Why Choose The Philippines?
Wherever your travels take you in our 7,107 islands, you will experience unique charm of this historic land. People are naturally warm, friendly and hospitable. Filipinos zest for life has made us world-class professional human resource. The low cost of living assures you of a comfortable lifestyle this side of Asia.
The Philippines, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is an Island country located in Southeast Asia with Manila as its capital city. The Philippines constitutes an archipelago of 7,107 islands with a total land area of approximately 300,000 square kilometers (116,000 sq mi). It generally lies between 116° 40′ and 126° 34′ E. longitude, and 4° 40′ and 21° 10′ N. latitude, and borders the Philippine Sea on the east, the South China Sea on the west, and the Celebes Sea on the south. The Philippines is divided into three main groups of islands namely Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The local climate is hot, humid, and tropical. The average yearly temperature is around 26.5 °C (79.7 °F). There are three recognized seasons: “Tag-init” or “Tag-araw” (the hot season or summer from March to May), “Tag-ulan” (the rainy season from June to November), and “Taglamig” (the cold season from December to February). The southwest monsoon (May-October) is known as the “habagat” and the dry winds of the northeast monsoon (November-April) as the “amihan”.
About ninety percent (90%) of Filipinos identify themselves as Christians, with eighty-one percent (81%) belonging to the Roman Catholic Church. Two percent (2%) are composed of Protestant denominations and eleven percent (11%) either to the Philippine Independent Church, Iglesia ni Cristo, and others. Approximately five percent (5%) of Filipinos are Muslims, and are locally known as “Moros”.
The Philippines is a newly industrialized country with an economy anchored on agriculture but with substantial contributions from manufacturing, mining, remittances from overseas Filipinos and service industries such as tourism and, increasingly, business process outsourcing. The Philippines is listed in the roster of the “Next Eleven” economies.
According to the 1987 Philippine Constitution, Filipino and English are the official languages. About 180 languages and dialects are also spoken in the islands. Filipino is the standard version of Tagalog, spoken mainly in Metro Manila, and other urban regions. Both Tagalog and English are used in government, education, print and broadcast media, and business.
Philippines provide countless choices of world-class destinations with clean air and beautiful sceneries. From the perfect-coned Mayon Volcano in Albay to the fine white sands beaches of Boracay in Aklan.
Cost of Living
The retirees can take advantage of the low cost of living in the Philippines. Food, housing and labor costs are reasonable.