What is it about the Philippines that makes it different from the rest of the world? Well, for one thing, it’s all about their values and culture. And the Philippines cannot be overlooked as an attractive choice in Southeast Asia. Its diverse and multi-lingual culture, its low cost of living, its beautiful scenery and the reputation of its educational foundation have made the Philippines a popular choice for work, pleasure and study.
The Filipinos are definitely thoughtful and laid-back people. These traits are few of the considerations why many westerners prefer the Philippines their second home.
Philippines: 5 important things you should know
English – While most countries would require additional language lessons in order to be understood in everyday interaction, the Philippines is a pleasant exception. This country is the 3rd largest English speaking country in the world. English is the official language used in school from kindergarten through university and as a result the citizens are predominantly fluent.
Jeepneys – Indeed, the workhorse of Philippine transportation, and deservedly for decades, was the “Undisputed King of the Road” – the jeepney! It’s everywhere and the cheapest, the most convenient and even fun to ride in the metropolis and rural areas.
Smiles – Filipinos love to smile a lot, so when you see a Filipino smiling at you, do not be bothered or feel troubled, he or she just wants to share his good vibes to you.
Beaches – The Philippines comprises 7,107 islands, you’re never far from a white sand and breath- taking beaches that you will definitely love to visit. Choose between beaches with amazing sea life to be discovered or some and incredible nightlife and eating hubs, beaches with water sports, and beaches that are so desolate that all you can do is sit and relax, smell the air and ponder life! Explore El Nido in Palawan, Boracay in Panay and Puerto Princesa to name a few.
Weather – As a tropical country, the Philippines has only two seasons – wet and dry; thus, if you are planning to bring your clothes from your country, try bringing thin and light clothing, preferably cotton. Do not forget your sunblock, too.