A paradise beyond compare! Undoubtedly, a visit to the Philippines will catch any traveler in bewilderment. The picturesque beauty of traditional and contemporary culture, a concoction of prosaic and amazing traits, as well as the unique fusion of the oriental and occidental makes the Philippines a paradise in the southeast. The enormous sights all over the archipelago are distinct. The islands are like pearls of utmost brilliance, irresistible food and incredible experience of the tradition, milieu and its people.

Manila the capital city is a vivacious heart of fantastic shopping and the most incredible nightlife than the rest of the neighboring countries. Baywalk in Roxas Boulevard and Eastwood Libis, are sights worth seeing. Bookworms and the introverts mingle with celebrities and flashy gays creating a genial outdoor shindig like no other. Music, dance and live performances make it even more exciting toting up the warmth and thrill of the evening.

For beach aficionados, Philippines is a fun getaway, the pristine white sand beaches of Boracay, the invigorating scene at El Nido as well as the first rate scuba diving paradise of Palawan and the world-class Amanpulo are some few of the rest of the 7000 zany islands you ought to see, explore and discover. Aquamarine life is of no comparison, a dwelling to a variety of fishes like manta ray and the rarest marine mammal, the sea cow locally known as “dugong”. An abode to some exotic animals like tarsier the smallest primates in the world, the world's smallest hoofed mammal - Philippine mouse deer, and the Philippine Eagle.

The archipelago has much more to show than its scenic view – its PEOPLE. Hospitality is the greatest trait that makes Filipino people eminent in this part of the world. Their captivating smiles resemble an enviably positive outlook in life. Filipinos are passionate, romantic and are vulnerable to the insanities of love. However, they are tough resilient to the peak and troughs of life. The locals are extraordinarily helpful. Fervor and benevolence are naturally deep-rooted in their bloodline. Having a strong inclination to culture and tradition Filipinos celebrate Fiestas (feasts) vibrantly all year round through festivals.

Discover the brilliance of the pearl of the orient, relish the dramatic scenery, savor the panoramic sights and experience the warmth of the Filipinos. There are 7100 reasons that makes the Philippines a charming and an ideal destination. Biyahe na!

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Country Description

  • Country Description

    Country Description

    Philippines is known as Pearl of the Orient within the Southeast Asian region. A democratic country composed of more than 7,100 islands having three major areas Luzon to the north Visayas in the center, Mindanao down south. Manila is its capital. ...

Passport and Visa

  • Passport and Visa

    Passport and Visa

    A Philippine Visa is a seal of approval to enter the Philippines. It will be issued by a consular office or at a Philippine Embassy Consulate abroad. Visa serves as a request permission from the Philippine Immigration authorities at the ports of ...

Geography and Climate

  • Climate


    Philippines is a tropical country. March to May is hot and dry season, June to October is rainy while November to February are the coolest months of the year. Temperature ranges from 78oF/25oC to 90oF/32oC. In the recent years, the country experie...

Health and Safety

  • Health and Safety

    Health and Safety

    Health and safety is the foremost concern of any traveler. Insurance, medical facilities, required or recommended vaccinations as well as crime rate are some of the major aspects that a traveler has to look into. Regardless of county you'll go to,...

  • Insurance


    Health Insurances in the Philippines usually cover employees of private and public offices. Health care benefit is offered as part of the employment package. Quite a number of insurance companies mushroom all over the country that caters to any ty...

  • Medical Facilities

    Medical Facilities

    Commonly in the metropolitan cities of the Philippines, modern medical facilities are adequate to meet health care needs, however, in cases where you will study or go to a rural or provincial area, it must be expected that it is not as good as wha...

  • Vaccinations


    The Philippines typically require travelers to secure a certificate against yellow fever especially coming from infected areas. Children under one year old is exempted but may be subjected to isolation when necessary. At very occasional situations...

  • Crime


    The Philippines has its own fair share of felony. Purse snatching, pick-pockets, fare fraud usually happen at the market, shopping malls, crowded places and even in church. Also, encounters with corrupt policemen as well as insistent beggars are ...


  • Studying in the Philippines

    Studying in the Philippines

    Philippines have a 90% literacy rate. It proves that Education is of primary concern in the country. Needless to say, a lot of foreigners from various countries and different nationalities often travel to the Philippines for education. Philippines...


  • Volunteering in the Philippines

    Volunteering in the Philippines

    There are quite number of volunteer organizations in the Philippines. Most of the volunteer works revolve around adoption of communities, medical work, teaching and rural development. Volunteer work is a total package in which at the end of an ass...

Learning a Language

  • Learning a Language in the Philippines

    Learning a Language in the Philippines

    Filipino is the national language of the Philippines. When foreigners visit the Philippines they sound so funny trying to speak the language in an American or any other accent. There are a lot of ways to learn Filipino language. Nowadays, there ar...

Teaching or Working

  • Teaching in the Philippines

    Teaching in the Philippines

    Teaching English in the Philippines has become more popular in the recent years. Numerous ESL schools mushroomed in Manila, Cebu and Davao. The fact that the Philippines use English language as it official language and medium of instruction in sch...

Culture Shock

  • Culture Shock in Philippines

    Culture Shock in Philippines

    In the Philippines there are a lot of interesting traditions observed that sometimes bewilder any guest coming to the place. Below are some of the Philippines' observed practices : a. Kissing of the Hands A gesture made to pay respect to parents, ...

People and Culture

  • People


    Filpinos are the inhabitants of the Republic of the Philippines. Colloquially Filipinos refer themselves as Pinoy (male Filipino) or Pinay (female Filipino). Filipinos are known for their hospitality, patience and talent as well as having a rich...

  • Language


    Filipino is the national language of the Philippines. Tagalog is interchangeably used with the term Filipino referring to the official language. Most of the Filipinos know how to speak English making it a second language. Filipino as a national la...

  • Religion


    Philippines is the only catholic country in the Southeast Asia. Roman Catholic is predominant religion in the country. Terms like, Catholic, Christianity are interchangeably used to mean the religion Roman Catholic. Down south of the Philippines i...

  • Holidays and Festivals

    Holidays and Festivals

    Holidays of the Philippines New Year's Day January 1 People Power Day February 25 Day of Valor April 9 Labor Day May 1 Independence Day June 12 Ninoy Aquino Day August 21 All Saints' Day November 1 Bonifacio Day November 30 Christmas Day December...

  • Food


    A Filipino ordinarily eats three main meals. Breakfast (Almusal), Lunch (Tanghalian), Dinner (Hapunan) and an Afternoon snack (Merienda). Rice is a main staple for a man meal and Filipino men cannot afford to eat without rice. The Filipino cuisine...

  • Tipping


    Tipping is quite common for restaurants, hotels and other hospitality services. A 10% tip is advisable but it is not necessary for establishments having 10% service charge.

  • Music


    The Philippine music is a combination of quite a number of influences that the country have had. Filipinos are mostly in love with music, culture and the arts. Every Filipino since born has a strong inclination to music. You will hear people singi...

  • Dance


    Dance in the Philippines is greatly influenced by its rich tradition and culture. Tinikling is dubbed as the Philippine National dance. The dance originated from one of the island of the Philippines named Leyte describing the fast and graceful mov...

  • Gestures


    To recognize an elder's presence, a younger person may take the elder's hand (usually someone at least 15 years older), bring it to forehead and then release it. This is a common gesture of respect to parents, relatives and older folks. Respect ca...

  • Etiquette


    Hiya or shame is one of the utmost traits of the Filipinos that dictates behavior. Thus, etiquette is something that any traveler must look into. For parties, you must arrive 15-20 minutes late commonly known as Filipino time. But for business be...

Continued from People and Culture

  • Sports


    The most common sports played in the Philippines and gained much popularity is basketball and boxing. Almost every corner in the Philippines youll get to see basketball court as it is the favorite past time of Filipino men. Boxing has gained so mu...

Where to Go and What to See

  • Tourist Destinations

    Tourist Destinations

    Pearl of the Orient - Philippines. As precious as the pearls are the great spots you can find in the Islands of the Philippines. Despite being a third world country, poverty, ballooning population and occasional political turmoil it takes pride ov...

  • Tourist offices

    Tourist offices

    The Philippine Tourism Authority(PTA) is the implementing arm of the Philippine Department of Tourism for policies and programs pertaining to the development, promotion and supervision of Philippine Tourism infrastructure projects. Tourist office...

  • Museums


    NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES Established in 1901 and now the official cache of the natural history and abounding facts of the Island. The adjoining building is now the National Museum of the Filipino People sheltering the Anthropology and ...

  • National Parks

    National Parks

    RIZAL PARK - Premier national park of the Philippines, named after DR. JOSE RIZAL the national hero of the Philippines. Among Filipinos, it is commonly called as "Luneta" in which the national hero's monument is located at the heart of the par...

Night Life

  • Night life

    Night life

    Night life in the Philippines is definitely a bash! From whatever region you go to especially for urban and metropolitan cities, there would always be a perfect place to hang out, have fun, sing and dance all night long. Filipinos are fun-loving p...


  • Jeepney


    Jeepneys: Jeepneys are a unique Philippine invention built from ingenuity and scrap metal. The Americans left the islands following WWII, they left behind military hardware including a large inventory of jeeps. The local population cus...

  • Motorcycle Cab

    Motorcycle Cab

    Motorcycle: Motorcycle cabs, sometimes called Hondas regardless of brand or make, are an efficient mode of transportation in the Philippines. The motorcycles are customized with a sidecar which is capable of accommodating up to four pa...

  • Pedicab


    Pedicab: The Pedicab is a three wheeled bicycle with a covered rear seat for customers. Like a bicycle rickshaw, this form of transportation is powered by human pedal power. Pedicabs are particularly welcomed on a hot day when the jeep...

  • Barko


    Barko: The Barko, otherwise known as a ferry boat, is an essential cog in the transportation infrastructure of the Philippines. The country is made up of over 7,000 islands, most of which have no airports. Workers utilize the barkos to...

  • Air


    Air: Philippine Airlines is a top notch international airline. Philippine Airlines offers excellent domestic fares as well. Due to the proximity of the islands most flights are under an hour. Philippine Air offers a great multi-stop p...

  • Transportation


    Just as Philippines is rich in historic past, culture and tradition, exploring the entire archipelago makes transportation a point of concern. The country has an adequate transportation system which makes any island or inter-island as well as inte...

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Communication and Technology

  • Postal services

    Postal services

    Philippine Postal Corporation is the ultimate agency handling the mailing system of the Philippines. It caters to both local and international mail and other special services. However, there had been a drastic decrease in the usage of the postal s...

  • Telephone services

    Telephone services

    At the moment the country has an adequate telecommunication system to suffice the need of telecommunication service in the entire archipelago. The Philippines has the following major telecommunication companies, Philippine Long Distance Company, B...

  • Electricity


    220 volts, A.C. 60 cycles. Most hotels have 110-volt outlets.

  • Internet availability

    Internet availability

    Internet technology made the Filipinos engrossed with e-mails, Friendster, myspace etc.. Likewise, business industries have also been greatly helped with fast communication to clients, other branches as well as international communication. With a ...

  • Internet Cafes

    Internet Cafes

    Internet Cafes are scattered within the entire Philippine Archipelago due to good telephone system within the three areas, Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao. At the most, internet cafes in the Philippines have dial up, and dsl connection.

Money Issues

  • Local currency

    Local currency

    The official currency of the Philippines is the Philippine peso or locally known as Piso ng Pilipinas (Filipino) Subunit 1/100 sentimo (Filipino) centavo (English) Symbol : PHP / P Coins 5, 10, 25 centavos, P1, P5, P10 Banknotes P10, P20, P50, P10...

  • Currency Exchange Information

    Currency Exchange Information

    Major credit cards and debit cards are accepted especially in the major cities of the Philippines. ATM machines are available 24 hours Monday to Sunday. ATM machines are also available in malls. However, in other cities, travellers cheques are ac...

Women and Travel

  • Women and travel

    Women and travel

    Women either single or married will truly enjoy a visit to the Philippines. Hotels are convenient. Amenities like spa, fitness gym, souvenir shops, swimming pool are perfect for any woman's taste. Also, when you walk out of the hotel, you'll enjoy...

Minorities and Travel

  • Minorities and travel

    Minorities and travel

    Any traveler must avoid traveling to the southern part of the Philippines Mindanao for safety and security. The reason is that, some ethnic groups or minorities are having anti-government activities that might be too risky for any traveler. On th...

Traveling with Disabilities

  • Traveling with Disabilities

    Traveling with Disabilities

    The Philippine government had made certain provisions for public facilities, commercial buildings and other facilities to extend for the handicapped clients, customers and even tourists. Travelers with Disabilities are given special travel package...

Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual

  • Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual

    Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual

    Philippines is much open to the Gay people. You'll not have a problem with accommodation because a lot of hotels, inns, resorts as well as suites that are tailored fit for travelers like you. Night life can also be fun for gays, lesbians and bisex...

Fast Facts

  • Official Name: Republic of the Philippines
  • Capital: Manila
  • Currency: Philippine Peso (PhP)
  • Population: 91,077,287 (July 2007 est.)
  • Timezone: PST (UTC +8) / GMT +8 hours


  • Almeria
  • Angeles City
  • Antipolo
  • Bacolod City
  • Baguio City
  • Biri, Northern Samar
  • Bislig City
  • Bohol
  • Boracay
  • Butuan City
  • Cabanatuan City
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Calbayog City
  • Caloocan
  • Catbalogan City
  • Cebu City
  • Davao
  • Dumaguete
  • El Nido
  • Iligan
  • Iloilo
  • Laguna
  • Laoag City
  • Lapu-Lapu City
  • Legaspi City
  • Makati City
  • Manila
  • Marabut
  • Naga City
  • Naval
  • Negros Occidental
  • Negros Oriental
  • Ormoc
  • Paranaque City
  • Pasig City
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Quezon City
  • Romblon
  • Rural Areas
  • Subic Bay
  • Tacloban City
  • Taguig


    Embassy of the Republic of Palau
  • Marbelle Condominium II
    Unit 101, Ground Floor
    2071 Roxas Boulevard
    Malate, Manila
    Phone: (+63-2) 5221982, 5222849
    more info

  • Consulate of the Republic of Peru in the Philippines
  • Suite 404 CLMC Building, 259 EDSA Greenhills
    Mandaluyong City
    Phone: (63-2) 726 0355
    more info

More Embassies in Philippines

Area Codes

  • 63 country code
  • 45  Angeles City
  • 74  Baguio City
  • 88  Cagayan de Oro City
  • 2  Caloocan
  • 32  Cebu City
  • 82  Davao
  • 63  Iligan
  • 52  Legaspi City
  • 2  Manila
  • 54  Naga City
  • 53  Ormoc
  • 2  Paranaque City
  • 2  Pasig City
  • 2  Quezon City
  • 47  Subic Bay
  • 53  Tacloban City


  • 220 volts, A.C. 60 cycles. Most hotels have 110-volt outlets.


  • - Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila)
    - Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (Angeles, Pampanga)
    - Mactan International Airport (Cebu City)
    - Subic Bay International Airport (Subic, Zambales)


  • January 1
    New Years Day / Bagong Taon

    February 25
    People Power Day / Araw ng EDSA

    April 9
    Day of Valor / Araw ng Kagitingan

    May 1
    Labor Day / Araw ng Manggagawa

    June 12
    Independence Day / Araw ng Kalayaan

    August 21
    Ninoy Aquino Day / Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Ninoy Aquino

    November 1
    All Saint's Day / Undas/Araw ng mga Namayapa

    November 30
    Bonifacio Day / Kaarawan ni Bonifacio

    December 25
    Christmas Day / Araw ng Pasko

    December 30
    Rizal Day / Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Dr. Jose Rizal

    December 31
    New Year's Eve / Bisperas ng Bagong Taon

Recommended Vaccinations

  • - A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers coming from infected areas. Children less than one year old are exempted but may be subject to isolation when necessary.