BEST TIME TO VISIT PHILIPPINES
The Philippines is another world’s largest (ranked 7th. in the world) archipelago country in Southeast Asia with more than 7 thousand islands located in between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea at the very eastern edge of Asia. The location of the Philippines on the Pacific Ring of Fire and near the equator makes the country prone to earthquakes and typhoons but also endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Generally, the islands are grouped into 3 main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Luzon is Philippines’s largest and most populated island. It is ranked 15th largest in the world by land area. Located in the northern part of the archipelago, it is the nation’s economic and political hub, home to Manila, the capital of the Philippines, and Quezon City, the most populous city in the country. Visayas is situated in the central part of the archipelago; it consists of several islands, primarily surrounding the Visayan Sea, although the Visayas are also considered the northeast extremity of the entire Sulu Sea. Its inhabitants are predominantly the Visayan peoples. Mindanao, also commonly known as Southern Philippines, is the second-largest island in the Philippines.
The Philippines has a population estimated at more than 109 million with official national language Filipino (Tagalog). As a unique blend of East and West in appearance and culture, its people have evolved from its long history of Western influence, 377 years by the Spaniards and 49 years by the Americans.
The Spaniards introduced Roman Catholicism and managed to convert the vast majority of Filipinos. At least 83 per cent of the population belongs to their Catholic Roman faith. The Philippines is one of only two countries in Asia, with a Roman Catholic majority (the other is East Timor). Filipinos lead the bunch of English-proficient Asian people today and English is considered as a second language. When it was an American territory, English was largely taught to the Filipino people.
- Main airport:Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
- Country Code: +63
- Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)
- Time Zone: GMT+8
Tourism is an important sector for Philippine economy. The country is known for having its rich biodiversity as its main tourist attraction. Among the country’s most popular tourist destinations are its beaches, casinos, heritage towns and monuments, mountains, rain-forests, islands, and diving spots. Popular destinations among tourists are Cebu, Boracay, Palawan, Siargao, Angeles City, Makati City and many more.
The Philippines has won numerous tourism titles, namely the world’s traditional festival capital, the Western Pacific capital, the centres of Hispanic Asia, the Pearl of the East Seas, the centres of the Coral Triangle, and the fun capital. The country is also a hotspot for biodiversity, with the highest endemic rate for bird species in the world, and one of the highest for mammals and flora.
The country is also home to one of the New7Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, and one of the New7Wonders Cities, the Heritage City of Vigan. This also includes six UNESCO World Heritage Sites spread in nine different areas, three UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, three UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Sites, four UNESCO World Documentary Heritage Sites, one UNESCO Creative City, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seven Ramsar Wetland Sites, and eight ASEAN Heritage Parks.
Best Time To Visit Philippines
The Philippines has a generally hot and humid tropical maritime climate. There are three seasons: 1) From March to May the hot dry season or summer. 2) From June to November the rainy season. 3) From December to February the cool dry season. Temperatures usually range from 21 ° C to 34 ° C but depending on the season it may get cooler or hotter. January is the coolest month & May is the warmest.
The summer monsoon brings heavy rains to most of the archipelago from May to October & strong Typhoons normally hit the archipelago from July through October making dangerous storms on the islands. Typhoons are especially hazardous for northern and Eastern Luzon and the Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions. Due to this reason & my personal experience, the best time to visit Philippines is between November and April.