Sightseeing in the Philippines

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

The Saint - Agustin church, the cathedral of Manila, the Chinese cemetery of Manila, the Casa Manila, the Rizal park, the Santiago fort, intramural Manila, Manila metropolitan area.
The national museum, the Jumalon museum, the Arcenas collection, the Aznar - Alfonso collection.
Rice plantations of Banaue, island of Palawan (diving and discovery of natural phenomena ), volcanoes of the islands of Visayas, Mindanao, mountain ranges on the island of Luzon.
Our Lady of Antipolo Church, Tonay Church, Saint - Jerôme Church, Baras Church, Church of the ruins of Boso - Boso.
Hot springs in Cebu, and Manila.
The Philippines being an archipelago, one finds numerous fine sand beaches there.
Winter Sports
Outdoor Activities
Jet ski, windsurfing, surfing, diving, and hiking.
 Makati (Manila) Ermita District.

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
The Philippines are not an electoral democracy. Elections are accompanied by violence, acts of intimidation and fraud.
Civil Liberty
Freedom of the Press
The Constitution may guarantee freedom of expression and of the press and the media may broadcast different opinions, but journalists are in great danger. Many have died because of their activities (thirty or so since 1992).
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 122/175
Evolution: 17 places up compared to 2008
For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
Free Access to the Internet
Internet is widely available and is not censored.
Freedom of Assembly
Guaranteed. There are many activist associations defending human rights, social welfare, workers' rights etc.
Rule of Law
The rule of law is not necessarily respected in the Philippines. Arbitrary and unlawful arrests by Filipino police forces, disappearances, kidnappings and extrajudicial killings continue in the country. A high degree of corruption exists in the country, especially in politics and business.
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Filipino citizens are free to move around and choose their place of residence and their job. Their private life is generally respected but insecurity limits their individual initiatives.
Women's Condition
Women's economic and social gains have been significant over the last few years, and the gap between men and women regarding health and education has been filled. The traffic in young girls and discrimination at work remain nevertheless a problem.
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Degree of Freedom
Religious freedom is guaranteed by the Constitution and is generally respected.
Catholics 83%; Protestants 9%; Muslims 5%; Others 3%.
Role of Religion in Society
The Church and the State are separate, but the majority of the country is Christian. The feeling of economic and political inequality among the Muslim population has strengthened the demands of the separatist movement.

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