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A: Pasalubong at Tiongsan Shopping Bazaar Baguio City

by Alexis Estenor, 430 meters away

A must destination in Baguio City, especially for native delicacies is the Tiongsan Shopping Bazaar a...

Pasalubong at Tiongsan Shopping Bazaar Baguio City

B: Baguio Cathedral

by Michael Malag, 660 meters away

Baguio Cathedral

C: Burnham Park

by Michael Malag, 940 meters away

Burnham Park

D: Lake at Burnham Park, Baguio City, Philippines, with Janet Singcay

by JAN Maglasang, 940 meters away

Lake at Burnham Park, Baguio City, Philippines, with Janet Singcay.

Lake at Burnham Park, Baguio City, Philippines, with Janet Singcay

E: Burnham Park Lake, Baguio City

by JAN Maglasang, 940 meters away

This is the lake at Burnham Park, Baguio City.

Burnham Park Lake, Baguio City

F: Burnham Park Lake with Mercedes Maglasang

by JAN Maglasang, 940 meters away

Burnham Park Lake with Mercedes Maglasang

Burnham Park Lake with Mercedes Maglasang

G: Burnham Park Lake, Baguio, with Doching and Jenesa Narido

by JAN Maglasang, 940 meters away

Burnham Park Lake, Baguio, with Doching and Jenesa Narido

Burnham Park Lake, Baguio, with Doching and Jenesa Narido

H: Burnham Park Lake, Baguio City

by JAN Maglasang, 940 meters away

Burnham Park Lake, Baguio City

Burnham Park Lake, Baguio City

I: Viewing Deck of SM Baguio

by Milo Timbol, 1.1 km away

This is the view from the 3rd floor viewing deck of SM Baguio For more 360 Virtual Tours of the phili...

Viewing Deck of SM Baguio

J: SM City Baguio

by Michael Malag, 1.1 km away

SM City Baguio

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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