Embassy in the U.S. (pdf file)
at a Glance:
country's statistics economic
Unit of currency: Peso (1) = 100 centavos
Bank notes: P10, P20, P50, P100, P500, P1000
Coins: 10c, 25c, P1, P5
Climate: Tropical (two seasons)
March -May (warm) 33-34 C
June- October (monsoonal)
November -February (coolest) 29-31C
Coastline: 334,539 km.
Many of the islands in the Philippines are extinct volcanoes and
atolls. On the larger islands, many mountains, rainforests, rich
valleys and swamp regions. The Philippines still does have thermal
activity consisting of active volcanoes and hot springs.
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Philippines is an archipelagic nation made up of 7,107 islands spanning
1,840 kilometers north to south. It is part of the East Indies, a vast
island group lying south and east of mainland Asia, with Taiwan at its
northernmost coast and Borneo on the south. The three main Philippine
island groups are Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao
Department of Tourism
Culture and Art
National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Department of Tourism: T.M. Kalaw Street, Rizal Park,
P.O. Box 3451
Fax: (02) 521 7374
Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporatiom:
4th Floor, Suites 10-17, Legasi Towers
300 Roxas Boulevard, Metro Manila
Tel: (02) 525-93-18-27
Fax: (02) 521-61-65/ 525-33-14
Ports to Visit:
UNIT OF MEASURE
The Metric System is used in most trade and legal transactions.
220 volts a/c is the common standard. 110 volts a/c is also used,
especially in major hotels.
Water supply in Metro Manila and in all the other major cities are
considered potable. Bottled purified water, spring water or mineral
water is often supplied by hotels and resorts, and sold in all grocery
The style of
cooking and the foods associated with it have evolved over several
centuries from its Malayo-Polynesian origins to a mixed cuisine with
many Hispanic, Chinese, American, and other Asian influences adapted to
indigenous ingredients and the local palate.
Runckel & Associates Service: Visit
- On the Ground
- Site Selection,
Logistics, Licenses for Building and operating Factories in Philippines
Meet the companies
MBA Programs and Business Groups
has experienced English-speaking associates on the ground in
prepare and support your visits: Most
of these associates
have been working with us for 6-8 years during which they have
performed a wide variety of projects with us. This gives you and
your company experience, knowledge, a trusted partner and an advantage
helping you in all aspects of your new endeavor in Asia.
logistics during the visits: We regularly work with the
major industrial parks, national business promotion agencies and local
specialists on site selection, licenses and permits. We therefore
can arrange meetings and visits that can help simplify your data
collection and help ensure that you are receiving the most accurate
information and are not missing key facts or failing to consider
important information that can make your project more profitable and
more predictable in terms of its success.
visiting factories during the visits:
We are specialists
in assisting companies seeking to produce products or to source
products in all parts of Philippines. Our specialists in
help you find the best company to produce and source your product and
EMBA programs and business group for trips to Philippines: Our
tour is designed for business schools, EMBA students and business
executives with a view to provide understanding of Philippines’s
culture, business organization and management in an Asian
context. Our team of international business, diplomatic and
cultural specialists has a long and rich background in
We arrange for lectures, company visits and tours throughout the trip
to help executives better understand the challenges and the
opportunities that Asia offers.
Two official languages --- Filipino and English.
Filipino which is based on Tagalog, is the national language. English
is also widely used and is the medium of instruction in higher
education. Eight (8) major dialects spoken by majority of the
Filipinos: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol,
Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinense. Filipino is the native language
which is used nationally as the language of communication among ethnic
groups. Like any living language, Filipino is in a process of
development through loans from Philippine languages and non-native
languages for various situations, among speakers of different social
backgrounds, and for topics for conversation and scholarly discourse.
There are about 76 to 78 major language groups, with more than 500
replica mid 19th Century house, recreating the Intramuros lifestyle of
upper class Filipinos at this time.
Corner Real and General Lunar Streets,
Chocolate Hills :
most famous attraction: the area is named thus, because of the rich
grass which covers them turns brown in summer.
Carmen Town, Bohol.
oldest street in the Philippines located in the heart of Cebu.
Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery:
only underground cemetery in the Philippines; it served as a meeting
place for the revolutionary leaders in Laguna.
The most historically-famous landmark in
Cebu. Planted by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, it marks the place where
the first Christian Filipinos were baptized.
PARKS & WILDLIFE
These 250-foot falls cascade down to a pool surrounded by orchids and
other rich tropical flora- 4 km from Mambajao.
Maquinit Hot Springs
Located on a scenic beach corner, this is the premium hot spring in the
A natural recluse is created within this 90-meter crater . A haven for
lush jungle life, natural springs and still water pools. Accommodation
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife: Quezon Avenue.
Within the lush park there are monuments, a skating rink and adventure
playground. Free concerts every Sunday.