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Cebu, Manila

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Capital: Manila
Government: Republic
Currency: Peso (PHP)
Area total: 300,000 sq km
Water: 1,830 sq km
Land: 298,170 sq km
Population: 97,976,603 (July 2009 est.)
Language: Filipino (official; based on Tagalog) and English (official)
Religion: Roman Catholic 80.9%, Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%
Electricity: 220V/60Hz (American and/or European plug)
Calling Code: +63
Internet TLD: .ph
Time Zone: UTC +8

The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands and extends from the south of China to the northern tip of Borneo. Before the Spanish explorers came, Indo-Malays and Chinese merchants had settled here. After ruling for 333 years, the Spaniards finally left in 1898 and were replaced by the Americans. The Americans, who continued to colonize the country for another 48 years, brought over their educational system, their legal system, and their democratic form of government. On July 4, 1946, the Americans finally recognized Philippine independence. Regarded as the third largest-English speaking country in the world, the Philippines is noted for its world-class facilities and services such as excellent accommodations, fine restaurants, modern shopping centers and communications services, efficient congress and exhibition organizers, and reliable tour operators. The country is divided into three geographical areas; Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital is Manila and it is also the seat of political power in the country.

Historically, the Philippine economy has largely been anchored on the Manila galleon during the Spanish era and bilateral trade with the United States during the American era. By the 1960s, the Philippine economy was regarded as the second-largest in Asia, next only to Japan. However, the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos proved disastrous and the economy which sank into a recession, recovered in the early 1990s with the introduction of economic liberalization and demolition of Marcos-era monopolies. The Philippines, now, is a newly industrialized country with an economy anchored on largely on agriculture with significant contributions from manufacturing, remittances and mining. Tourism is also a fast growing industry as people are becoming more aware of the getaways available in Philippines.

There are different climate zones in the coastal and lowland areas and at higher elevations. In the coastal and lowland areas, the climate is largely tropical where weather is hot and humid throughout most of the year. Sea breezes are common even during the dry month from March to the end of May. The wet season begins from June to October, where the weather remains hot and humid. In the highest elevations of 1200 meters and above in the Mountain and Ifugao provinces of Luzon and in several areas of Mindanao the climate can be very cold. Temperatures often drop to below 10ÂșC especially in the nights. There is however a dry spell in the higher elevations of Luzon although it is short and not as hot as in the lowlands or coastal regions.

Cebu
Cebu City is the oldest Philippine city, and is also called the "Queen City of the South". As the first Spanish settlement, it was called Ciudad del Santissimo Nombre de Jesus.Think of exotic locations, warm and friendly people, delicious food, rich cultures and a chance to explore and experience all of this and earn at the same time. Sounds unbelievable? Well, TEFL provides you with the unique opportunity to get the best TEFL / TESOL / ESL teaching jobs abroad.

Cebu is also the diving center of the Philippines with magnificent coral formations, spectacular marine life and drop-offs plunging to blue nothingness. Fine weather all year round makes Cebu a favorite for water sports. Swim, snorkel & dive; windsurf, sail or ski; ride the waves, stroll along the beach, get a glorious tan. Revel in Cebu's sun, sand, sea & sky!

Today Metropolitan Cebu extends over 350 square kilometers, with five cities and municipalities and a population of more than 1 million.

Cebu (Sugbo) is the name given to the city, the metropolis, the island, the province. Cebu Province is made up of 48 municipalities and 5 cities - Cebu, Danao, Lapu-lapu, Mandaue and Toledo - with Cebu City as its capital.

Cebu Island is a sliver of an island centrally located in the Visayas region of the Philippine archipelago, 365 miles south of Manila. Metropolitan Cebu is a complex of 3 cities and 6 municipalities with a population of over 1 million.

Manila
Manila is the capital of the Philippines and was founded on June 24th, 1571 on the harbor now known as Manila Bay on the east coast of Luzon, the Philippines largest and most northerly island. It is the second largest city in the country with a population of 1,581,000 trailing second behind Quezon City with 2,173,000. Manila started out as a humble village and has grown to become the governmental, commercial and educational center of the nation.

The heart of old Manila can be found inside Intramuros - meaning "within the walls," a well cared for 15th century original Spanish settlement. The fort and St. Augustine Church still are good examples of colonial architecture. Old ruins damaged by WWII still stand across the landscape while modern edifices dart the distant skyline. An outstanding example of colonial architecture is the Manila Cathedral, the third to be built on site and whose tower and dome can be seen miles away. Eateries specializing in savory local cuisine as well as international tastes are conveniently located within the walls. While a golf course encircles the entire ancient settlement.

The Sunset at Manila Bay is also one of the most spectacular in the world. It can be enjoyed along Roxas Boulevard where one can take a leisurely stroll and arrive at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Here Fine Art, Western and Eastern music and dance meet in the likes of the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Ballet Philippines, and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. There are convenient trains called the LRT, LRT2 and MRT railways for people to get around the entirety of Metro Manila, or try your luck like a local and enjoy the adventure, history and thrill of a Jeepney - the quintessential Filipino transportation.