The Philippines are a group of over 7,100 islands in South East Asia. You definitely need a passport to visit the country, and will receive a visitors visa upon arriving. Manila is the capital and is located in the northern region, it has hot and humid days so dress accordingly. The Philippines have many wonderful beaches and scenic mountains. However, if you visit you should be mindful of your surroundings because the Philippines is considered the kidnapping capital of the world and some southern islands happen to be occupied be terrorist associated with the Taliban. While in the Philippines I would suggest spending time on Luzon Island or the Island of Cebu. Cebu is considered to be the Hawaii of the Philippines and is known for having the best mangoes in the world. The Philippines boarders on being a third world country, I wouldn’t advice bringing expensive jewelry, handbags, or other personal items. That said, the people and culture throughout the islands are beautiful and welcoming. You will likely have an amazing and enriching experience.