You’re in for a treat if you plan to visit the Philippines. This Southeast Asian country, composed of 7,641 islands, includes such highlights as the capital city of Manila, the so-called Chocolate Hills, plus the Puerto Princesa underground river! Here’s more information to get you in the mood to visit:
  • The currency of the Philippines is the peso (currency code: PHP). You’re legally allowed to bring 50,000 PHP into the country, equivalent to about 1,000 USD.
  • The country’s principal airport is Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (IATA code: MNL). This is located some 5 kilometres (just over 3 miles) from Manila’s city centre.
  • The Philippines’ climate is tropical and maritime, with temperatures varying from a median low of 25°C (77°F) in January up to a median high of 28°C (82.4°F) in May.
  • The official languages of this country are Filipino and English. In total, though, there are some 120 to 187 languages spoken here, many influenced by Spanish because of the country’s colonial past.
  • Top dishes to try in the Philippines include lechón (roasted pig), dinuguan (pork blood stew), kinilaw (raw fish salad) and adobo (braised chicken in spices). So foodies have lots to look forward to!
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