The Philippines is located in the Southeast Asian region bounded by
the South China Sea on the west and the Philippine Sea on the east.
Filipinos are of Indo-Malay, Chinese and Spanish ancestry.
The estimated population in July, 2006 is 89,468,677.
As of July 2005, the population reached an estimated 87,857,473.
The official, commercial and legal language is English though the national
language is Filipino. Around 111 languages and dialects are spoken around
is the national anthem of the Philippines. At first, it was an instrumental
march commissioned by then President Emilio Aguinaldo, to Julian Felipe,
for use in the Philippine independence proclamation on June 12, 1898.
The original Spanish lyrics was written by Jose Palma.
Flag of the Republic
The Philippine Flag is the national emblem of the country. has the unique distinction of being the only flag in the world signifying peace or war. It stands for freedom, equality, justice and nobility.
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Philippine Flag
of Allegiance to the Philippine Flag, was revised in accordance to the
Department of Education's Order 54 to inculate values of patriotism
and citizenship in all Filipinos.
How to Get Here
Most international flights enter the Philippines through Manila and
Cebu. Manila, through the Philippine Airlines, links to 26 cities in
19 countries. It also serves principal cities and towns all over the
country. It sea ports for major international carriers and cruise liners
in the two cities. Regular flights from Japan, Singapore and Australia,
as well as charter flights from Hong Kong and the United States and
other major travel markets enter through Cebu City too.
As long as your country of origin is among those with which the Philippines
has diplomatic relations and you have valid passports, you can stay
in the Philippines for a period of 21 days. You don’t need visas
to get in. If you plan to stay for three months, you can secure visas
that cost around US$35. Multiple entry visas (lasting six and 12 months)
are also available but cost higher and allows stays for 59 days at most.
Guests undergo Customs examination. They are requested to fill in the
Baggage and Currency Declaration Form. Items such as reasonable quantity
of clothes, jewelry and toiletries, cigarette or tobacco sticks, and
bottles of wines or spirits, are allowed to be brought in but with a
fixed limit duty-free.
The Bureau of Customs also requires visitors who carry more than US$3,000
to declare the amount at the Central Bank of the Philippines. Upon departure,
foreign currency taken must not exceed the amount brought in. They also
cannot take out more than PhP1000 in local currency.
Philippine seasons can be divided into three. These are the wet or rainy
season which falls on the months of June to October, the cool or dry
season extending from November to February and the hot or dry season
from March to May. Generally, the climate is tropical with abundant
rainfall and gentle winds.
What to Wear
If you just want to go around the city, light casual clothes such as
lightweight cotton and linen tropical clothing are recommended. If you
plan to visit mountain regions, you should wear warmer garments. In
attending formal occasions, a dinner jacket and tie, or the Philippine
barong Tagalog can be worn.
The currency code is PHP. It stands for Philippine peso. Bank notes
come in P10, P20, P50, P100, P200, P500 and P1000 denominations, while
coins come in 5c, 10c, 25c, P1, P5 and P10.
You may visit the site to view the latest Philippine currency exchange rate.
The Philippines is predominantly Catholic. Islam and Protestantism are
also practiced. There are also Filipino independent churches such as
Aglipay and Iglesia ni Cristo founded by some locals.
Fil Info (http://www.filipino.com/sfdot/geninfo/geninfo1.htm#climate)
Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles, California
The World Factbook 2002
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas ( http://www.bsp.gov.ph/Statistics/stats_SEFI.htm