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Population: 67,114,060

Language:Tagalog (Filipino dialect) is the National Language.

The American occupation was responsible for teaching the English Language.

The Philippines is currently the third largest English speaking country in the world.

Currency: Peso (Php).

Notes are issued in denominations of P5, P10, P20, P50, P100, P500, and P1000.

Coins are issued for (centavos), 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c, p1, p5.

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, hotels and authorized exchanged dealers.

Outside of Manila payments are preferably made in pesos.

Major Travelers Checks is widely accepted.

Major Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club) can be used to pay for most goods and services.

Bank Hours Banks are open 9am-3pm Mon-Fri (except public holidays).

Shop Hours Most shops operate 10am-7.30pm daily (except public holidays)

Time: Local time is GMT plus 8 hours.

Business English is the language used.

Sexual equality is more widespread in the Philippines than in other Asian countries.

Make sure you have business cards.

Source of Information: Department of Tourism, Philippines

Making a Kite

Flying a kite is good exercise and a lot of fun (even if you don’t get the kite up in the air). Instead of going out and buying a kite, make one instead. You will need fabric (or very
strong paper), strong glue, two wooden dowels and string.

To begin, lay the two dowels in a cross position and use some of the string to lash the sticks together into that position. You will do this by weaving the string in and out of the
dowels. Once the dowels are secure, put glue on the string and leave it to dry. Once this is done you should have a strong frame for your kite. Making a Kite



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