About the Philippines
The Philippines is a sovereign country located in South East Asia. The archipelago is comprised of 7,641 island grouped into three main group of islands: Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao. De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde is located in Manila, the country’s capital rich in cultural diversity and is the country’s melting pot of Malay, Chinese, Spanish, and American heritage.
Filipinos are known for their heart-warming hospitality and generosity to visitors, foreigners and local alike. It is very common for Filipinos to go out of their way to make their guests feel at home.
The official language in the Philippines is Filipino and English. Filipino is the standardized version of Tagalog, and is the most widely spoken language in the country. The language of business and education, however, is nearly always in English.
Weather and Climate
The Philippines has a tropical marine climate which includes rainy and dry seasons, and the weather is generally hot and humid. The rainy season is usually from May to October. December to February are usually cooler months. While hot summer months are from March to May. The average yearly temperature is usually about 27°C (80°F) and rarely fall below.
You will find many foreign exchange/money changers in the city. They normally accept US dollars, Euros, and other foreign currencies, the prevailing exchange rate is PhP 52 = USD $ 1 or PhP 58 = EUR € 1.
Points of Interest
The City of Manila is rich in tourist attractions. In the district of Ermita, Intramuros is a must-see. It features Colonial-period structures such as buildings and walls that survived the wars of the early 20th century including World War II. Next to Intramuros is Rizal Park, which houses the Rizal Monument, the National Museum, a water fountain lights show, an oceanarium, and a Japanese Garden of Peace.
Across the Rizal Monument is Kilometer Zero of Roxas Boulevard. The boulevard runs along Manila Bay and is a good place for strolling while watching the famous Manila Bay sunset. Toward the end of Roxas Boulevard is the Mall of Asia, one of the world’s largest shopping centers.
Benilde is also near the Makati Central Business District (Makati CBD) in the City of Makati and Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in the City of Taguig. These districts are home to the headquarters and regional offices of various multinational companies and consular offices. Major shopping centers and top-tier dining are also located here. If you would like to explore other cities in the Philippines, we recommend Cebu, Bohol, Boracacy, and Palawan. These are the best beach destinations where you can enjoy the sun, sand, and sea of the Philippines. Check the school calendar for the list of holidays and long weekends so that you can plan your travel ahead.
If you need assistance with airline tickets or insurance for your travels within the Philippines, you can visit CSB Travel and Tours.
Address: 4th floor, DLS-CSB SHRIM (AKIC Campus), Arellano Avenue, Malate, Manila
Telephone: +63 2 230 5100 local 5232
To ensure your safety and security, you are expected to inform the Academic Linkages Office of any travel plans while you are living in the Philippines.