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Puerto Princesa

Water and sand the color of gems, street foods that make your mouth water, and the nicest and most welcoming people on Earth- welcome to the Philippines! The Philippines is comprised of 7,000 islands located in the Western Pacific. It has heavy Spanish and American influences and is extremely religious.

Explore the Philippines through our guide below and discover important dates and holidays, visa information, typical weather, and how to dress. We have also covered cultural norms and things you should be prepared for. Enjoy the Philippines!

Important dates in the Philippines

January 1 – New Years Day

January 2 – Public Holiday

January 28 – Chinese New Year

March 16 – Davao City Day

April 9 – The Day of Valor

April 13 – Maundy Thursday

April 14 – Good Friday

April 15 – Black Saturday

May 1 – Labor Day

June 12 – Independence Day

August 21 – Ninoy Aquino Day

August 28 – National Heroes Day

September 1 – Eid Al-Adha

October 31 – Public Holiday

November 1 – All Saints Day

November 30 – Bonifacio Day

December 25 – Christmas Day

December 30 Rizal Day

December 31 – New Years Eve

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English, Filipino

Philippine Peso

Interesting facts

– Puerto Princess is relatively young, only established in 1970

– It is also the country’s largest city stretching 106 kilometers

– The famed underground caves of Puerto Princess stretch for more than 24 kilometers

Good to know

No visa is required for tourist stays of up to 30 days for most countries. Please check your local consulate for accurate information or the following link to ensure your country is listed in the visa-free countries.

Culture and Etiquette in the Philippines

The Philippines is a friendly nation and is always welcoming to visitors and proud to show off their culture and land.

Family forms an important part of the culture and a lot of the times is the basis of their financial welfare. Most families still reside within the family home and it is not unusual to have the full extended family living in the same house.

Culturally, social status is important to the Filipinos. There is a large gap between the wealthy and the rest of the population who live in poverty. The middle class are active in making societal changes. The younger generation is heavily influenced by modern pop culture, and there is fear the nation is losing its native cultural identity.

Largely a forward and modern culture with glimpses of the traditional Spanish, Chinese and American flavors, it is one of the easier countries to adapt to in terms of western sensibilities.

Whilst there is no strict dress code, there are certain cultural observances that are worth noting. Being a tropical climate, the weather is generally hot and humid and it is easy to underdress and for the most part, it is acceptable. Although when going out for dinners, church, night festivals, visiting sites – do try to make an effort to dress nicely and neatly.

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