The Philippines: The Pearl of the Orient Seas
In the continent of Asia, the country of the Philippines could be considered to have one of the most unique cultures in the world. One factor that contributed in its distinctive culture is the fact that Philippines is predominantly a Christian country (mostly made up of Catholics). Its strategic location (middle of the Southeast Asian region) made it a melting pot of different heritage brought about by various early traders and merchants that put up their businesses. Some went home to their motherland; some stayed for good and with that, cultures and beliefs mixed and it was tagged as ‘Filipino’. Philippines is definitely rich in natural resources. For this reason, as history attested throughout the years, foreigners had been trying to reach and claim the country as their own for practical reasons (raw materials). Nonetheless, the natural beauty of the country has the alluring power or influence that attracted people around the world.
Philippines’ Flora and Fauna
The Philippines’ rainforests and its wide coastlines make it home to a various array of sea creatures, plants, birds and animals. It is one of the ten most geologically mega-diverse countries and is at or close to the top in terms of biodiversity (per unit area). More than 1000 terrain vertebrate species can be found in the Philippines including over 100 mammal types and more than 150 bird species that exist exclusively in the country. Common species include the Tamaraw of Mindoro and the Bohol’s Philippine Tarsier. The Philippines lacks predators, with the exceptions such as the Philippine Eagle national bird), birds of prey, cobras and pythons. Other native animals include the various species of bats, mouse deer, palm civet cat and the Visayan Warty Pig. With an estimated o more than 10000 plant species in the country, more than 3000 of which are exclusive to the islands, Philippine rainforests boast a selection of flora, including many exceptional types of rafflesia and orchids. The Narra is regarded as the most significant form of hardwood. Philippine territorial marine area encompass further than one million and a half square kilometers (more than 600000 square miles) producing unique and diverse sea environment and is an vital part of the Coral Triangle. There are more than 2000 fish species and over 500 coral species. Philippine waters also sustain the cultivation of pearls, crabs, and seaweeds. Seaweeds, crabs, and the cultivation of pearls can also be sustained in Philippine marine environment. These natural assets are the main reasons why Philippines has been categorized of having a gigantic diversity of flora and fauna in the world.
Tourism in the Philippines
The local government of the Philippines tries to be economically competitive with the international market by enhancing the Eco-Tourism. This tourism industry would be emphasizing on the nature preservation and appreciation, at the same time, trade and commerce would grow as the influx of tourists and potential clients would be creating business opportunities and creating jobs. The internet is one of the best media of communication and advertisement and for that reason the http://www.gov.ph/ provides useful information and vital facts that are very helpful especially for first timer. The official website is user-friendly and very interactive. Definitely, there is nothing to be worried about. Enjoying and learning a glimpse of the Philippines is literally, just takes a few clicks away.