2nd Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering

About the Philippines

The Philippines in the World


The Philippines is readily accessible from the travel capitals of the world. Traveling time to Manila from Hong Kong is 2 hours; from Singapore, 3 hours and 25 minutes; Bangkok, 3 hours and 15 minutes; Tokyo, 4 hours and 15 minutes; Sydney, 9 hours and 35 minutes; London, 14 hours; Paris, 14 hours and 45 minutes; Frankfurt, 14 hours and 10 minutes; San Francisco, 11 hours and 50 minutes; Los Angeles, 12 hours and 35 minutes; and New York, 18 hours.


makati skylineManila - A Cosmopolitan City in Asia


Fascination is an understatement of the feeling that one gets by visiting Manila , a lively metropolis commanding a magnificent view of the world-famous Manila Bay and its golden sunset. Historic, bustling, awe-inspiring, the "Philippine Cosmopolitan Capital" is a blend of cultures and flavors that offers an endless serving of places to see, sights to behold, and experiences to never forget.


Five-star hotels and restaurants, some of them housed in historic buildings, make the perfect party place in the city. The nightlife offers everything from dazzling cultural shows to futuristic discotheques, lively casinos, sensational entertainment lounges, and fashionable cafes. The popular districts of Malate and Ermita showcase a wild variety of restaurants, clubs, bars, cafes, art and antique shops - truly, the ultimate cosmopolitan paradise.


banaue rice terracesMore than the usual high and low rise


Wander over the world heritage site, Banaue Rice Terraces, Eighth Wonder of the World, carved from the high Cordilleras over 2,000 years ago. Behold the 500-year old mummies in Kabayan. Trek Mt. Pinatubo. View Taal Volcano, the smallest volcano in the world. Head for the 1,268 Chocolate Hills of Bohol. Top off your experience with an exhilirating ride on a canoe down an 8-kilometer Underground River in Sabang, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.


More than the usual wet and wild


A paradise blessed with gorgeous waterscapes, the Philippines is never lacking in today's liveliest water encounters. It has been described as the most exciting surfing destination in the world, with great waves like Cloud 9, Tuason Point, Majestic, and Cemento, all ranking among the world's best. Action Asia Magazine says, "The Philippines is to scuba divers whatboracay beach Switzerland is to skiers, Hawaii to surfers, and Nepal to mountaineers." And for white water action, there are attractions a-plenty - lakes, waterfalls, and rivers that create excellent kayaking and white water runs.


More than the usual sun, sea, and sand


Asia's beach capital - the Philippines: Long, white sand beaches, an immense variety of marine life, rare and exotic sea flora and fauna, even the tropical party lifestyle are all in abundance more than a rarity in this country. Evidently, the Philippines can very well be Asia's Beach Capital, what with 7,107 islands, and a coastline twice the length of that of the United States. It is also home to Boracay, whose four-kilometer White Beach has been hailed as the "finest beach in the world."


whale shark in donsol, sorsogonMore than the usual underwater view


A whale of an experience in Donsol, Sorsogon: In late 1997, the world discovered the huge schools of whale sharks that had been visiting the mouth of Donsol River for generations, oblivious to the small coastal community. Organized whale shark expeditions then transformed this sleepy, remote fishing village into a major eco-tourist destination almost overnight. Get ready to put on your gear, ease yourself quietly into the water, and swim alongside the world's largest fish, over 50 feet in length and 13 tons in weight, in the wondrous waters of Donsol.


Visit, Explore and Discover the Philippines.
Text from http://www.tourism.gov.ph



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