Philippines

Name: Republic of the Philippines
Population: 100 milion
Capital: Manila
Language: Filipino
Currency: Peso (PHP)
Time Zone: PST (UTC+8)

Country Information
The Philippines is made up of a total of 7,107 islands, only 2000 of which are inhabited. The islands are broadly categorized under 3 main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. It is the 7th most populated country in Asia and the 12th most in the world.
As a newly industrialized country, the Philippine economy which was once founded upon its agriculture is now moving towards an economy based on services and manufacturing.

It is unsurprising that the Philippines attracts tourists due to its incredibly rich biodiversity found across its islands. The mountains, rainforests and diving spots as well as its impressive cultural heritage all add to the reasons why the Philippines is such an incredible place to experience

Climate
The Philippines experiences a tropical maritime climate meaning that it is normally hot and humid and there are 3 distinct seasons:

-Hot, dry season from March to May
-Rainy season from June to November
-Cool, dry season from December to February

The southwest monsoon lasts from May to October and the dry monsoon in the northeast from November to April.

Temperatures in the Philippines normally range from 21°C to 32°C with the coolest month being January and the hottest, May. The yearly average is 26.6°C..

The Philippines sits on the typhoon belt and so most islands experience torrential rains and storms from July to October.

Culture
The Philippines is a secular state and stemming from its Spanish cultural influence and it is one of only two Roman Catholic countries in Asia. Its Christian population is at about 90%. The country displays a mixture of Eastern and Western culture. Whilst it undeniably preserves cultural aspects found elsewhere in Asia, its hispanic influence is perhaps most noticeable especially in the architecture and names of streets, towns and provinces.

Gastronomy
True to its mixed culture, Philippine cuisine also reflects numerous different influences especially Hispanic, Chinese and American. Dishes vary from the simple to the elaborate and tend to be defined by strong flavours although they are generally less spicy compared to other Asian countries.

Moreover, unlike most Asian countries, Filipinos don’t eat with chopsticks and instead use western cutlery. The most common pairing, maybe due to the common consumption of rice is a fork and a spoon.

Transportation
By Pedicabs
These are a sort of push tricycle and are particularly useful for short journeys.

By Habal-Habal
These are motorbike taxis and normally slightly cheaper than the pedicabs.

By Jeepney
These are essentially modified army jeeps that were left by the Americans after the second world war. They are frequently painted with images of the Virgin Mary and/or scenes from comic books.They are the main form of urban transport in most cities and are an alternative to bus transport between regions for the longer journeys. They are a popular mode of transport but not ideal for sightseeing along the way due to the narrow window space.

By Bus
These come in all different shapes and sizes and bus stops are frequent throughout towns and more rural areas, although bus services in more remote areas may only run during the morning.

By Minivans
These often shadow bus routes and despite being quicker than buses, you often have to wait until the van is full before it will set off and they can be fairly cramped as well as more expensive than the bus.

For more information on the Philippines check out the Philippines Tourism Board website here.

  • Philippines Palawan Island Getaway

    Philippines,

    12 people
    9 days
    Code: TOSH
    Activity and Adventure, Discovery, Tours
    Be mesmerised by the magic of the Philippines on this nine-day tour from Manila to Palawan. Explore one of the greenest cities in the country, trek to the Batak tribe to meet some locals, stroll ...
    From £1,640Member Price £1,600
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  • Philippine Adventure

    Philippines,

    12 people
    19 days
    Code: TOSLC
    Activity and Adventure, Discovery, Tours
    Be mesmerised by the magic of the Philippines on this 19-day tour from Manila to Puerto Princesa. See the fusion of the past and present in Manila, stare in awe at the eighth wonder of the world, ...
    From £3,440Member Price £3,390
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  • Philippine Discovery

    Philippines,

    12 people
    11 days
    Code: TTSL
    Activity and Adventure, Discovery, Tours
    A tropical archipelago made up of more than 7,000 islands packed to the brim with natural wonders, the Philippines is an enticing country just waiting to be explored. Gaze in awe at spectacular ...
    From £1,862Member Price £1,822
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  • Palawan Beach Week in Philippines

    El Nido (Palawan), Philippines

    15 people
    7 days
    Code: 286
    Activity and Adventure, Discovery, Tours
    Indulge in the beautiful surroundings of El Nido’s untouched beaches...relax, go kayaking, get a massage and discover the marine life underwater!Unwind and relax in a beautiful location and ...
    From £750Member Price £675
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  • Environmental Conservation in Philippines

    Aborlan (Palawan), Philippines

    15 people
    7 days
    Code: 455
    Volunteering Abroad
    Dedicate your time to rehabilitate mangrove areas of Tigman Village which have been in severe decline for almost 10 years.Spend some time on conserving Palawan’s Mangrove plantations, a ...
    From £250Member Price £225
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  • Palawan Culture Week in Philippines

    Aborlan (Palawan), Philippines

    15 people
    7 days
    Code: 281
    Activity and Adventure, Cultural Experiences
    Experience Philippine culture first-hand through your exploration of local spots, immersing in the cuisine, visiting famous sights and more!Our culture week is tailored to introduce you to (just ...
    From £400Member Price £360
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  • Construction Effort in Philippines

    Aborlan (Palawan), Philippines

    15 people
    7 days
    Code: 285
    Building and Construction, Volunteering Abroad
    Give back to the people of Palawan by constructing and renovating their houses, health care centers, schools, or other community facilities.In Palawan, there is a high demand for assistance in ...
    From £300Member Price £270
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  • Teaching in Philippines

    Aborlan (Palawan), Philippines

    15 people
    7 days
    Code: 283
    Teaching, Volunteering Abroad
    Help the local children of Palawan improving their English language skills at a local school. This program will provide you with an insight into the Philippine educational system and specifically ...
    From £250Member Price £225
    More Info 10% off
  • Village Healthcare in Philippines

    Aborlan (Palawan), Philippines

    15 people
    7 days
    Code: 287
    Medical Health Care, Volunteering Abroad
    Assist in the healthcare of villagers in one of the most rural areas of Palawan. Get work experience while immersing in a new culture and world!This placement is for participants with a medical ...
    From £400Member Price £360
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  • English Exchange in Philippines

    Aborlan (Palawan), Philippines

    15 people
    7 days
    Code: 438
    Activity and Adventure, Teaching, Volunteering Abroad
    Learn English in paradise! Study in this fun, cultural exchange program set in beautiful Palawan.This program offers beginners a practical way to improve their English, in both classroom and ...
    From £500Member Price £450
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  • Palawan Experience in Philippines

    Aborlan (Palawan), Philippines

    15 people
    7 days
    Code: 282
    Activity and Adventure, Agriculture, Community, Volunteering Abroad
    Learn about fishing and agriculture by working alongside local villagers who have devoted their lives to these professions!This program offers the unique opportunity to work alongside the local ...
    From £250Member Price £225
    More Info 10% off
  • Kindergarten in Philippines

    Aborlan (Palawan), Philippines

    15 people
    7 days
    Code: 284
    Activity and Adventure, Care Work, Teaching, Volunteering Abroad
    Come to Palawan and help out at a local kindergarten by taking care of its children and teaching them!Working alongside the local people on Palawan island, in the caretaking of children at a ...
    From £250Member Price £225
    More Info 10% off
  • Diving Course in Philippines

    El Nido (Palawan), Philippines

    15 people
    7 days
    Code: 288
    Activity and Adventure, Sports and Adventure, Water Sports
    Discover the beautiful underwater world near the shores of El Nido, Palawan and get your official PADI diving license while you’re at it!The waters surrounding El Nido are rich with marine ...
    From £1,500Member Price £1,350
    More Info 10% off
  • Siargao Surf & Explore in The Philippines

    Siargao Island, The Philippines

    10 people
    14 days
    Code: PHTTR1
    Activity and Adventure, Sports and Adventure, Surfing, Water Sports
    Make your next surf trip the Philippines with us and spend 2 weeks on Siargao Island which offers serene beauty, friendly people, and world class waves. An uncrowded surfing utopia.
    From £1,195Member Price £1,170
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