The Philippines is an archipelago nation made up of 7,107 islands
spanning 1,840 kilometers north to south. It is part of the East
Indies, a vast island group Lying south and east of mainland Asia,
with Taiwan at it northernmost coast and Borneo on the south. The
three main Philippine Island groups are Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.
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Luzon is an island of contrasts. The most modern districts in the
Philippines, including the capital city of Manila, are in Luzon,
but so are some of the oldest tribal communities in the nation like
the Ifugao of Cordilleras. Luzon is also where a visitor can see
the latest model luxury cars overtaking a carabao sled or modern
skyscrapers within driving distance of primordial volcanoes.
Visayas is famous for its charm, a trait shared by many other southern
regions in the world, but here seems to run deeper among a people
who are intrinsically connected to their sun soaked island home.
Visayas is also famous as a seat of history, being one of the earliest
Landfalls of western voyagers. It has also gained a reputation as
being a cradle of the nation's future, if the unprecedented economic
growth of Cebu City continues.
Mindanao is our offering to the Guinness Book of Records with the
world's largest clam; world's largest Eagle, nation's highest peak
and the world's largest city. Mindanao is also home to Philippine
With a land mass of 300, 780 square kilometers, Philippines is
considered a medium- sized nation, about two- thirds the size of
its first colonizer, Spain and a little larger than the British
Isles. Manila is only one hour and 40 minutes from Hong Kong by
jet; Sydney only 7 1/2 hours away. Flights to Europe take 17 hours
and to the American West Coast 15 hours.