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History:

"In the beginning of the 3rd century, the inhabitants of Luzon island were in contact and trading with East Asian sea-farers and merchants including the Chinese. In the 1400's the Japanese also established a trading post at Aparri in Northern Luzon. In 1380, Muslim Arabs arrived at the Sulu Archipelago and established settlements which became mini-states ruled by a Datu. The Malay Muslims remained dominant in these parts until the 16th century."

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"The world’s largest pearl was discovered by a Filipino diver in the Palawan Sea in 1934. Known as the “Pearl of Lao Tzu,” or “Pearl of Allah,” the gem weighs 14 pounds and measures 9.5 inches long and 5.5 inches in diameter. It has a value of over US$40 million. It is believed to be 600 years old."

Customs and Culture:

"Since English is widely spoken in the Philippines, it is common to hear Filipinos use a mixture English and Filipino words or phrases, known as "Taglish" (a mixture of English and Tagalog), in their everyday conversations."

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   Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, Typhoid

Visas: Not required for US citizens for a stay up to 30 days

What to Pack: "I use Tupperware or similar clear, hard plastic containers to organise my luggage. I use a separate small container for toiletries, jewellery and electronics like adaptors, cords and chargers. It keeps me organised and stops me from losing things! This also ensure no leaks will destroy my clean clothes and makes it really easy for me to grab it in one easy swoop, keep thing together in the hotel, and makes re-packing easier too!"

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Water Safety: Drink bottled water

Money: Philippine peso Exchange Rate

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Manila

History:

"Manila has been the principal city of the Philippines for four centuries and is the centre of its industrial development as well as the international port of entry. It is situated on one of the finest sheltered harbours of the Pacific region, about 700 miles (1,100 km) southeast of Hong Kong."

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