This former Spanish colony is not only a perfect window to history, but the gorgeous islands of the Philippines have some of the best beaches and diving destinations. Explore the chocolate hills of Bohol, breathe-in the freshest air in El Nido, and take part in the festivities that the country is always busy celebrating.
Jet set off to the exotic land and discover for yourself how every sunset paints the skies gold. White sandy beaches, green mountains, tall waterfalls, mighty volcanoes, and exquisite heritage await your arrival in the Philippines islands for a truly unique experience.
USEFUL INFO. ABOUT PHILIPPINES
OFFICIAL NAME: Republic of the Philippines
FORM OF GOVERNMENT: Manila
CAPITAL: Kuala Lumpur
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S): Filipino (based on Tagalog) and English
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon, Waray-Waray, Kapampangan, Bicolano, Pangasinense, and others
CURRENCY: Philippine peso (PHP)
ETHINICITY: 32.9% Visayan, 29.5% Tagalog, 10.1% Moro, 10% Ilocano, 5.8% Bicolano, 2.8% Kapampangan, 1.6% Igorot, 1.5% Pangasinense, 1.5% Chinese, 3.3% others.
MAP REFERRED: ASIA
AREA: 300,000 km square
Land : 298,170
NEIGHBOURING PLACES :The Philippines has maritime borders with China, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Palau
FAMOUS FOR: El Nido | Palawan Island | Davao City Manila | Mindanao | Boracay | Binondo | Iloilo City | Baguio | Luzon | Colon Street| Cebu City | Santo NiÃ±o Basilica | Dahican Beach | Manila Bay | Aklan| Banaue Rice Terraces | Clark Philippines | Baler, Aurora
NATIONAL SYMBOLS:Philippine eagle.
TIME ZONE: : UTC+8 (PST)
DRIVING SIDE: Left
AIRPORTS IN Philippines Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Bacolod-Silay International Airport, Clark International Airport, Puerto Princesa International Airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Subic Bay International Airport, Francisco Bangoy International Airport, General Santos International Airport, Iloilo International Airport, Bicol International Airport, Kalibo International Airport, Laoag International Airport and Zamboanga International Airport
Network / Connectivity
Though Wi-Fi access is easily available in the Philippines, the speed is not always reliable especially outside of Manila. Free Wi-Fi connections are available throughout the cafes, restaurants and other commercial places that you will visit. But it's better to invest in a local SIM card. Data with 4G speeds are very affordable starting at about $1 a day, a great alternative if you plan on working remotely.
Globe and Smart are the main cellular service providers that offer prepaid SIM cards. The former offers great coverage in bigger cities such as Manila and Cebu, whereas the latter is better suited for the more rural areas. You can grab your desired SIM at the airport and various load cards are available with denominations ranging from 1PHP to 1000. Pocket Wi-Fi devices are also available with prices ranging between $7 to $15 if you want to connect multiple devices when traveling with family.