Updated at 2022-04-25
Anyone who has ever visited the Philippines surely remembers the multi-colored and ubiquitous jeepneys that can be found everywhere in cities big and small. Jeepneys are referred to as the “poor-man’s taxi.” Like public buses, they have fixed routes and low fares. Like taxis, they stop after being hailed. Every day, nine million jeepney rides are taken in the Metro Manila area alone. Jeepneys are the Philippines’ most common type of public transport, and taking a jeepney ride is an opportunity to fully experience the Philippines’ passionate and unrestrained culture. Jeepneys are known for crowded seating, with 15 to 20 people crammed inside one vehicle. Sometimes, people even stand on the outside or ride on the roof. If you want to experience the Philippine culture authentically, then riding a jeepney through city lanes is a great option.
Flag: The Philippine flag has an equilateral triangle, symbolizing the aspirations of peace and tranquility of the Philippine people. At each vertex of the triangle is a star, representing the three main island groups in the Philippine—Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. To the right of the triangle are two equal bands of blue and red. The blue represents loyalty and patriotism, and the red represents courage and national pride.
Philippines Independence Day: June 12
Official Languages: English and Tagalog
Capital: National Capital Region (a.k.a. Metro Manila) consists of 17 cities, including the City of Manila.
Area: 328,000 square kilometers
Population: Over 110 million (Q4 2020)
Currency: Philippine peso
Political System: Presidential system, three branches of government