Destination Information for Philippines
Over 7,000 islands make up the Southeast Asian country of the Philippines in the Western Pacific. The capital, Manila, is known for its ancient Chinatown and the waterfront promenade. Old Manila houses a walled city from colonial times, Intramuros, as well as Fort Santiago and the baroque San Agustin Church. There are also Spanish influences here, a legacy from 300 years of Spanish rule before independence was claimed in 1898, including on religion; the Philippines is Asia’s largest catholic country.
Some of the most popular attractions of the Philippines are in, or related to, the sea, given the island nature of the country. With world-class diving and surfing, many tourists come for the pristine reefs, immaculate beaches and incredible marine life. Inland, there are jungles, mountains and caves to explore, with natural hot springs thanks to the live volcanoes. There are many cities across the 7,000 islands of the Philippines. As well as Manila, important centres include Cebu, a major site for commerce, industry and tourism, and Davao, one of the largest cities in the world in terms of physical area, and the home of the Philippines’ tallest mountain, Mount Apo.
From stunning beaches to whale watching and water-sports, there’s something for everyone in the Philippines, whether you’re a true explorer hoping to experience a new culture and way of life, or you’re simply looking for a beautiful place to relax and unwind.