city of the Philippines, Manila is a busy metropolis with colonial architecture
complemented with high-rise skyscrapers, blending the old and new.
people use Manila only as a stopover for further travel, explorers of the city
will discover its friendliness and charm.
Visas are required for all
international travellers entering the Philippines except the following:
The official website of Bureau of Immigration, Philippines
Philippine currency is known as Philippine Peso (PHP). The basic unit of money
itself is called the peso (for bills)
or centavos (for coins).
are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.
Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.
surcharge including government tax is applicable in most hotels, restaurants,
salons and spas.
mid-range and top-end hotels, restaurants, salons and spas include a 10%
If there is
no service charge reflected on the bill, a tip of 10-20% is accepted.
9am - 6pm, Monday through Friday
(Banks inside shopping malls are open 9am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday)
9am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday
10am - 9pm or later throughout the week
Visitors entering the Philippines
are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local
doctor or health care professional about vaccination requirements before you
plan your trip.
Dress is generally informal in the
Philippines except on social, diplomatic or government occasions when a suit
and tie / long gown or Barong Tagalog
/ Filipiniana is appropriate. Light
clothing is appropriate for the tropical humid weather.
Manila has a
temperate climate ranging from very warm during April to June (28 C to
39 C) to cool during December to February (20 C to 25 C).
Some sun with a shower in places
Sunny to partly cloudy
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Population20 million (Source: UNDP)
Time ZoneGMT + 8 hours
Mobile PhonesGSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
1 Garden Way, Ortigas Centre, Mandaluyong City, 1650, Philippines
T:(63 2) 633 8888
F:(63 2) 631 1067
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