Philippines

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The Philippines is an archipelago composed of 81 provinces with 7,641 islands. Only 2,000 are inhabited and are clustered into three major island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It boasts some of the world’s best natural resources. To name a few: Boracay, Cebu and Palawan are three fantastic examples of a perfect ‘tropical paradise.’

Aside from it’s pristine beaches, each island offers a range of amazing activities, cultural sites and mouth-watering food that’ll make you want to explore more.

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destination-language-iconLANGUAGE: Filipino (or Tagalog) and English are the official languages of the country. Both are used in government, education and business. The Filipino language is rich in mainly a fuse of different languages as the early Filipinos interacted with many cultures across the world. Most Filipinos are multilingual so asking for directions wont be a problem.

Do you want to learn how to speak Filipino? We have an article for you!

“LEARN A LANGUAGE: FILIPINO”

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VISA POLICY: Visitors from 157 countries are permitted to enter the country without a visa for periods ranging from 14 to 59 days. Just be sure to have a valid passport for at least six months after arrival. But if you wish to extend your stay, you are required to secure an extended visa waver from the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

For more information on visa-extensions, you may checkout the Department of Foreign Affairs website.

destination-currency-perso-iconCURRENCY: The currency in the Philippines is the Peso (PHP) or Piso. It is made up of 100 centavos (or sentimos) and is often represented with the symbol ₱. It’s denominations are: Bills – 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 piso. Coins – 1, 5, 10, 25 cents (or sentimo). 1, 5, 10 piso.

No permit is required from the Central bank of the Philippines to bring in or to take out from the Philippines of foreign currencies. However, if the traveler carries foreign currencies that exceed $10,000, it must be declared at the Bureau of Customs Desk in the airport. It’s not against the law you just have to declare it.

Mostly, you may have your currency exchanged at the banks but some malls also have exchange booths.

destination-bank-atm-iconBANKS AND ATMS: It is advisable to always bring cash as some famous tourists spots, particularly in the remote areas only accept cash. ATMs are mostly available in the cities and you may withdraw a maximum of ₱10,000 per transaction but will charge you ₱200 (more or less 4USD).

Most banks in the cities are open from Monday to Friday (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) and on Saturdays (9:00 AM – 12:00 NN).

destination-plug-addapter-iconSOCKETS AND ADAPTERS: Most electrical outlets in the Philippines are non-grounded two-pronged outlets of either type A (North-American standard) or type C (European style). Power outlets rarely accept both types of plugs. If you have a US three-pin plug (type B), you will need an adapter to plug in to non-polarized, two-pin outlets. All power sockets in Philippines provide a standard voltage of 220V with a standard frequency of 60Hz.

destination-connectivity-iconCONNECTIVITY: The three most widely used telecommunication networks are Smart, Globe and Sun. All of them are available in prepaid or post-paid plan. Sun is mostly used as a backup since it has “unlimited calls/text” promos but signals in remote areas are weak.

Most places in the Philippines have no free internet connection so it is best to carry a WiFi router.  You may switch over to your carrier’s wireless data network but it’s costly (specially if you’re using a post-paid plan).

destination-transportation-iconTRANSPORTATION: There are three popular airline companies in the country, Philippine Airlines, (Philippines’ flag carrier), Cebu Pacific and Airasia. I usually prefer PAL for traveling outside of the country and for domestic flights, Cebu Pacific and Airasia offer cheap options. For land transportation you may check out this post.

destination-weather-iconWEATHER: The Philippines has two seasons: Wet and dry. For details you may check out this post.

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LUZON

National Capital Region (NCR) Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Abra been-to-button-001 Apayao been-to-button-001 Benguet been-to-button-001 Ifugao been-to-button-001 Kalinga been-to-button-001 Mountain Province
Region 1: Ilocos Region
Ilocos Norte been-to-button-001 Ilocos Sur been-to-button-001 La Union been-to-button-001 Pangasinan
Region 2: Cagayan Valley
Batanes been-to-button-001 Cagayan been-to-button-001 Isabela been-to-button-001 Nueva Vizcaya been-to-button-001 Quirino
Region 3: Central Luzon
Aurora been-to-button-001 Bataan been-to-button-001 Bulacan been-to-button-001 Nueva Ecija been-to-button-001 Pampanga been-to-button-001 Tarlac been-to-button-001 Zambales
Region 4A: CALABARZON
Batangas been-to-button-001 Cavite been-to-button-001 Laguna been-to-button-001 Quezon been-to-button-001 Rizal
Region 4B: MIMAROPA / Southwestern Tagalog
Marinduque been-to-button-001 Occidental Mindoro been-to-button-001 Oriental Mindoro been-to-button-001 Palawan been-to-button-001 Romblon
Region 5: Bicol Region
Albay been-to-button-001 Camarines Norte been-to-button-001 Camarines Sur been-to-button-001 Catanduanes been-to-button-001 Masbate been-to-button-001 Sorsogo

VISAYAS

Region 6: Western Visayas
Aklan been-to-button-001 Antique been-to-button-001 Capiz been-to-button-001 Guimaras been-to-button-001 Iloilo been-to-button-001 Negros Occidental
Region 7: Central Visayas
Bohol been-to-button-001 Cebu been-to-button-001 Negros Oriental been-to-button-001 Siquijor
Region 8: Eastern Visayas
Biliran been-to-button-001 Eastern Samar been-to-button-001 Leyte been-to-button-001 Northern Samar been-to-button-001 Samar been-to-button-001 Southern Leyte

MINDANAO

Region 9: Zamboanga Peninsula
Zamboanga del Norte been-to-button-001 Zamboanga del Sur been-to-button-001 Zamboanga Sibugay
Region 10: Northern Mindanao
Bukidnon been-to-button-001 Camiguin been-to-button-001 Lanao del Norte been-to-button-001 Misamis Occidental been-to-button-001 Misamis Oriental
Region 11: Davao Region
Davao de Oro been-to-button-001 Davao del Norte been-to-button-001 Davao del Sur been-to-button-001 Davao Occidental been-to-button-001 Davao Oriental
Region 12: SOCCSKARGEN
Cotabato been-to-button-001 Sarangani been-to-button-001 South Cotabato been-to-button-001 Sultan Kudarat
Region 13: Caraga Region
Agusan del Norte been-to-button-001 Agusan del Sur been-to-button-001 Dinagat Islands been-to-button-001 Surigao del Norte been-to-button-001 Surigao del Sur
Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)
Basilan been-to-button-001 Lanao del Sur been-to-button-001 Maguindanao been-to-button-001 Sulu been-to-button-001 Tawi-Tawi

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  • Local Dishes
    Adobo
    Kare-Kare
    Lechon
    Sinigang
    Crispy Pata
    Sisig
    Bulalo
    Pork Barbecue
    Pancit Palabok
    Bistek Tagalog
    Fried Lumpia
    Beef Kaldereta
    Dinuguan
    Inihaw na Liempo
    Ginataang Gulay
    Chicken Inasal
    Kilawin
    Arroz Caldo
    Lechon Kawali
    Tapsilog/Filipino breakfast
    Laing
    Bicol Express
    Camaro rebosado
  • Desserts
    Buko
    Halo-Halo
    Ice Candy
    Ginataang halo-halo
  • Snacks
    Banana Q
    Kutsinta
    Turon
    Ensaymada at tsokolate
    Halayang ube
    Leche Flan
  • Street Foods
    Taho
    Isaw
    Kwek kwek
    Helmets / Adidas
    Mango shrimp paste
    Fish balls / chicken balls
    Binatog

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