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Maligayang pagdating sa Pilipinas!

Welcome to the Philippines - home of the 7107 7641 islands! The country is strategically located at the crossroads of Southeast Asia and bordering the Pacific Ocean. It has a tropical climate throughout the year and is usually affected by typhoons and small earthquakes. Nonetheless, it is blessed with a beautiful and unique land and marine biodiversity.

Regions

The country is divided into 18 administrative regions, scattered throughout three geographical regions - Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Luzon and Mindanao are both islands while Visayas is a group of them.

The largest island is Luzon, which contains a lot of provinces and ethnicities ranging from the Ilocos Region to the Bicol Region.

Cities

The capital of the country is Manila, which is also the densest city in the world (~41k/km^2). It is also part of the region named Metro Manila - the largest city in Luzon. Other large cities include Cebu in Visayas, and Davao in Mindanao.

Other Destinations

There are so many places to go to in the Philippines that this page will get very long. Fly to the serene and islands of Batanes, to Tawi-Tawi, or anywhere in between. Take your pick from the 81 provinces!

Getting there

Almost everyone (157+ countries!) is entitled to stay in the Philippines for tourism and/or business purposes. Most nationalities can stay for at most 30 days without a visa while people from Brazil and Israel can stay for at most 59 days. Unfortunately, people from Macau and Hong Kong can only stay for at most 14 days.

Entry to the country is granted if you have a valid ticket departing the country and a passport valid for at least six months after departure from the Philippines.

You will need to secure a temporary visitor visa in case you are not a citizen of one of the 157+ countries, or you need to stay longer. Please contact the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in your residence for more information.

Getting around

The jeepney is the most ubiquitous form of transportation in the country, and we can say, truly Filipino. Make sure to try it at least once! :)

Aside from jeeps, there are also taxis and buses plying around the large cities. Unfortunately, trains only exist or work in Metro Manila (via MRT and LRT) and Laguna (via PNR). Traffic is also a chronic and acute problem in the country, especially in Manila and Cebu. If you're going to travel within these cities, make sure to either do it early, on off-peak hours, or on a Sunday.

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