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.
Principally light industry and agriculture. Traditional export products are copper, gold, sugar, coconut, and copra. Top non-traditional exports are semiconductors and garments.
Tropical. Weather is dry from November to June and wet from July to October
84,525,639 (July 2002 estimate.)
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.
Unit of currency: Peso (1) = 100 centavos
Bank notes: P10, P20, P50, P100, P500, P1000
Coins: 10c, 25c, P1, P5
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.