Travel Information Philippines
- CAPITAL Manilla
- GOVERNMENT Republic
- POPULATION 101,218,000 (2013 est.)
- TOTAL AREA 300,000km² (water: 1,830km² land: 298,170km²)
- LANGUAGES Cebuano has the largest number of native speakers, but English and Filipino are the two official languages. Spanish and Arabic are also spoken.
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Philippines uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC+08:00
- LOCATION Located in South-Eastern Asia.
Most popular cities in Philippines
- Manila – the national capital, is one of the most densely populated cities in the world – with all of that implies in terms of pollution, crime, urban poverty and traffic jams.
- Bacolod – known as the “City of Smiles” because of the MassKara Festival, a festival held annually on October 19, it is the gateway to Negros Island and the home of the famous Bacolod Chicken Inasal.
- Baguio – the country’s summer capital because of its cool weather, it boasts well-maintained parks and scenic areas, as well as being the home of the “Igorot”, the indigenous peoples of the Cordilleras.
- Cebu – the “Queen City of the South”, it is the first city founded by the West in the Philippines and is a major center for commerce, industry, culture and tourism.
- Cagayan de Oro – known as the “City of Golden Friendship”, popular for whitewater rafting and is the gateway to Northern Mindanao.
- Davao – one of the largest cities in the world in terms of land area, it is known for its durian and for being the home of Mount Apo, the Philippines’ tallest mountain.
- Tagbilaran – known as the site of the Sandugo (blood compact) between Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi and Rajah Sikatuna representing the people of Bohol.
- Vigan – the capital of Ilocos Sur and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city center is the finest example of Spanish colonial architecture in the Philippines. Declared as one of the new 7 wonders.
- Zamboanga– known as “La Ciudad Latina de Asia” (Asia’s Latin City), it is the melting pot between the Philippines’ Christian and Muslim cultures, with old mosques, grand churches and historic colonial structures.
Sockets & Plugs
220V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A, Type B and Type C.
The Philippine peso (symbol: ₱), code PHP.
Banknotes come in denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20 peso. Peso is subdivided into 100 centavos. Coins come in denominations of 10, 5 and 1 pesos and 25, 10, 5 and 1 centavos.
Automatic teller machines are common in Philippines. You can usually find them in both large & small cities. You don’t need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Not expected, but you can leave an extra tip
Tipping is usually not expected in Philippines. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip. Receipts might sometimes include a service charge. If there is a service charge there is no need to tip.
Internet speed in Philippines is on average 3.2 Mbps.
WiFi coverage is low. It is not as easy to find one.
You can buy a SIM card for about 1,142.43 PHP, which includes 5 GB of data plan. You can choose from 2 telecoms: Smart or Globe.
Philippines uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Philippines upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Philippines, dial +, then 63 (the country code for Philippines), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.
Low crime rate
Philippines has a low crime rate . It is a generally a safe place to live and travel. Exercise normal security precautions.
It’s recommended to follow essential security precautions like wearing a money belt, securing your bag and staying vigilant in crowds.
In Philippines you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 20-60 km/h (12-37 mph) on undivided highways, 40-60 km/h (24-37 mph) in all built-up areas, 60-100 km/h (37-62 mph) on expressways and 60-100 km/h (37-62 mph) on motorways.
IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.
Cannabis is illegal & criminalized
Drugs (including cannabis/marijuana) are illegal & criminalized which means you are risking jail time with other penalties (fine, community service, rehabilitation) if you are caught.
- Police 911
- Ambulance 911
- Fire department 911
- President’s Hotline for complaints against poor government services 8888
Vaccinations listed are recommended
The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
- Typhoid fever
- Yellow Fever
- Hepatitis A
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
- Hepatitis B
- Japanese Encephalitis
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