About the Philippines

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About The Philippines

Whether you're a thrill-seeker or a soul-searcher, you can find something fun with featured Philippine events this 2015.

Discover your rhythm in music, arts, and entertainment with concerts, musicals, exhibits, and more. Or if it's shopping and special events you want, head over to the lifestyle section where you can learn, play, and connect with things that interest you.

Unearth Philippine history and culture with walking tours, food trips, and festivities. With 7,107 islands to explore, you can get a more fun workout even if you're here for work.

Visit Philippines Year 2015 is your official calendar guide to year-round activities. Plan ahead, book a flight, and experience a more fun year!

The Philippines consists of 7107 islands.

Most of the islands are very small. Many  of these small islands as well as the bigger islands, have a lot to offer to tourists. There are many possibilities for typical "sun, sea and beach holidays" and for specific adventure holidays.

You can even meet the whale sharks and swim close to them. For tourists who want to discover geographically interesting landscapes or who want to meet mountain tribes, the Philippines has it all!

fast-fact-about-philippines• The Philippines is named after King Philip II of Spain. Explorer Ruy López de Villalobos named the Eastern Visayas Felipenas first, and the name was later applied to the entire archipelago. The country’s official name is the Republic of the Philippines

• The Philippines was the first country in Southeast Asia to gain independence after World War II, in 1946.

• The national symbol of the Philippines is the Philippine, or monkey-eating, eagle. It is the largest of all eagles and was declared the national bird of the Philippines in 1995. It stands up to 3.3 feet (1 m) in height and has a wingspan of almost 7 feet (2 m). It is critically endangered; there may only be around 180–500 eagles remaining. Killing one is punishable by Philippine law by 12 years in jail and a heavy fine.

• The Philippines has the highest rate of discovery of new animal species with 16 new species of mammals discovered just in the last 10 years.

• The Philippines is the only country in the world whose flag is hoisted upside down when the country is at war.

• The jeepney is sometimes referred to as the “King of the Philippine roads.” It is a descendant of the Jeeps American troops drove in the Philippines during World War II. Second- and third-generation jeepneys have air conditioning units and closely resemble minibuses. They can carry up to 16 passengers.

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