ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES

The Philippines is the third largest English speaking country in the world. It has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. Prior to Spanish colonization in 1521, the Filipinos had a rich culture and were trading with the Chinese and the Japanese.

ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES

THE PHILIPPINES

 

The Philippines is the third largest English speaking country in the world. It has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. Prior to Spanish colonization in 1521, the Filipinos had a rich culture and were trading with the Chinese and the Japanese. Spain's colonization brought about the construction of Intramuros in 1571, a "Walled City" comprised of European buildings and churches, replicated in different parts of the archipelago. In 1898, after 350 years and 300 rebellions, the Filipinos, with leaders like Jose Rizal and Emilio Aguinaldo, succeeded in winning their independence.

In 1898, the Philippines became the first and only colony of the United States. Following the Philippine-American War, the United States brought widespread education to the islands. Filipinos fought alongside Americans during World War II, particularly at the famous battle of Bataan and Corregidor which delayed Japanese advance and saved Australia. They then waged a guerilla war against the Japanese from 1941 to 1945. The Philippines regained its independence in 1946.

Filipinos are a freedom-loving people, having waged two peaceful, bloodless revolutions against what were perceived as corrupt regimes. The Philippines is a vibrant democracy, as evidenced by 12 English national newspapers, 7 national television stations, hundreds of cable TV stations, and 2,000 radio stations.

 

Filipinos are a fun-loving people. Throughout the islands, there are fiestas celebrated everyday and foreign guests are always welcome to their homes.

BORACAY

This idyllic tropical paradise island is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, if not the world. The best foods, bars, and resorts are lined up on this 7 kilometre stretch of paradise. A gentle coastline combined with incredible sunsets make this piece of paradise the ideal location to relax after your surgery to return home completely revived. Add in a thriving nightlife scene and you have one of the top tourist spots this country has to offer!

There’s something for any kind of traveler in this piece of paradise. Do you simply want to relax? Then head to the west coast where you can see the White Beach. This part of the island is backed by palm trees, bars and restaurants. Up for an adventure? On the east coast, strong winds make Bulabog Beach a hub for water sports like kite surfing. Nearby, the observation deck on Mount Luho offers panoramic views over the island. Offshore, coral reefs and shipwrecks are home to diverse marine life. This is the reason why this beautiful island has been named “Best Island in the World” by many entities, including luxury and lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveler for two consecutive years. Also, Boracay is among the best islands in the world that never fails to make it to TripAdvisor’s yearly “Travelers’ Choice” list.

SIQUIJOR

When you think about recovering and resting in a beautiful, tranquil and luxurious place, the Coco Grove Beach Resort is the place for you. It offers native style Cottages and Villas, set within tropical gardens or right along a white sandy beach. All our rooms are fully air-conditioned and have a private veranda with mini-bar and complimentary tea or coffee.

Unlike other popular resorts in the Philippines, the Coco Grove Beach Resort in Siquijor is not crowded, making you feel like you have the beach all to yourself! The resort also has a private marine sanctuary which is only reserved for its guests so you can swim and snorkel whenever you please.

From its amazing white beach to our friendly staff, the Coco Grove Beach Resort has a lot to offer. The 6-hectare resort is also filled with three amazing restaurants that serve traditional Filipino food and European cuisine as well as fresh seafood.

MANILA

Manila is a modern metropolis which has retained its original character with many cathedrals and colonial landmarks.

 

If you like big cities, you’ll love MANILA: a high-speed, frenetic place, where you can eat, drink and shop 24 hours a day and where the Filipino heritage of native, Spanish, Chinese and American cultures are at their most mixed up. And while the older parts of the city remain shabby and run-down, sparkling districts like Makati, Ortigas and Bonifacio Global City are smart and skyscraper-smothered, like any other booming Asian metropolis. Manila prides itself on the quality of its restaurant scene, nightlife and the ability of its residents to whip up a good time.

 

For many tourists, this will be their enduring memory of the place: fabulous food, funky bars and nightclubs in areas such as Malate and Makati. And don’t forget, Manila is still a great place to pick up bargains.

Read more on:

The Department of Tourism for the Philippines website.

Our partners in the Philippines Cosmetic Holidays website.

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