The Philippines are made up of 7107 different islands which are spread across 1,840 kilometers from north to south. It is located southeast of China, with Taiwan at its northern coast and Borneo on the south. It is divided into three main island groups: Luzon up in the north, the Visayas in the middle and Mindanao, the land of promise, down south. Luzon is where most of the huge cosmopolitan districts in the Philippines are located, including the capital city of Manila.
We created this website as our English version of Philippinen Tours (visit also our German website www.philippinen-tours.de for more information). Most members of our team are not native English speakers – so we want to apologize for our sometimes quite simple English. But we hope that we can make it up by giving you a lot of helpful information and many interesting pictures of the Philippine islands!
In the Philippine archipelago you will find some of the country’s oldest tribal communities and colonial settlements, such as the Ifugaos of the Cordilleras and the Spanish town of Vigan which is in the north-west of the country. The Visayas is well known for its islands, festivals, beaches and place in Philippine history. Magellan was killed here by chieftain Lapu-Lapu. The Spaniards established their first settlement in Cebu and Gen. Douglas MacArthur landed in Leyte when he came back to the Philippines after promising, “I shall return”.
Mindanao is where you find the world’s largest clam, the largest eagle (the famous Philippine eagle) and the largest city (by area) which is Davao City. It is also home to the country’s Muslim population, especially in the ARMM region and Sulu area. Blessed by nature, Mindanao has something to offer every adventurous soul: unspoiled dive sites, forests to trek, peaks to scale and caves to discover.
Being in the center of travel routes between Asia, Europe and the US, the Philippines is very well accessible. Manila City is only about one hour and 40 minutes away from Hong Kong by airplane, 7 1/2 hours from Sydney / Australia, 17 hours from Europe and 15 hours from the American west coast.
The Filipinos are a lively mix of different races and cultures. Like other Southeast Asians, modern-day Filipinos trace their genetic roots back to an Australoid and Mongoloid stock. You will also find hints of Caucasian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian, Spanish and Arabic strains in their gene pool as well. They mostly look like Asians, worship like Spaniards (and are even more superstitious), write and speak and English like U.S.-Americans and act like everything in between. But to really comprehend the Filipinos, you have to look at the map.
The distance between all the islands and the mountain ranges that separate the communities on each side of these islands are the main reasons for the diversity of Filipino languages and traits. However, three endearing qualities are always true about every Filipino: a deep sense of family, a happy-go-lucky nature and an innate warm hospitality.