Removals to the Philippines
International moving and storage company Greens Removals specialise in removals to the Far East including removals to the Philippines. Here at Greens we understand moving home or offices abroad can be a worrying time. Our shipping to the Philippines service aims to the stress out of your international move and we tailor all of our services to suit your individual requirements.
For removals to the Philippines we offer shipping via a 20 ft or 40 ft container, part load (groupage service), or air freight and any combination of packing, and storage - both long and short term. We also offer a full unpacking service on arrival at your destination.
If you are moving to Asia, we will appoint a dedicated move manager to keep you fully informed throughout your move and will help you with all aspects of removals to the Philippines including customs and paperwork requirements.
Greens provide a free quotation for all household and commercial moves and our removals to the Philippines service can include any combination of the following:
Packing your furniture, valuables, breakable items and personal effects.
Sale and supply of packing materials, if required, such as boxes, tape and bubble wrap.
Complete help in dealing with customs, paperwork and shipping requirements.
Shipping specialist items such as documents, valuables, vehicles and pets.
We provide short or long term storage and also provide an unpacking service at your destination.
Our quotations for removals to the Philippines will be fully tailored to your requirements.
Moving to the Philippines: About the Philippines
Consisting of 7,109 tropical islands, the Philippines is the second largest archipelago in the world. Ex-pats can enjoy a relatively low cost of living here and with Filipino and English as the main languages spoken in the Philippines, it is easy to get out and about.
The Philippines is located in southeast Asia, in the western Pacific Ocean. To the north is Taiwan and to the west is Vietnam, separated by the South China Sea. Across the Celebes Sea to the south is Indonesia.
The capital of the Philippines is Manila which is situated on Luzon, the largest island in the north. Home to 1.6 million inhabitants in an area of 38.5 sq kilometres, Manila is the most densely populated city in the world and some visitors consider it to be polluted and crowded. The city also has one of the world's busiest ports exporting products such as clothing, textiles and electronic goods.
The Philippines has been named a newly industrialised country. It was affected by the 1997 Asian financial crisis and the peso declined in value, but The Philippines was not as hard hit as other Asian countries. In the last few years it has slowly picked itself up and its economy is growing at an annual rate of about 7 per cent.
Moving to the Philippines: Weather
The Philippines has a tropical rainforest climate. The rainy season lasts from June to October and dry season from December until May, when there is hardly any rainfall. Temperatures tend to be around the 24-30 degrees centigrade mark from December to February and in March to May time temperatures reach their highest point and can get up to a sweltering 37 degrees centigrade.
Moving to the Philippines: Food and Culture
The culture of the Philippines is a mix of east and west with Spanish and American influences. They have several festivals in January, April, May and June with lots of music, dancing and food. Among the most well known festivals are the Sinulog Festival, the Procession of the Black Nazarene and the Flores de Mayo.
Filipino food has a mix of Chinese, Asian and American influences and is not as spicy as in other parts of Asia. Some of the dishes include tapa (dried or cured meat or fish) lechon (a pork dish) and sinigang (a soup or stew). The Filipinos tend to eat with a spoon and fork and also with their hands in some areas outside the cities.
Moving to the Philippines: Religion
Around 90 per cent of the population are Roman Catholic.
Moving to the Philippines: Population and Economy
The Philippines has a population of about just under 100 million people and about 10 percent of the population earn their money overseas. The country encourages Filipinos to work abroad as it helps with the economy.
The economy was originally mainly agricultural but in more recent times it has seen a shift towards services and manufacturing. Among the main exports are electronic products and semi-conductors, petroleum products, copper products, clothing, clothing accessories, wood crafts, furniture, transport equipment and coconut oil. It is a member of World Bank, IMF, (International Monetary Fund) APEC (which promotes open trade and economic co-operation in the Asia-Pacific Region) and other financial institutions.
Moving to the Philippines: Lifestyle for ex-Pats and Places to Visit
It is relatively cheap to live in the Philippines and you can rent a one room place for a very good price, but it is obviously more expensive for more spacious accommodation. Eating out varies in price but you can enjoy a meal out for about 3 - 4 euros. Products such as cars and electronic goods are pretty much the same price as in Europe but the cost of clothing is cheaper.
There are a multitude of places to visit including the capital Manila which is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a Spanish influence. Most of the tourist attractions and sites are around Manila Bay area. It is also good for shopping and the SM Mall of Asia is the fourth largest mall in the world - and it also has an ice rink!
Well worth spending time in are the crowded and colourful markets which can be found all over the Philippines. You will find communication is not a problem at the stalls, so it is easy to find your way around. There are plenty of bargains to be had at any of the markets.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, visit the tropical paradise island of Borocay with its award-winning beaches. The island is about seven km long and less than 1 km wide and tricycles are the mode of transport. Tourism developed here in the 70's and became popular with back backers in the 1980's. Now it is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the Philippines.
Also well worth a visit is Siquijor. This is what the Spanish call the Island of Fire because it has so many fireflies. It is home to many healers and has a 72 km coastline.
The Cebu City, the Queen city of the south, has outstanding resorts and great shopping as well as one of the busiest airports in the country.
If you are moving to the Philippines and require a removals quote, contact us today. We provide competitive international removals and shipping to all parts of Asia and are members of The British Association of Removers (BAR) specialist overseas division, providing peace of mind that your move to the Philippines is in good hands.
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