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Philippines's Country Information


Flag of Philippines
Name : Philippines
Official Name : Republic of the Philippines
Capital : Manila
Climate : Tropical climate with plentiful rain. During the rainy season, from May to November, typhoons occasionally cause great damage.
Race : 91.5% Christian Malay, 4% Muslim Malay, 1.5% Chinese, 3% other.
Language : Filipino, English
Official Language : Filipino, English
Religion : 83% Roman Catholicism, 9% Protestant, 5% Muslim, 3% Buddhist and other.
Government : Republic Government
Population (in mil) : 73.9
Literacy Rate : 94.0%
Visas : 21 day visas are issued on arrival.
59 day visas can be obtained in advance and cost around US$35
Immunisations : Cholera, hepatitis, malaria, rabies
Time : UTC plus eight hours
Electricity : 220V, 60 Hz
Weights & Measures : Metric
Currency : Peso
Travellers Cheque : Tourists can depend on the US dollar, as it is the most recognised currency in the country.
The US dollar is often easier and to change than travellersí cheques.
Credit Cards : International credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely acceptable in Philippines.
Tipping : Tipping at restaurants is expected.
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