Philippines

The Philippines are an archipelago of more than seven thousand islands off the southeast coast of Asia. Only half of these islands have been named and roughly one thousand are inhabited. Look at how beautiful they are! People first arrived here from the mainland around 25,000 B.C. by crossing a land bridge which existed at the time.

The name comes from Ferdinand Magellan of Portugal, who explored the Philippines in 1521. He claimed them in service of Spain, naming them after Prince Philip. Spain controlled the Philippines for the next 350 years until the Philippine Revolution of 1896.

Here's a picture of Fort Santiago, where the national hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned prior to his execution. He was a poet and novelist who supported peaceful reform, rather than violent revolution, against the Spanish government.

This is one of poems in which he describes the creation of the world, as a gift to his mother:

"Say they that tell of the world, the first dawn of the sun, the first kiss that his bosom inflamed, when thousands of beings surged out of nothing, and peopled the depths, and to the heights mounted, to wherever his fecund kiss was implanted"

Violent revolution broke out anyway and the Philippines changed hands from Spanish, to American, to Japanese control over the next fifty years. Following World War Two they finally became an independent republic.

Back to the beautiful ocean! You can dream about the Cafe Del Mar resort next time you find your screen saver kicking in when you're still sitting at the desk staring blankly. There's a series of DJ mixes with this title but I don't know if it refers to the same place. I would not be surprised.

Annnnd to really get you buying your plane tickets...

the sunset over Borocay White Beach!

Text by Steve Smith.

Ruel Landrito
At The Green
Ruel Landrito
At Work
Kharg Nerpio
Las Cabanas Beach Resort
Kharg Nerpio
Cagbalete Island
Erik Bjers
General Pio Del Pilar
Erik Bjers
Green Belt Mall
Erik Bjers
Greenbelt Koi Pond
Michael Malag
Salcedo Park II
Rodrigo Belleza Jr.
Banyuhay Bridge - Manuel S. Enverga University
Luca Candela
Tagaytay Edit
Rommel Bundalian
Virgin Island, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines
Edwin Karganilla Jr.
Maria Aurora's Millennium Tree
Milo Timbol
Tunnel going to Angono Petroglyphs
Rommel Bundalian
360° View of Amphitheater Terraces of Batad - Banaue, Ifugao
Rommel Bundalian
360° View of Banaue Rice Terraces
Rommel Bundalian
Sherman Tank at Imugan
Rommel Bundalian
Rockies, Mt. Maculot
Rommel Bundalian
White Island
Rommel Bundalian
Anawangin Cove, Zambales, Philippines
Evgeny Efimov
Boracay waterfront, Philippines