Introduction to the Philippines in 44 photos

The Philippines is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia, made up of more than 7,000 islands. The islands are host to an extraordinary range of landscapes, mountains, volcanos, rainforests, jungles, rivers and lakes. It is an absolutely stunning place, and whilst quite rightly famous for its many beaches, the country has a rich culture unlike any country in Asia.

The Philippines lies in the tropics and sits on the so-called Ring of Fire. This is a large region of the Pacific where volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. There are 18 actives volcanoes in the Philippines. It is also within the typhoon belt so it sometimes experiences extreme weather patterns.

You can find the Philippines east of Vietnam, north of Indonesia. The islands that make up the Philippines are divided intro three regions – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Some islands have become bustling megacities, such as the capital Manila, and the City of Cebu. However, wherever you go, you’ll never be more than two hours away from a beach.

The Philippines is the only Roman Catholic country in Asia. Spanish colonial rule left a legacy of fiestas and historic buildings and churches. As well as 350 years under Spanish colonial rule, the country also lived for 50 years under American rule. They too left their legacy of shopping malls, fast food chains and english, which is spoken or understood by a lot of filipinos.

These photos, I hope, capture the essence of what it is like to travel in the Philippines.

1. The historic streets of Vigan in ILOCOS.

Vigan, ILOCOS province, Philippines

2. Hundred Islands National Park.

View from the top of Governors Island in the Hundred Islands National Park

3. Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol.

Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol.

4. Rice Fields, Mindoro.

Rice fields in Mindoro

5. Beach Front, Sabang, Puerto Galera.

Beach Front, Sabang, Puerto Galera

6. Rizal Park, Manila.

Rizal Park, Manila

7. Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Buddhist Temple, Cebu.

Fo Guang Shan Chu Un Buddhist Temple, Cebu.

8. Baguio, “The City of Pines”, North Luzon.

Baguio,

9. Travel around in a Jeepney.

Philippine Jeepney

10. White Sand Beach, Camiguin Island, Northern Mindanao.

White sand beach, Camiguin Island, Northern Mindanao





11. Philippine Festival / Fiesta.

Philippine Fiesta

12. Amazing Underwater Wildlife (Lionfish).

Lionfish

13. Makati – Luxury Shopping.

Makati Shopping

14 Manila – Capital of the Philippines.

Manila - capital of the Philippines

15. White Sand Beach – Pagudpud, Ilocos.

White Sand Beach - Pagudpud, Ilocos.

16. Sunset, El Nido, Palawan.

Sunset, El Nido, Palawan

17. Paoay Church (Saint Augustine Church), Ilocos Norte.

Paoay Church (Saint Augustine Church), Ilocos Norte

18. Island Hopping on a Banka.

Island Hopping on a Banka.

19. The Banaue Rice Terraces, Ifugao.

Banaue Rice Terraces, Ifugao

20. El Nido, Palawan.

El Nido, Palawan





21. Coron Island, Palawan.

Coron Island.

22. Chocolate Hills, Bohol.

Chocolate Hills, Bohol

23. White Sand Beach, Boracay.

White Sand Beach, Boracay.

24. Pandanon Island, Palawan.

Pandanon Island, Palawan

25. Mount Mayon, Bicol.

Mount Mayon, Bicol.

26. Mount Pinatubo, Zambales Mountains.

Mount Pinatubo, Zambales Mountains.

27. Mall of Asia (MoA), Pasay. One of the largest malls in the world.

Mall of Asia (MoA), Pasay. One of the largest malls in the world.

28. Church in a Shopping Mall, Greenbelt, Makati.

Church in a Shopping Mall, Greenbelt, Makati.

29. White Sand Beach, Batangas.

Batangas

30. Taal – An island, in a lake, in a volcano, in a lake, on an island.

Taal Volcano





31. Waterfall, Surigao.

Waterfall, Surigao

32. Paradise Island, Palawan.

Paradise Island, Palawan

33. Whale Shark, The World’s Largest Fish.

Whale Shark

34. Tarsier, The World’s Smallest Primate.

Tarsier

35. White Beach, Siquijor.

White Beach, Siquijor.
Photo by James Connolly on Unsplash.

36. La Union, Philippines.

La Union, Philippines.
Photo by Jeff Nafura on Unsplash.

37. Bankerohan Public Market, Davao, Philippines.

Bankerohan Public Market, Davao, Philippines.
Photo by Frank Lloyd de la Cruz on Unsplash.

38. Traditional Dancing, Loboc Floating Restaurant, Loboc, Philippines.

Traditional Dancing, Loboc Floating Restaurant, Loboc, Philippines.
Photo by Austin Nicomedez on Unsplash.

39. American Cemetery, Manila.

American Cemetery

40. Beach, Boracay.

Beach, Boracay.

41. Fort San Pedro, Cebu.

Fort San Pedro, Cebu.

42. Three people in a boat.

Three people in a boat

43. Sari Sari Store, Philippine Convenience Store.

Sari Sari Store, Philippine Convenience Store

44. Skyscrapers, Makati.

Skyscrapers, Makati.

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