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About

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  • The Philippines is a cluster of more than 7,107 islands in South-East Asia.
  • Luzon is the largest island in the archipelago.
  • The capital of Philippines is Manila
  • The Philippines is not only the largest Christian country in Asia, but also it is the world’s third largest Catholic Nation.
  • The Philippines has two official languages: English and Filipino.
  • Filipino is based on Tagalog but also borrows thousands of words from Spanish.
  • Filipino cuisine is a mixture of Chinese, Malay, Spanish, European and American influences and styles. Garlic, onions, and ginger are widely used for flavor in traditional dishes.
  • The islands are very mountainous, with active volcanoes.
  • Earthquakes are fairly common.
  • It has Borneo to the Southwest, Taiwan to the North.

 

HISTORY

  • The Philippines are a colony of Spain from 1521 until 1898.
  • After World War II, Spain gained independence in 1946.


FACTS

    • Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines.
    • Mount Apo on the island of Mindanao is the highest point in the Philippines. The Mindanao trench is six and a half miles deep, one of the deepest ocean trenches in the world.
    • Roman Catholics make up 80 % of the population.
    • The Philippines got its name after King Philip II of Spain.
    • The Philippines is the same size as Italy; it has an area of 115,830 square miles.
    • The Philippines are considered the “Text Capital of the World”. 350 to 400 million text messages are sent daily, which is more than the US and Europe together.
    • The rarest and most expensive seashell, called Conus Gloriamaris, is found in the Philippines.

Avg. Costs

Chocolate Hills in Bohol

  • A hotel room can cost as low as 100 PHP, and up to1400 PHP
  • Transportation is low as 8.50 PHP for the first 4 km in a Jeepney
  • Using the internet for 1 hour in an internet cafe range from 20-50 PHP depending on the Internet Cafe’s location
  • A can of coke costs as low as 16 PHP
  • A copy of the International Herald Tribune costs 70 PHP and Economist as low as 160 PHP
  • Bus Fares 300-500 PHP
  • Ferry Service 25-45 PHP
  • Day Boat Trip 1000 PHP
  • Jeep/Rickshaw 7 PHP

 

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Currency

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Safety

Malapascua Island Beach Resort

  • To protect yourself against pick-pockets, do not flash valuables such as iPods or cell phones, or cash. It is best to leave valuables back home in Canada or in the hotel room
  • Avoid being out during the nighttime whenever possible. Never enter alleys or remote areas, especially alone.

 

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Climate

Rice Terraces

  • The climate in the Philippines is tropical
  • March to May is summer, and also the hottest months
  • During these summer months the Philippines often experience drought; meaning that since most of the power plants are hydro-electric, you may be experiencing frequent black-outs
  • The rainy season starts in June and extends through October with strong typhoons possible
  • The coolest months are from November to February
  • Mid-January to end of February considered the best for cooler and dryer weather
  • Locations exposed directly to the Pacific Ocean have frequent rainfall all year
  • The average temperatures range from 78°F (25°C) to 90°F (32°C) and humidity is around 77%

Places to See

Taoist Temple, Cebu City

Mount Apo

  • A large potentially active stratovolcano on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines
  • It is the highest mountain in the country and overlooks Davao City
  • Apo is flat-topped, with three peaks, and is capped by a 500-metre-wide (1,600 ft) volcanic crater containing a small crater lake.

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Cordillera Rice Terraces

  • The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995
  • This inscription has five sites, the Batad Rice Terraces, Bangaan Rice Terraces, Mayoyao Rice Terraces, Hungduan Rice Terraces and Nagacadan Rice Terraces
  • The terraces illustrate a persistence of cultural traditions and remarkable continuity and endurance; archaeological evidence reveals that this technique has been in use in the region for 2000 years virtually unchanged

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Vigan

  • A 5th class city in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines
  • It is a World Heritage Site in that it is one of numerous Hispanic towns in the Philippines, and is well-known for its cobblestone streets
  • It has unique architecture that fuses Philippine building design, and construction with colonial European architecture

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World’s Smallest Monkey

  • When in Manila head over to the beautiful island known only as Bohol to see the smallest monkey in the world, The Philippine Tarsier

 

 

 

Sightseeing in Manila

  • Intramuros
  • Rizal Park
  • San Agustin Church
  • Tagaytay City

 

Sightseeing in Cebu

  • Fort San Pedro
  • Bohol

Etiquette

Communication Etiquette:
• Meetings are formal greeting the eldest first
– Handshake with a smile
– Close females may hug and kiss
– Use titles if possible
• Always accept any food or drink offer
• Avoid making exaggerated claims
• They really value relationships
• Arriving late is customary to dinner invitations

Business Etiquette:
• Being introduced by a third party is advised do to the interpersonal relationships of the Filipinos
– Networking is crucial
– A business relationship is a personal one
– Expect people to ask favors
– If you leave – your replacement will have to build a totally new relationship
• Dress conservatively – proper image is valued
– Men – dark business suits – for initial meetings
– Women – Dress, skit and blouse or a conservative suit
– May be brightly colored if of good quality
• Offer your business card first
– Include your title
– Present and receive with two hands
– Examine their card before putting it away
• During negotiation oftentimes you do not meet the decision maker until late into the negotiations
– Decisions are made from the top
– Get agreements in writing to avoid confusion
– Do not remove your jacket until the senior or most important Filipino does
– Business relationships are with each individual person rather than the company

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