An archipelago made up of 7,107 islands of lush green tropical forests encircled by pristine crystal-clear beaches – there’s no wonder why the Philippines is famed to showcase the beauty of nature at its finest. Harnessing its strengths, tourism is one of the major income-generating economies in the country.Visitors from all parts of the world marvel at the paradisiacal qualities of the Philippine islands; from its culture and nature to its wonderful people.
If you’re one of those curious as to what the Philippines is and want to visit the nation soon, you first need to know the ins and outs of the country.
The Philippine Peso is the official currency of the country. As of this writing, a U.S. dollar equates to 42.93 Philippine Peso.
Planes and boats are the major modes of transport if you want to transfer from island to island while taxis, buses, tricycles and the world-famous Philippine jeepney are the way to go. Prepare smaller denominations if you want to commute to various locations as drivers would usually have small amounts of change.
The Philippines is a tropical country with two seasons: sunny and rainy. The country experience mild to dry climate during the months of January to May while most typhoons and rain come to the country during the months of June to December.
Tagalog is the national language of Filipinos. But don’t fret if you can’t converse in it, most Filipinos know basic English as they are influenced by western culture.
Filipinos are hospitable people who love entertaining guests and are friendly to tourists. They have strong family ties and usually value relationships over money. Despite being one of the most poverty-stricken nations, Filipinos are generally happy and love comedic entertainment.
Filipinos, like other Asians, love eating rice. The usual Filipino meal is composed of ulam or the main dish and steamed rice. Tinola, Sinigang and Kare-kare are some of the most popular kinds of ulam. Traditional desserts are the leche flan, halo-halo, buko pandan and minatamis na saging.
Those looking for new exotic food to try will not be disappointed when visiting the country for Philippines have balut or fertilized duck egg, isaw or chicken intestines, the aptly named walkman which is pig ears, and betamax or grilled chicken blood.
Life in rural areas of the country remains simple and traditional while western influence becomes more evident in urban areas. If you want to experience the hype of the country, go to cities or opt retire to the provinces if seeking peace and quiet.