The Philippines is a country that is made up of over 7000 islands. The Filipino (or Pinoy) people have a rich and mixed culture with indigenous Malay roots influenced on all levels over the years by Spanish, American, Chinese and Arabic.
There may be many thousands of islands but they can be classified into three main groups: Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon.
Manila is both the biggest city and capital and the incoming and outgoing port and stopover for most international travellers.
- La Union (northwest Luzon)
- Baler (Quezon)
- Infanta (Quezon)
- Daet (Camarines Norte)
- Siargao Island
Siargao is the most famous and most popular for international visitors and indeed international events largely due to its consistently good breaks which really pop between July and November. Cloud Nine is the most famous but there are others worth mentioning: San Juan, Quiksilver, Bagasbas, Jacking Horse, Stimpy’s, Aparri and Rock Island.