Known for its diverse terrain of mountains, volcanoes, and beaches, the Philippines is a popular haven for tourists.
A melting pot of cultures, religion, and tradition, the beautiful people of the Philippines are very diverse, with influences from America, Spain, and other Asian countries.
More than a getaway for Westerners, this 7,000-island archipelago is home to many who earn less than 15 cents per day, giving them the status of “ultra poor”.
In order to survive, some have resorted to prostitution and human trafficking.
Will you share the freedom of life in Christ in the Philippines?
When visiting religious sites, visitors need to cover shoulders and legs.
Traditionally, there is no physical contact between opposite genders in public. Men should wait for a Filipina woman to extend her hand. Foreign women may initiate a handshake with Filipino men or women. Close female friends may embrace when greeting.
The concept of "face," which has to do with pride and respect, is very important. Causing someone to "lose face" can have a serious negative effect on personal relationships.
Language: Filipino/Tagalog and English
Protestant Christian 7%
Just outside of Manila, check out a volcano called Mt. Pinatubo. There's a beautiful lake in the middle of it to explore, and you can rent ATVs up and around it.
Get your surf on in Bagasbas!
For the more adventurous palate, try the Philippine delicacy of balut—boiled duck embryo.