The Philippines

The Philippines is a country in South East Asia, blessed with more than seven thousand islands. There are many beaches along the coastline, and there is so much to do here for tourists. The people of Philippines are mostly Christians, with more than 92% of the population of the country practicing the religion, making them the largest Catholic nation in the whole of Asia.
 
What makes the Philippines a delightful tourist attraction is the biodiversity. There are beaches, monuments, heritage towns, mountains, islands, and diving locations. Not less than 4.8 million Filipinos are employed in the tourism sector, which makes it a substantial financial and economic stronghold for the government.

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Main Things You Need To Know

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Food

Cuisine in the Philippines has been developed not just by local culture, but influences from Spanish, European, Chinese, and Japanese food.

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Places to Visit

The best places to visit in this country include: 1. Tubbataha Reef 2. San Agustin Church, Manila 3. Mayon Volcano 4. Puerto Princesa Underground River 5. Donsol

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Culture

The Philippines are a unique people that exhibit a combination of the east and west culture, which are traditional ways that have been well preserved. This Austronesian culture is evident in their cuisine, music, language, dance, and other aspect of their lives.

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Tourism

Without a doubt, the Philippines is one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world, with the country attracting as much as 6.6 million people in 2017. This is due to the limitless destinations of choice that includes mountain areas and islands, and the status as one of the world’s most attractive biodiversity location.

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Currency
The Philippine Peso or piso is the official currency of the nation. The piso is denoted by the symbol ₱ or through other means like PHP, PHp, or Php. Currently, the Peso exchanges for 52 American dollars, as rates usually fluctuates due to so many factors including events in the country.
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Language
According to the Ethnologue of the languages of the world, there are 186 languages in the Philippines, of which about 182 is living language, and four is not spoken anymore. However, the official language spoken and used by the people are Filipino and English. Both languages are used in all spheres of the Philippines society, including in government, education, media, and business. When you’re in the big city, these are the two languages you are mostly going to find people speaking. When you’re in towns or villages, you’ll hear them speak primarily local language.
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Visa Information
The Philippines operate a visa system and waiver for citizens of 157 nationalities. Through this arrangement, citizens of these countries do not require a visa as long as they are only planning to stay 21 – 30 days. Citizens of Macau, Hong Kong, and Portugal can only stay 14 days without a visa, while that of Brazil and Israel can stay 59 days without a visa. Applicants for a temporary visa for "foreign tourist" must be made in person at the Philippines embassy or consulate. Here are the minimum requirements for applying for a visa as a tourist:
  • - Passport Document which is Valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended time staying in the Philippines
  • - Visa application forms
  • - Passport Photos (2 pieces)
  • - Proof of status as tourist or businessman
  • - Tickets for return or onward journey to the next port of destination
  • - Payment of Visa Fees
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Getting There
Air: Since the Philippines is an archipelago most visitors coming to the country will prefer to enter by plane. There are international airports located in Cebu, Angeles, Davao, Kalibo, Zamboanga, Laoag, Iloilo, Clark Freeport Zone, and Manila. As a tourist, the two best airports to arrive at is Mactan-Cebu International Airport or Kalibo International Airport. This is because they are both at the center of the country and far away from the typhoon areas. The country has three major national carriers including Philippines Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia. For those people planning to travel through various island by air, they should consider buying the open-jaw tickets, since it will save them much money.
 
You can also patronize local airlines that offer cheap flights to various destinations all over the Philippine islands. If you reside in places around the world where there is a large population of Filipinos, like Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tapei, or Tokyo, you should check travel agencies around you that care for overseas Philippines. They usually have cheaper fares compared to those that are advertised to the general public. North America’s Delta Airlines serves Manila from Detroit, while in Australia, the Philippines airlines take passengers from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Darwin. China Southern Airline and Air China serve Manila from Beijing, while people from Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, and Jakarta fly into the country through the Philippines Airline. Also in Europe, Phillippines Airlines have a direct flight from London to Manila every day, while Turkish Airlines fly from the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul straight for Manila.
 
Sea: Aleson Shipping Lines operates ferry that connects with Zamboanga City, Phillippines, departing at 17:00 pm, every Tuesday and Friday.
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Peak Travel Periods
The peak travel period in the Philippines is from November through April. For tourists, this is the best time to visit the country as the lands are dry, and it is easier to access all the beautiful sites and locations, including beaches, islands, remote areas, and forests. Be careful about going to the Philippines as early as August and as late as January because, in this period, the weather and typhoons are entirely unpredictable.

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