Philippines is another gem in the already overflowing list of paradisaical destination in Southeast Asia. Every section of this country is either rich in natural beauty or is filled with cultural exuberance. The country is on the fast lane in becoming one of the developed countries in the region. Composed of more than 7000 islands, Philippines is situated in Pacific Ocean and South China Sea off the mainland Asia. The islands are divided into three groups viz Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Together, they cover a total area of 300,00 km2.
With a coastline larger than that of US and huge tropical forests, Philippines has grown to be among the most preferred tourism and adventure destinations in Southeast Asia. The fast paced city on one hand and the charming and sedate country ambiance of Philippines on the other leaves most visitors totally mesmerized and short of words. The best time to visit Philippines is between November and April when the months are the coolest.
Philippines has been under the occupation of Spain as well as USA and one can still see its effects on the culture of the country. The culture seems to be a perfect blend of eastern and western culture. The folk dance, music and literature are the biggest mirrors that still reflect the influence of westernization.
Manila, situated on Luzon island is the capital city of Philippines. Though it is the second largest city after Quezon City, Manila, with more than 1.5 million people, is among the most populous metropolitans of the world. Manila is an amalgamation of old world heritage, which is seen in the many historical buildings scattered in the city, and present day brisk lifestyle seen in the sky kissing scrapers.
There are many places of interest in the city like the Malacanang Palace, Rizal Palace and Fort Santiago. Other major cities of Philippines are Quezon City, Caloocan, Davao City and Cebu City.