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Phillipine Snap Shot

The Philippines – more than 7,000 islands on a land area the size of Arizona, 22,000 miles of coastline, 17 regions and 80 provinces, 132 main rivers, 59 lakes and 7 major mountain ranges, 61 bays and harbors and 20 straits, 200 volcanoes, 100 ethnic groups, 175 dialects, a predominantly Catholic country of 97 million, a great mixture of Spanish, Japanese and American influences in Southeast Asia.

 

The rich culture of the Filipinos is a unique blend of mixed Asian and Western heritage. The strong practice of religion is reflected in most festivals. Although most festivals are conveyed with singing and dancing, the origin of it is to celebrate the patron saint. Filipinos in general are natural entertainers, who love to celebrate and have fun regardless of their situation. Sinulog in Cebu, Bacolod Masskara, Viva Vigan, Panagbenga Festival in Baguio, Dinagyang in Iloilo, Feast of Black Nazarene are some of the major festivals to experience.Traces of 333 years of Spanish colonisation are found in culture, customs, traditions,  historical landmarks and five UNESCO World Heritage sites like the historic town of Vigan, the Baroque churches of San Agustin in Intramuros, Miag-ao in Iloilo, Paoay and Santa Maria from the Ilocos province. The  Casa Manila in Intramuros is a colonial lifestyle museum from the 1800s.

 

The Philippines offer a great variety of fun and activities such as swimming with the Butandings (whale sharks) in Cebu, trekking to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo volcano, spelunking in the caves of Sagada, surfing in Siargao, diving and plenty of places with adrenaline pumping activities like bungee jumping, sorbing and ziplines. This year there are more activities introduced that will change the minds of the less adventurous ones. Hiking the highest peak in the Philippines is now easy for the novice hikers, with choices of easy routes, experienced porters and plenty of available information. Furthermore, Philippines have a rich biodiversity of species that can only be found in some of the country’s protected forest, natural parks and sanctuaries. On top of that, are world class resorts and hotels that provides not only superb accommodation and great food but also the incomparable hospitality that made the Filipinos unique from the rest of the world.

 

All these and more awaits you! Come visit the Philippines and experience the FUN because It’s More FUN in the Philippines!
Written by: Jenni Bachmann
Co-founder and Administrator of We are FUNtastic Philippines                                                       

https://www.facebook.com/groups/we.are.funtastic.philippines/

 

"Philippines on Display" Philippine Center, 5th Ave, NYC
Weaving A Culture: Inter-generational & Inter-cultural Activities by My Baryo, My Borough led by Claro delos Reyes (Queens Museum 11/15/2015)