The Philippines is a wonderful destination for travellers. It has a rich culture and heritage and is steeped in history, both of its recent past as well as its colonial past when it was ruled by the Spanish. The Philippines is a very hot and humid country with a year round average temperature of about 79 degrees Fahrenheit or 26.5 degrees centigrade so you should be prepared for a very hot and sticky vacation whatever time of year that you go.
Manila is the capital city and although not the biggest city by population it is still a very vibrant and cosmopolitan city none the less, offering wonderful views across Manila Bay and for those shopaholics out there it offers fantastic shopping.
The language of the Philippines is either Filipino or English depending whereabouts in the country you are. The bigger cities have a higher population of English speakers whilst the more out lying regions mainly speak Filipino.
As a country the Philippines is made up of over 7,000 small islands which are all accessible by boat from the mainland. Many of the islands have their own styles of food and cooking and when visiting between island to island occasionally it can seem like you are in a totally separate country.
There is so much to see and take in when in the Philippines that it would be a shame to constrict yourself to just the one location. The Philippines is quite easy to get around if you are not afraid to use public transport but if you are a little wary of travelling around you can always book on an escorted tour of the local are of even hire the services of a friendly local taxi driver. The taxis are really cheap and offer a great way top get around and see a few places that are a little further afield.
The Philippines is a very religious country with many different religious festivals taking part throughout the year. If you are lucky enough to experience one of these you should just stand back and admire the colours and passion with which the Filipinos celebrate their religion. Most of these festivals take place in the summer months.
The Filipinos are a wonderfully friendly race of people who love to hear stories from other parts of the world as equally they love to tell stories of Filipino life. If you get chance to mix with locals make sure you take the opportunity as the memories will live with you for ever.
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