Michael Turtle – TIME TRAVEL TURTLE
The Philippines has more than 7000 islands and a population of about 100 million people, making it a country that would take a long time to see properly. It’s often defined by its beautiful natural sites but it also has a strong food scene and many cultural offerings.
The influence of Western countries that have colonised it over the centuries gives The Philippines a blended culture. English is the main language while the religion is clearly Spanish in origin. There is also evidence of the Americans in much of the modern lifestyle.
Filipino culture places a strong emphasis on relationships, particularly with family and the church. While visitors often travel to the country for the beaches or the diving, it’s hard to escape the warmth and generosity of the people. Expect to be well fed and well looked after.
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