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Manila, originally a Spanish city, is the most densely populated city proper in the entire world.

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1.7 million live within its city limits, with another 19 million scattered along the outskirts. Squint a little, and the Manila Bay skyline could pass for New York.

Despite the capital city's urban landscape, the Philippines' access to nature is nearly unrivaled. The archipelago is made up of some 7,600 islands, one of which is regarded as the "dreamiest island in the world." Here you can trek through mountains and along rice terraces, eat your weight in mangoes, and island-hop until your dreams come true. You can also ride a giant unicorn-zilla float, should that be your speed. Start scrolling below, and you'll see all that's possible.

Island hopping in Coron, Philippines is absolutely magical

The sapphire Hinatuan Enchanted River in the Philippines is jaw-dropping

The world’s dreamiest island is now banning tourists

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Matador’s first original cooking show: Ann’s Filipino Kitchen

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Auntie Ann's Filipino Kitchen

Whang-Od: The Last True Tattoo Artist

Magic Spot: The Chocolate Hills of the Philippines

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The Philippines is rediscovering its heritage coffee. Caffeine lovers everywhere should take note.

You need this sweet and tangy Filipino banana ketchup in your kitchen

10 Tagalog slang phrases travelers to the Philippines need to know

Island-hopping around Palawan, Philippines, is the best adventure you can take in 2021

How a coconut pie became one of the most iconic desserts in the Philippines

This Philippine island has mangoes so delicious, they have their own festival

11 Filipino foods you need to add to your eating bucket list

Kalanggaman Island is one of the best getaways in the Philippines

This adventure resort in the Philippines will be offering mountain trekking through rice terraces

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