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Are you tired of having the same usual holiday experience? Then visit Philippines and experience more than the usual in everything. Philippine tourism focuses more on ecological, cultural, historical and adventure tourism.

Philippines is an archipelago which consists of 7,107 islands in the western Pacific Ocean. These islands are grouped into three major regions: Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, covering a total land area of 115,739 m². (300,000 km²). Manila is the capital city and the time zone is GMT +8 hours.

Aside from the natural wonders dotted all over the country, Philippines is a melting pot of different amalgamated cultures and influences that has brought distinctiveness among the other Asian countries. Filipino culture has more influences from the Western World than the nearby Asian countries.

Previous colonization has brought influences into the Philippines and most likely derived from the cultures of Spain and United States as well as other Asian countries like Japan and China that took over for a short period of time or traded some goods and mingled with people. With this Western-Eastern juxtaposition, Philippines continues to fascinate visitors all over the globe. Wherever you are, here, you will always feels like home. Also, it is considered the third-largest English-speaking country in the world, which puts an edge over the other Asian countries.

Blessed with nature’s abundance, tropical climate, rich and colorful history and culture and friendly and accommodating people, everything you’ve been looking for a vacation are found in one country, the Philippines.

Tickle your senses like never before. Listen to great legends of every mountains, volcanoes and hills as well as old cities and interesting landmarks. Explore the unadulterated falls, rivers, virgin forests, and caves. Pristine beaches beckon everyone for a refreshing dip. Be delighted on what the underwater sceneries can offer and enjoy the best diving experience as Philippines offered best diving places around the world. Exciting water sports and adrenaline-filled adventures are just around the corner.

Promoting an Eco-Cultural Tourism, this plays a very crucial role not only to the lives of every individual but to the economy of the country as a whole. Requiring less monetary outlays, the income is continuous. Well, everyone is benefited. Aside from the income derived from it, these natural attractions are being preserved and maintained, which is good.

Philippine tourism started to flourish in the 1970s-1980s but experienced regression in the mid 1980s. But in early 1990s, signs of fast recovery were evident. In 2000, speculated tourist arrivals in the country were 2.2 million and it keeps on increasing every year. In 2009, from January to September alone, the government tracked 5.2 million tourists visiting the country.

Most foreigners who visited Philippines came from United Sates, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, New Zealand and The Netherlands. Few numbers from Taiwan, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Canada, Israel, Russia, Spain, Poland, France and Singapore were recorded.

Many events that took place in the country showcase these priceless jewels of the country such as the World Pyro Olympic, 2005 Southeast Asian Games, Miss Earth Beauty Pageant and many more. These events launched Philippines as a tourist destination into the international market that helped broaden its horizon of visitors.

Plan your next vacation and make Philippines your choice. Whatever you intend to do whether for wellness, cultural, religious, adventure, sight-seeing or sports, be sure to make it special and extraordinary.

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