Imagine the mix of emerald-green fauna, booming mega cities, colourful self-designed graffiti-sprayed vehicles as well as singing and happily smiling people. The welcoming and warm Filipinos will win your heart within a second. Being apart from the mainland of Southeast Asia especially culturally and also spiritually adds a very special experience and the Filipinos are proud of it. The country and people very much keep their own unique identity, although 350 years of Spanish occupation and American influence thereafter left their obvious traces. On top of all that the country in the coral triangle is megadiverse: 186 languages, more than 4.200 animal species including fish, birds and coral, 7.641 islands and more than 100 million people of the nicest kind you can imagine.