The Philippines is defined by its emerald rice fields, teeming megacities, graffiti-splashed jeepneys, smouldering volcanoes, bug-eyed tarsiers, fuzzy water buffalo and smiling, happy-go-lucky people. With over 7,107 islands to choose from, the Philippines has a little bit of something for everyone. Home to many stunning white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, lush rice terraces, world class surfing, and diving, the Philippines is slowly becoming a must visit destination.
The Philippines are most popular during the dry season, between November and April. At this time the country is fully accessible, including its many beautiful islands and more remote areas. Temperatures are high during March and April, so it's best to travel during the cooler months of December to February.
Jeepneys are the most popular mode of public transportation in the Philippines, it becomes a ubiquitous symbol of the Philippine culture. Another popular mode of public transportation in the country is the motorized tricycle; they are especially common in rural areas.
The Philippines is commonly referred to as a melting pot of western and eastern cultures. The traditional culture of the Philippines is heavily influenced by the traditions of the indigenous Austronesian people. The cultural landscape also features Spanish, American, Japanese, Arabic, and Indonesian influence. The major religions in the country are Christianity and Islam which have played a significant role in shaping the culture of the Philippines.
Filipino food is endearing, surprising, and full of wonderful flavours. In terms of flavour, Filipino cuisine falls somewhere between the food of Spain and China. The most famous Pinoy dish is adobo, Balut, Kare Kare, Sinigang, and Halo-Halo.
There are some 120 to 187 languages and dialects in the Philippines, depending on the method of classification. Filipino is the national language (Wikang Pambansa / Pambansang wika) of the Philippines. English also can be used in the Philippines.
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