VISA INFORMATION PHILIPPINE TRAVEL
VISA INFORMATION PHILIPPINE TRAVEL
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Advice & Visa Information
Most Tourists are allowed to stay 21 days without a visa; extensions are available for longer stays.
Climate
Temperatures 25 to 35 degrees. Sea temperature 22 to 28 degrees
Tropical marine; northeast monsoon (November to April);
Southwest monsoon (May to October)
Nightlife: Bars Pubs Nightclubs
Metro Manila is the center of entertainment and cultural activities. The Cultural Center of the Philippines is the primary venue for the performing arts which features world-class performances by local and international guest artists. Museums located in Manila and in some parts of the country offer a glance of Philippine history and culture. Art galleries exhibit the works of the country's leading and promising visual artists.

There are casinos in Metro Manila and in the cities of Angeles, Olongapo, Tagaytay, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, and Laoag for visitors who want to try their luck at the gaming tables.

Manila's nightlife is one of the most vivacious in Asia, reflecting the Filipino's love for music. The center of nightlife activities are the Remedios Circle in Malate, Ayala Center and The Fort at Bonifacio Global City in Makati, Timog and Tomas Morato Avenues in Quezon City, and Eastwood in Libis, Quezon City. Nightclubs, music lounges, pubs, and sing-along bars feature Filipino bands and singers who are known for their great musical talent. Deluxe hotels offer a diversity of live musical entertainment. Concerts and stage plays form part of the country's entertainment scene.
Bars available in most cities, including: Angeles, Metro Manila, Makati, Quezon, Mandaluyong, Puerto Galera, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Davao, Cagayan De'Oro.
Geography
The Philippine archipelago is mostly mountains with narrow to extensive coastal lowlands and is made up of 7,107 islands between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam.
Area:
Total: 300,000 sq km (slightly larger than Arizona ) land: 298,170 sq km water: 1,830 sq km arable land: 18.95% permanent crops: 16.77%
Highest point Mount Apo 2,954 m
Natural hazards:
Astride typhoon belt, usually affected by 15 and struck by five to six cyclonic storms per year; landslides; active volcanoes; destructive earthquakes; tsunamis.
Population
Approx 90 Million
Religions
Roman Catholic 80.9%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, other Christian 4.5%, Muslim 5%, other 5% (2000 census).
Shopping
Located in Manila, Makati and EDSA are big malls, while at the Ermita District in Manila handicraft, antique and curio shops are plentiful.
Business and banking hours
There are 24-hour convenience stores and drugstores nationwide. However, private and government offices are open either from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Some private companies hold office on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Most shopping malls, department stores, and supermarkets are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. Banks are open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, with automated teller machines (ATM) operating 24 hours.
Credit cards
Accepted in major establishments are international credit cards such as Visa, Diners Club, MasterCard, and American Express Card.
Electricity
220 volts, A.C. 60 cycles. Most hotels have 110-volt outlets.
Water
Bottled water is available in many hotels, restaurants, resorts, supermarkets, and convenience stores. Tap water is not potable.
Cuisine Filipino
Food is an exotic, blend of Oriental, European, and American culinary influences. There is a wide variety of fresh produce and fruit. First class restaurants offer gourmet specialties as well as Filipino cuisine and special Filipino recipes.
Language
Two official languages, Filipino (based on Tagalog) and English;  Eight major dialects, Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinan.
Agriculture - products
Sugarcane, coconuts, rice, corn, bananas, casavas, pineapples, fish, mangoes, pork, eggs, beef.
Industries
Electronics assembly, garments, footwear, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, wood products, food processing, petroleum refining, fishing.
When to go to
All year round tourist destination. Hotel rates are most expensive Dec - Easter. Availability is always a problem during this peak season as there is a chronic shortage of hotel rooms.
Foreign Embassies
Most countries maintain an Embassy in the Philippines.
Health
No injections mandatory unless you are arriving from a country with epidemics, Travelers coming from infected areas require a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever.   Visit http://www.doh.gov.ph for latest information.
Time Zone
GMT+8
Travel & Transportation
International gateways into the Philippines are Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Subic, and Laoag. The leading gateway is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila. It is attended by more than 30 airlines.
The Mactan International Airport (MIA) in Cebu operates regular flights from Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Busan, Doha, Seoul, and Australia as well as chartered flights from the United States and other major travel capitals.
Davao International Airport handles regular flights from Indonesia and Singapore and seasonal flights are also available to Macau.
The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport which is also known as Clark International Airport in Pampanga handles regular flights from Malaysia, Macau, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Subic International Airport conducts regular flights from Taiwan and different cargo flights.
Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte services regular flights from China.
Philippine Airlines, the country's flag carrier, has 32 international and 20 domestic points. Major cruise liners call on the port of Manila.
6 Domestic carriers handle most of the local air traffic around the islands. There are no domestic night flights.
Taxis
Frequent in most cities, use your travel agent for transfers unless you know the customs.
Ferries Service
Use your travel agent for ferry travel & transfers unless you know the customs.
Public Holidays
January 1 - New Year's Day
February 24 - Edsa Revolution Day
April 9 - Araw ng Kagitingan
moveable - Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
May 1 - Labor Day
June 12 - Independence Day
last Sunday of August - National Heroes Day
November 1 - All Saints' Day
November 30 - Bonifacio Day
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 30 - Rizal Day
Unit of currency
Peso (P) = 100 centavos Bank notes: P10, P20, P50, P100, P200, P500 and P1, 000 Coins: 5c, 10c, 25c, P1, P5, P1.
Cinemas
Plenty of cinemas exist throughout the Philippines including Imax Cinemas in Manila showing English and Tagalog speaking movies.

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