Asia, Philippines
Philippines

Featuring more than 20 000 species of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world, conservation and sustainability is important in the Philippines.

How They Dazzle Us

The Philippines is made up of over 7500 island, about 5000 of which don’t have official names and about 2000 of which are uninhabited. The islands are ravaged by typhoons almost yearly and have seen widespread devastation from volcanic eruptions. Despite this the Philippines is one of the fast-growing nations in the world with a booming tourism industry.

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Why We Love Them

Filipinos value family above all else, spending as much time as possible with family and friends. This devotion means they also stay in touch via text messages and easily send upwards of 400 million text messages every day, adding up to about 142 billion texts per year, earning them the title of “the texting capital of the world".

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Their Sustainable Superpower

As one of the world’s 17 mega-biodiverse countries, featuring more than 20 000 species of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world, conservation and sustainability is important in the Philippines. Conservation International has been working in the Philippines together with the government and local communities to value and protect healthy ecosystems since 1995. Their areas of most intensive work are loss of mangroves, deforestation, climate change, unsustainable fishing and the illegal wildlife trade.

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Best Time to Visit

The Filipino dry season is their peak tourism period and runs from November to April. The lower rainfall means the islands are at their most accessible and the conditions are ideal for spending time on the beautiful beaches. The temperatures do sore from March to April, so if you want to avoid the sizzle, November to December is a safer bet.

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Unique Foods

Filipino cuisine is a combination of Malaysian, Indonesian, Indian, Chinese, Spanish and American flavours. Dishes range from the very simple fried and salted fish and rice to complex paellas, heavy-laden with ingredients. Interestingly, the Philippines produces and exports more coconuts, or “buko” than any country in the world.

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Visa Details

Please consult the closest embassy or consulate of Philippines

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