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'Few countries in the world are so little known and so seldom visited as the Philippines, and yet no other land is more pleasant to travel in than this richly endowed island kingdom.  Hardly anywhere does the nature lover find a greater fill of boundless treasure.' This was written about 100 years ago by Fedor Jagor, a German ethnographer.  Today Jagor would be pleased to see little has changed.  The Philippines still offers remarkable experiences: buried gold; unexplored caves; diving holes; sunken Spanish galleons; dense jungles with rare plants and animals; primeval people; active volcanoes; and uninhabited paradise islands.

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The national flag of the philippines has a white triangle on the left. On either side tapering off to to the left are two stripes, the top one blue, the bottom one red. The white triangle contains three five point stars and a sun with eight rays. The sun symbilises freedom and its eight rays represent the first eight provinces that revolted against Spanish  colonial rule. The stars symbolise the three geographical divisions of the Philippines: Luzon; the Visayas; and Mindanao. The blue stripe stands for the equality and unity of the people. The red stripe (placed on top in wartime) symboloses the readiness of the Filippinos to fight to the death for their country.

On 12 June 1898, from the balcony of his house in Cavite, General Emilio Aguinaldo declared the independence of the Philippines and the Philippine national flag was raised.

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