An Introduction to Philippines

 

The Philippines is in Southeast Asia and is the second largest archipelago in the world. It stretches from the south of China to the northern tip of Borneo.

 

It is composed of 7,107 islands: Its length measures 1,850 kilometers (1,150 miles), starting from the point near the southern tip of Taiwan and ending close to northern Borneo. Its breadth is about 965 kilometers (600 miles). The Philippine coastline adds up to 17,500 km (nearly 11,000 miles). Three prominent bodies of water surround the archipelago: the Pacific Ocean on the east, the South China Sea on the west and north, and the Celebes Sea on the south. This position accounts for much of the variations in geographic, climatic and vegetation conditions in the country.

 

The topography of the bigger islands - particularly Luzon and Mindanao - is characterized by alluvial plains, narrow valleys, rolling hills and high mountains. The highest mountains are found in Mindanao and Luzon, with the altitudes varying from 1,790 to 3,144 meters. Most of the smaller islands are mountainous in the interior, surrounded by narrow strips of discontinuous flat lowlands which constitute the coastal rims. The shorelines of both large and small islands are irregular.

 

The Philippines' fertile land accounts for the more than 900 species of orchids representing 100 genera that have been found. The sampaguita is the national flower.

 

Among the country's fauna are some endangered species like the Philippine eagle, the tarsier, and the mouse deer.

 

The country is marked by a blend of cultures; truly in the Philippines, east meets west. The background of the people is Indonesian and Malay. There are Chinese and Spanish elements as well. The history of American rule and contact with merchants and traders culminated in a unique blend of East and West, both in the appearance and culture of the people of the Philippines (Filipinos).

 

Hospitality, a trait displayed by every Filipino, makes these people legendary in Southeast Asia. Seldom can you find such hospitable people who enjoy the company of their Western visitors. Perhaps due to their long association with Spain, Filipinos are emotional and passionate about life, in a way that seems more Latin than Asian.

 

The Philippines offers a wonderful diversity of under-water life, both large and small and a profusion of wrecks. Its reputation in the diving-world is attracting even the most seasoned of divers who is seeking new experiences and adventures - Be one of those divers and contact us today to begin your journey.

 

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