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Useful background information

History    A long and turbulent history

The history of the Philippines begins with the arrival of the first humans in the Philippines by land bridges at least 30,000 years ago. The first recorded visit from the West is the arrival of Ferdinand Magellan on Homonhon Island, southeast of Samar on March 16, 1521.

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Geography    Maps, Volcanoes, Earthquakes and more

The Philippines are within the "Pacific Ring of Fire". There are 37 volcanoes in the Philippines, of which 22 are still active volcanoes. - Three tectonic plates meet in the Philippines' underground and make us shake daily. - We link the best maps and provide thematic maps with multiple overlays.

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Health    Malaria, Dengue, Cholera, Typhoid and Hepatitis

Most travelers do know the "Big Five": Malaria, Dengue, Cholera, Typhoid and Hepatitis and do have all routine immunizations. But there are lots of "small" diseases and injuries that can make your holiday trip a trip to hell. Ask for a local doctor and immediately consult him/her.

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Money      Money matters

In December 2010 the Philiipine Central Bank (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas) started the circulation of a a new set of banknotes. The old banknotes have expired by end of 2016. Compare the bills. - Everything about money changers and ATM.

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Culture      The culture of the Philippines

When we travel in the Philippines, we look for cultural events and sites. Read more about literature, painting, music, dance, theatre and art. You can see, feel and live the remains of past invasions, the last intruder having usually left the still strongest evidence.

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Holidays      Holidays and Fiestas

An inherent part of the Filipino spirit is the joy of life and there are few, if any, races on the planet that can match them in their fervor to celebrate their blessings, commemorate their past or observe solemn religious rituals.

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Photos      Our best photos

When we travel in the Philippines, about 3 months each year, we take our cameras with us. We publish the travel pictures on another website, but they are now integrated in "Silent Gardens". Have a look ...

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