The Philippines is famous for its beaches and friendly locals and offering ample surf, an underwater world that is a divers delight, trek worthy emerald green rice fields and mountainous volcanoes. The capital, Manila, is densely populated and mixes Spanish colonial architecture with modern skyscrapers. Take a stroll along the palm-lined waterfront promenade, and enjoy one of Manila’s magnificent sunset. There are more than 7,000 sun-blessed islands to choose from, plus endless festivals. The World Heritage List includes five Philippines properties: Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras at Banaue, the Historic Town of Vigan, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, and the Baroque Churches of the Philippines – Santo Tomàs de Villanueva in Miag-ao, Iloilo; San Agustin in Paoay, Ilocos Norte; Nuestra Señora dela Asunción in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur; and San Agustin in Intramuros, Manila.