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    An archipelago of some 7,109 islands (only 400 inhabited) the Philippines lay dotting the sea below the plane taking Visnews cameraman on the inaugural Madrid Manila run......

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    An archipelago of some 7,109 islands (only 400 inhabited) the Philippines lay dotting the sea below the plane taking Visnews cameraman on the inaugural Madrid Manila run......
    SYNOPSIS: The plane lands at Manila International Airport where native girls pin flowers into the visitors lapels in traditional cordial welcome.

    Coconut groves open their leaves fan-like bes le the road - banana trees and exotic fruits abound. In the Nipa houses in the plantation life is simple, primeval, surrounded by Nature's abundant extravagance.

    Carabaos do the toil of oxen they drag heavy loads and till the soil. Native fruits fresh, succulent and sweet, are sold in stands near each plantation.

    The rice fields are a major source of Philippine wealth, rice the native basic food.

    Forty kilometers from Manila is Taal Lake and the volcano of the same name. On the banks of the lake the fisheries another source of income to the local people.

    Residential colonies boast different types and styles of architecture all of them modern.

    An exotic Chinese temple stands near the entrance to the Chinese cemetery.

    Manila bay large and ample; here ships from all countries lay anchor. Traffic at the port is intense and mechanisation speeds all operations.

    From the harbour to Dewey Boulevard in the city's modern extension, and the monument to Legazpi the Spanish navigator conqueror of the Philippines, and Father Urdaneta who accompanied him in the expedition.

    The ramparts which withstood the onslaught of wars and centuries stand as reminders of Spain...Fort Santiago, bitter site of Japanese violence during the last war. Six hundred Filipino patriots were immolated here...a cross tenders mute homage.

    Manila is a city of churches - inside the walled city, the Church of the Recollect Friars was also destroyed during World War II.

    The bamboo organ of the Church of Las Pinas was constructed in 1819 by Father Cera. Still in working order it is made up of fifty bamboo pipes.

    St. Andrew's is the oldest church in the Philippines and, in fact, in SAsia.

    The church of San Sebastian - an all-iron structure - dating from 1891 was built under the direction of the Spanish architect Palacios.

    The University of Santo Tomas, of ancient Spanish lineage. is the oldest university in Asia and America. Within its compound schools for boys and girls follow the most modern educational standards.

    From McArthur's Bridge we see the Pasig river spanned by the Quezon bridge...The Post Office the Legislature and the city-hall all typical modern public buildings in Manila.

    The Filipino Chief Executive's private and official residence is the Palace of Malacanang, where once the Spanish governors lived.

    Manila leads an active and busy life as is proven by its unusual traffic of all kinds of vehicles, the old "calesa", with the primitive charm of barroque decorations, has a place amidst streamlined and modern cars. The Aveni de Rizal is one of the main arteries of the city... Shops and large stores offer their attractive goods to the passer-by.

    At night numberless lights and lighted advertisements give the city a glow. Life seethes within the town as the sun slowly sets over the bay casting its last rays over the shores of the islands of the distant archipielago.

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