I've been blogging for several years now and few people know I live in the Philippines. That link is actually a visitor's guide to the country. I think it will do more good to first time visitors who are trying to get a feel of my country to read about it here than the Wikipedia version.
The Filipinos are the most welcoming group of people you will ever see. Most natives understand English and speak it as a second language.
The Philippines is made up of 7,100 islands but the three major islands are Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. I live approximately 30 kilometers north east of Manila the capital, in the island of Luzon.
It mainly rains from June to October and major typhoons pass through the islands around August to September. The hottest and most dry months are March and April.
Foreigner friends often tell me how could everybody be smiling when they always hear of the problems of poverty and inequality among the Filipinos. It's my opinion that we smile as a sign to anyone that they are not a threat to us. Our smile is a sign of peace.