Pasyalan is a noun which means "park," and is a derivation from another Filipino word, pasyal, which means "to go somewhere." To the Filipino, going somewhere is always an adventure, a break from the hectic life in the city. Whenever the word is invoked, all the work is forgotten and images of beaches, forests, and lately, the malls are conjured. For the Filipino, anywhere except the office, is a vast park.

With the more than 7,000 islands, it is no wonder that the Philippines looks to the sea for its life, its beauty and most especially, for its leisure. The beach is the best place to lie down, relax, just have fun. Palm-rimmed white-sand beaches are found in the length and breadth of the country, with the sea changing from emerald green to azure to sapphire blue as the water deepens.

As with the sea, so with the land. For the eyes will behold one wonder after another : a volcano within a lake within a volcano or the majesty of another with a pefect cone; a sea dotted with almost a hundred islands, each island lined with luxuriant coral gardens and dangerous reefs; mysterious rock formations which change in color from one season to another; rice terraces which seem to reach the heavens; and springs and waterfalls nestled within one mountain after another.

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