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Here are some information regarding the Philippines that you ought to know before visiting:

Mabuhay! is the common expression that you will hear when you land in the tropical paradise of Southeast Asia . It is a Tagalog word which means: hello, welcome, greeting. It is also one way of saying “long live” that can be compared to Roman language expression “viva, vive”.

GEOGRAPHY

The Philippines is a group of islands and is divided into three major islands: Luzon (in the north), Visayas (center) and Mindanao (south). The highest mountain point in the archipelago is Mount Apo , also known as “the Grandfather of Philippine Mountains” located west of Davao City . The Philippines is rich in natural resources and to name a few, it has timber, petroleum, nickel, cobalt, silver, gold, salt, copper. The Philippines lies in the Pacific Ring of Fire and is composed of more than 7, 107 with a total estimated land area 316,000 square kilometers or 122,000 square miles.

LOCATION

The Philippine is an island country in the Southeast Asia located on the Western Pacific Ocean between the Philippine Sea on the east, South China Sea on the west, and Celebes Sea on the south. While the country of Taiwan lies on the north and Borneo a few hundred kilometers on the southwest and Palau to the east beyond the Philippine Sea .

CLIMATE

Tropical. There are three accepted seasons in the country, cold (December- February), summer (March- May) and rainy (June- November). Habagat otherwise known as southwest monsoon starts from May to October. Amihan or northeast monsoon begins on November to April.

LANGUAGES

The Philippine 1987 Constitution declares that the Philippine official language is Filipino and English. Almost everyone speak, write and understands English as most books, television shows, newspaper and school instructions are in English. Filipino is the standardized version of Tagalog widely spoken in Metro Manila and urban centers. There are more than 180 languages and dialects spoken in the archipelago but the major regional languages which are the auxiliary official languages of their respective regions are Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon, Waray-Waray, Kapampangan, Bikol, Pangasinan, Kinaray-a, Maranao, Maguindanao and Tausug.

CULTURE

Filipino culture is a mixture of Hispanic and American cultures but it has also been influenced by Chinese, Japanese and Islamic cultures. The Filipinos or PINOYS was also tagged as one of the happiest people in the world. The Filipinos are known for its being closely knit and very hospitable and value family ties. Their first concerns are always their families. The most common played sports are basketball and billiards. American culture has a wide influence to Filipinos for as can be glimpse in their cravings for eating at a fast food restaurants such as Mc Donalds, KFC

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
 
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