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As the second-largest archipelago in the world with approximately 7,500 islands, things to do in the Philippines about; it's a vast country with spectacularly diverse geography and culture. Densely populated cities juxtapose pristine tropical beaches; volcanic peaks soar over valleys carved into ancient rice terraces; and six UNESCO World Heritage sites beckon travellers from all over the world. Although 175 languages are spoken here, tourists find the country easy to navigate as the Philippines is the fifth largest English-speaking nation in the world. While Manila is still the gateway to most travellers, the growing number of international airports dotted around the country makes accessing the country’s wealth of attractions a breeze.