Created by Filipinas to share Philippine culture, tourism, and news.
A LANGUAGE CONCIERGE AWAITS
In all places one travels, it is a plus to communicate with at least a few words of the local language. Below we share our favorite language concierge to facilitate your exploration of the Philippines.
EXPLORE THE PHILIPPINES WITH US!
In Southeast Asia, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Philippine Islands are blessed with extensive coastline, are ringed with beaches, and offer about 40,000 square kilometers of coral reefs teeming with a wide variety of marine life.
Boracay Island: CLOSED!!! That's right. Widely known for decades as one of the finest swimming destinations in the world, Boracay is blessed with unsullied fine talcum powder-sand beaches. Not now. Our text used to read "Its tranquil crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming," but now they are not. They are sullied with the excrement of the resorts of the island. The island was closed by order of Philippine President Duterte.
Camiguin Island, known for its lanzones festival, offers white-sand beaches, spring resorts and magnificent caves.
Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the country and the main center of commerce, trade, education and industry in the central and southern parts of the archipelago. It has five-star hotels, casinos, white sand beaches, world-class golf courses, and convention centers.
We continue here with you, on our visit to the Philippines that we began over in the left column.
Manila: The city's past is seen in its century-old churches, robust forts, classic plazas, ancestral edifices, stately museums, and historic monuments. And, unfortunately, it also has some of the worst traffic on the globe! At the same time, there's plenty to relish about the Philippine capitol city.
Before the arrival of the Spaniards, the Philippine archipelago was known as Maharlika, which may have come from the Old Malay language meaning "noble creation".
The official name of the islands, however, changed throughout the course of Philippine history. The name Philippines and its Spanish counterpart Filipinas are derived from the name of King Philip II of Spain. Despite the presence of other names, the name Filipinas was eventually adopted as the name of the entire archipelago. In the Philippine Revolution , the Philippines was officially called the Republica Filipina, or the First Philippine Republic. From the time of the Spanish-American War until the Commonwealth, American colonial authorities referred to the Philippines as the "Philippine Islands", a translation of the original Spanish. It was in the Commonwealth period that the name Philippines began to appear. It persists as the official name of the nation.