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A: Maria Cristina Falls

by Rommel Bundalian, 14.4 km away

Maria Cristina Falls - The most resplendent among the 20 plus waterfalls.Also known as the "Mother of...

Maria Cristina Falls

B: Tinago Falls

by Rommel Bundalian, 16.8 km away

Tinago Falls

C: Mimbalut

by Rommel Bundalian, 17.0 km away

Mimbalut

D: Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

by Rommel Bundalian, 32.0 km away

Cagayan de Oro - White Water Rafting

Cagayan de Oro White Water Rafting

E: Philippines, Ozamiz City, Bethany Resort Hotel, Swimming Pool

by JAN Maglasang, 51.5 km away

This is the swimming pool of the Bethany Resort Hotel at Ozamiz City, Mindanao Island, Philippines.  ...

Philippines, Ozamiz City, Bethany Resort Hotel, Swimming Pool

F: Misamis Institute of Technology quadrangle

by JAN Maglasang, 53.8 km away

This is quadrangle of the Misamis Institute of Technology (MIT).  MIT is among the best maritime scho...

Misamis Institute of Technology quadrangle

G: Highway, Banadero, Ozamiz City

by JAN Maglasang, 53.8 km away

Highway, Banadero, Ozamiz City, going to Tangub, Misamis Occidental; Molave, Zamboanga del Sur, and b...

Highway, Banadero, Ozamiz City

H: Lobby of OLT Ozamiz City

by JAN Maglasang, 53.8 km away

Lobby of OLT Ozamiz City

Lobby of OLT Ozamiz City

I: Corner entrance to Josefina, Zamboanga del Sur

by JAN Maglasang, 83.8 km away

Corner entrance to Josefina, Zamboanga del Sur.

Corner entrance to Josefina, Zamboanga del Sur

J: Ancestral House, Josefina, Zamboanga del Sur with Mommy, Tata & Fe Maglasang and family

by JAN Maglasang, 83.9 km away

Ancestral House, Josefina, Zamboanga del Sur with Mommy, Tata & Fe Maglasang and family

Ancestral House, Josefina, Zamboanga del Sur with Mommy, Tata & Fe Maglasang and family

This panorama was taken in Philippines

This is an overview of 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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