Philippine -Tit Bits

1. It is made up of 7107 islands.

2. Tagalog is the national language followed by English. However different regions will prefer to speak different languages. If you visit the Visayas Region, they speak Bisaya.

3. They are the largest Christian Nation in  Asia- most of them being  Catholics.

4. The men are very polite, gentlemen and respectful of women. It was common to see the men hold doors for women, hold their hands as they climbed stairs and even pull their chairs. Ladies this is one place you should visit, if only to feel extra special.

I would experience this first hand when on different occasions; strangers assisted me to carry my luggage across bridges and up and down flights of stairs. Thank You.Every lady appreciates any form of chivalry.

5. You can wear almost anything and people will not harass you. Please note, this does not  mean you should walk semi -nude or such. In Manila, the ladies were mostly dressed in short shorts (Perhaps I should get a pair),or small /short dresses. However, it was amazing to see the way the men would not harass them with cat calls and derogative talk. Told you they were gentlemen.

6. The airport charges tax-cash.Therefore,make sure you always carry cash,in Pesos- that you will pay as tax at the airport whenever you are departing. This is regardless of whether  its a local or international flight.Yes,I still wonder why not charge it in my ticket and collect as a whole from the airlines since it is constant.

7. It has been colonized by  Spain, Japan and America.Surely, there must be something unique about this country for this to happen.

9. They have traditional mens clothing called Barong Tagalog, which is transparent in nature and made from bananas. It is mainly worn in formal functions and even to the office. History says that, they had to have the see through outfit during the Spanish colonization to allow the Spaniards to be able to see that they were not carrying any hidden weapons.

10. Their tourism slogan is- It’s more fun in the Philippines.

11. Their friendliness and hospitality is super impressive. I was overwhelmed by their warmth and hospitality. I actually felt at home away from home. A trip that was supposed to be one week long ended up being one month long due to this.

12. The malls, bazaars, shops etc are all over the place. They shop, shop and shop , everyone has the latest technological gadgets, and you would almost forget you are in a developing country.

13. Their transport system is very efficient. For most short distances, please use the Jeepney, it is an experience in itself. The trains are also very efficient and also highly recommended. The buses are quite luxurious for long distance and they have several budget airlines for within.”

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