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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

PROUD TO BE FILIPINO

BEST OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLAND


The Philippines is a rich tropical archipelago of 7,107 islands stretching gracefully over the western Pacific Ocean, situated about 700 miles (1,130 km) east of the Indochinese peninsula. It is roughly the size of Italy and is the world's second-largest archipelago after Indonesia.

Based on its strategic location, the country is blessed with abundant natural resources which has attracted traders, explorers and adventurers for centuries.

The country was named after King Philip II of Spain in 1543, twenty-two years before Spain established a permanent colonial presence here. What the Philippines is today is a legacy of these early visitors. Language, art culture, ethnology, religion and architecture were influenced by settlers from powerful empires.

Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are the three main islands that make up the Philippines:

Luzon is the largest, most populous and northern-most of the main islands making up the Philippine archipelago; contains 24 of the country's 72 provinces, plus the city of Manila -- the country's premier international gateway and is the nation's political, social, cultural, commercial and transportation capital. The county's business capital, Makati City, is also located here. Pilipino (Tagalog) and English are the main language.

Visayas is the general name given to the islands that occupies the central portion of the archipelago, between Luzon in the north and Mindanao in the south. It is composed of the principal islands of Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Samar, and Masbate. Cebu City (known as the Queen City of the South), with its international airport and thriving deep water harbor, is the most important commercial and business center outside of Metro Manila; it is also the transportation center of the Visayas region. Aside from Pilipino and English, Visayan is basically the dialect spoken in these areas.

Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines, is bounded by the Philippine Sea on the east, the Celebes Sea on the south, the Sulu Sea on the west, and the Mindanao Sea on the north. The island consists of 12 provinces: Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Bukidnon, Agusan, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Cotabato, and Davao.

Pictures of Philippine Sceneries

Mayon Volcano
Legaspi, Albay



The majestic Mayon Volcano was often said to be the world's most perfect cone.
It is the Bicol Region's main tourist attraction and its name was derived from the Bicol word for beautiful "magayon". Thousands have died from the wrath of Mayon's fury. Mayon has erupted on nearly 50 occasions and it's first recorded eruption was in 1616 while the latest was in 1993. Mt. Mayon is one of 21 active volcanoes in the Philippines. It continually emits a plume of sulfuruous smoke even when it's not erupting. Mayon's slopes, which are part woodland, part grassland, and part desert of rock, cinder, and ash, are a 55-square-km national park. On the 27th of February 2000, Mayon Volcano had another explosive eruption. About 48,000 people have fled their villages.

A Glorious Sunset
Manila Bay, Manila





Taal Volcano and Taal Lake

Tagaytay


Taal Lake was said to occupy a caldera of a massive ancient volcano. One mythical tale relates that a cataclysmic eruption was believed be the cause for the slopes to cave in and for water to rush in thereby forming the lake, leaving only the tip of the previous peak exposed to become the current Volcano Island (at center of photo).

This area now contains two islands, the Volcano Island, which is a National Park (left), and the tiny Napayan Island. Taal Volcano on Volcano Island is touted to be the world's lowest active volcano.








The Rice Terraces of Batad
Batad, Mountain Province


The world-famous majestic grandeur of the Rice Terraces, created more than 3,000 years ago by the Ifugao people using a few primitive tools and their bare hands. There's no easy way to see the Batad rice terraces as one needs to hike two to three hours uphill through mountain trails from the junction. But the breathtaking view of the amphitheater of terraces, steep, wooded mountains, and relatively unspoiled village life makes the trip worth it and a must.





Lahar Grand Canyon and Crater

Mt. Pinatubo, Zambales



An aerial view of the crater and lahar canyons of Mt. Pinatubo.




HISTORICAL LANDMARKS

The Luneta Park
Manila



A beautiful setting built in honor of the Philippines' greatest hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Luneta Park used to be called Bagumbayan Field is the place where Dr. Rizal was executed by a Spanish military firing squad at early dawn on December 30, 1896. He was executed for spreading ideals of revolution against Spanish rule. Dr. Rizal wrote his most famous poem "Mi Ultimo Adios" (My Last Farewell) on the eve of his execution.
















The Rizal Monument, which serves as a marker on where Dr. Rizal was executed, is manned by two honor guards 24 hours a day. The monument used to house the remains of Dr. Rizal before it was moved to the family's estate in Calamba, Laguna.



Corregidor
Bataan

Corregidor, a national shrine, is an island fortress
nicknamed "The Rock". This was the last bastion to fall
to the invading Japanese in 1942. The place acquired immense significance as a symbol of the determined resistance of its Filipino and American defenders. Above photo shows one of the cannons that broods silently over the landscape which was once
denuded by bombardment.

Let's discover the beauty of Philippines, COME, VISIT,ENJOY!!!Kita kits!!



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Seri May 18, 2009 at 2:07 AM  

the paddy field photo is the best scenery photo i ever seen. introducing ur country thru blogging is the best method for bloggers around the globe to know more about ur country and its' people.i really appreciate ur work.

faizz May 19, 2009 at 6:43 PM  

woderfull country to visit.

Donda May 19, 2009 at 8:26 PM  

I like this blog...keep blogging and good luck

Ismail May 19, 2009 at 11:52 PM  

beautiful scenery

yanuar catur rastafara May 24, 2009 at 7:51 PM  

yeah,,fliphine is a beautifull country
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i like it

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