Country Profile - Philippines

Name: The Republic of the Philippines

Location: Southeast Asia

Time: IST (+) 2 1/2 hrs

Capital: Manila

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

Area: 300,000 sq kms

Population: 101,833,938 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 12 Jun (Independence Day)

Currency: Philippine Peso (PHP).

Climate: Tropical climate tempered by constant sea breezes. There are three distinct seasons: the rainy season (June to September), cool and dry (October to February), and hot and mainly dry (March to May). Evenings are cooler. Typhoons occasionally occur from June to September.

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 25 Feb People Power Day. 1 May Labour Day. 12 Jun Independence Day. 30 Aug National Heroes' Day. 1 Nov All Saints' Day. 30 Nov Bonifacio Day. 25 Dec Christmas Day. 30 Dec Rizal Day. 31 Dec New Year's Eve.

Airline Name: Philippine Airlines (PR)

International Airports: Ninoy Aquino (Manila) (MNL) & Mactan Int’l (Cebu Islands)