The Philippines

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The Philippines, January 2017, December 2017 et May 2018

What more can you say about the Philippines. I put my dive bag for the first time in January 2017, and in May 2018, I made my third trip: Manila, Tagaytay and Panglao in December 2017 and Panglao with Anda in May 2018. I had the chance to discover more in depth the kindness of Filipinos in Manila, Tagaytay or on Panglao Island. From Manila to Panglao, people are just waiting to talk to strangers. I met young women with whom I spoke, who were surprised to see a stranger stop and take the time to talk with them.
Most foreigners, apart from the backpackers, arrive in their area after a short trip from the airport and leave for the airport having just experienced the white sand beaches but without discovering the essence. vital of this beautiful country and the kindness of the population. When you get on a jeepney or a bus, it only takes a few minutes to start the discussion with your neighbor, we are far from the Paris subway …
It’s hard to describe what I feel every time I go back. The trip is long, about 17 hours of flight without counting the stopover but when you set foot in this archipelago of 7,100 islands, fatigue disappears. I admit that I am biased since I fell in love with this country on my first trip but I encourage you to go, to go to people, not to hesitate to discuss. You will see, it is easy to engage the conversation and you will keep wonderful memories and their smile will accompany you for a long time.
The country
The Philippines is a country consisting of an archipelago of 7,641 islands of which eleven totalize more than 90% of the land and of which just over 2,000 are inhabited, while about 2,400 islands have not even been named. They are distinguished in 3 geographical zones Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. It is one of only two predominantly Catholic countries in Asia (with East Timor) and one of the most westernized. Spain and the United States, both of which colonized the country, have each had a great influence on the Filipino culture which is a unique blend of East and West. Most of the mountainous islands were covered with tropical forests and volcanic origin, as evidenced by frequent earthquakes and about twenty active volcanoes such as Mount Pinatubo. Today, forest cover has decreased significantly. The archipelago is also subject to the typhoons of the western Pacific at a rate of fifteen a year, especially between May and October. The Philippines is the third country in the world most at risk in terms of natural disasters.
It has long been thought that the Negritos, whose population still exists in the Philippines as well as in Indonesia, were the first inhabitants of the Philippines. Originally from south-east Asia, they reached the archipelago by crossing ice bridges during the last ice age. However, the archaeological discoveries of the last decades highlight the presence of a group prior to Negritos, Negro-type oceanic and Australoid, but no trace of bones is evidence of this. Until about AD 1000, the Philippines had an organized population of scattered tribes, mostly settled in small isolated villages or living a semi-nomadic existence in the mountainous regions of the interior. These tribes derived their livelihood from rice and fishing, or, for the nomads, from hunting, gathering, and slash and burn cultivation. Malay immigrants imported iron and weaving. The contacts of these tribes with the outside world were made by numerous barterings with Chinese, Indian, Arab and Indonesian merchants. The Chinese, who had established trade since the IXth century, established permanent communities in the XIIth century. The Philippines then passed under the rule of the Indo-Malay maritime kingdoms. Fernand de Magellan, a Portuguese explorer traveling on behalf of Spain, is the first European to arrive in the Philippines in 1521. The islands have been named in honor of the Infante of Spain, the future Philip II of Spain. ‘Spain. This South Asian territory is for the Castilians a bridgehead for the evangelization of China and Japan.
At the end of the XIXth century a liberation movement developed, one of the key characters being the poet and writer José Rizal. Nicknamed the Don Quixote of the Philippines, he was executed by the Spanish authorities in 1896. He immediately became a national martyr, reinforcing resistance to colonial rule. The United States encourages the independence movement of the 1890s and participates militarily. In 1898, a treaty puts an end to the Hispano-American conflict. Spain sells to the Americans without giving independence, then begins an intensive period of déshispanisation in favor of an anglicization of culture. In response, a new wind of independence is blowing. The fight resumed in February 1899. In 1935, the US granted a semi autonomy and a first president is elected.
Finally, on July 4, 1946, the Philippines finally achieved independence.
The Philippine economy has for many years been based on coffee since in 1889 the Philippines is still the fourth largest exporter of coffee. Unfortunately, coffee rust completely destroyed the plants. Today the economy is based mainly on agriculture (tobacco, coconut, pineapple, banana, tropical wood, rice). The islands have deposits of chromium, gold, copper and iron ore. Tourism is also a key element of the country’s economy by its white sand pages, these pristine islands and the underwater wildlife that attracts many divers every year.
Some pictures
The albums of Philippines
Malapascua: Une île, surtout de plongeurs, au Sud de Cébu, dans les Bisayas.
Manila: The capital of Philippines
Lac Taal: A beautiful volcano, in the middle of a lake, south of Manila.
Bohol: Chocolates Hills, rice paddies and monuments of Panglao and the island in general. You will also see a video of a quiet beach.
Portraits: Portraits took during my travels.
Special: Unusual photos as well as videos.