Awesome Philippines

“Scenic beauties and natural wonders to behold”


An archipelago of over 7000 islands, the Philippines has almost as many facets to enjoy from the hedonist gratification to the tranquility of the nature, there’s something for everyone. Up market resorts  or rock bottom cottages nestled on exquisite golden sand bounded by crystalline azure waters while offshore the warm seas, nurtured magnificent reefs, in all shapes and colors, a venue for a world-class diving.

A beguiling melting pot of view point, faith and lifestyles, the cultural mix is sprinkled by intense religious festivals and prehistoric rituals. Here the present and the future co-exist with the old-fashioned urban, trendy society contrast with countryside farming life. Enthusiasm plays a pivotal role in Philippine life. Physically shaping the topography and emblematic in being Filipinos with a natural vivaciousness that almost infectious.

A country with so much potential, Idyllic islands, unbelievable scenery, It is a wonderful country with genuinely warm, welcoming people who are renowned throughout the world for excellent hospitality and smiles that sparkle.
One of the last undiscovered and unexplored Asian treasures, one destination you will want to return to time and time again. The Philippines provides every visitor an unforgettable frolic in the tropics. The Philippines is sure to surprise and captivate.

Visit Philippines. It’s a destination one should not miss in his lifetime!


When to Visit

The best time to make a trip to the Philippines is from the middle of December to the middle of May because that is off-season for typhoons. Any travelers to the country in December (Christmas) or April (Easter) are advised against traveling more than necessary as the entire country is on the move, making it difficult to get a seat on any type of transport. The average yearly temperature is around 26.5 degrees Celsius. The 3 seasons are: the hot season or summer from March to May, the rainy season from June to November, and the cold season from December to February.



PHILIPPINES’ INTERESTING PLACES



BOHOL -  An island paradise in the Philippines famous for its while sand beaches, home for the famous  Chocolate Hills and the Tarsier, the smallest primate in the world. It is located in the Visayas island group in central Philippines. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and coral reefs, Bohol is a travel destination for tourist & travelers who love nature. The Chocolate Hills is nominated as one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature.” More Info



PALAWAN -  An island province which is surrounded with 1780 islands and islets. It is also surrounded by a coral reef that is full of diverse and colorful marine life which is why it has been declared a nature sanctuary. Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, is the main harbor and the center of trade and commerce. The municipality of el Nido at the northernmost point of Palawan is a popular tourist spot. More Info…



BORACAY - Widely known as one of the finest swimming destinations in the world, Boracay is blessed with unsullied fine talcum powder-sand beaches. Its tranquil crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming, sailing, fishing and sunbathing. Boracay also boasts of sapphire seas and spectacular sunsets. Countless hidden coves dot the island and tall coconut trees line up along the beaches. Boracay lies at the northwest tip of Panay, in the west Visayas region, off the Sibuyan Sea. More Info…



CEBU -  A sultry paradise and business haven in one, being a fully developed and contemporary metropolis which serves as the hub of growth and progress in Southern Philippines. Aside from its gorgeous beaches and all year round tropical climate, posh accommodations, is also boasts of native and world class cuisines and a vibrant nightlife. More Info…




BATANGAS - Better known for its Coffee and dive sites, nestled just two hours away by car from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila, Batangas offers a haven for every discerning visitor. The short trip will take you to captivating sites like the world’s lowest volcano and diverse dive sites. If it’s heritage you are looking for, Batangas also has historical sites well preserved for everyone to enjoy.



DAVAO – The largest city in the Philippines and in the island of Mindanao. It has one of the most progressive economies in the country with its seaport and international airport being very active cargo hubs in the region. Davao city is also a major tourist destination in the country they have fine beaches, dive spots, and mountain resorts. Nature trails are also popular here because of the city’s proximity to Mount Apo, the Philippines’ highest peak.




BAGUIO – Up high in the Cordillera Mountain Range, Baguio City in the Province of Benguet is on average eight degrees cooler than the normal Philippine temperature and is one of the few places in the Philippines with a cool climate. It has therefore been dubbed the “summer capital” of the Philippines.



PUERTO GALERA – Is a soothing vision of shimmering seas surrounded by lush mountains. Puerto Galera is a small town on the northeast coast of the island of Mindoro. Though it is a quiet little town, it is a popular summer destination in the country. People come here from all over the country and the rest of the world for its wonderful beaches and fun water activities. Others also come here for its nearby forests, waterfalls, and dive spots. More Info…



SIARGAO -  This island boasts of white-sand beaches and surfing waves compared to that of Hawaii. Lying 800 kilometers southeast of Manila, the tear-shaped Siargao Island is a perfect haven for the sun, sea, and surf buffs. It lies on the eastern portion of Surigao del Norte and on the southeastern tip of Mindanao. The island is a mass of tropical land with scores of reefs, points and white beaches.



SAGADA – It has long appealed to weary travelers in search of something different. Despite its remote location in the shadow of the Cordilleras in Northern Luzon, the town remains a popular adventure-seeker’s getaway to caves, rice terraces, and ancient cultures. Whether you’re there for the serene environment or the challenging hike trails, Sagada definitely hits the spot for travelers of all backgrounds and ages.




MANILA CITY – Manila is the capital of the Philippines, it is a vibrant metropolis. It is a hodgepodge of old and new buildings, Despite pockets of poverty, Manila is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world and its metropolitan area is the country’s economic, cultural, educational, and industrial center.




BANAUE - Banaue is a rugged but spectacular four-hour trip from Bontoc to Banaue along a winding road that leads up into the misty Cordilleras, across a mountaintop pass, then down precipitous mountainside. It may only be 300km north of Manila, but Banaue is a world away, 1300m above sea level and far removed in spirit and topography from the beaches and palm trees of the south. This is the heart of rice-terrace country. Indeed, the rice terraces at Banaue are one of the great icons of the Philippines. They were hewn from the land 2000 years ago by Ifugao tribes people using primitive tools.




SUBIC BAY – Is well know as a great summer destination for the local tourist, its calm waters, cool breezes and wide range of water activities are accented by the lush jungles of the area. The City of Olongapo provides the anchor of support for the area, and includes the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and parts of the provinces of Zambales and Bataan.



VIGAN -  is the capital city of Ilocos Sur located on the west coast of northern Luzon. One can see precious remnants of old Spanish architecture throughout the center of the city. Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia with a unique European atmosphere.  Vigan is a UNESCO Heritage Ste…More Info





GENERAL INFORMATION




OFFICIAL NAME: Republic of the Philippines

CAPITAL: Manila

COUNTRY CODE: +63

TIME ZONE: GMT / UTC +8

GEOGRAPHY

The Philippines is located off the southeast coast of Asia, between Taiwan in the north and Borneo in the south, and is readily accessible from the various travel capitals of the world. Stretching 1,840 kilometers north to south, the country has a land area of about 300,000 sq km and is divided into three main geographical areas; Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

CLIMATE

Tropical with 2 distinct seasons: wet and dry.

Dry season: from November to May

Wet season: from June to October

Average year round temperature: 27° Celsius / 81° Fahrenheit

POPULATION: 90 Million

LANGUAGE

Filipino (Tagalog) & English

RELIGION

Majority of Filipinos (approximately 83%) are Catholic; about 5% are Muslims. The rest are made up of smaller Christian denominations.

CURRENCY

Philippines Peso (PHP)

GOVERNMENT

Republic with three (3) equal branches of government namely: the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary.

HEAD OF GOVERNMENT

President Benigno Aquino Jr.

NATIONAL FLAG

Two equal horizontal bands of blue (top; representing peace and justice) and red (representing courage); a white equilateral triangle based on the hoist side represents equality; the center of the triangle displays a yellow sun with eight primary rays, each representing one of the first eight provinces that sought independence from Spain; each corner of the triangle contains a small, yellow, five-pointed star representing the three major geographical divisions of the country: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

ENTERTAINMENT & CULTURE

Metro Manila is the center of entertainment and cultural activities. The premier venue for the performing arts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines features world-class performances by local and international guest artists. Museums located in Manila and in some parts of the country offer a glimpse of Philippine history and culture. Art galleries exhibit the works of the country’s leading and promising visual artists.

Manila’s nightlife is one of the most vibrant in Asia, reflecting the Filipinos’ love for music. The hubs of nightlife activities are the Remedios Circle in Malate, Ayala Center and The Fort at Bonifacio Global City in Makati, Timog and Tomas Morato Avenues in Quezon City, and Eastwood in Libis, Quezon City. Nightclubs, music lounges, pubs, and sing-along bars feature Filipino bands and singers who are known for their great musical talent. Deluxe hotels offer a variety of live musical entertainment. Concerts and stage plays form part of the country’s entertainment scene.

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

sugarcane, coconuts, rice, corn, bananas, cassavas, pineapples, mangoes; pork, eggs, beef; fish

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS

electronics assembly, garments, footwear, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, wood products, food processing, petroleum refining, fishing

PASSPORT/VISA

You must have a valid passport with at least six (6) months currency beyond you proposed stay in the Philippines.

A Philippines Visa is not required if you are staying in the country for short visits up to twenty one (21) days. For visits longer than twenty one (21) days are Philippine Visa is required.

The most common way visitors obtain a Philippines Visa is to arrive in the Philippines, mostly by air, without a visa. You are then issued with a twenty one (21) day visa, which will cost you absolutely nothing. If you do obtain a visa prior to entering the Philippines then ensure you make the customs officials aware otherwise they will automatically issue a twenty one (21) days Philippine Visa.



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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

1 January – New Year’s Day

9 April – Araw Ng Kagitingan
21 April – Holy Thursday
22 April – Good Friday
29 August – National Heroes Day
30 August – Eid’l Fitr
1 November – All Saints Day
30 November – Bonifacio Day
24 December – Christmas Eve
25 December – Christmas Day
30 December – Rizal Day
31 December – New Year’s Eve

GETTING THERE

Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Subic, and Laoag are the international gateways. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila is the premier gateway. It is served by more than 30 airlines, which fly to different cities around the world. Philippine Airlines, the country’s flag carrier, links Manila to 24 cities in 13 countries. Major cruise liners call on the port of Manila.

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Most Filipino are able to speak English.
  • Older Filipino visitors of Chinese descent may not speak English, or understand some of the facilities available in the room.
  • Loyalty to family or friends comes first.
  • Hospitality is a part of the Filipino character.
  • Age and status should be recognized and respected.
  • Filipinos tend to be fatalistic (What will be, will be).
  • The Philippines is a “have” and “have not” society.
  • High levels of personal service are expected.
  • Conflict is to be avoided.
  • Women are considered to have equal status.
  • Filipinos (especially the women) tend to be conservative in interpersonal relationships.
  • Filipinos are used to bargaining.
  • Punctuality is not a strong point.