ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Las Islas Pilipinas (Islands of the Philippines Online)

Updated on September 28, 2013

It's More Fun In The Philippines

A view from my window seat on my last trip to the Philippines, showing our plane's wingtip, the curvature of the earth and clouds over the Pacific Ocean

Let The Journey Begin

Paradise Online

As the video says...

"We’re a country named after a Spanish King to which an American General vowed to return or as someone described out history “300 years in convent and 50 years in Hollywood”.

We’re made up of 7,107 big ,small, inhabited, tranquil, rocky, sandy, mountainous, foresty, elevated, underwater islands.

And one of them just for picnics...

We call them...

But you can call us the Philippines.

You can choose from Black sand, brown sand, gray sand, white sand, pink sand.

The world's no.1 tropical beach is only an hour from Manila. We have the most species in the least space of anywhere in the planet. Out of the world's 500 coral species, more than 400 are here, along with 12,000 plant species, 201 mammal species, 581 bird species, plus the sea cow, whale shark, mouse deer and an eagle that eats monkeys.

We speak over 176 local languages. But we love splaying around with English. We love food and we love being hospitable.

The Filipino word for "Hello" is "Have you eaten?". Our waiters love to sing. But they leave the dancing to our policemen or flight attendants.

The world's most perfect cone isn't found in an ice cream shop but in the shape of a volcano. Our chocolate hills are limestone.

Here a party is called a fiesta. We have rice fiestas, flower fiestas, giant fiestas, mask fiestas. We have one every day of the year and everyone's invited.

We have a boxer called Pacman, an actor named Dingdong,...and a fish called Maya-maya.

You could say we have a sense of humor. People say we're the warmest place on earth. Because everyone, absolutely everyone knows how to smile and have fun.

It's more fun in the Philippines."

Horse drawn carriages in Manila (1890s)

Philippine History

The Philippines was once (and still is) a bunch of islands (thousands of them) inhabited by locals who co-existed with other inhabitants and the occasional trader. Each small group of people were governed by one leader and they had a simple structure. They did have a language, a religion and a system of writing and all if not most could read and write.

This was the islands when the first Europeans came in 1521. This is also where the great explorer Ferdinand Magellan met his untimely death at the hands and the natives. But sure enough, the conquistadores came back to the islands, repeatedly and the islands finally became a Spanish colony from the 1570s, up to the late 1890s.

For three hundred years the Philippines flourished with the galleon trade where the East (Chinese and other goods) met the West (the Americas through Acapulco and Europe through Spain).

In the 1700s the British captured briefly the capital city of Manila, only to be taken back by Spain. But in the late 1800s (early 1900s) the Americans succeeded in taking over most of the country for good. The Japanese took over in World War II. And yes, General Douglas MacArthur did "return" to reclaim the Philippines for America and took charge a few more month when finally the Republic of the Philippines became sovereign in 1946.

Jeepneys and a tricycle in Manila (1980s)

About Me

Manila

This is where I was born, grew up, went to school in, worked, opened a business (and a few more), where I got married in, where I left from and where I come back to from time to time.

As it is, I may be physically 7,000 miles away from the Philippines, across the vast pacific ocean. But my heart and some times my mind is still there.

I am now an American citizen, my whole family are American citizens. My son was born in the USA and we pledge allegiance to the flag of our new home. But everything else about us are Filipinos.

As the song goes, Manila, I keep coming back to Manila. I do, physically and more often mentally and psychologically. And even though in the last ten years, I have only been back three times, I still am as Filipino as they come -- or so I think.



Video: Manila, Manila, I keep coming back to Manila (Performed by Hotdog)

Video: Awesome Philippines

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)