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The Rough Guide to the Philippines - ISBN 1843538067Tourist information Philippines.

The islands are commonly divided into three major groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Top Philippine tourist destinations: Baguio, Bohol, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Laguna, Manila, Palawan, Subic and Zamboanga.

Cities in the Philippines : Davao City, Cebu City, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro

The Philippines is an island nation consisting of an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands, lying in the tropical western Pacific Ocean about 100 kilometers southeast of mainland Asia.

The South Chinese Sea separates the group of islands from Vietnam in the west and the Sea of Celebes separates it from Indonesia in the south.

Capital City of the Philippines: Manila


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Car Rental Philippines

Car rental

Car Rental   Sixt   -    

Hotels / Hostels

  Booking  -  Hotels in the Philippines
Hotels in Manila, Cebu City, Makati, Mandaue City, boracay, Malay and Quezon City.

  Booking  -  Hotels in Manilla 

  Pan Pacific Manila *****, M. Adriatico corner Gen. Malvar Streets, Malate, 1004 Manila
Located in the historical and cultural district of Manila and only eight kilometres from Manila's airport, Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Situated in the heart of the Manila Bay area, Pan Pacific Manila is just a short drive from the city's convention, exhibition and business centres and a walk away from shopping. A business hotel, designed to offer a comfortable abode to business travellers with its excellent facilities and service.

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

   -   Hotels in Manila

National Parks / Nature reserve

  Saint Paul's Subterranean National Park   -   Palawan Province
An eight kilometer long underground river with caves studded with stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Rich in wildlife and exotic African game, the island of Calauit in Nothern Palawan was declared a sanctuary and game reserved in 1976.
  Tubbataha   -   World Heritage Site
Uninhabited and isolated, and as a result free from the damage that many more accessible dive sites have experienced. UNESCO says "Tubbataha is a unique example of an atoll reef with a very high diversity of marine species", and that "the site is an excellent example of a pristine coral reef with spectacular 100m walls, extensive lagoons,…". Many big fish come here to breed, and common sightings include: black and white tips, mantas, eagle rays, hammerhead, tuna and turtles.

Travel Agents / Tour Operators 

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  Lakbay Pilipinas
Internet-based Travel Guide primarily dedicated to serve the filipino and foreign travellers who want to visit the Philippines. Info about Philippines best tourist destinations, island festivals, tour packages, hotel reservations, restaurant guides and recommended Travel Agencies.
  Ocean Republic   -   Philippines Travel Specialist
Ocean Republic offers both watersports holidays and watersports training courses. The holidays cover the best kitesurfing, windsurfing location in Asia as well as the best diving in the Philippines.
  Philippine Island Connection
  Worlds Apart Travel
'In many ways more like Latin America than Asia with it's Spanish colonial past. Unexplored mountains and an Island hoppers dream.

Inbound Tour Operator

  SuperCat   -   Fast Ferry Philippines Travel  -  Tour Packages

Travel Guides Philippines / Related Books

Philippines (Lonely Planet Country Guide) - ISBN 1741047218 Philippines (Lonely Planet Country Guides)
Joseph Bindloss and Greg Bloom 
Paperback: 492 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 10th Revised edition edition (1 May 2009); ISBN-10: 1741047218; ISBN-13: 978-1741047219.

The Rough Guide to the Philippines
David Dalton (Author), Rough Guides (Author)
The Rough Guide to The Philippines is the ultimate companion for exploring this stunning Southeast Asian archipelago. From the sun-kissed islands of the Visaya to the lagoons of Palawan and the tribal villages of the northern Cordilleras, the full- colour section introduces the best the Phillippines has to offer. This revised 2nd edition includes detailed and opinionated listings and essential information on where to stay, eat, drink, dance, surf, trek, kayak and sail plus a brand-new diving section packed with practical advice on world -class dive sites and operators. You'll find improved in-depth coverage of major destinations such as Boracay and emerging destinations such as Palawan. The guide features informative background on Filipino history, culture, society, music and politics, and comes complete with new maps and plans for every area. The Rough Guide to The Philippines is like having a local friend plan your trip.
Paperback: 544 pages; Publisher: Rough Guides; 2 edition (6 Sep 2007); ISBN-10: 1843538067; ISBN-13: 978-1843538066.

Transportation / How do I travel to the Philippines

  Manila International Airport Authority [ Ninoy Aquino International Airport ]
  Mactan Cebu International Airport
  Subic Bay International Airport
  Caticlan [ Boracay Island ]
  Kalibo [ Boracay Island ]

  Other Airports in the Philippines   -   Air Transportation Office

Inter-island transportation is provided by either airplane or ferry boat. Philippine Airlines services 43 major provincial airports. Other smaller carriers are Air Philippines, Aerolift Philippines, Asian Spirit, Cebu Pacific,  Grandair, Pacific Airways and Star Asia

  Ebookers   -    
Book flights to the Philippines at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

  KLM UK   -   Flight tickets Philippines

  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights  
Flight tickets Philippines / Price comparison possible

  Philippine National Railways  [ PNR ]

  Philippine Ports Authority
The Philippine Ports Authority is a government corporation specially charged with the financing, management and operations of public ports throughout the archipelago.

  Cebu Ferries
Destinations: bacolod, cagayan de oro, cebu, cotabato, dumaguete, general santos, iligan, jagna (bohol), nasipit, ormoc, ozamis, tacloban

  Maps Philippines [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castaņeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


Links 

  Wow Philippines   -   Official Travel Portal
Discover, Great Hideaways,  Explore Philippines,  Calender of Events,  Trip Planner,  Travel Essentials and more

  Government Philippines   -   Portal of the Republic of the Philippines
Agriculture,  Defense,  Economy,  Education,  Energy,  Environment,  Foreign Affairs,  Health,  Housing,  Justice,  Labor & Welfare,  Local Government,  Public Safety,  Science & Technology,  Transportation,  Travel & Tourism

  Manila   -   Capital City of the Philippines   -   City of Manila
Manila is all things for all Filipinos. It is the seat government administration, the fashion center, the intellectual pace-setter, the fountain head of all religious and educational movements; and of course, enormous shopping arcades. It is polictics and art; markets and churches; banks and universities - the whole life.

  Luzon   -   Main Island of the Philippines [ also a group of Islands ]
Luzon is the largest and most northerly of the main islands. Its spectacular landscape is made up of mountainous regions in the north, the flat vistas of the central plain, lakes and volcanoes in the southern peninsula, and a coastline dotted with caves and sandy-beached islands.
 Visayas   -   group of Islands
The Visayas is a group of islands between Luzon and Mindanao. The main islands are Samar, Panay, Negros, Cebu and Leyte, the latter famous as the island first sighted by the Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century and as the landing point for the American liberation forces in 1944. Samar and Leyte are linked by the San Juanico Bridge, the longest in the country.
Main islands from the Visayas are Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Samar. Visayas is devided in 3 regions and 16 provinces.
  Mindanao   -   second biggest island in the Philippines
Mindanao is the second-largest and the most southerly island, with a very different feel from the rest of the country. A variety of Muslim ethnic groups live here. In the southwestern tip of Mindanao is Zamboanga City, considered by some as the most romantic place in the Philippines and a favourite resort amongst tourists. The city is noted for its seashells, unspoiled tropical scenery and magnificent flowers.
Capital City and largest city in Mindanao: Davao City

  Bicol Region
  Cagayan Valley
  Calabarzon 
  National Capital Region (NCR) (Metro Manila)
The provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon are close to Metro Manila and make ideal day trips. In Cavite, Tagaytay City offers panoramic views for it is located along a ridge and overlooks the country's smallest volcano, Mt Taal which has a lake within its cone, plus an island. Laguna is noted for its volcanic hot springs and intricate woodworks found in the towns of Paete and Pakil. Hidden Valley in Alaminos at the foot of Mt Makiling has a series of mineral spring baths set amidst a lush green forest filled with wild orchids and tropical ferns.
  Caraga
  Central Visayas
  Davao Region
  Eastern Visayas
  Ilocos Region
  Mimaropa
  Northern Mindanao
  Soccskargen
  Ventral Luzon
  Western Visayas
  Zamboanga Peninsula

  Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
  Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)

  Provinces in the Philippines
  Municipalities in the Philippines
  Cities in the Philippines

  Baguio
Baguio City is unusual and unlike the rest of the country because of its pine trees and cool temperatures which average 20 degrees centigrate all year round. Located in the Cordillera Mountains, five hours from Manila by land, it is the nearest thing the Philippine has to a mountain retreat, making it easy to understand why the city was chosen as the summer capital.
  Bohol   -   Island Province with Capital City Tagbilaran   -   Chocolate Hills
  Bohol Tourism
  Quezon City / Province
Quezon is famous for its Pahiyas Festival celebrated in the towns of Lucban and Sariaya. In May every year, the facades of the houses in both towns are adorned with coloured leaf shaped rice wafers called Kiping which are artistically arranged with fruits and vegetables. The festivals honours San Isidro Larador, the patron saint of farmers and is a thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest.

  Alona Beach   -   dream beaches
  Banaue und Batad [ North Luzon ]   -   Rice fields
  Boracay Island
Voted as one of the world's top ten paradise beaches, Boracay is a beautiful, relaxing place to unwind, leaving the stresses and strains of Europe behind. Boracay still retains it's charm and relaxed atmosphere and offers visitors the perfect combination of comfort, culture and, great diving of course. Only 8 miles long and 1 mile wide, the island is surrounded by white sand beaches and covered in lush tropical vegetation.
Boracay is perfectly formed to offer some of the best windsurfing and diving conditions in Asia.
  Chinatown Manilla
As early as the 10th century, a lively trade has been going on between itinerant merchants coasting along the China Sea and the river bank dwellers of the Pasig River.
At the northern bank of this river sprang a thicker-and-woods village where a community of Chinese lived peaceably among the Tagalogs when the Spaniards came.
The village was called Binundok, a tagalog term for hilly terrain, but the Spaniards, perpetuating a corruption of its name, referred to it as Isla de Binondo (Isle of Binondo).
During the trading galleon centuries, the mercantile town of Binondo served as the center of trading post between Asia and the New World. Trade that was to sustain a colony for 300 years and spawn enormous fortunes.
  Fort Santiago
  Malacaņang Palast
  Mt. Pinatubo, Luzon   -   volcano
  Mt. Mayon, South Luzon   -  volcano
  Ormoc
Ormoc is situated in the northwest part of the island of Leyte. The city is home to several interesting and beautiful tourist spots - the Tongonan Hot Springs, the Yamashita Line, Lake Kasudsuran, Mount Hanagdan, and its foremost tourist attraction - Lake Danao.
  Palawan
  Panglao Island   -   Beach Resort
  Sagada   -   Mountain Village Cordilleren [ North Luzon ]
  Mt. Apo with 2954 m the highest mountain in the Philippines
  Spratley Islands
West of Palawan, the Spratley Islands in the South China Sea comprises 53 tiny coral islands scattered over an area of 61,876 square miles. Said to be rich in minerals, these islands are being claimed by several Asian nations and the Philippines occupies eight, collectively known as the Kalayaan Group.
  Tabon Caves
Worth a visit is the Tabon Caves in Southern Palawan, nestled in the mountainous cape of Lipuon Point. The 29 cave complex is a treasure of archaeological artefacts and fossilised bones of the Tabon man. The skull is carbon dated back 22,000 years. For divers the Tubbataha Reefs offer a unique array of marine life.

  Bank   -   Central Bank of the Philippines   -   Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
  Jobs in the Philippines
  News from manilla   -   Manilla Bulletin
  News   -   Philippine Daily Inquirer   -   daily newspaper
  Radio   -   Radyo Bohol International   -   Playing the Largest Collection of Visayan Music
On the Web 24 Hours Every Day
  Seaquest Divecenter   -   dive center
  Speak Tegalog   -   learn the tegalog language
  Study Abroad
  University of the Philippines in the Visayas

Cuisine   -   Philippine Cooking

  Kusina atbp   -   Filipino recipes / Kusina at iba pa!   -   The Premier Filipino Recipe Portal
Recipes are mainly constituted of traditional Filipino and Filipinized dishes ranging from the very popular to the very unique.
  Lakbay Pilipinas 
  Philippine American Literary House   -   Favorite Filipino recipes
Traditional and beloved food recipes from the Philippines. 

The Food of the Philippines - ISBN 9625932453  The Food of the Philippines - 9625932453
Authentic Recipes from the Pearl of the Orient
By Reynaldo G Alejandro
Filipino food, Malay-based and seasoned with more than 300 years of Hispanic culinary techniques and ingredients, is one of the most varied and exciting cuisines in Asia. For the Filipinos, known throughout the world for their hospitality, breaking bread is not only an honor but a grand culinary experience. From the national dishes such as adobo, lechon and sinigang, to the fiery foods of the Bicol region where coconut milk is a favored ingredient, Filipino food is a concoction of tantalizing textures, flavors, and colors. Super color photographs and detailed information on local ingredients make The Food of the Philippines perfect for anyone curious about the culinary delights of the Pearl of the Orient.
Hardcover / 1999/ 120 pages / ISBN 9625932453
South-East Asian Curry Cookbook: Over 50 Deliciously Fresh and Fragrant Curries from Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines 
Mridula Baljekar
This inspirational book features over 50 deliciously fresh and fragrant curries from Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Each country has its own traditional cooking style, yet all share a passion for flavoursome dishes, with an emphasis on using fresh ingredients. The signature curry dishes are all included here, along with some lesser-known varieties from the far-flung tropics, such as Prawns and Chayote in Coconut Milk, Chicken with Golden Turmeric and Green Papaya Salad. Each recipe is presented with beautiful colour photographs, making this an invaluable collection of recipes for lovers of spicy tropical food everywhere.
Paperback 96 pages (August 29, 2003);  Publisher: Southwater;  Language: English;  ISBN: 1842158724

History of the Philippines

Independence: 4 July 1946 [ from US ]

Human fossil records indicate that the Philippines may have been inhabited for thousands of years. Its aboriginal population, collectively known as the Negritos or Aetas, crossed prehistoric land or ice bridges to eventually settle in the islands' lush forests. Other migrants from the Malay Peninsula and Indonesian archipelago, and from Indochina and Taiwan, settled around the turn of the first millennium.

  Philippines' History   -   Wikipedia
Prehistoric Times [ The Sea-farers, Jar Burial, Trade items, Thalassocracies ], Historic Times: Monday April 21, 900, The New Spanish Colonial Period (1521-1781), A Spanish province (1781-1896), Gomburza and the Colonial Church, The Philippine Revolution (1896-1898), The American Period (1898-1913), The Commonwealth Era (1935-1941), The Japanese Occupation, Independent Philippines and the Third Republic (1946 to 1972), Marcos Era (1965-1986), Restoration of Democracy and the Fifth Republic (1986 to present)

The Philippines (Modern World Nations S.)  -   by Tammy Mildenstein
Excellent introductory texts.; These information-packed volumes provide comprehensive overviews of each nation's people, geography, history, government, economy, and culture; Full-colour illustrations and full-colour maps throughout Comprehensive overviews of each nation's people, geography, history, government, economy, and culture
Hardcover 200 pages (May 2005); Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  Manillas History
Long before the arrival of the Spaniards headed by Adelantado Governor Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in Manila in 1571, a town called "Maynilad" (from the word "nild") was flourish.
Pre-Spanish Maynilad was originally a Moslem settlement ruled by a Moslem sultan, Rajah Sulayman of Borneon nobility. It was a small but a prosperous trading port lying between two (2) great bodies of water, Pasig river and Manila Bay.

Music, Arts & Culture, Events

Spain (1565-1898) and the United States (1898-1946), colonized the country and have been the largest influences on Philippine culture. It is, with East Timor, one of the two predominantly Catholic nations in Southeast Asia and one of the most westernized - unique blend of East and West.

  Music of the Philippines
Indigenous musical styles [ Southern styles, Northern styles, Other styles ]. Spanish influence [ Harana,  Kundiman ], American influences, Pinoy rock

  Culture of the Philippines
A common aspect that most Filipino cultural traditions share today is that they have all been enriched and influenced by various foreign elements from both the East and the West; from China, Malaysia and Indonesia to Spain, Mexico and the United States, and from Hinduism and Islam to Christianity.

  Lakbay Pilipinas   -   see island festivals


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