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Philippines: Things to Know

Language:
Filipino (based on Tagalog dialect) is the National Language. The American occupation was responsible for teaching the English Language. The Philippines is currently the third largest English speaking country in the world.

Currency:
Peso(PhP).
Notes are issued in denominations of:
PhP 10, PhP 20, PhP 50, PhP 100, PhP 500, and PhP 1000.

Coins are issued for 25c, PhP 1, PhP 5.

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, hotels and authorized exchanged dealers.

Outside of Manila payments are preferably made in pesos.

Major Travellers Cheques are widely accepted.

Major Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club) can be used to pay for most goods and services.

Bank Hours:
Banks are open 9am-3pm Mon-Fri (except public holidays).

Shop Hours:
Most shops operate 10am-7.30pm daily (except public holidays).

Time:
Local time is GMT plus 8 hours.

Business English is the language used. Sexual equality is more widespread in the Philippines than in other Asian countries. Make sure you have business cards.

 

Travel outside the country, safe and sound

Be aware of their custom as well. Do not get yourself that feeling of being an outcast or do not hurt others just because you have gone against their usual beliefs and their usual acts. When you know the culture and the custom, the more you sow seeds f respect to the place and its people. Travel outside the country, safe and sound

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Visayas Philippines Area
Bacolod Philippines, Bohol Philippines, Boracay Philippines, Cebu Philippines, Guimaras Philippines, Iloilo Philippines, Leyte Philippines, Negros Philippines

Mindanao Philippines Area
Cagayan de Oro Philippines, Davao Philippines, Zamboanga Philippines


Philippines Cuisine Characteristics

The traditional way of eating is with the hands, especially dry dishes such as inihaw or prito. The diner will take a bite of the main dish, then eat rice pressed together with his fingers.

This practice, known as kamayan, is rarely seen in urbanized areas. However, Filipinos tend to feel the spirit of kamayan when eating amidst nature during out of town trips, beach vacations, and town fiestas.

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