Clear blue skies with clouds formed into different pictures; a jolly sun, with the most brilliant sunshine that lights up nature; grateful and pleasant people, with the brightest smiles that build up their unique culture. These form the Philippines, a place where you can learn the real meaning of life, and how to appreciate things around. The Philippines is an archipelago. Located over the Philippine Trench, a plate tectonic boundary which forms part of the Ring of Fire. A region closely associated with volcanic and earthquake activity it lends a heavy influence to volcanic activity on the island of Luzon such as Mount Pinatubo and the very famous Mt. Mayon in the province of Albay. It is bounded on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the south by the Celebes Sea, and on the west by the South China Sea, the archipelagic state comprises about 7,107 islands. Resulting from this situation are great variations in climate, geography and vegetation. Also, The Philippines supports a rich and varied flora with close botanical connections to Indonesia and mainland Southeast Asia. The diverse flora includes 8,000 species of flowering plants, 1,000 kinds of ferns, and 800 species of orchids. Philippines is also rich in wide variety of vegetables. Many can be found in backyard of houses in provinces, some are grown in big vegetable plantation and orchards. Some of these are squash, eggplant, tomato, cucumber, cabbage and many other vegetable plants which we cook every day. In terms of Filipino culture in food, Filipinos are known to be fun of street foods. There are a lot of places here in the Philippines where you can find vendors which sell their product along the highways, sidewalks and streets. Many tourists come to the Philippines to experience its breathtaking beaches, climb its spectacular ranges and volcanoes, or simply visit Philippine historical sites. Some visitors come to immerse themselves with the culture of the Philippine Islands, and one good...
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