Introduction to the Philippines in photos (part 1)

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 into 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.


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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.


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).


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
If you like these photos there are more in the Introduction to the Philippines (part 2).

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