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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 Quotes:

To travel is to take a journey into yourself. Danny Kaye

There comes a moment on a journey when something sweet, something irresistible and charming as wine raised to thirsty lips, wells up in the travellers being. Patrick MacGill

Breakfast Philippines Cuisine

A traditional Filipino breakfast might include pandesal (small bread rolls), kesong puti (white cheese), champorado (chocolate rice porridge), sinangag (garlic fried rice), and meat—such as tapa, longganisa, tocino, karne norte (corned beef), or fish such as daing na bangus (salted and dried milkfish)—or itlog na pula (salted duck eggs). Coffee is also commonly served particularly kapeng barako, a variety of coffee produced in the mountains of Batangas noted for having a strong flavor.

More details at Breakfast Philippines Cuisine

Travel outside the country, safe and sound

There is an undeniable fact that most people have this great chance to travel abroad for some time in their lives. For some reasons, others go abroad for work. Whatever the purpose of that travel abroad is, see to it that you make yourself safe from whatever hassles and be prepared for the whole trip. Travel outside the country, safe and sound


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