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El Nido view from the roof, Palawan, Philippines

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A: El Nido beach view, Philippines

por Evgeny Efimov, 10 metros de distancia

El Nido beach view, Philippines

B: View from the balcony in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

por Evgeny Efimov, 20 metros de distancia

View from the balcony in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

C: El Nido bus terminal, Palawan, Philippines

por Evgeny Efimov, 90 metros de distancia

El Nido bus terminal, Palawan, Philippines

D: El Nido Beach Philippines

por Dawid Gorny, 180 metros de distancia

El Nido Beach Philippines

E: El Nido coastline, Philippines

por Evgeny Efimov, 200 metros de distancia

El Nido coastline, Philippines

F: El Nido beach, Palawan, Philippines

por Evgeny Efimov, 260 metros de distancia

El Nido beach, Palawan, Philippines

G: El Nido Water

por Dawid Gorny, 270 metros de distancia

El Nido Water

H: Rainy El Nido beach, Palawan, Philippines

por Evgeny Efimov, 350 metros de distancia

Rainy El Nido beach, Palawan, Philippines

J: El Nido town center, Palawan, Philippines

por Evgeny Efimov, 440 metros de distancia

El Nido town center, Palawan, Philippines

Este panorama fue tomado en Philippines

Esta es una vista general de 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.

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