about philippines
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QUICK FACTS
  • Official Name: Republic of the Philippines
  • Islands: 7,641 islands categorized under three main geographical divisions from North to South: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao
  • Form of Government: Democratic with the President as both the Head of the State and Government
  • Population: more than 100 million
  • Capital City: Manila (located in the Luzon Island)
  • Currency: The Philippine Peso (PHP)
  • Religion: only Christian nation in Asia (80.58% are Roman Catholic; 10.8 % are Protestants, 11 % are Muslim, 2 % are practicing Buddhism)
  • Literacy: 96.6 %
  • Time Zone: GMT+8
  • Economy: Agriculture, Exports, Services & Manufacturing, Remittances from OFW’s , Travel and Tourism
weather
    Philippines have tropical weather. There are 3 main seasons.
  • Rains: From June to September. Showers can be frequent and heavy.
  • Cool: October to February it is cool but temperature rarely drops below 25 degree Celsius.
  • Summer: From March to May when temperatures can soar.
  • Overall the climate is perfect for a holiday in paradise and long hours of sun make this a dream destination. In terms of what to pack it is advised that lighter clothing is taken, shorts and beachwear are of course essential although in the rainy season be prepared for rains.
People and Culture
  • Filipinos are predominantly of Malay descent, frequently with Chinese and sometimes American or Spanish ancestry.
  • Philippine culture is a combination of Eastern and Western cultures.
  • Politeness is an art form in the Philippines. Most foreigners will be referred to as “sir” and “mam” no matter their age. You’ll see younger people refer to the women and men a little bit older as “ates” and “kuyas” (sort of like older sister or brother, respectively).
  • Filipinos respect and cherish their elders, and that shows in many ways in everyday life. Elderly, disabled, and pregnant women even have their own line at banks, restaurants and taxi queues, allowing them to bypass the crowd.
  • Filipinos are warm, happy, and have a great sense of humor. In fact, the Philippines is one of the happiest countries in the world. Other elements if the Filipino value system are optimism about the future, pessimism about present situations and events, concern and care for other people, the existence of friendship and friendliness, the habit of being hospitable, religious nature, respectfulness to self and others, respect for the female members of society, the fear of God, and abhorrence of acts of cheating and thievery.
Shop opening times:
The Philippines is home to three of the ten largest shopping malls in the world, the Mega Fashion Hall of SM Megamall (third largest in the world, encompassing 5, 451, 220 sq ft), SM City North EDSA (fourth largest) and SM Mall of Asia (tenth largest).Usually shops are open on weekends and public holidays as well. Most malls in big cities will stay open till 9pm.
Electricity
In the Philippines the power plugs and sockets (usually Japanese-style) are of type A, B and C. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.
Language
  • The Philippines is the 3rd largest English speaking country in the world.
  • Filipino (standardized version of Tagalog language) and English are the official languages of the country, used in government, education, print, broadcast media and business.
Transportation
Buses, jeepneys, taxis, and motorized tricycles are commonly available in major cities and towns. Airplanes are available for domestic and international destinations. Watercrafts and huge ships are available for inter-island travel.