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Country Info: Philippines

Country Info: Philippines

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Country Info: Philippines

By Peter Lozano


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  • Full name:
    Republic of the Philippines
  • Population:
    94.8 million (UN, 2011)
  • Capital:
    Manila
  • Area:
    300,000 sq km (115,831 sq miles)
  • Major language:
    Filipino, English (both official)
  • Major religion:
    Catholic Christianity, Islam
  • Life expectancy:
    66 years (men), 73 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit:
    1 Philippine peso
  • Main exports:
    Electrical machinery, clothing, food and live animals, chemicals, timber products
  • GNI per capita:
    US $2,210 (World Bank, 2011)
  • Internet domain:
    .ph
  • International dialling code:
    +63


TOP 3 CUISINES

Kakanin

A rice cake with variety of seasoning, like cheese, fish, muffins, vegetables, etc.

Pancit

Simple noodles. Do try Pancit Canton or Pancit Bihon with shrimps, pork, sausage, etc.

Kare-Kare

A stew with peanut accent made with ox tails.

And if you have adventurous tastes in food, try Balut, fertilized duck egg with its embryo.

TOP 3 PLACES

Island Paradise

For an island experience, please visit Palawan, Visayas, Batangas, Malapascua, or Sabang for beaches, sea sport, sunbathing, diving, you name it!

Cebu

Known as the Queen City of the South, a major center for commerce and industry mixed with culture and tourism. Local features include the Basilica del Santo Nino, Lapu-Lapu monument (built to honour the country's first national hero), Fort San Pedro, Casa Gorordo Museum, and Mount Busay.

Banaue

A mountainesque town located in Luzon island. The city is a designated UNESCO World Heritage and they have spectacular views of the local rice terraces.

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