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by WCC on February 23, 2012

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The 7,000 islands of the Republic of Philippines located in the Pacific Ocean in Southeast Asia .The Philippines has a checkered history. Endeckt 1521 Ferdinand Magellan, the Philippines and comes in a battle to death. In the second half of the 16th Century, the Spaniards conquered the region. 330 years Spanish rule have still left deep traces in culture: everywhere one meets with Spanish names, dishes and folklore. Another consequence is that the Philippines is the only Christian country in Asia (approximately 85% of Catholics, Protestants, to approximately 10%). End of the 19th Century take on the Americans and the Philippines are the second most important cultural influence from the outside. Cultural heritage are the good English skills of many Filipinos and the ubiquitous jeepneys in Manila, for example, (former military jeeps that were converted to mass transit funding). During World War II the Philippines were occupied by Japan, but later retaken by the Americans.

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In 1946 the Philippines will be released by the Americans with conditions to independence. From 1965 to 1986, the Philippines dominated by the dictator Fernando Marcos. More recently, the Philippines, among others, were leaked by the activities of Islamist groups and attacks in messages. Some parts of the country (parts of Mindanao, Basilan, Jolo, Tawi-Tawi) should be avoided ( safety ). The Philippines has a tropical climate. Monsoon rainy season is June to October with heavy rain. The short summer March to May is dry and very hot. The best time to visit is November to February, when the temperatures between 25 and 32 degree lie and heavy rains occur only sporadically.

For entry into the Philippines will need a valid passport, with at least 6 months validity. Visitors from most countries of the EU will automatically receive a 21-day tourist visa. A visa is required of visitors from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovenia. Visas can be extended up to 59 days. This is possible not only in Manila but in almost every major province (main) city (Immigration Office). Obviously, there are no clear rules on fees that can vary greatly depending on the mood of the officer responsible. However, they cost around 50 EUR and are therefore more expensive than applying at a consulate before departure. At an airport departure fee (“terminal fee”) to pay 500 PHP or about 12 USD in cash. Terminal Fee at Terminal 3 is 200 php. Terminal Fee at regional airports differently, eg TAC (Tacloban) only 30 php.

Almost 50 years of American rule has ensured that English is not only official language of the Philippines, but also by very many people will be spoken fluently. Second official language is Filipino , which is heavily based on Tagalog (one of 80 local dialects). Tagalog includes some Spanish words. Compared to other Asian cuisines, the Philippines is no outstanding reputation. The food is usually very greasy and often fried. The American influence has led to a host of fast food restaurants, and the Spanish history has left its influence on some courts (eg in the form of empanadas).

Philippine mangoes are considered the best in the world. The fruits are available all year round. The yellow mangoes are often served as dessert, while the slightly bitter green mangoes are more input into main dishes. For both types of fruits, delicious juice is made.
Lechon is the local variant of the suckling pig. Traditionally, the court was prepared especially for larger parties. Today you get small portions at many restaurants and food stalls. The skin is crispy, the inner meat is usually juicy. In various parts of the country different variants are prepared (in Cebu, for example, without any sauce).

The Bibingka is a rice cake from the others duck eggs, cheese and milk Carabao is prepared and served mainly in the afternoon. Rather exotic and not everyone’s cup of tea is Balut , an egg is in the already developed an almost bird. The shell, it is carefully to one side abzupellen without that runs inside. After you have sucked out the liquid, the egg finished peel and remove the fixed-boiled egg yolks with the avian embryo. Enjoy with a little salt. Less energy costs certainly overcome the halo-halo dessert. For this national dish of various ingredients such as banana, mango, Kokusnussstreifen, coconut jelly, creme brulee ice cream and candied jackfruit mixed and poured over ice with milk and grated. Before beginning the whole food should stir the whole well. Halo-halo means so much that is literally translated as “mix-mix”.

There are many ways to stay in the Philippines. In major cities there are expensive hotels with great comfort. But often the cost hotels already offer a very good service. In the tourist areas it’s almost beautiful, instead of a hotel resort to visit, where you can often rent bungalows at affordable prices. In the province there is also the possibility, in small private pensions to sleep, where people often little support facilities. The best way for travelers who stay a month or longer, is a home to rent. There are very favorable Kleinarpartments unfurnished, but also möbilisierte offered.

There are even tourists who have ventured to the Philippines in the tent to explore, this is already a certain amount of camping experience, because it is not easy anywhere, to buy the normal stuff of life here. To choose correctly is difficult and there may be a relevant forum in the Philippines to help determine the question as to which hotel or resort offers a good service at the time.

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