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Philippines.

Philippines Facts & Information

 Location Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam
 Climate Tropical marine; northeast monsoon (November to April); southwest monsoon (May to October)
 Terrain Mostly mountains with narrow to extensive coastal lowlands
 Population 84,619,974
 Nationality Filipino
 Ethnic groups Christian Malay 91.5%, Muslim Malay 4%, Chinese 1.5%
 Religions Roman Catholic 83%, Protestant 9%, Muslim 5%, Buddhist and other 3%
 Languages Two official languages - Filipino (based on Tagalog) and English; eight major dialects - Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocan, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinense
 Government Type Republic
 Capital Manila
 Currency Philippine peso
 Description of Flag The Philippines flag has two equal horizontal bands of blue (top) and red with a white equilateral triangle based on the hoist side; in the center of the triangle is a yellow sun with eight primary rays (each containing three individual rays) and in each corner of the triangle is a small yellow five-pointed star.
 Philippines Flag Flag of Philippines

More Information
 www.travel.state.gov
 www.cia.gov

 

Filipino Cultur e

The Philippines is a diverse culture—a mixing of native and foreign influences. Over 60 different ethic groups are scattered throughout the country. With this range of backgrounds, a variety of languages and dialects exist (over 80 total). The national language is Pilipino (based on Tagalog), with many speaking other languages such as Cebuano, Hiligaynon and Llocano. English does remain the language for business.

Manila PhilippinesChristianity is widely practiced—the only Asian country that practices Christian faiths. However, many Muslims also call the Philippines home.

Cuisine is also varied due to the diverse culture mix. You can find gastronomy with Chinese and Spanish flair. Barbecue is popular, so are dishes served with rice and vegetables cooked in vinegar and garlic. Tropical fruit is abundant and you will find in the cuisine and in desserts, along with crème caramel.

More Information:
 www.state.gov

 

Filipino Cultur e

The Philippines is a diverse culture—a mixing of native and foreign influences. Over 60 different ethic groups are scattered throughout the country. With this range of backgrounds, a variety of languages and dialects exist (over 80 total). The national language is Pilipino (based on Tagalog), with many speaking other languages such as Cebuano, Hiligaynon and Llocano. English does remain the language for business.

Manila PhilippinesChristianity is widely practiced—the only Asian country that practices Christian faiths. However, many Muslims also call the Philippines home.

Cuisine is also varied due to the diverse culture mix. You can find gastronomy with Chinese and Spanish flair. Barbecue is popular, so are dishes served with rice and vegetables cooked in vinegar and garlic. Tropical fruit is abundant and you will find in the cuisine and in desserts, along with crème caramel.

More Information:
 www.state.gov

 

Philippines Shopping

The Philippines has some of the best shopping in Asia. The attraction is on the country’s beautiful handicrafts, woodcarvings, and jewelry. Manila and Cebu are shopping meccas for anyone looking to buy some of these Asian treasures.

Under the Quaipo Bridge, in Manila, you can find many tourist shops and markets. Many sell unique baskets

made of bamboo and palm. These baskets are found all over the world, so expect a nice bargain in the heartland. The Baquio market in the mountain province also has antiques. This market is also home to some of the best silver jewelry in the world. Students are

skilled in the art of jewelry making and hone their craftsmanship, as evidenced by the beautiful necklaces and bracelets they create.

In addition to silver, the Philippines contains shell jewelry, mother-of-pearl is very popular. You can also encounter beadwork in other jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, and hair pieces from native tribes.

In Luzon, you can find colorful mats in gorgeous, intricate designs. Every region has a distinct, dramatic patterns and colors. Also, you can find some of the best shoe buys in the world here.

Fabrics and embroidery are internationally recognized. Barong tagalong is popular with the tourists. You can find many handmade clothes, rugs, embroidered clothes, and shirts.

Malls are open Monday-Saturday 9 am-7 pm. They are usually open on Sunday, too.

 

Philippines Shopping

The Philippines has some of the best shopping in Asia. The attraction is on the country’s beautiful handicrafts, woodcarvings, and jewelry. Manila and Cebu are shopping meccas for anyone looking to buy some of these Asian treasures.

Under the Quaipo Bridge, in Manila, you can find many tourist shops and markets. Many sell unique baskets

made of bamboo and palm. These baskets are found all over the world, so expect a nice bargain in the heartland. The Baquio market in the mountain province also has antiques. This market is also home to some of the best silver jewelry in the world. Students are

skilled in the art of jewelry making and hone their craftsmanship, as evidenced by the beautiful necklaces and bracelets they create.

In addition to silver, the Philippines contains shell jewelry, mother-of-pearl is very popular. You can also encounter beadwork in other jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, and hair pieces from native tribes.

In Luzon, you can find colorful mats in gorgeous, intricate designs. Every region has a distinct, dramatic patterns and colors. Also, you can find some of the best shoe buys in the world here.

Fabrics and embroidery are internationally recognized. Barong tagalong is popular with the tourists. You can find many handmade clothes, rugs, embroidered clothes, and shirts.

Malls are open Monday-Saturday 9 am-7 pm. They are usually open on Sunday, too.

 

Philippines Restaurants

We’ve provided listings for some of the top restaurants in the Philippines including Cebu, Makati, Manila, and more. You’ll find lavish gourmet restaurants, affordable restaurants serving up good food, and everything in between. Sample traditional Filipino cuisine or other specialty cuisines that are sure to make your taste buds happy.

Read reviews entered by other patrons and be sure to return to our site to submit your own restaurant review.

  Choose A Philippines Restaurant Location  
  Baguio City Batangas City Calapan City  
  Cavite Cebu Clark Field  
  Dagupan City Davao Dumaguete  
  Ilo-Ilo City Makati Manila  
  Pasay Pasig Santo Tomas  
  Tagaytay City Tarlac    

 

Philippines Restaurants

We’ve provided listings for some of the top restaurants in the Philippines including Cebu, Makati, Manila, and more. You’ll find lavish gourmet restaurants, affordable restaurants serving up good food, and everything in between. Sample traditional Filipino cuisine or other specialty cuisines that are sure to make your taste buds happy.

Read reviews entered by other patrons and be sure to return to our site to submit your own restaurant review.

  Choose A Philippines Restaurant Location  
  Baguio City Batangas City Calapan City  
  Cavite Cebu Clark Field  
  Dagupan City Davao Dumaguete  
  Ilo-Ilo City Makati Manila  
  Pasay Pasig Santo Tomas  
  Tagaytay City Tarlac    

 


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