Country: Philippines

Population: 91,077,287

Capital: Manila

Time Zone: UTC+8

Currency Name: Philippine peso (PHP)

Government Type: Republic

Languages: Filipino (official; based on Tagalog) and English (official); eight major dialects - Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinan

Ethnic Breakdown: Tagalog 28.1%, Cebuano 13.1%, Ilocano 9%, Bisaya/Binisaya 7.6%, Hiligaynon Ilonggo 7.5%, Bikol 6%, Waray 3.4%, other 25.3%

Religion: Roman Catholic 80.9%, Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, Aglipayan 2%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.6%, none 0.1%

Major Cities: Cebu, Manila

Phone Country Code: 63

Health Concerns: high risk of food, waterborne, vectorborne and animal contact diseases (diarrhea, Hepatitis A, typhoid fever, dengue fever, malaria, rabies)

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High Travel Season: September - April

Voltage: 220 V - 60 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: a, b, c

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), February 25 (People Power Day), Easter, April 9 (Day of Valor/Bataan Day), May 1 (Labor Day), June 12 (Independence Day), August 21 (Ninoy Aquino Day), National Heroes Day, November 1 (All Saints Day), Ramadan, November 30 (Bonifacio Day), December 30 (Rizal Day), December 31 (New Year's Eve)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: There are more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines.