consists of 7,107 islands, of which only 2,000 are inhabited. Only
about 500 of the islands are larger than a square kilometer and 2,500
of them are not even named. The total area of the Philippines is 299,404
square kilometers. The highest mountain is Mt. Apo, near Davao in
Mindanao, at 2,953 metres.
The islands of the Philippines can be conveniently divided into
three groups. First, there is Luzon, the largest and northernmost
island and the site of the capital, Manila. The nearby islands of
Mindoro and Marinduque are generally included with Luzon. At the
other end of the archipelago is the second largest island, Mindanao.
Third, there is the tightly-packed island group known as the Visayas.
There are seven major islands in this group - Panay, Negros, Cebu,
Bohol, Leyte, Samar and Masbate. Cebu is the central island of the
group and Cebu City is a major tourist destination.
There are over 30 volcanoes in the Philippines, 10 of which are
classified as being active. The longest rivers are the Cagayan River,
the Rio Grande de Pampanga and the Agno in Luzon; the Rio Grande
de Mindanao and the Agusan River in Mindanao.
Today, there are about 67 million Filipinos; approximately 8 million
of whom live in Metro Manila. Filipinos are basically of Malay stock
with Chinese and Spanish ancestries. Although an ever growing number
of Filipinos are becoming urbanized, a great majority of Filipinos
still till the land and live off it comfortably. Known for their
hospitality, Filipinos are a warm and friendly people. Visitors
are welcomed like members of the family and it is no surprise to
find house guests being offered the best room in a Filipino home.
Smiles are abundant in the islands.
On the first 120 days upon arrival to the country, a non Philippine resident may operate a vehicle using a valid unexpired license issued by the any state of the U.S.A. or any foreign country who reciprocate the same requirements as in The Philippines. If you stay longer (more than 120 days) then you will be required to obtain a Philippine Drivers License. You can go to any local Land Transportation Commission office (LTC) to get a license. The applicant must be a least 16 years old. International Drivers License is also acceptable
Driving in the Philippines is just driving in the United States. Drivers are on the Left hand side. All the road signs are in English just like in the U.S. Distances markers are in kilometers and are posted every kilometer. Gas are sold in liters. If you follow the U.S. driving rules and regulations you'll be okay.
Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
Filipino, is the national language of the Philippines, although many other regional dialects are also spoken - Tagalog is one of the most widely used. English is commonly spoken and is often used in business transactions.
The international dialing code for the Philippines is 63.
When making international telephone calls from the Philippines first dial 00 +country code + area code + telephone number.
Water from the tap is not safe to drink and ice cubes should be avoided. Stick to bottled water, which is widely available.
Most residents and business centers in the Philippines are using 220 volts a/c. However, a number of major hotels also have 110 volt a/c outlets.
- January 1 - New Years Day
- February 24 - EDSA Revolution Day,
- March/April (Movable) - Holy Thursday, Good Friday & Easter
- April 9 - Araw ng Kagitingan
- May 1 - Labor Day
- June 12 - Independence Day from Spain
- July 4 - Philippine US Friendship Day
- Last Saturday of August - National Heroes' Day
- November 1 - All Saints' Day
- November 30 - Andres Bonifacio Day
- December 25 - Christmas Day
- December 30 - Rizal Day
Map of the Philippines
Information about Philippine Provinces:
Metro Manila | Abra | Agusan del Norte | Agusan del Sur | Aklan | Albay
Antique | Apayao | Aurora | Basilan | Bataan | Batanes | Batangas | Benguet
Biliran | Bohol | Bukidnon | Bulacan | Cagayan | Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur | Camiguin | Capiz | Catanduanes | Cavite | Cebu
Compostela Valley | Cotabato | Davao del Norte | Davao del Sur
Davao Occidental | Davao Oriental | Dinagat Islands | Guimaras | Ifugao
Ilocos Norte | Ilocos Sur | Iloilo | Kalinga | Isabela | La Union | Laguna
Lanao del Norte | Lanao del Sur | Leyte | Maguindanao | Marinduque | Masbate
Misamis Occidental | Misamis Oriental | Mountain Province | Negros Occidental
Negros Oriental | Nueva Ecija | Nueva Vizcaya | Occidental Mindoro
Oriental Mindoro | Palawan | Pampanga | Pangasinan | Quezon | Quirino | Rizal
Romblon | Samar | Samar (Eastern) | Samar (Northern) | Sarangani | Siquijor
Sorsogon | South Cotabato | Southern Leyte | Sultan Kudarat | Sulu
Surigao del Norte | Surigao del Sur | Tarlac | Tawi-Tawi | Zambales
Zamboanga del Norte | Zamboanga del Sur | Zamboanga Sibugay