To the north of the Philippines across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan; Vietnam sits west across the South China Sea; southwest is the island of Borneo across the Sulu Sea, and to the south the Celebes Sea separates it from other islands of Indonesia; while to the east it is bounded by the Philippine Sea and the island-nation of Palau. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator makes the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but also endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world's greatest biodiversity. At approximately 300,000 square kilometers (115,831 sq mi), the Philippines is the 64th-largest country in the world.
The evening is highlighted by a special presentation of folk dances by graceful maidens and dashing lads in authentic native costumes. The presentation showcases the soul of the Filipino - from the symbolic ceremonial dances of the northern mountain tribes to the romantic Spanish-influenced reels, and the expressive tribal dances of the Muslim south. At the end of the show, you are given a chance to prove that you too can perform!
Drive up to Tagaytay City and enjoy panoramic views of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano. See the world famous 19th century Bamboo Organ, observe the assembly of the iconic jeepney or maybe even sample local produce at a pineapple or coffee plantation.
Drive two and a half hours south of Metro Manila through the countryside to the beautiful town of Pagsanjan, Laguna. Be prepared to board a native banca (canoe) skillfully driven by two boatmen and maneuvered upstream through rocks and boulders amidst steep gorges and lush tropical vegetation. Your destination - the Majestic Pagsanjan Falls.
Take a swim or board a bamboo raft through the falls into a cave behind the veil of water. This is an exhilarating, spine-tingling, adrenaline-pumping, two hour boat ride from the Bumbungan River to Pagsanjan Falls whose booming water cascades down from a cliff to the river 300 feet below. Your ride downstream is an exciting rush through the same rocks and boulders you passed on your way up.