The divine flame of thought is inextinguishable in the Filipino people, and somehow or other it will shine forth and compel recognition. It is impossible to brutalize the inhabitants of the Philippines!
_ Jose Rizal
Philippines has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with coral reefs to explore, sail and surf. Some of the best diving and snorkeling is to be found in Palawan - a large island group not directly part of the other three groups. The country is also home to a diverse range of landscapes – volcanoes, rivers and lakes, mountains, forests and plains.
Christianity was first brought to the Philippines by Spanish missionaries and colonists who arrived in the islands in the early 16th century. They established the Catholic religion among the Filipinos and shared not only their religion but also their architecture. The presence of Baroque elements in the architecture were the result of a combination of ideas from missionaries and locals. With limited materials and the need to adapt to natural disasters, the church architecture resulted in a fusion of Spanish and Oriental styles.