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THE WONDERS OF THE PHILIPPINES

                

                                    Oceans, mountains, trees or birds, God made everything perfect for you. Flying, crawling or even they are under the sea, everything will surely be loved by people all over the world.

                                     Philippines is one of the richest country in the planet when it comes to wonders of nature. A lot of beautiful scenic views will surely be great in our eyes. This country is so blessed for having these places.

                      

                1st is the Banaue Rice Terraces found in Baguio City, Central Luzon of the Philippines. They have been carved by local Ifugao people over the last 3,000 thousand years.  The locals often describe the terraces as the largest man made structure created without forced labor. If each terrace were laid end to end, they would stretch almost 14,000 miles. They were declared aUNESCO World Heritage site in 1995 and placed on the endangered list in 2001.

                

                Another spot is the Tubattaha Reef located in the middle of the Sulu Sea. It is one of the largest and best preserved reef systems in the world. It has a lot of marine biodiversity living in it. The marine park covers over 968 km² and is home to over 300 coral species and 400 fish species, rivaling the diversity of the Great Barrier Reef.  It was inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites in 1993.

                                                  

                                                 

                                                      The 3rd one is the Chocolate Hills found in the island of Bohol. This was called chocolate because the grass that covers it turns brown during dry season. The hills are almost all conical in shape and made of limestone. These hills are one of the most popular destinations in Bohol.

                       

 

                                                   

                                                     Taal Volcano is also a part of this list. This volcano has a unique distinction in the world. It is the largest island inside of a lake which is on an island. The Taal is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines.  Inside the Taal caldera is Lake Tall, which is a 25km across. The lake is know for its high sulfur content and is also home to many endemic species of freshwater fish.

                        

                                                 

              Another volcano that hits the list is the Mayon Volcano located in Bicol, Southeast Luzon. It has the most perfect cone shape. Its activeness has been tested when it erupted in 1984 and 75,000 bicolanos need to evacuate and 77 people were killed when it erupted again in 1993.

           

 

                                               One of the most unique sites is also in the Philippines. It is the Underground River located in Puerto Prinsesa Palawan. It is not only a UNESCO World Heritage site, but was named as one of the Earth’s New7Wonders of Nature. This is the longest subterranean river in the world measuring 8.2km underground. The surrounding National Park includes many species including monitor lizards, the blue-naped parrot and macaque monkeys.

                       

 

                                                    Last but not the least and will complete this list is the Boracay. It is one of the most visited beach island in the Philippines. Its white sand beaches and direct flights from all over Asia have made it one of the Philippines most popular tourist destinations. White Beach is the longest beach on Boracay and extends 4 km on west side of the islands.

                       

                                 These are only a few wonders of the Philippines. May this overview of the Philippine spots makes you want to visit this beautiful country and explore more of its hidden wonders.