The Philippines are composed of more than seven thousand tropical islands, which makes it an utter earthly paradise. This Asian country is also unique for its religion, Christianity. You can find churches and Christian sanctuaries everywhere on these tropical islands, which may look quite odd sometimes.
However, the biggest contrast is Manila, the capital city. It is one of the dirtiest and the most overcrowded cities (also full of slums) in Southeast Asia. Because of that, I do not recommend staying there for longer than is necessary.
The locals have a good grasp of English and are very friendly. You will grow fond of them very soon because they always want to make friends with you and have a chat.
Filipinos have a refined taste in food. Their cuisine is really diverse; there is no other country where I have tasted as many extravagant dishes as there. You can try (living) worms, or Balut, which is a boiled duck embryo in the shell, or crocodile meat.
Perhaps the most interesting endemic species of the Philippines is the Philippine tarsier, one of the smallest primates. There is a number of reservations there where you can see it. However, this tiny creature measuring 20 centimeters (8 inches) is a nocturnal animal, which is the reason, why it has such large eyes. Its diet consists of insects, and when it hunts, it jumps from one tree to another. Unbelievably, it can jump the length of 6 meters (20 feet).
Traveling by Philippine public transport, called Jeepney, is also fun. It is a sort of combination between cab and bus, which always follows the same route and you can get on or off anywhere.
Between August and September, the highest number of typhoons threatening the citizens are created over the ocean. So please, pay close attention to the weather forecast. Typhoon can come at any time, spoiling your travel plans. I our case – Typhoon caught us on Palawan in late November.