Philippines

Explore One of the world best
tourist attraction.

Thousands of tropical islands form this large archipelago bordering the Pacific. This is where Catholic traditions mesh with local folklore and beliefs, resulting in an explosion of festivities all year round. Its natural wonders are as exciting as its people, who love to burst into song and dance at any given moment.

The Philippines is defined by its emerald rice fields, teeming megacities, graffiti-splashed jeepney,
smouldering volcanoes, bug-eyed tarsiers, fuzzy water buffalo and smiling, happy-go-lucky people.

Destination Information

Airline connectivity

  • Thai Airways
  • Malaysian Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines

Must-visit places

  • Boracay Island
  • Chocolate Hills
  • Rizal Park
  • Malacanang Palace
  • Baguio

Best time to visit

  • November to May

TRAVEL TIPS

  • Filipinos are quite outgoing, friendly and cheerful and will ask you personal questions without considering it to be rude. They are very sociable and will offer to share a drink or meal, try not to refuse outright.
  • Tipping is expected for many services, but whether you tip or not is up to you. Restaurant staff will generally expect one, even if there is a service charge included. If you’re catching a taxi with a working meter, round up the amount. The standard practice is 10% of the total bill.
  • Filipino food is an exotic, tasteful fusion of Oriental, European, and American culinary influences with a wide variety of fresh seafood and delectable fruits. The national dish is adobo, which is either chicken or pork, or both, simmered in soy and vinegar with garlic and black pepper.
  • The best beer to have is San Miguel. Fresh coconut juice is a refreshing alternative. Locally made rum is called Tanduay rum and it is worth trying, while Tapuy is a very strong rice wine. Another locally produced alcoholic beverage is called Lambanog. This is made from gathering the sap in coconut trees and then letting it ferment with fruit in a hole in the ground.

THE BEST THINGS TO BUY

  • Polvoron (It is a crunchy and crumbly fun-to-eat snack that comes in different flavours. Ingredients are mainly powdered milk, butter and toasted flour)
  • Dried Mangoes
  • Chicharon (Pork rinds)
  • San Miguel Beer
  • Traditional accessories

VISA INFORMATION

  • Visa information – Please visit http://www.philconsrilanka.org/services.php?#Div2

For more information

Sri Lankan Mission
The Embassy of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka – Manila, Philippines 7th Floor G.C. Corporate Plaza Bldg. No. 150 Legaspi St. Legaspi Village Makati City Philippines
TEL – +63(2) 8812 0124 – 25 E-mail – slemb.manila@mfa.gov.lk Website – www.slemb.ph

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Manila’s moniker, the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, couldn’t be more apt – its unappealing
shell reveals its jewel only to those resolute enough to pry.