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Fast Travel Facts About Manila

Currency: Philippine Peso (approx. $1AUD to $34Peso / $1Peso to $0.029AUD)

Approximate Distance from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to City Centre: 13km

Local cuisine: Filipino cuisine centres around the combination of sweet (tamis), sour (asim), and salty (alat) and has evolved over many centuries from their Austronesian origins to a mixed cuisine of Malay, Indian, Spanish, Chinese, and American. Dishes range from the very simple, like a meal of fried salted fish and rice, to the elaborate paellas. Popular dishes include: lechón (whole roasted pig), longganisa (Philippine sausage), tapa (cured beef), torta (omelette) and the street food delicacy, Balut (duck embryo) a fertilised duck egg, boiled and eaten once the embryo is half developed.

Known for: Manila, also known as the Pearl of the Orient, is located in Southern Luzon, the largest of the more than 7,000 islands that make up the nation known as the Philippines. The most uniquely Philippine mode of travel is the jeepney. These jeep-minivan hybrids are known for their crowded seating and kitsch decorations, which have become a ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture and art.

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