Getting there: Visitors will most likely fly into Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Manila — the gateway to the Philippines.
Capital city: Manila.
Population: 101.986 million.
Religion: Roman Catholic.
Language: Filipino and English.
Currency: Philippine peso (PHP).
Climate: The Philippines has a hot and humid tropical climate with a wet season from June to October and a dry season from November to April.
Transport: For short distance travel both within and between towns, jeepneys (modified army jeeps), multicabs (small light trucks), tricycles (motorcycles with a sidecar attached) and taxis abound. For longer distances, buses and of course domestic flights are best as the rail system is practically non-existent.
Best time to travel: Visit during the dry season from November to April. The months of January and February have coolest temperatures and are best for for travel.
What to wear: Light casual clothes in natural fibers — linen, silk, cotton — work well in the heat and humidity. Shorts are acceptable unless dining at a restaurant. Light casual clothes in natural fibers — linen, silk, cotton — work well in the heat and humidity. Long shorts are acceptable unless dining at a restaurant.