The Philippines is an island nation in Southeast Asia in the Pacific Ocean between Indonesia and Taiwan. The state is located on 7107 islands of the Philippine archipelago. The name of the state of the Philippines comes from the name of the Spanish king Philip 2.
According to smb, the capital is Manila (on the island of Luzon). Official languages are Filipino, English. The currency is the Philippine Pesso. religion – Catholicism.
The climate is tropical, monsoonal. Temperature +28*С all year round. The culture of the Philippines is a unique blend of Eastern and Western influences from Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Spanish, Portuguese, American cultures.
The Philippines is famous for its beaches and picturesque coral reefs. The best resorts in the Philippines are built on the islands of Boracay, Cebu, Bohol and Palawan (this is in the southern part of the archipelago). Tourists are offered beach holidays, cruises, diving, surfing.
The Philippines is a tropical archipelago of more than 7,000 small islands, washed by the warm waters of the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, only 2,000 of these islands are inhabited. The islands of Luzon and Mindanao are the largest, accounting for 66% of the country’s territory. Only about 1000 islands have an area of more than 1 sq. km. km, and 2500 do not even have names. The closest neighbors of the Philippines are Taiwan in the north, East Malaysia and Brunei in the southwest, and Indonesia in the south. Pleasant and mild climate, amazing nature, mysterious healers, healers, the opportunity to see and learn something unknown attracts tourists from all over the world. Climate: The Philippines is hot and humid throughout the year. But two seasons can be distinguished: dry (from January to June) and wet (from July to December). The average annual temperature is 25 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit is from December to May.
Before leaving for the airport, check the availability of the following documents: a foreign passport (valid for at least 6 months), an
an insurance policy,
a bank statement (when exporting more than $ 3,000 (from 15.03.03) per person),
a power of attorney from parents ( if a minor child follows at least one of them),
a birth certificate (if the child and parent have different surnames).
Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the end of your trip.
In the airport you need to be: in Domodedovo in 3 hours, and in Vnukovo and Sheremetyevo in 2 hours. Check-in for the flight starts 2 hours before the time indicated on the ticket. If you are traveling with children, we advise you to arrive early in order to book seats that are convenient for you and your children.
On the plane you will receive an immigration card (consists of 2 parts) and a customs declaration. You fill them out in English. For help filling out, please contact the flight attendant.
For questions about hotel accommodation, the choice of excursions, the schedule of departure from the hotel, etc. contact your guide. The mobile phone of the representative of the company is indicated in your voucher.
For a visa to the Philippines, the following documents are required:
international passport – passport validity period 6 months from the end of the tour
Production time: 3 working days
Visa cost (Philippines): 40 US dollars
Visa cost (Hong Kong): 65 US dollars
Resorts and attractions of the Philippines
A real paradise for those who like to plunge into the blue sea waters and lie on the beach – the Philippine Islands (a large number of islands that can only be reached by boat).
You can get here by plane, but there are no direct flights from Russia. You can fly with a transfer in Dubai or Hong Kong (this option is more popular but more expensive). Usually tourists flying through Hong Kong stay in this city for a few days.
Cebu – beaches and coral reefs.
Begito – hot springs.
Mountain resort – Baguio.
Pasay – López memorial museum.
Manila – the Santo Tomas Museum with a collection of exhibits on natural history and archeology, the national museum with departments of anthropology, botany, geology, zoology and art, the Casa Manila Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the old city located along Rojas Boulevard, the botanical garden, the cultural center.
Begito (summer capital of the country) is a municipal museum with a collection of household items and art of the Igorot tribe.
Half of the territory of the Philippines is covered with tropical rainforests. There are numerous national parks on the islands. The largest on the islands of Luzon and Mindanao. These are Mount Apo, Taal, Mayon and Kanlaon.
The first inhabitants of the Philippines appeared 300,000 years ago, possibly having moved from the mainland along a narrow isthmus that connected the islands to the mainland. Negroids or Aeta appeared 25,000 years ago. But they were driven back by several waves of settlers from Indonesia, followed by Malaysian settlers. In 1380, the Arab governor Makdum appeared on the Sulu archipelago, who began to create what was later called the Islamic sphere of influence for many centuries. Ferdinand Magellan appeared on the islands in 1521 and proclaimed the archipelago the property of Spain. and by 1571 the whole country, with the exception of the Muslim archipelago of Sulu, was under Spanish rule. Magellan called them the islands of Saint Lazarus, but they were later renamed the Philippines in honor of Crown Prince Philip, the future King Philip II. Spain ruled the country for three and a half centuries, until 1896, when the Philippines became an American colony. The country gained independence only in 1946.
The capital of the Philippines is Manila, located in the southeast of the northern island of Luzon on the shores of Manila Bay. The capital consists of 7 cities (Manila, Quezon City, Passay City, Caloocan City, Mandaluyong City, Makati City & Pasig City). With all its business centers, restaurants, clubs, ancient churches, shopping centers and parks, it covers an area of 678 square meters. km s. The population of the capital is 10 million people.
The Philippines has a developed culture formed under foreign influence combined with local elements. Today, only Muslims and some isolated tribes are the only ones whose culture remains uninfluenced by the Spanish or American. The country prefers to carve out a reputation for being “Asia Smiles” and the locals tend to be exceptionally friendly and helpful. To top it off, transportation is cheap, food is good, hotels are plentiful, and English is spoken almost everywhere. What makes the Philippines special is its traditional hospitality, warmth and friendly people.
The Philippines is the only Christian country in Asia. The main thing that the Spaniards brought to this land was Christianity. About 90% of the population adhere to the Christian faith. The largest of the other religious groups are Muslims, who live mainly on the island of Minadanao and the Sulu archipelago. There is also an independent church of the Philippines, a small number of Buddhists, and a small number of animists.
Filipinos are mostly Malays with a touch of Chinese, Spanish, American and Arab blood. The geography and history of the Philippines has led to a diversity of languages, with a total of 80 dialects in the country. It is based on Tagalog, but incorporates a few elements from other Filipino languages. Despite this, English remains the language of politics and commerce in the Philippines. This is the main thing left after American rule in the Philippines.
National cuisine formed under the influence of Chinese, Malaysian and Spanish. The cuisine is considered light and nutritious. Popular morning and afternoon snacks are merienda and pulutan (small clams) served with alcoholic drinks. A popular evening meal is meat or seafood. Standard dishes are served with rice, and include meat or vegetables with vinegar and garlic, stir-fry, meat stew, and a wide range of soups, rice, noodle soup, clear, chicken, liver, offal and sour vegetables. Papaya slices, pureed fish or shrimp paste and small pieces of crispy pork skin are served as a side dish. Halo halo is a dessert made from crushed ice mixed with sweets and fruits and topped with baked milk. The people of Cebu are justifiably proud of their mangoes. They call their city the Mango Capital. This fruit is added to cocktails, to various dishes or served as a dessert.
Philippine peso = 100 cents.
Time ahead of Moscow by 5 hours. From the last Sunday of March to the last Sunday of September – plus 4.
To enter the country, you must have a passport and a visa. Production time from 2 to 7 days.
Hotels in the Philippines do not have an official star rating. Often hotels are higher than the class of the declared category. One of the reasons for this is the strict requirement for the size of the territory, and many hotels, having excellent rooms and well-trained staff, cannot boast of the necessary territory to receive a higher category.