Philippines travel guide
The Philippines are a group of more than 7,000 islands in the South China Sea. They were Spanish until the US bought them in 1898 for $20 million so they speak Filipino and English. They became independent in 1946 although they remain close ties as a territory of the US.
The major islands are volcanic mountains. The northern island of Luzon was terraced for growing rice 2000 years ago in Banaue at Batad and it is so spectacular that it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is an amazing structure with channels and pipes bringing water to the terraces.
Vigan is also in Northern Luzon. Its Spanish heritage is evident in the local architecture, and with the cobblestone streets and European charm this is a lovely city to visit. The Mestizo District is particularly pleasing.
With the thousands of miles of coastline from seven thousand islands, the Philippines has some stunning beaches.
Manila is the capital and is also on Luzon Island and it is a very busy city of over two million people. Many nationalities have landed here and you will find international food and traditions throughout the city. Nightlife is booming, just pick what you are looking for. During the day you can enjoy riding in a “jeepney.” They are jeeps in the front with a bus body in the back to hold many passengers for local transportation. You may want to visit the Walled City. You can start at Fort Santiago and make your way through.
The Philippines is a true melting pot of people and with its multiple islands with swimming, snorkeling, diving and boating, you will have more to do than you will ever have time for.