The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands and 22,549 miles of coastline, which makes it the country with the 5th largest coastline in the world. It is truly Heaven on Earth.
For those interested in taking a nice relaxing beach vacation the Philippine Islands is the place to be. The beaches are definitely the best in the world. Including: Boracay (the party spot), Pagudpud (surfers paradise), Mactan Island (amazing night life), Panglao (divers playground), Camiguin (Garden of Eden), Dakak (family getaway), Honda Bay (amazing marine life), El Nido (peaceful getaway), Pearl Farm (treasure awaits), Siargao (more surfing fun).
When you need a break from the beach there's plenty more to see. Including: Intramuros (the walled city of Manila, built by the Spanish in the 16th century), the Chocolate Hills, the Hanging Coffins of Sagada, the Banaue Rice Terraces, Taal Volcano, Mt. Pinatubo, the Hundred Islands, Tubbataha Reef, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Mt. Apo, the Bangui Wind Farm, the old Paoay Church, Bataan and Corregidor, Mt. Guiting-guiting, the “bonsai forest” at Mt. Hamiguitan, and lots, lots more.
What should you bring when you go to the Philippines? Your smile. Everything you need is there, and is very affordable. Don't worry about renting a vehicle either. There's plenty of cheap transportation. The people of the Philippines are warm and friendly, and always willing to show their guests a good time. When is the best time to visit? Anytime. There's always something to see and do in the Philippines.
Republic of the Phlippines: Capital: Manila, Government Type: Republic, National Anthem: "Lupang Hinirang" (Chosen Land), Independence: 12 June 1898 (independence proclaimed from Spain); 4 July 1946 (from the US), Largest City: Quezon City, National Language: Filipino (Tagalog and English), Currency: Filipino Piso (Php), Size: 116,000 square miles, Climate: tropical maritime, Religion: Christian 90% (Mostly Catholic), Islam 5%, Buddhism 2.5%, other 2.1%, none 0.4%, Population: 94,013,200 (2010) up from 88,574,614 (2007)