Sam's Travels to the Exotic Philippines
My first trip to the Philippines was in April 2005, when I visited its capital, Manila. It is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay on the largest and northernmost Philippine island, Luzon. While it has several historic landmarks, the highlight was meeting, talking to and photographing its beautiful people.
"The Republic of the Philippines is a country in South East Asia, located in the western Pacific Ocean some 1,210 km (750 mi) from mainland Asia. It consists of the 7,107 Philippine Islands and forms in physical geography a part of the Malay Archipelago. The 333 years as a Spanish colony (1565-1898) and 48 years as an American protectorate (1898-1946) have been the greatest influences on Philippine culture. It is, with East Timor, one of the two predominantly Catholic nations in Southeast Asia. It is also one of the most westernized nations in the region with a unique blend of East and West.
The Philippines was the most developed country in Asia immediately following World War II, but has since lagged behind other countries because of poor economic growth, government confiscation of wealth, widespread corruption, and neo-colonial influences. Currently, the country attains a moderate economic growth, buoyed by remittances by its large, overseas Filipino workforce and booming information technology."
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