The Philippines is called Asia’s pearl of the orient for the richness of its culture and the beauty of its landscape. It is home to centuries old churches, turn of the century mansions, ancient forts and modern museums. The Philippines is an archipelago comprising 7,100 islands. With its extensive coastline, the country offers the best of island beaches, white sand blue water teeming with marine life, corals and lush foliage. The Philippines is blessed with a moderate climate making it an ideal sun holiday destination.
The Philippines is home to a warm, hospitable, largely English speaking population. The legendary Filipino hospitality has become a trademark of our people. This, plus the unique Spanish and American cultural influences make the country one of the more convenient travel destinations in Asia. The three main Philippine island groups are Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.
The Philippines is the prime mover in convention organization in Asia. Manila boasts of a pool of experienced manpower capable of providing your utmost need. The country has hosted some of the biggest and most prestigious international conferences like the: (1) The Asian Pacific Society of Respirology 15th Congress; (2) IMF-World Bank Conference; (3) Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit; (4) World Congress of Cardiology; (5) World Congress of Pediatrics; and (6) World Tourism Conference, as well as popular international events such as the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant and the Manila International Film Festival.
The Filipinos are a warm and friendly people known for their hospitality and irrepressible sense of humor. They are fun loving and easy going, but more than that, they know how to make their guests share their joy and make them truly welcome.
Come to the Philippines and experience our culture and the arts, appreciate our history, admire heritage destinations, behold our unique tropical landscapes, enjoy exciting nighttime activities, shop in bargain malls and town centers, discover the hospitality and tranquility in one of the most beautiful mix of 7,107 islands in the Asia-Pacific Region that are absolutely beyond the usual…
Metro Manila, the MEGA CITY by the Bay
The capital of the Philippines – its heart and soul – is Manila. It sets the archipelago’s rhythm and is a pulsating hub that blends the Oriental with the Occidental, the quaint with the modern, the mundane with the extraordinary.
At the heart of Manila’s history is Intramuros. It features the grand Manila Cathedral with its detailed stone carvings and stained glass mosaics; Fort Santiago, the site of torture chambers and dungeons; and the favorite wedding spot, the San Agustin Church.
Greater Manila, made up of 11 cities and 5 towns, is where the country’s most prestigious business address and the trendiest leisure establishments are found. Fashionable hotels, restaurants, discos, music bars, boutiques, and specialty shops converge around the sleek Ayala and Ortigas Centers.
Other major cities include Quezon City, also an entertainment hub as well as a government center; Marikina City, the shoe center of the Philippines; Parañaque City, known for its dry goods and seafood markets and restaurants; and Las Piñas City, which houses the world’s only bamboo organ at St. Joseph’s Parish Church.
Calabarzon, comprised of the five provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon, is only a few hours away from Manila. The area boasts of great destinations and leisure activities for day trips or overnight getaways as well as export processing centers.
MUSEUMS · The u-shaped government belt within Luneta features the National Museum, the Museum of Filipino people, and the Department of Tourism building, future address of the Museum for Natural Sciences.
TOURIST BELT · A stone’s throw away from Rizal Park are the Ermita and Malate district, known as Manila’s Tourist Belt. Ermita is antique and art galleries, curio and souvenir shops while Malate is cozy cafés, music lounges, and performance theaters.
SUNSET BOULEVARD · Roxas Boulevard, which extends from Parañaque City to Manila, is the bay area from where one can have a view of the famed Manila sunset. It is also lined with posh hotels, casinos and lively nightspots. The Baywalk, a promenade along the boulevard, features bars and restaurants with nightly entertainment.