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The Philippines, officially, known as the Republic of the Philippines, is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean.  To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China sits Vietnam.  The Philippines is an archipelago of numerous islands including volumes of inland bodies of water. Most of the mountainous islands are covered in tropical rainforest and are volcanic in origin. The highest mountain is Mount Apo.   The Philippines' rainforests and its extensive coastlines make it home to a diverse range of birds, plants, animals, and sea creatures. 

Get on board the aircraft on the Philippines Holiday Package which takes you to `Manila’, located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay.  Manila or (Filipino Maynila) is the capital of Philippines, and the center of governance, education, religion and finance in the country.  In the earlier centuries, it has also been described as the context of an Indianised kingdom maintaining diplomatic relations. 

Tourist Attractions:

With a diverse culture, you may explore the city which has some notable museums,   namely the Museo Pambata, a children's museum, the Museum of Philippine Political History which exhibits notable political events in the country, the National Museum of the Philippines, which includes the Museum of the Filipino People,  exhibiting life, culture and history of the country, the Parish of the Our Lady of the Abandoned and the San Agustin Church Museum, which houses religious artefacts, Plaza San Luis, a public museum, the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences and the DLS-SCB Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), both of which are university museums dedicated to science and technology, and contemporary art respectively. Bahav Tsinoy, one of Manila's most prominent museums, documents the lives and contributions of the Chinese in the history of the Philippines. The Intramuros Light and Sound Museum chronicles the Filipinos desire for freedom during the revolution under Rizal's leadership and other revolutionary leaders. The Metropolitan Museum of Manila exhibits the Filipino arts and culture.  The Museum of Manila is the city-owned museum that exhibits the city's culture and history.   There are many Buddhist and Taoist temples built by the Chinese community in this city.  The Quiapo is home to a sizable Muslim population here, where Masjid Al-Dahab is located.  There is also a large Hindu temple for the Indian population, and a Sikh Temple has also been erected.

It would be worthwhile entouring the National Library of the Philippines, the Planetarium, the Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion, the park auditorium, the fountain, the children's lagoon, the chess plaza, the Quirino Grandstand  and the  Manila Ocean Park, which features a wide variety of marine animals. The flagpole west of the Rizal Monument is the Kilometer Zoo, a marker for distances to the rest of the country.   Ooh la la! Food for discovery on the Philippines Holiday Package!

Travellers could move on to Boracay, a small island of the Philippines located approximately south of Manila and to the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region.  This island and its beaches have received awards from numerous travel publications and agencies.

Boracay's two primary tourism beaches are the White Beach and Bulabog Beach, resting on opposite sides of the island's narrow central area. The White Beach faces westward and is the main tourism beach lined with hotels, lodging houses, restaurants, and a fascinating stretch of powdery white sand against azure water. The Bulabog Beach faces eastward and is the main windsurfing and kiteboarding area, with people doing high jumps and crazy tricks. A quiet stretch of white sand along the northern tip is the Puka Beach, again with shimmering waters and a soothing environ, famed for selling small puka shells and jewellery items to the residents and tourists.  The Baling High Beach is a quiet cove where you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling and dining in a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. There are some fantastic views from the cliff top restaurant and it would be interesting if this beach is included as a stop-off on an island tour. 

Leisure activities available on or near Boracay include scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, cliff diving, and rejuvenation on the beach.  Skimboarding has been a new fun sport for kids and entertainment for older for people, a welcome attraction and a pleasure to watch Entertainment is endless for those who visit the tropical island not just to relax and commune with nature, but also to get a taste of this Mecca of entertainment and the most happening island in Philippines, thereby proclaiming it as a wonderful place to dine, wine and enjoy a wide range of outdoor sports.

The island is a great delight for beach hoppers, and tourists would definitely adore strolling along the white and glittering sands or lazing in the sun bath or sitting in a shade under the palm trees that line the area.  The marine sports are great entertainers for young enthusiasts as they join expeditions to discover the undersea coral or a long trip to the deep sea diving to get a view of the unusual sea treasures. The island also has a golf course to keep the lovers of land sports occupied, and the fun does not end when the sun sets, as the nightlife is pulsating with many bars and restaurants, serving food, drink, and merry making till the early hours of the morning. Behold a festive spirit on the Philippines Holiday Package!

Cebu, an archipelago in the Philippines, is located to Leyte and Bohol’s west, and to the east of Negros.  Rugged mountains straddle its northern and southern borders, and its   rolling hills, limestone plateaus and plains, have endowed it with much natural beauty. 

It would be extremely important to tour the impressive Fort San Pedro, Lapu Lapu shrine, Magellan’s Cross, Magellan shrine, Basilica Minore del Santo Nino and the beautiful Taoist temple in an exquisite pagoda.  Cebu has several churches and shrines worth visiting and there are conducted tours to help you trace historic landmarks of this island city.  There is an afternoon tour through Cebu that lets you soak in the evening light and enjoy the scenic views, as you dine at a hilltop restaurant.  Bohol is famed for its mahogany forests and picture-postcard countryside.  Enjoy the rustic scenery and the seaside views of Mactan Island's northern tip and  drive through the coastal towns en route to Carcar to catch a glimpse of  the rural life in  their livelihood activities like shoemaking, delicacy cooking, woodcarving and Basket weaving.  Cebu isn’t called the "Pilgrimage City" for nothing, because as you follow its heritage trail, you would discover the original Santo Nino and move on to Mandaue's life-size statues of the Last Supper.

The Kawasan Waterfalls, about a 6-hour drive from Cebu, is a picnic hotspot, and one can trek around or swim there.  Island hopping is another attraction, especially to the islands of Hilutungan and Nalusuan, where you can swim or snorkel.  Sumilon Island has an 18th century watchtower and lighthouse, and is popular for swimming.  Cebu has a sprightly nightlife with a casino, nightclubs, discotheques, music lounges and cafes staying open till early morning. 

Shopping:

Shopping in Philipines is not focused to a particular product.  Manila has Spanish colonial trademarks, gigantic malls and a vibrant night life not only to give everyone the opportunity to travel and learn, but also to have a personal connect with itself. The place is also famous for selling flowers, herbal remedies, love potions, religious items and fortune tellers, as well as electronic goods (Raon St.) to native handicrafts and unique curios sold at Quinta Market. The Tourist Center in Boracay is a place where ATM's, beachwear, flight bookings and internet facilities are provided. There are a number of shops which offer the best selling bags, clothing, beach wear, photo equipment and toiletries.  Hats, towels and sunglasses are very common selling items in the island Footwear ranges from sandals, slippers and several other designer shoes. The book shops are also a major attraction in this place and there are outlets specializing in lampshades, fabrics, artworks and wall hangings, which are special in themselves.  This stuff is basically made by the creative artists of the island itself. Cebu is a modern island with huge bazaars.  There are numerous upscale and trendy boutiques, while its’ arts and crafts bazaar is popular with the residents and tourists.  Colon Street, said to be Philippines’ oldest street, has some of the finest boutiques selling chic clothes.  There are malls selling local goods to internationally-known brands. Mambaling has the finest paintings and there is a reputed lepido-mosaic artist, who collects the damaged wings of butterflies and creates artistic paintings with them.  For excellent embroidery and amazing carpets, Minglanilla is the place to reach.  There is a ready-made garment industry here.  Guitars made in Mactan and Maribago are a ‘must buy’. 

Cuisine:

Savour Filipino dishes on your vacation, which is inclusive of salted fish and rice, and others made with coconuts, plantains, mangoes and fish sauce. A favourite dish is the Halo-halo, made of fruits and is sweet.  Fast food has made its advent. Philippine food has evolved over several centuries from its Malayo-Polynesian origin to become a blended cuisine with Hispanic, Chinese, American and other Asian influences. Street Food, often described as "Pamatid Gutom" or food to tide over for a snack or as a meal,is  sold at small food stalls, food stands, or food carts set up in places.  Philippines  has most of the usual American fast food chains such as McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Pizza Hut, Subway, Dairy Queen, Shakey's Pizza, Taco Bell, Dunkin Donuts, TGIF, Italianni's, Outback, and KFC. Jollibee, which is the Filipino counterpart of McDonald's. Another spin-off to the spin-off  are the restaurants with  the theme being a country or provincial style menu  using banana leaf and cane and bamboo baskets as plates, and claypots as serving utensils, catering to the native food lovers. Coffee shops such as Starbucks and Seattle's Best have also recently become quite common in malls and commercial centers.  Drinking experience in the Philipines encourages a visit to beer gardens or beerhouses and it is befit to Call its capital city `Manila’ as the Dining and Drinking `State’ of Southeast Asia. Restaurants serve varied cuisine such as International, Filipino, Asian Sea Food, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and European with some joints full of steaks, sandwiches, snacks, cakes and patisserie. You would also find Indian restaurants serving the guests authentic north and south Indian cuisine, in thalis or on an a-la-carte basis.

Besides their traditional folk music and dance, Filipinos are fond of western and Asian films and music, reminding you of home.

Climate:

The Philippines has a tropical maritime climate and is usually hot and humid. There are three seasons: tag-init or tag-araw, the hot dry season or summer from March to May, tag-ulan, the rainy season from June to November, and tag-lamig, the cool dry season from December to February. The southwest monsoon from May to October is known as the Habagat, and the dry winds of the northeast monsoon are prevalent from November to April as known as the Amihan.. The coolest month is January and the warmest is May. However, it would be a super-duper celebration to travel on the Philippines Holiday Package throughout the year!  


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