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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Philippines. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Philippines.
Currencie(s): Philippine peso
Corruption: Philippines has a corruption score of 64 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Philippines, watch out for muggers and beware of corrupt police officers. According to Transparency International, Philippines scores average on the list of corrupt nations around the world.
Philippines is concidered to be a relatively dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 2.52 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: Do not drink. According the the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - USA, Source), you might want to drink bottled water because travellers' diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera are among the illnesses that can be transmitted with bad water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Manila is 18.
Age of Consent: 12 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Philippines.
Philippines scores a 0/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 220 V (60 Hz), Plug A / B / C
Weather: Currently light rain, with a temperature between 25 and 25°C (77 and 77°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 18.07 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Philippines.