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Crossroads on Boracay island, Philippines

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A: White Beach on Station 1, Boracay, Philippines

di Evgeny Efimov, 210 metri di distanza

White Beach on Station 1, Boracay, Philippines

B: Boracay Island

di Fung Yu, 250 metri di distanza

The world-famous white sand beach of Boracay island in the Philippines.

Boracay Island

C: Kitesurfing beach, Philippines

di Evgeny Efimov, 480 metri di distanza

Kitesurfing beach, Philippines

D: Kitesurfers on Boracay island, Philippines

di Evgeny Efimov, 540 metri di distanza

Kitesurfers on Boracay island, Philippines

E: Cafe del Mar

di Willy Kaemena, 540 metri di distanza

Boracay Island - White Beach

Cafe del Mar

F: Boracay Island Philippines

di Glen Claydon, 580 metri di distanza

This was taken just at the end of the summer season. There was a big typhoon that passed a few days e...

Boracay Island Philippines

G: Commercial Area

di Willy Kaemena, 620 metri di distanza

Not far from White Beach right in the middle of the island, is the commercial area of Boracay. During...

Commercial Area

H: Sunset

di Willy Kaemena, 660 metri di distanza

Sunset at white beach on Boracay island / Philippines

Sunset

I: Boracay's kitesurfing beach, Philippines

di Evgeny Efimov, 660 metri di distanza

Boracay's kitesurfing beach, Philippines

J: After Sunset

di Willy Kaemena, 720 metri di distanza

Boracay White Beach.  After sunset the beach transforms in a 4km barbeque.  Philippines Feb. 2009

After Sunset

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Philippines

Questa è una vista generale di 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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