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Nearby images in Philippines


A: Sunday afternoon in class

by Lauren Malcampo, less than 10 meters away

Sunday afternoon in class

B: empty warehouse

by Lauren Malcampo, less than 10 meters away

empty warehouse

C: where did everyone go?

by Lauren Malcampo, less than 10 meters away

where did everyone go?

D: Sunday in class

by Lauren Malcampo, less than 10 meters away

Sunday in class

E: Quiapo

by Willy Kaemena, 120 meters away

Pedestrian Bridge over Quezon Boulevard in Manila Quiapo


F: Quiapo Church

by Willy Kaemena, 130 meters away

Quiapo Church is the most famous church in the Philippines. Known as  Minor Basilica of the Black Naz...

Quiapo Church

G: Manila - Quiapo Market

by Willy Kaemena, 250 meters away

Wikipedia: "Quiapo is a district and city square of Manila. It derives its name from the water cabbag...

Manila -  Quiapo Market

H: Shanty Town

by Willy Kaemena, 560 meters away

Manila is a town of harsh contrasts. Here it seems they tried to  construct a fancy facade in order t...

Shanty Town

I: Manila San Sebastian Church

by Fung Yu, 570 meters away

Manila San Sebastian Church

J: Jones bridge in Binondo

by Fung Yu, 840 meters away

View 5 meters below Jones bridge in Manila.

Jones bridge in Binondo

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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