Philippine’s beauty is often ignored and undervalued, but it is also because of this fact that the country is more pristine, mysterious and unaltered than many other Asia island countries. Philippine’s natural terrain makes it a marvelous treasure for all kinds of travelers. The archipelago consists of over 7000 islands. Its coral reef offers a great place for diving and snorkeling. Travelers can sunbathe in the beaches of Puerto Galara, witness the majestic Banquet Rice Tarraces, visit the beautiful Baroque churches in the Asia’s largest Catholic country, shop on the streets of metro manila and learn about the county’s history through its Rizal Park and Blood Compact site. Many rare and endangered animals and precious plants can be found in the Philippines, including the Philippine Monkey Eating Eagle, Tarsier, Waling-Waling flower and water buffaloes.
Due to Western colonization in its history, the Philippine population is extremely diverse; many Filipinos have different origins ranging from Malay, Spanish, Chinese and American. There are approximately 77 different languages and 170 dialects spoken in the Philippines. The people are exceedingly friendly and hospitable to the extent that they will treat their guests like royalty. Astonishing, multicultural and spirited, Philippines is a great place to relax, learn and venture.
When to Go
If you like tropical weather, the Philippines might be the place for you. The hottest months are from March to May. However, there may be droughts during this time of the year, which can also lead to black outs because most of the Philippine’s power plants are hydro-powered. From June to October, there is heavy rain and there is risk of strong typhoons. November to February is considered the best time to study due to the fair weather. Other than the traditional Christian, Muslim and Chinese holidays, some of the local events include Day of Valor, when boy Scouts march in honor of Bataan Day every two years in April and Independence Day.
The University of the Philippines System is composed of seven constituent universities located in 12 campuses around the country. The University was ranked 62nd in the 2011 QS Asian University Rankings. It is the highest ranked Philippine university.
Ateneo de Manila University: offers programs in the elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. It is run by run by the Society of Jesus in the Philippines and is one of Philippine’s best higher education institutions.
There are many scholarships to fund your study abroad experience. Here is a list of Diversity Abroad scholarships available for study in this country:
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LGBTQ cultural is commonly known and tolerated, yet legislation supporting same-sex marriages has not been legalized. This may be largely due to the strong Roman Catholic ties in most of the Philippines due to Spanish colonization. "Bakla" is a term used for men who embody feminine manners, and is a widely used stereotype for all gay men. Students who identify as LGBTQ will be largely embraced, but should be prepared for the use of derogatory terms in a casual or joking manner
Tagalog 28.1%, Cebuano 13.1%, Ilocano 9%, Bisaya/Binisaya 7.6%, Hiligaynon Ilonggo 7.5%, Bikol 6%
Filipinos are thought to be some of the most hospitable in the world! Spending quality time in the Philippines means being welcomed with open arms. Stay for the tasty cuisine, beautiful beaches and the perfect tropical weather almost year round.
Explore the capital of Manila, and go shopping in some of the biggest shopping malls in the world, such as the Mall of Asia. If you prefer seeing historical landmarks, consider making a trip to see UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Banaue Rice Terraces, or the Chocolate Hills in Bohol. If you're in the mood to relax, explore the beautiful beaches of Boracay or Puerto Princesa.
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