Welcome to the Philippines

The Philippines at a glance

POPULATION 61,971,000
TOTAL AREA 115,831 Square Miles
CAPITAL Manila (Latitude in line with Antigua, Guatemala
CLIMATE Tropical hot year round.  Average Max temperature is 87 degrees F.
  • Dry -- December to May
  • Wet -- June to November
ANNUAL RAINFALL 150 Inches
ELECTRICAL CURRENT 220v, 60 Hz       Limited 110v,  60 Hz
MONETARY UNIT Piso  ( P44 = $1)
TIPPING Many big restaurants add 10% to the bill.  If a SC isn't added, 10-15% is customary.
WATER Tap water is unsafe to drink.  Use bottled water or San Miguel Beer.
TELEPHONES Cellular phones are very popular & cheap.  You can get a new phone for about $43 with no monthly bill and no charge for incoming calls.
   

 

Consular Information Sheet (from US State Department Website).  At this link you can find information about the Philippines (aimed at American Citizens) on the following topics:

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION AMERICAN CITIZEN REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS ENTRY / EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR US CITIZENS
EMBASSY/CONSULATE LOCATION & PHONE NUMBERS LATEST SAFETY AND SECURITY INFO CRIME PREVENTION
  • INFORMATION FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME
CRIMINAL PENALTIES MARRIAGE INFO MEDICAL INFO
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS    

 

Latest US State department travel warnings on the Philippines