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Philippine Fast Facts

Official Name :

National Symbols

Republic of the Philippines

The Philippine Flag 

National Anthem : Lupang Hinirang
National Tree : Nara (Pterocarpus indicus)
National Flower : Sampaguita (Jasminum sambac)
National Bird : Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi)
National Gem : Philippine Pearl
"No law, executive order or proclamation has been enacted or issued officially proclaiming any Filipino historical figure as national hero." - from Selection and Proclamation of National Heroes and Laws Honoring Filipino Historical Figures
Language :
Filipino is the national language (1987 Constitution, Section 6, Article XIV). English is widely spoken. There are about 80 major language groups, with more than 500 dialects.
Government : Democratic Republic
Economy :
Principally light industry and agriculture.   Traditional export products  are copper, gold, sugar, coconut, and copra. Top non-traditional exports are semiconductors and garments.
Capital : Manila
Climate :
Tropical. Weather is dry from November to June and wet from July to October
Population : 84,525,639 (July 2002 estimate.)
People :
The Filipino people are basically of South Asian stock, although intermarriage with other populations from different countries exists: Chinese, American, Indian, and so on, resulting in a great deal of stock blending.

There are some
80 major ethno-linguistic groups, with many subgroups, that make Philippine society a complex one. All these, traditionally, are groups practicing distinct cultures and using a domestic kind of economy.

The coming of Western and other foreign cultures created a pluralistic situation at the national level of Philippine society.
Currency : Unit of currency: Peso (1) = 100 centavos
Bank  notes: P10, P20, P50, P100, P500, P1000
Coins: 10c, 25c, P1, P5
Visas :
You may enter without a formal visa and stay for 21 days if you are coming from America, Asia or  Europe and hold a valid passport and either a return ticket or a ticket to a destination outside of the Philippines. If you wish to stay longer, you must obtain a visa extension before your trip from a Philippine consulate or embassy or, once inside the country from the Bureau of Immigration.

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