Pilipino is the national language. English is widely spoken and is extensively used in business and government.


In Metro Manila and most large provinces, a wide selection of de luxe, standard and pension-type accommodations is available. There are 7,708 hotel rooms in Metro Manila, and 29,698 DOT-licensed hotel rooms throughout the country. The Department of Tourism has a Homestay Program in 15 destinations outside Manila. This program offers visitors the comfort of modest homes and an insight into Philippine life. There are currently 213 homeowners accredited under this program. Visitors interested in the Homestay Program may contact the Tourist Information Center located at the Gallery Area, Department of Tourism Bldg., tel. nos. 599031 extension 146 and 501703.


International direct dialing, telex, facsimile, worldwide express delivery, postal service and telegraph service are some of the modern and efficient communications services available. Most of the country's newspapers are in English while the rest are in various dialects. Foreign newspapers and magazines are sold at major hotels, supermarkets and bookstores in Metro Manila.


Exciting tour packages, from day trips to five-day programs, provide glimpses of the country's diverse attractions. Special interest activities include golfing, game-fishing, water-skiing, diving, mountain climbing, trekking and safari trips. Fiesta and village tours, cultural and historical tours, and visits to farms and ancestral houses are special ways of discovering the Philippines. Information on tours may be obtained from travel agents, tour operators, or the Department of Tourism.

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