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5. Escape the European winter blues. 

 

Fed up with shivering through the European, American, or Australian winters? The answer is simple - escape to tropical Philippines! 

 

The Philippines has a tropical climate characterized by high temperatures. Even during the coolest months the temperature seldom falls below 25° C (77° F) and the average annual humidity remains between 71% and 85%. 

 

(For more information on the Philippine weather see the Weather page on this site.) 

 

6. Visit historical sites. 

 

The Philippines is full of historical sites, far too many to list here. However, just to whet your appetite, here are a few. All are accessible to you when you visit. 

 

Intramuros, the walled city in the heart of Manila, was built in 1571 during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. Here you will find old churches, forts, colonial style houses, and horse-drawn carriages. 

 

Vigan, the third oldest Spanish settlement in the Philippines, and the best preserved. Established in 1574 by the conquistador Juan de Salcedo, it lies on the West Coast of Luzon about 400 kilometers north of Manila and only a few hours north of Bali Hai. Its architecture reflects a mixture of cultures without parallel anywhere else in Asia. 

Vigan Church

 

Corregidor,  48 kilometers west of Manila, is a small rocky island at the entrance to Manila Bay. It was from Corregidor that Philippine President Manuel Quezon and General MacArthur left for Australia in February 1942, leaving behind Lt. Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright in command. 

 
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