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7 Natural Wonders...of the Philippines

Updated on July 10, 2010

If you are fond of traveling and visiting other places, Philippines should be a part of your itinerary. You’ll find everything that you want here – beautiful places, delicious food and friendly people. You’ll definitely never run out of things to do (and see) here in my country.

As part of my countdown before hitting the second “hub” milestone (this is my 48th hub), I would like to present to the readers the natural wonders of the Philippines. There are many, believe me, but in the interest of space (and time), I have limited them to seven. These are by no means official but these are made by nature and are some of the top tourist destinations in my country. So read on and enjoy the pictures.

Banaue Rice Terraces

Widely considered as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, the Banaue Rice Terraces are already 2,000 years old. They were carved in the Ifugao mountains and were (are still, actually) used for planting rice and vegetables. These rice terraces were largely believed to be made by hand (with minimal or no equipment at all). Spanning about 4,000 miles, these rice terraces are said to go around half the globe if the “steps” are placed side by side. It is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

Courtesy of: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/17/Rice_Terraces_Banaue.jpg
Courtesy of: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/17/Rice_Terraces_Banaue.jpg

Tubbataha Reef

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tubbataha Reef is home to very beautiful corral reefs. It is located in Sulu Sea (about 150 kilometers southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan) and houses a lot of marine creatures. The reef was declared a national marine park by the then-President Cory Aquino in 1988. It is open for divers from around the world from March to June of every year.

Courtesy of: http://www.thinkphilippines.com/pictures/tubbataha-reef1.jpg
Courtesy of: http://www.thinkphilippines.com/pictures/tubbataha-reef1.jpg

Mayon Volcano

Located in Legaspi City, this is one of the most active (if not the most active) volcano in the country. It is known for its near-perfect cone and is also the mountaineers’ favorite because of the challenge of climbing this volcano. Seen near the volcano is the bell tower of the church of the town of Cagsawa, the only reminder of its most destructive eruption on Feb. 1, 1814.

Mayon Volcano with the bell tower in front. Courtesy of: http://media.photobucket.com/image/mayon%20volcano/Pnong_pino/5.jpg
Mayon Volcano with the bell tower in front. Courtesy of: http://media.photobucket.com/image/mayon%20volcano/Pnong_pino/5.jpg

The Hundred Islands

These hundred islands are located in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. The age of these islands? Approximately 2.0 million years old. They are actually “ancient corals that extend well inland”. Of all the islands, only three are actually developed for tourism: Governor Island, Quezon Island and Children’s Island. The islands cover about 18.44 square kilometers.


Courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HundredIslandsNationalPark20050420.jpg
Courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HundredIslandsNationalPark20050420.jpg

Taal Volcano

Another one of the active volcanoes in the country, Taal Volcano is located between the towns of Talisay and San Nicolas in Batangas. It is considered an island inside Taal Lake, a body of water surrounding the volcano which is actually believed to be a former crater or mouth of a larger volcano. It is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, making it very volatile. The volcano has become a very famous tourist spot; as a result, various establishments have been set up surrounding the lake. Due to its proximity to these establishments and human activities, the volcano is kept under close, tight watch for any signs of volcanic activities.


Courtesy of: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1060/541816359_9c44a89af4.jpg
Courtesy of: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1060/541816359_9c44a89af4.jpg

The Chocolate Hills

Another one of Philippine’s pride, this one is located in Bohol and is considered one of this place’s most famous attractions. The number of hills varies. Some say about 1,200 hills, others about 1,700 hills. Regardless of the number, the hills are, more or less, uniform in shape (about 30 to 50 meters). Why are they called chocolate hills? Because these hills are covered in grass, which during the end of the summer months, turn chocolate brown.

Courtesy of: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/136/336635045_2b8cab156b_o.jpg
Courtesy of: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/136/336635045_2b8cab156b_o.jpg

Mount Makiling (or Mount Maquiling)

This one is a “dormant” or potentially-active volcano. Located in Laguna, it is one of the most popular destinations for hikers. There are actually roads going up this mountain but if you really want to see its beauty, you have to veer away from these roads and hike on foot. This mountain has a lot of hot springs inside, which are the source of the hot spring resorts surrounding the mountain. Part of Mount Makiling is located in the University of the Philippines, the premier university of the country and one of the designated caretakers of this lovely mountain. From afar, the mountain looks like a reclining lady, said to be Maria Makiling, the “guardian” of the mountain.

Courtesy of: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1086/737951237_06aba45ce2.jpg?v=0
Courtesy of: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1086/737951237_06aba45ce2.jpg?v=0

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      Stella 23 months ago

      I love Philippines but my last trip to Thailand was also amazing. I never did skydiving and it was my first experience and it was thrilling. I found low cost price on http://www.skyjetairtravel.co.uk from London to Thailand.

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      Lester Moore Lambac 2 years ago

      Great top list of tourist spots in the Philippines. I have also written a blog post about Top 10 Tourist in the Philippines. Find out here in http://touristspotsfinder.com/

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The Philippines offer so many natural beauties. I heard Camiguin is really beautiful

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      cassy 3 years ago

      amazing

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      hershey caga 3 years ago

      so beautiful i love it

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      bella34 3 years ago

      Nice hub!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Although my wife and I have several Filipino and Filipina friends, they never told us about these places. So next time I meet them, and it could be as early as Thursday, I am going to complaint that they didn't lol.

      With all these natural wonders, plus an opportunity to see the giant and elegant Philippine eagle, my family is going to have a helluva time in Philippines.

      Thank you for sharing such a positive hub on this country that we love dearly because of our friends.

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      tastiger04 4 years ago

      So many great places to see! I have been to Taal Volcano, I will have to visit the rest! :)

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      Yorja Rahmani 4 years ago from India

      Wow. So many of God's incredible creations. That Chocolate Hills look funny. Only if the ground was really made of chocolate, I will become a cow.

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      Gago You 4 years ago

      Walang Palawan cave bakit.

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      hana emily 4 years ago

      are you sure

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      gio 5 years ago

      i love it

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      sonofman 5 years ago

      the Philippines is the beloved city of GOD as mentioned in revelation

      in the Bible....

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      jean 5 years ago

      love it

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      jean 5 years ago

      love it

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      prea 5 years ago from Philippines

      great hub :)

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      arvin 5 years ago

      sobrang gnda tlaga d2 s pilipinas.....

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      Shena Jane 5 years ago

      It's really amazing to see our naturals wonder

      http://shenajaneazores.blogspot.com/

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      alyz 5 years ago

      the good thing is there are still a lot more beautiful places in the Philippines.

      try to see here

      http://alyzamonicaaguilar.blogspot.com

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      julieivieorido 5 years ago

      Philippines is really gifted.

      To see more interesting things about it, visit this http://julieivieorido.blogspot.com/.

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      jeanihess 5 years ago from Cape Town South Africa

      Beautiful and interesting:)

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      DIANA JANE CENIZA 5 years ago

      I LOVE 2 LIVE IN PHILIPPINES

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      lance 5 years ago

      anganda talaga ng tanawin ang pinoy

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      aeron capalad 5 years ago

      the country of phil. are beautiful

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      Vacation quest 5 years ago

      It's really a good place for enjoying travel.I eager to know about this great place.

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      jeric afunay 5 years ago

      wag namang sirain ang kalikasan

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      jewelryn dullano dadivas 5 years ago

      how great thy CREATOR who made this gift of nature........

      lets hold in hand in preserving His blessings to the Filipinos!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      kris formalejo 5 years ago

      ang ganda nang philippines im really love my own and native land

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      perla lozano 5 years ago

      yes, philippines tourist spots is so beautiful especially here in davao city.

      yes philippines

      yes, there are

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      Shena Jane Azores 5 years ago

      it is really amazing to see our Natural Wonders in our country..and i like the picture image though it's to far for me to go there but because your site...i already see the natural wonders "Discover the Natural Wonders in the Philippines"

      http://shenajaneazores.blogspot.com/

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      katrina 5 years ago

      thanks cause i got the answers here because we have an assignment

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      fiona angelica flores 5 years ago

      i lyk our 7 wonders in the philippines ... so nyc..

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      sugandh 5 years ago

      nice nature image

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      I lyk that^

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      soul 5 years ago

      XIE XIE TILIM

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      john renzo 5 years ago

      ilike this nature

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      kyle joshua :) 5 years ago

      I Love my Country PHILIPPINES :)

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      PHOEBE 5 years ago

      WIW ANG GANDA ..GRAVEH.TALAGA C GOD WALANG KAPANTAY..HOOOOOO LOVE IT.

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      zaivhen 5 years ago

      love those pic!!!!!!?

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      Roland The Great 5 years ago

      What a nice places, someday i'll see the beautiful places :)

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      emievil 5 years ago from Philippines

      Sorry Angel, hanggang 7 lang ang kaya ko.

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      angel 5 years ago

      wla ang laoag city mganda nman po xa huhuh

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      lzlpio90 5 years ago

      yes, yes, yes,,beautiful country, beautiful people and beautiful landscapes... that is Philippines!!!

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      mauris alzona 5 years ago

      napaka ganda ng pilipinas hindi ko akalain na may ganitong kagandang lugar sa ating bansa ...

      ( WONDERFUL )

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      tengcabual 5 years ago

      Philippine Palawan underground river is nice... Wow the best...

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      maryjoy 5 years ago

      wow! philippines ganda talaga ng mga tourispots

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      Neil Yuan reyes 5 years ago

      its nice to see this photo's ^^

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      lapzz mamalo 5 years ago

      ,,,i'm proud 2 be a Pilipino,,, ganda ng Pinas!!!!!!!!!!1

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      nilda midelo 5 years ago

      i know that every filipino deserve this

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      dadzkie 5 years ago

      hi there....nice infos for us Filipinos..but to add for that natural wonder pls help vote PPUP (Puerto Palawan Underground River)pls click below

      http://www.new7wonders.com/vote-2

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      leniejoy 5 years ago

      very nice so beautiful palawan.,:)

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      graizel anne 5 years ago

      wow...philippines ang ganda mo talaga!

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      jayson 5 years ago

      wow!!!! its so nice to be here in the philippines. there are so many beautiful places and also girls..

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      andrew 5 years ago

      ganda mo

      ganda ko

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      Abdulrahman edtiG 5 years ago

      Ya alLAH ur createD is verRY wonderfFUL and Nice view..

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      ernalyn 5 years ago

      what a wonderful place here in philippines...that's why i loved to live here

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      Prisana Nuechterlein 5 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

      Beautiful and informative hub!

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      collin 5 years ago

      ganda tagala nang atin kultur nu

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      albert 5 years ago

      the best ang gandda ng pilipinas")

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      graciela 6 years ago

      makiisa sa campaign na no to mining in palawan please

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      Jom 6 years ago

      Ifugao Rice Terraces is not a natural wonder, it's a man-made wonder. That should not be included in the list.

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      Jhem Regunan 6 years ago

      That's the creation of God!!!!ang gaganda talaga ng mga nilikha ng Diyos sa pilipinas!kaya dapat paka-ingatan natin ang kayang mga nilikha dahil lahat ng yan ay biyya ng Panginoon.....

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      pasaway 6 years ago

      i like it....its nice....

      so we have to be proud to our country...

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      CatsHere! 6 years ago

      NICE!

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      sophia lyn vequizo  6 years ago

      maganda talaga ang pilipinas dapat lng ipagyabang

      mabuhay ang pilipinas

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      wayne 6 years ago

      thanks because you said philippines is beautiful

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      wayne 6 years ago

      yes nakita rin

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a wonderful hub. I love exploring different countries at HubPages. I would really like to see the Philippines in person, but there are so many countries that I want to visit that I don’t know how I will find the time or the money! Your photos show very interesting geography. I am interested in animals and would especially like to explore the Tubbataha Reef. Thank you for the information.

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      emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks Jimmsparks.

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      Jimmsparks 6 years ago

      Philippines is one of the most beautiful country I've seen. You guys are blessed with great wonders. Maybe I could visit there some time during summer.

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      walang katulad ang pilipinas 6 years ago

      wala nang katulad ang pilipinas ..wala na siguro makakatalo pa..Philippines is the best..

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      ruzielito & richardo 6 years ago

      the philippines have the most beatiful view of all...it can relax our stress body......

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      Paulyn 6 years ago

      Wow..super duper.grbe ang gnda ng phIlipPines n0h??

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      Boracay Hotels 6 years ago

      Panalo talaga sa kagandahan ang Pilipinas.. kaya dapat ipag malaki natin to mga Pinoy.. kaya naman madaming tourist dito sa ating bansa dahil sa kanila walang ganan.. ehhehe.. diba.. TAMA... Pati Boracay ngayon sikat na.. Boracay Hotels

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      james 6 years ago

      wala ako masabi sa ganda ng pilipinas akal ng iba buro basura dito satin pero nagkakamali sila may ipagmamalaki din tayo

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      mica 6 years ago

      wow garbe talaga ang daming magagandang lugar dito sa pilipinas ????

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      PHOEBE 6 years ago

      SO CUTE .

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      von carlo balabat 6 years ago

      What a wonderful living things that god create for as to

      see how philippines is beautiful???

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      cagayan de oro 6 years ago

      I like your hub! Yep, I agree with these seven wonders of our country. But that's just the discovered ones. There still are a lot of undiscovered scenic spots in this country. Meanwhile, discover the city of Cagayan de Oro as well!

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      jonabell 6 years ago

      15 yes ago i sw the beautifull place in banaue rice terraces in ifugao

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      Mee Mee 6 years ago

      The phil. is great......I luv it's splendid forests and natural resources....i luv my country.....but i wish our new president won't be corrupted like the other ones...."Mabuhay mga Kabayan

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      Phobie Allanah S. Celoso 7 years ago

      the seven natural wonders of the world is so beautiful

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      juzt MEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 7 years ago

      HI!SA Mga kapatid na igorot and to everybody

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      shel'sky  7 years ago

      WOW.....nakaka-enjoy panoorin VIEW ng PILIPINAS

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      cleo 7 years ago

      wow......ganda naman kasi ng pilipinas

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      jade 7 years ago

      hi 2LL....

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      cj goli 7 years ago

      ang ganda ng pilipinas!!!^_^

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      melissa 7 years ago

      ikeep on looking at the pictures because its so nice...

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      marionne 7 years ago

      what a beautiful views!!!!!!!!!!!

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      melissa 7 years ago

      Wow! nice.... we filipinos are truly blessed, we are given the chance to have all this kinds of wonders..

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      baby g 7 years ago

      LOVE! the PHILIPINE WONDERS!!!!????? mostly them =D !! ^_^!!!

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks Steve. Hope you'll have a wonderful time here.

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      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      You have done it, you made me want to visit. Thanks for enriching our lives with such great travel advice.

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      @FashionFame, come over and visit my country anytime. Promise you won't regret it.

      @mega1, thank you. Philippines is indeed beautiful.

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      mega1 7 years ago

      Very beautiful places - very different than any I've seen. Lovely hub.

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      FashionFame 7 years ago from California

      Wow!! Pictures are just fantastic. I just want to pack my bags and head to Philippines. Loved it.

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      leah 7 years ago

      i love Philippines ^_^ muah

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      hasgdfh 7 years ago

      hai to all

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      kishinaomi28 7 years ago

      ::its so BEAUTIFUL::i love this sights..

      (:

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      digitalexplorer 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is only a very small fraction of what the Philippines can offer. Nice to feature some of these stunning places and Im still discovering some of them!