The Philippines, or Republic of the Philippines, is an island country with 7170 large and small islands in Southeast Asia. Due to its location, natural resources are extremely rich and diversified in biodiversity. With a total area of 300,000 square kilometers, it is the 64th largest country in the world, with 36,289 kilometers of coastline. The population of the Philippines exceeds 100 million, which makes it the seventh most populous country in Asia and the 12th in the world. The capital of the Philippines is Manila, and the most populous city is Quezon.
Christmas in the Philippines is one of the most important days in a year because the high proportion of the population in this country follows Catholic as the main religion. On Christmas day in 2002, the largest Christmas lantern in the world was lit in San Fernando Pampanga where has a nickname “Christmas Capital of the Philippines”. It has a diameter of about 25m and a cost of 5 million Philippine pesos to create.
Known as the land of typhoons and volcanoes, the Philippines regularly bears intense annual storms and still exists many active volcanoes such as Apo, Mayon, Pinatubo,…, in which Taal is a mysterious one with the most erratic activity among 22 active volcanoes.
Being formed a few million years ago, Taal is considered the smallest and lowest volcano in the world, the second most famous volcano in the Philippines after Pinatubo. Due to the accumulation of rainwater, there is a lake formed in the crater with a total area of about 300km², a width of 15km and a length of 25km.
The University of Santo Tomás in Manila is recognized as the largest Catholic university in the world. Besides, the Catholic University of Son Carlos in Cebu founded by a Spanish priest in the 1595s is the oldest university in Asia.
It is said that the islands and beaches in the Philippines are mysterious as the world of Pandora created in the famous movie Avatar by James Camaron. It seems impossible to find other coasts in the world that can be more beautiful than those in the Philippines, especially the ethereal beauty of White Beach in Boracay, which is known as the Queen of the beach.
This country is famous not only for its beauty of landscapes but also for the beauty of women. The Philippines has won at least 15 beauty awards in the world including 4 Miss Universe, 1 Miss World, 6 Miss International, 4 Miss Earth.