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    • Capital: Manila
    • Climate: Tropical Marine
    • Currency: PHP - Philippine Peso
    • Dialing Code: 63
    • Drives on: Right
    • Emergency (Ambulance) #: 166, 117
    • Emergency (Fire) #: 166, 117
    • Emergency (Police) #: 166, 117
    • Internet Top Level Domain: .ph
    • Land Mass (km2): 300000
    • Official Language(s): English, Filipino
    • Plug Configuration: B,C,A
    • Population (est): 105,720,644
    • Time Zone (of capital): PHT (UTC/GMT +8 hours) NO DST
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    • Plug Configuration C
    • Plug Configuration A

    Philippines

    Major Tourist Attractions: Boracay, Chocolate Hills, Manila Ocean Park, Enchanted Kingdom, Banaue Rice Terraces

    The Philippines invites travelers to experience its pristine beaches, awe-inspiring landscapes, and some of the best hospitality in all of South East Asia.

    A chain of 7107 islands, The Philippines invites travelers to experience its pristine beaches, awe-inspiring landscapes, and some of the best hospitality in all of South East Asia.

    Although years of control by Spain and the United States have left indelible marks – many surnames are Spanish in origin, and the country has more English speakers than Canada and Australia combined – Filipinos are a proud and patriotic people. From sensational (and sometimes strange) cuisine, to a strong identity shaped by family and faith, to a penchant for karaoke, one thing is for certain -- Filipinos love to share their unique culture with visitors.

    There’s a well-worn backpacker trail here catering to budget travelers, but there are plenty of mid-range and luxury options available as well. Especially on the rise are eco-friendly properties in more far-flung destinations like tropical Palawan and the volcanic Camiguin Island, which some refer to as The Philippines very own “Garden of Eden.”

    Here’s a taste of some of the adventures that The Philippines offers:

    • Snorkel with majestic whale sharks off the island of Cebu.
    • Witness the geological wonder of Bohol’s magnificent Chocolate Hills.
    • Sip calamansi juice, a tasty citrus drink, on the tropical white sandy beaches of Boracay.
    • Explore the untamed wilderness that is Palawan.
    • Visit the active Taal Volcano in Batangas on the island of Luzon.
    • Meander through the historic walled city of Intramuros in old Manila.
    • Scuba dive the spectacular Coral Canyons off of Puerto Galera.
    • Get soaked by the locals during San Juan Day, a festival to celebrate Saint John the Baptist.
    • Marvel at the amazing man-made Banaue Rice Terraces.
    • Treat yourself with halo-halo, an ice cream dessert with sweet beans, jello, and fruit.
    • Hire a banca, a traditional fishing boat, to charter the unspoiled beaches and inlets of El Nido.
    • Haggle with market stall owners over everything from handbags to shoes to toys at Greenhills Shopping Center.
    • Test your taste buds and your stomach with local delicacy balut, a boiled fertilized duck egg.
    • Ride a jeepney, a U.S. Military jeep converted into a colorful means of public transportation, through the busy streets of Manila.
    • Take a boat ride through the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

    Embassy Contact

    Address: 1201 Roxas Boulevard
    Manila, Philippines 1000
    Phone: (632) 301-2000

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