Full country name: Republic of the Philippines
299,000 sq km (116,610 sq mi)
Population: 78.4 million
Capital city: Manila (pop: 10 million)
Predominantly descendants of Malays, Chinese and Muslim minorities and a
number of mestizos (Filipino-Spanish or Filipino-Americans)
Philippine has a tropical climate with relatively
abundant rainfall and gentle winds. There are three
pronounced seasons: the wet or rainy season from June to
October; the cool or dry season from November to
February; and the hot or dry season from March to May.
1,840 kilometers north-to-south off the southeast coast
of Asia, the Philippines has a total land area of
300,000 sq. kms. or 115,600 sq. miles, slightly larger
than the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
are about 76.5 million Filipinos as of the last census
conducted in May 2000. Population growth is estimated at
2.36 percent annually. Luzon, the largest island group,
accounts for more than half of the total population.
Philippines is the world's third English-speaking
country, after the United States and the United Kingdom.
While there are over 100 regional dialects, the national
language is Pilipino. English is widely used in
commercial and legal transactions.
dominant religion in the Philippines is Catholicism,
though a significant number are Protestants and Moslems.
UNIT OF MEASURES
The Philippines use the Metric System in most of
trade and legal transactions.
residents and business centers in the Philippines are
using 220 volts a/c. However, a number of major hotels
also have 110 volt a/c outlets.
Philippines' monetary unit is the peso, divided into 100
centavos. Foreign currency may be exchanged at any
hotels, most large department stores, banks and
authorized money changing shops accredited by the
Central Bank of the Philippines. International credit
cards such as Visa, Diners Club, Bank Americard, Master
Charge and American Express are accepted in major