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The Philippines is a beautiful and diverse country with a wide range of places to visit and activities to enjoy. Whether you're into stunning beaches, vibrant cities, lush jungles, or rich cultural experiences, the Philippines has something for everyone.

Remember that the best time to visit the Philippines depends on your preferences and the activities you want to pursue. The country's tropical climate means you can find pleasant weather year-round, but be aware of the typhoon season if you plan to visit between June and November.

Fun fact: Phillipines has the longest Christmas season. It begins in September and includes caroling, Monito Monita (Secret Santa), and Misa De Gallo (Dawn Mass). They also have Parols (lanterns with Christmas designs).

There is MUCH more to discover about Philippines. Read on!

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(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois


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1700 - Philippines are part of the Spanish Empire

1800 - Population of Philippines (Spanish Empire) - 1,800,000

1895 - Philippine Islands
Philippine (fil’ip-pin) Islands, a large and important group of the Malay Archipelago, forming its N. division, and, next to Cuba, the most valuable colonial possession of Spain, chiefly between lat. 5° 32 and 19° 38' N. and lon. 117° and 126° E., having N. and E. the Pacific Ocean, W. the China and Sooloo Seas, and S. the Sea of Celebes. There are about 1200 islands in all, of which 408 are inhabited. Principal islands, Luzon, Mindanao, and Palawan, with Mindoro, Panny, Negros, Zebu, Bohol, Leyte, Samar, Masbate, and many of less size. Total area, estimated at about 115,528 square miles, and the pop. at about 8,000,000...
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1900 - Population of Philippine Islands - 10,990,030

2023 - Here's a list of some must-visit places and things to do in the Philippines:
1. Palawan:

El Nido: Known for its dramatic karst limestone formations, crystal-clear waters, and hidden lagoons, El Nido is a haven for island-hopping and snorkeling.

Coron: Explore underwater shipwrecks, go diving, and hike to stunning viewpoints overlooking pristine lakes and lush landscapes.

2. Boracay:

Relax on the world-famous White Beach, known for its powdery white sand and vibrant nightlife.

Try water sports like kiteboarding, windsurfing, and parasailing.

3. Cebu:

Visit historic sites like Magellan's Cross and Fort San Pedro in Cebu City.

Swim with the whale sharks in Oslob, an unforgettable experience.

4. Bohol:

See the iconic Chocolate Hills, a series of conical limestone hills that turn brown during the dry season.

Encounter tarsiers, one of the world's smallest primates, at the Tarsier Sanctuary.

5. Siargao:

Surf at Cloud 9, one of the best surf spots in Southeast Asia.

Explore the beautiful lagoons and caves of Sugba Lagoon and... Read MORE...

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