Republic of Philippines consists of 7107 Islands located North of the Borneo Island.
It is about 299,764 Sq.km in Size. The Largest and most economically important Island is Mindanao. The Capital City Manila is located here. It is straddling right in the Pacific Ring of fire. Earthquakes regularly rattle the Islands.
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The earliest known mention of these islands is
during the Sri-Vijaya Empire. Due to its Maritime nature it was exposed
to the influence of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam at a later Stage..
The climate is primarily Tropical with seasonal Monsoon rains. Due to its location there are major Typhoons that cause extensive damage every few years. Temperature is between 23C to 35C.
Almost all international airlines fly into Manila Ninoy Aquino International airport. The Public transportation system in Manila can be extremely crowded. There is a new network of LRT (Light Rail transit) trains, Buses and taxis. Inter Island travel is by Ferry and Air. The most Iconic is the Jeepney-modified and gaily decorated WW2 Jeeps. The Best time to visit Philippines is from December to May where there is low risk of Typhoons.
What Philippines offers the Visitor
Because of its geographic location and its maritime history it has a very diverse mix of Asian culture. The country is a bustling melting pot of religions and races -exotic looks and happy people in general and other indigenous ethnic groups live together in harmony and at peace for most part. Philippines has produced many International beauty queens. English is widely spoken and is the unofficial national Language. Tagalog is the main language spoken by everybody. This multiculturalism has brought about exotic cuisines and it is a gastronomical paradise. Depending on the time of year there are my festivals that are celebrated. These are colorful and fun occasions.
Cell phone: Extensive coverage with full roaming. No-SIM LOCK. GSM,3-G,
EDGE. voice calls are expensive so SMS or Texting as is locally called is
very popular due to low cost.
Electricity: 220V AC 60Hz.
Currency: Philippine Peso
Major credit cards are accepted at most hotels, shops and
Most EU Countries and ASEAN countries
Visitors do not require a Visa but need to produce a Return Ticket.
Important Phone numbers:
USA: (63) 2-528 300
Australia :(63) 2-2757 8100
Canada: (63) 2-857 9000
UK:(63) 2-816 7116
France:(63) 2-810 1981
Germany:(63) 2-872 0101
For other countries please check their respective websites.
Where to Stay
Philippines has such an abundance of Hotels, resorts and Hostel at prices to suit every possible budget.
If you are planning a Philippine Vacation you will not be disappointed. For the more adventurous there are numerous diving and snorkeling spots. It is generally safe, friendly and easy going place. In the South there is an ongoing insurgency so exercise caution.