The coastline is the fifth-longest in the world. It is washed by South China, Philippine, and Sulawesi Sea. Lets know about the Interesting things about the Philippines here.
The length of the Philippine archipelago is 3000 kilometers from north to south and 900 kilometers from east to west. The composition of the territory includes 7107 islands-this is 300,000 km2, less than a thousand of them are inhabited, and a third does not even have its names. The largest are Luzon, Mindanao, Mindoro, Palawan, Visayas.
The Philippines is an island state unique in its beauty and culture. For many centuries, some rulers have replaced others here. The islands have been under the influence of European conquerors for many years, but nevertheless, the amazing original traditions of the local aborigines have been preserved in their culture.
The Philippines is a multinational state, where dozens of people live, speaking 400 languages and dialects. The most significant peoples are the Visayas, Tagals, Ilokas, and Moros. There are a lot of representatives of tiny peoples, including the indigenous inhabitants of the Aeta islands. In the seventies, the Tasadai-Manube people were discovered, who are believed to have existed for about a thousand years in isolation, unaware of what was happening in the outside world.
In 1898, as a result of the Spanish-American War, the Philippines passed to the United States. Around the same time, the leaders of the rebel movement declared their independence. The Philippine-American War began, which unofficially lasted until 1913. In 1935, the Philippines received autonomy within the United States and achieved absolute independence in 1946.
In the same year, the Filipino language becomes official. It is based on Tagalog (the language of the capital and the revolution), interspersed with Spanish and English. It belongs to the Austronesian language family. English is also the official language.
An exciting feature is that chewing gum is considered the height of disrespect among the phillippincnv. It is simply unacceptable to chew it on the street; it will cause a storm of indignation among interlocutors and passers-by. Another point that deserves attention is the magicians, who are called hillers. These healers who are credited with mystical abilities perform the most complex surgical operations without any tools, only with the imposition of hands. The fame of the hillers has spread far around the world. Now, foreign tourists come from all over the world to experience the power of the inexplicable ability of Filipino healers to treat with their biofield.
What to do in the Philippines?
- Take a walk on the seabed
There are more coral reefs near the Philippines than anywhere else on the planet Earth. You can’t think of a better place for diving. Tubbataha Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it is home to sharks, manta rays, and turtles. If you sail a little to the east, you can meet rare thresher sharks that circle near the island of Malapascua. The wreckage of the Japanese fleet is often found on the bottom. Many ships were sunk during the Second World War. Most of them have not yet lost their formidable and robust appearance, but if you decide to take a closer look at them, then take a guide with you; no one knows what can happen at the bottom of the ocean.
- Visit Sabong
Sabong is a legal cockfight in the Philippines, which is sometimes held for a month. This entertainment is very popular among Filipinos, so there are always a lot of people there, people come who just watch the fight, and those who bet on their favorite. Bets are placed both live and online on Talpakan.ph. You can also watch online sabong philippines, as there is always a live broadcast.
- Admire the creations of man and nature
The stepped rice terraces of Banaue are the most famous attraction in the Philippines and also the most popular. There are always crowds of tourists there. If you prefer to avoid crowds, then go to the terraces of the port of Bucari, near the city of Iloilo. They are practically no different.
On the island of Bohol, the Chocolate Hills create an extraterrestrial landscape that takes your breath away: reddish-brown hills surrounded by jungle stretch for miles around. Karst formations on the island of Palawan can compete with the Vietnamese Halong Bay in the beauty of the scenery. The longest underground river in the world, Puerto Princesa, makes its way to the Pacific Ocean through limestone cliffs, creating narrow caves in which you can swim and admire the patterned ceiling of the crevice.
- Conquer the volcano
There are hundreds of volcanoes on the Philippine islands, 20 of which are active. The eruption of Mount Pinatubo was one of the most powerful and destructive in the twentieth century. Today, a pool of greenish-blue water has formed in its crater. Mount Mayon is, by all parameters, an “ideal” volcano. However, it is often closed to the public due to activity. The safest place to go is Kamigin Island. There are many volcanoes there, but none of them is going to wake up at the moment.
- Go to a party
Filipinos love holidays. They celebrate something every day. If you go to some small village, you will get to a feast and become an honored guest there. Do you want something large-scale? Visit the festivals of Sinulog in Cebu, Ati-Atihan in Kalibo and Dinagyang in Iloilo. Fancy-dress parties, local music, extravagant props, fresh fruits, and religious rituals-everything will help you plunge into the festive atmosphere of the Philippine islands.
- Buy a beer
We are serious. Just buy a beer because it is the national drink of the Philippines since 1890 when the first brewery, “San Miguel” opened on the islands. For a handful of pesos, you can buy a whole bucket of chilled foam. They say that Filipinos are the friendliest people in the world. Therefore, do not be afraid if someone from the local invites you to a bar or karaoke-agree, take friends, and relax.
Also, it is impossible to ignore some household security issues. Tourists are advised to avoid drinking unboiled water until brushing their teeth. In addition, it is necessary to prevent eating thermally unprocessed food (fish, meat, milk, and so on) with the exception of fruits. They are washed and peeled.
In other aspects, security in the Philippines is at a reasonable level. Therefore, if you adhere to basic precautions and norms of behavior, then a vacation in this country will be safe.