The Philippine archipelago of some 7,000 islands was discovered in
1521 by Magellan. The Latin influence endures today in
saffron-flavored paellas, traditional afternoon siestas, and the
crumbling walls of Intramuros, a medieval fortress. A tour of the
historic Malacanang Palace reveals the extravagance of the Marcos
Era in ornate public rooms, opulent bedrooms and Imelda's
notorious collection of footwear.