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Welcome to the WikiPilipinas Travel Guide! Learn more about the Philippines, one of the best tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, with its lush biodiversity, fantastic beaches, rich history, and warm people. With more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines give the eager traveler a pleasant surprise.

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Map of the Philippines. Click to enlarge.

Capital: Manila

Total Cities: 138

Population: 84,765,000

Area Total: 300,000 square kilometers (115,831 square miles)

Currency Exchange: US$1=P 44.756000
(as of January 2014)

Off the southeast coast of Asia between Taiwan in the north and Borneo in the South. The Western Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea border its eastern and western limits, respectively.

Time Zone:
GMT +8:00

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The Odessa-Tumbali Cave System is one of over 300 caves found in Cagayan province, Philippines. It is recorded as the third longest cave in the Philippines with a length of at least 12.60 kilometers, of which only about 7.65 kilometers have been explored and mapped. Its actual length may reach up to 15 kilometers. Read more...

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Shrimp in sour soup.

Sinigang is a Philippine dish consisting of meat or seafood and vegetables simmered in a sour broth, often with a base of rice washing (water used to rinse rice). The sour soup goes well with rice, the staple food of all Filipinos. Because of this, as well as its use of native ingredients, food writer Doreen Fernandez suggested that its origins are most likely indigenous and hence it may be considered the national dish of the Philippines.

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