The Philippines, our home country. With more than 7500 islands and the number increases or decreases depending with the tide. The Philippines is situated in the pacific ring of fire which makes it prone to typhoon and earthquake but despite this the Philippines has one of the most diverse flora and fauna of the world.
The Philippines Overview
The Philippines is an archipelago that is grouped into three main island groups, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Each island group is unique and offers its own cultural experience. Internationally the Philippines is know for its pristine beaches like Boracay, El Nido and Coron. The Philippines also has unique wildlife like the tarsier only found in the island of bohol in the Visayas.
The Philippines is a highly developing country so don’t be surprised if you see towering skyscrapers and two story houses side by side. The popular city centers in Luzon are Manila and its surrounding cities. In Visayas, Cebu City is the capital city of the region and can be a great hub to other provincial destinations.
To the South is Davao city. The city is largely surrounded by unspoiled landscape due to its distance from the capital.
Manila is a highly congested metropolitan district located in Luzon. It is the capital city of the Philippines and is compromised of a number of cities with its own unique subcultures and destinations.
Cebu City is our home city and is locally regarded as the queen city of the south. Cebu City is a great hub for destinations like Puerto Princessa and Boracay so it is one of the popular cities of the country. Cebu City is also a destination in itself with popular eco-centric attractions like whale shark watching, waterfall trekking, and exploring historic spots from the Spanish Era.
Puerto Princesa City
The city of Puerto Princesa is the capital city of Palawan. With a newly constructed international airport the city is considered to be the gateway to El Nido and Coron. Puerto Princesa is a small city compared to other metropolitan centers like Cebu or Manila.
What to Expect with the Weather
The Philippines is a tropical country meaning if its not raining all day long, it is hot and humid all the long. Expect sudden downpours early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The Philippines has mainly three seasons across the year starting from the hot-dry season that starts from March to May, the rainy seasons from June to November, and finally the cold-dry season from December to February.
Several factors also affect the seasons of the Philippines like the southwest monsoon that brings heavy torrential rains across the region. The southwest monsoon is locally known as the Habagat. The North west monsoons, locally know as Amihan, bring dry air from the pacific. The yearly average of the Philippines ranges from 22’C to 32’C.
The Local Filipino Culture
The Philippines is a culturally diverse country and is a melting pot of eastern and western culture. The Filipino culture is closely related to the Malay culture of its neighbors like Malaysia and Indonesia. The Philippines is also heavily influenced by western culture like Spain and United States.
How to Get Around
The Philippines is an archipelago with more than a thousand islands so expect a lot of boat trips and short hops via airplane.