Let me start with telling you something about the country and its
The Filipino culture has been created through the centuries by oppression by
foreign entities and their immigrants. The Malay, the Chinese, Spanish and the
Features of these cultures are: amiability, tolerance,
courtesy, a way of thinking, good understanding, belief, sports, the
schoolstystem etc. The Spanish ruled the Philippines for over 400 years
and around 1900, the Americans took over. After the Japanese military
regime from 1942 up to 1945 and in 1946 the Republic of the Philippines
Because of the American presence, a lot of Filipinos speak
English. This makes communication with the locals easier. The official
local language is Tagalog. But every island, or tribes also has their
own dialect which means that there are also over 100 dialects.
The first president was Manual Roxas but the country really
became famous because of its former dictator Ferdinand Marcos who became
president in 1965. His political opponent Ninoy Aquino was killed under
suspicious circumstances when he returned from exile in 1983. In 1986
Marcos was ousted and the widow of Ninoy Aquino, Cory Aquino, became
president. She was later succeeded by Fidel Ramos, Erap Estrada and
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has is the current president.
The Philippines are mainly a long stretched archipel of thousands of
islands and tiny little islands, from which only eight are really
important in size. The isles in the south, the Sulu-archipel, are
located north of Borneo, which is part of Indonesia. The isles
completely in the north are very close to Taiwan. From north to south is
about 1900 km.
In total, there are over 7100 islands with over 74 million inhabitants.
Every island is different and has something special to offer like remote
white beaches, green forest but also snowy mountains. The underwater
world is magnificent and truly very divers. It is not without reason
that the Philippines are known as one of the best diving spots in the
world. Add up the beautiful weather, nice water temperature, and
friendly locals, and you know this is the place to be! You can explore
and explore the beautiful underwater world without any worries with good
instructors at our well equipped diving school. But culture enthousiasts
can also get their share. There are century old buildings, musea and
churches all over the country.
The capital of the Philippines is Manila. The so-called "Metro
Manila", covers the old city of Manila and all the surrounding suburbs and
accomodates up to 16 million people. Is is located in the middle of the most
important island Luzon. There are plenty of that offer flights to
Manila, or even to Cebu, the second city of the Philippines.
You might have seen something on tv or read an article about the gap between the
rich and the poor. This is indeed true but don't worry about being harrassed.
You might indeed encounter some beggars in Manila, but most of the Filipino's
are very friendly and will do anything to help you with the famous Filipino
smile. They are always in for a chat and are happy you come to visit their
country. This is especially true outside Manila. The fact that the Philippines
is a third world country, makes it cheap destination for tourists.
Sabang Beach, home of Triton Divers, is located on the island of
Mindoro. Mindoro lies south of the port of Batangas. Batangas is
approx. a 2 hour drive from Manila. In Batangas, a boat trip from about 30 to 45
min. will take you to the beautiful island of Mindoro. If your lucky, you will
even see dolphins on your way to Mindoro! Mindoro has plenty of magnificent
diving spots. There are lots of great diving sites for both beginners and
advanced divers. But you will also like Mindoro if you don't dive. You can go
for a swim in the cristal clear water, go snorkling so see the beautiful
underwater world, enjoy the white beach, visit some of the local tribes, do some
shopping at the local market, rent a motorbike and visit the island, and much
From all islands, the biggest in size is Mindanao, which is in the
south of the Philippines. This is a wonderful big agrarian production area with
loads of pineapple, bananas and rice. Landreform is a hot issue here. The far
south of Mindanao, is mainly inhabitant by moslims who want to become
self-regulating. The rest of the Philippines is mainly christian.
In between Luzon and Mindanao you will find the Visayas archipel
which is composed of many islands. The main island from the Visayas is Cebu
City, the second most important city of the Philippines. Cebu has over 4
million inhabitants and attracts a lot of tourists.
However, the most beautiful and pure island, Palawan, also
attracts more and more tourists. Nature is still very pristine because
the island is rather remote.
The Philippines export a lot of agrarian products such as sugar cane, dried
coconut, coconut oil, bananas and a lot of canned pineapple. It also exports raw
materials like timber, copper, chromium and gold. Other important export
articles are the plated baskets, wood carving, shells etc.
They produce corn, rice and sweet potatos. They catch a a lot of fish, as local
food and also for exportation. If you like fresh fish, like shrimps and and
tilapia, you will surely like the Philippines.
The country has two seasons: dry and wet. The dry season is generally from
November to May and the wet season is from June to October. The country has its
share of natural disasters like typhoons, earth quakes and volcanic eruptions on
a regular basis. This causes big damage which cannot always be repaired because
of lack of funds. Population growth and lack of industries, are the reasons that
especially the rural areas are rather poor.
The time is + 7 GMT. It is a tropical country which makes it very attractive
for people who live in countries with cold and dreary winters. Temperatures are
generally around 28 C but in summer (April, May) it can be very hot, up to 40 C.
When its hot like that, plunging in the nice water becomes even more attractive!
Just in case your single and traveling to the Philippine you might
want to see also this
Philippine Dating page which offers plenty of good links to various