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The Philippines is an archipelago in Southeast Asia and as a country which is composed of 7,107 islands, one word that would best describe the Philippines, would be diversity. With over 150 languages and about 100 ethnic groups scattered throughout the country, it is not surprising that each region has cultural elements unique to the area. From European-style business districts such as Makati in Manila to the poorest mountain areas, nearly all social and cultural structures are present in the Philippines as an island nation.

If you travel throughout the country, you will find a world so unique from the rest. Their colorful and lively culture makes them distinctly Filipino. Most provinces have their own identifying festivity wherein they showcase the elegance and beauty of the way they do things, the way they dress, the way they see things as they have been influenced by the events that happened in their history.

Filipinos see things in a different perspective. On the first glance, people seem to live stoically and do nothing but wait for the evening so that again another day of their life is over. But if one looks a little closer, then he will find a nation that has learned to live with what is feasible and make the best out of it. Some races lose laughter and good mood when facing all the worries and risk of job loss and low tide in their wallets. But for the broad masses of people in the Philippines, it is the most normal thing in the world even if they live in bamboo huts and do not quite know what to eat in the evening. That's the way it is in the Philippines - no reason to mope. And certainly there's no reason not to enjoy life through laughter.

The Filipino people's hospitability and acceptance of others has added to the cultural diversity and created a way of life that blends foreign culture with native customs. So it's almost normal that from a poor bamboo hut which commonly lines the streets and roads, one can suddenly hear the latest music with a volume that is believed to be in a disco. And of course most of the teens, which live in one of these cottages have mobile phone which they tap around enthusiastically as most foreign youths do. Writing text messages is one of the favorite hobbies of Filipino kids.

The Philippine Islands are blessed with gorgeous beaches; they have mineral resources and are covered by tropical forests and vast areas where rice and a variety of exotic fruits grow. In a predominantly Christian population, traditional values and family are upheld.

In these pages we want to introduce you to the Philippines - of its most beautiful faces to the less beautiful, which unfortunately do exist too. Discover with us the Philippine Islands, its inhabitants and their traditions.

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