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Philippines: What to know about this beautiful island nation

Basic Information about the Philippines

The Philippines, a nation comprised of 7,107 islands situated in the Pacific Ocean, holds a rich and diverse history. Notably, it was subjected to Spanish rule for a period spanning 350 years following Magellan's landing in 1521. Subsequently, it endured a 50-year period as an American colony and experienced Japanese occupation during World War II. In 1946, the Philippines achieved independence, leading to the establishment of the Republic of the Philippines. Against this historical backdrop, the country boasts a unique cultural tapestry, lifestyle, and architecture, shaped by influences from Europe, the United States, and Japan, setting it apart as the sole Asian nation with a profound Catholic faith.

Notably, the Philippines has gained global recognition for its exceptional "English proficiency," making it a prominent destination for English study abroad. Economically, the Philippines has been on an upward trajectory, driven by the rapid growth of call center outsourcing to the United States and the flourishing IT sector, particularly in programming. Leveraging its English proficiency and cost-effective labor, the country has positioned itself as a hub for these industries. Manila, the capital city, stands as a testament to this progress with its modern skyline, featuring areas like Makati and Bonifacio, rendering it a metropolis.

Furthermore, beyond the bustling urban centers, the Philippines is renowned for its picturesque destinations. Boracay and Cebu, where our language school is situated, are recognized as premier resort tourist destinations in Asia. These locales attract visitors from around the globe, drawn by the allure of pristine beaches and vibrant landscapes, creating a haven for leisure and recreation.

Country Name
Republic of the Philippines
Metro Manila
Official Language
Tagalog / English
Philippine Peso (Php)
Tropical monsoon climate * Average annual temperature is 26.5℃
Time difference
The time difference with Japan is -1 hour

English Speaking Country

3rd largest English-speaking population the world
The Philippines, with its population exceeding 100 million in 2014, holds the distinction of being the world's third-largest English-speaking country. Despite its official language being Tagalog, which is unique to the Philippines, each region boasts its own dialect. Cebuano, for instance, is predominantly spoken in Cebu. The linguistic diversity across regions is considerable; however, English serves as the common language that bridges these differences.

In 2013, the proficiency of business English in the Philippines was globally acclaimed, earning the highest rating according to the Business English Index 2013 by Global English. This notable achievement underscores the country's commitment to linguistic excellence, positioning it prominently on the international stage. With its diverse linguistic landscape and a strong command of English, the Philippines stands as a key player in the global English-speaking community.

The Charm of Cebu

〜One of the Finest Premium Resorts in Asia〜

Nestled in the heart of Cebu, Philippines, GLC stands as a testament to the epitome of luxury and relaxation. Cebu Island, a jewel frequently showcased in various Japanese media platforms such as TV, blogs, and YouTube, has witnessed a steady surge in the influx of Japanese tourists year after year. The unparalleled allure of Cebu lies in its premium resort hotels that grace the shoreline of the cobalt blue sea, offering a mesmerizing view with crystal-clear waters.

The captivating charm of Cebu extends beyond its pristine beaches. Surrounding the main island are small, uninhabited gems where nature remains untouched, and protected coral areas. Embarking on island tours allows visitors to explore these hidden paradises. With direct flights now available from Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya to Cebu, the journey takes a mere four hours, making this tropical haven easily accessible to travelers.

One of the key factors contributing to Cebu's popularity is the ability to bask in the joys of summer at any time of the year.

Cost of Living

One-third of Japan: A Glimpse into Philippines' Cost of Living

Discovering the Philippines unveils a fascinating contrast in prices, with the cost of living here being approximately one-third of that in Japan. Whether you opt for a luxurious resort experience or explore more budget-friendly accommodations, you'll find hotels and restaurants that offer a reasonable price range.

Even with a modest budget, you can lead a fulfilling life in the Philippines, perhaps even pursuing international studies without encountering financial hurdles. This remarkable affordability opens doors to diverse opportunities, making the Philippines an attractive destination for those seeking an enriching experience without breaking the bank.

Safety and Security

How is the state of security in the Philippines?

The Philippines is often perceived as having a high level of danger, and it may not be as safe as Japan. However, with effective crisis management, one can certainly lead a secure life and enjoy their study abroad experience.

According to NUMBEO, the crime index in the Philippines is relatively low when compared to countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Fiji, the UK, and the US. While this data is purely statistical, it does suggest that the security situation is not as dire as one might initially think. Nonetheless, it is noteworthy that petty crimes tend to be more prevalent in developing countries. Therefore, it is crucial for foreigners to consistently uphold basic precautions when residing abroad.

Booming Economy and Development

Focusing on a Robust Economy and Population Growth

Despite a recent deceleration in the economic growth rate of the Philippines, it perseveres with a commendable rate ranging from 7% to 6%. This steadfast momentum can be attributed to the burgeoning population, particularly the increasing number of younger generations, boasting an average age of 24 years old. Experts predict that the population growth and demographic bonus period will persist until approximately 2090.

Over the past decade, the population has witnessed a substantial surge, with an additional 10 million people joining the ranks. This demographic shift not only fuels the economy but also propels an escalated desire for consumer purchases. Simultaneously, infrastructure development continues to forge ahead, laying the groundwork for sustained growth.

A notable contributor to the economic landscape is the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. Flourishing on the proficiency of the workforce in the English language, this sector has experienced significant expansion. Reports indicate that approximately one quarter of the total working population is now actively engaged in the BPO industry.

Other Cities to Explore


Cebu, often referred to as the Queen City of the South, stands as a picturesque resort destination, embodying the beauty of the Philippines. The allure of its cobalt blue, crystal-clear sea is truly captivating. This tropical haven comprises 167 islands, including Cebu Island, housing the vibrant city, and Mactan Island, a resort enclave frequently showcased in the media.

Mactan Island, adorned with an array of resort hotels, is conveniently located just a 30-minute drive from the city center. Noteworthy establishments such as the renowned Shangri-La Hotel and the Movenpick Hotel grace its shores. Beyond the luxurious accommodations, Cebu boasts the oldest history in the Philippines, adorned with numerous historic buildings and monuments.

The city itself is a bustling hub, offering large shopping malls, an abundance of restaurants, and countless massage shops, ensuring a life of utmost convenience. Living in Cebu City provides the perfect balance, allowing residents to easily escape to resorts and embark on island tours during the weekends.


Manila, the vibrant capital of the Philippines, officially known as Metro Manila, stands as the nucleus of the nation's economy. Makati and Bonifacio, its bustling business districts, rival those of Tokyo and the United States. These areas boast modern skyscrapers and expansive shopping malls, creating a lively and dynamic atmosphere.

Contrastingly, amidst the contemporary architecture, remnants of the past are evident in ruins and buildings where time appears to have stood still. This amalgamation of the old and the new forms a mysterious cityscape, showcasing the intersection of history and modernity.

Makati and Bonifacio attract numerous tourists with their colossal shopping malls, trendy cafes, diverse restaurants, and vibrant bars. These districts are true entertainment hubs, offering a plethora of options to enjoy throughout the day. The bustling energy of these areas makes them magnetizing to both locals and visitors alike.

Moreover, Manila serves as a crucial hub airport not only for Asian countries but also for destinations in Europe, Hawaii, Los Angeles, and more. It functions as a vital transit point for individuals studying in two different countries. The city's strategic location enhances its significance as a gateway, connecting diverse cultures and fostering global interactions.


Boracay is situated in the northwest of Panay Island, ranking among the finest resorts in the Philippines alongside Cebu. Conveniently, there are direct flights available from both Cebu and Manila, taking approximately 1 hour.

This world-renowned beach resort has consistently secured its place as one of the best beaches globally, boasting a pristine shoreline adorned with fine white powder sand stretching for a remarkable 4 kilometers. The sea surrounding Boracay is distinguished by its exceptional transparency.

As the day transitions into evening, throngs of visitors gather along the beach to witness the breathtaking sunset over the ocean horizon. If you find yourself in the Philippines, Boracay is a resort destination that merits a visit, offering an experience that is unparalleled.


Situated in the northern part of Negros Island in the central Visayas of the Philippines, Bacolod stands as the largest city on the island and ranks as the fourth largest city in the Philippines, following Manila, Cebu, and Davao. Renowned as the "City of Smiles," Bacolod hosts the vibrant Mascara Festival every October 19th, marking the anniversary of the city administration's inception. This celebration attracts tourists from around the globe.

The city's allure extends beyond festivals, with the Mambocal Resort offering a unique experience featuring a natural hot spring— a rarity in the Philippines. Accessible by a direct flight from Cebu in just 45 minutes, Bacolod proves to be an ideal destination for a weekend getaway, especially for those studying abroad.

Immerse yourself in the warmth of the "City of Smiles" and explore the cultural richness and natural wonders that make Bacolod a must-visit destination. Whether it's the lively festivities or the tranquil retreat at Mambocal Resort, Bacolod has something to offer for every traveler seeking an unforgettable experience.


Palawan, situated in the southwestern part of the Philippines, is renowned as "the last unexplored region of the Philippines" owing to its untouched natural beauty. In the northern enclave of El Nido, one can revel in the allure of lagoons and beaches, traversing the emerald-green ocean with remarkable transparency, surrounded by scattered islands.

This island paradise is easily accessible, with a flight time of approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes from Cebu. Moreover, there are direct flights available, making it an ideal destination for weekend getaways.

El Nido, in particular, offers a captivating experience with its pristine landscapes and crystal-clear waters. Picture yourself meandering through the enchanting lagoons or basking on the sun-kissed beaches, all set against the backdrop of scattered islands that enhance the visual splendor.
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