The Philippines is a dizzying fusion of ethnic groups, cultures and languages borne out of its prime trade location, colonization and the changing hands of power. Unlike the rest of Asia, it has strong Latin influences from its days as a Spanish colony. In addition, it is home to over 100 ethnic groups, with a plethora of indigenous tribal villages in the country’s south.
Long cast in the spotlight for the wrong reasons, there is much more to the country than natural disasters and political corruption. Its highlights - from Manila's buzz to the sun-bleached beaches at Boracay – are more than a match for those of its neighbors, Thailand and Singapore.
- Beautiful country
- Friendly people
- Few tourists
- Cheap cost of living
- The walled city of Intramuros, a historical must-see
Things you might not know about Teaching English in the Philippines
- Los Angeles was co-founded by a Filipino named Antonio Miranda Rodriguez.
- You may think that this is a very un-Filipino name, but the Spanish ruled the Philippines for many years, and as a result, many locals have Hispanic names.
- The Mayon volcano on the island of Luzon is known as “The Perfect Cone” because of its almost perfectly symmetrical shape.
- The word “yo-yo” is Filipino, and it’s thought that the toy was invented here: albeit originally used as a large, sharp weapon that was thrown at enemies!