European and American influences forged the Filipino culture for centuries and resulted in a stunning and lovely mix, delighting many visitors.

From 1300 until the middle of the 16th century, there were several independents sultanates of Islamic influence that were doing trade with Japan and China.

In 1521 the colonisation by the Spanish crown was taking place in the Philippines and they became part of the New Spain Kingdom. The population had to convert to Catholicism. In those days of Spanish colonial domination many important buildings emerged, representing the basis of the cultural wealth like the cradle of Manila: the intramural neighbourhood for instance.

Nevertheless, this colonial age also set the scene for violent confrontations for more than 350 years until the Filipino people got its independence. Up to 300 rebellions and riots paved the way to self-determination obtained in 1898 under José Rizal and Emilio Aguinaldo. During the same year the Philippines however became the first and only American colony. This way, the Philippines gained a modern education system countrywide and fought side to side with the United States during WWII. English is currently the administrative language and the main part of the population speaks English fluently. Then between 1941 and 1945 some wars against Japan took place before the Philippines finally obtained their full sovereignty in 1946.

We became instantly seduced by this country, its smiles, its faces, its landscapes, its lagoons, its crystal clear waters, its dreamy beaches and of course its dives.

Except for few places highly touristic, the country is still preserved from mass tourism and one can find many spots where nature nicely copes with inhabitants, giving it some dreamy landscape postal card look.