5 Interesting Facts about the Philippines

Whether you are planning to retire to the Philippines or looking for a place in Asia to spend your golden years, or probably to just come for a visit, these interesting facts about the country might just help you with that.

As a Filipino, I take pride in promoting my country but at the same time, present you with the reality.  So, I’ve rounded up 5 interesting facts – good and bad, to give you a glimpse on what the Philippine culture is really like.

1. Weather

The warm weather in the Philippines is probably one of the topmost reasons that continue to attract retirees and expats alike.  But let me tell you, it’s not just “warm” here.  It can be exceptionally hot and humid especially on the summer time, between the months of March and May.  However, since you are in the tropics, rain can still fall any day, usually on the afternoon.  Once the rainy season starts, expect series of typhoons because the country is prone to natural disasters since it lies astride the typhoon belt.

2. Cost of Living

If you’re income is from your home country, you can actually live luxuriously in a way lesser amount of money.  Here, your hard-earned Dollar, Pound, Euro or Dirhams can go a long, long way.  But of course, it also depends on what your lifestyle is.  For most foreigners, they can already live a very good life with $1,000 per month.

3. English Literacy

It seems like almost all Filipinos can speak English, even in rural areas.  Language barrier won’t be a concern of yours.

4. Poverty

I’m proud to say that the Philippines is rich and beautiful, although being deemed as a “third-world country”.  But sad to say, there is a lot of poverty.  So expect to see people living in the streets, children asking for money and food everywhere.  At the same time, make sure that you take necessary precautions to protect yourself from pickpockets or purse-snatchers.

5. Filipino People

On a positive note, despite of poverty and misfortunes, we are recognized as one of the happiest nations in the world.  Filipinos are known for their positivity, kindred hearts and hospitality.  We love foreigners and we like to welcome you in our country with open hearts.

To be honest, Filipinos have a high regard for foreigners.  Heck, you will be treated like kings and queens here and be treated as family.  Speaking of family, Filipinos have a very close family ties, not just with the immediate family but the extended ones as well.

Like any other country in the world, there’s always the good and bad you just have to find

About Toni Marie

Toni is a contributing author. In addition to writing about the Baby Boomer generation, she also likes to write about relationships and health.
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