The capital city of the Philippines with a population of 10 million, Manila is a teeming metropolis. The city still possesses the colonial architecture that survived the bombing of the city during World War II.
While many people use Manila only as a stop-over for further travel, those who explore the city will discover its friendliness and charm.
Visas are required for all international travellers entering the Philippines except the following:
View visa requirements from the official website of Bureau of Immigration, Philippines
The Philippine currency is known as Philippine Peso (PHP). The basic unit of money itself is called the peso (for bills) or centavos (for coins).
Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.
Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies:
Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.
A 12.75% surcharge, including government tax, is applicable in most hotels, restaurants, salons and spas.
Many mid-range and top-end hotels, restaurants, salons and spas include a 10% service charge.
If there is no service charge reflected on the bill, a tip of 10-20% is accepted.
Bank Hours9am - 6pm, Monday through FridayBanks inside shopping malls are open 9am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday.
Office Hours9am - 6pm, Monday through Saturday
Shop Hours10am - 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 are 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).
Heavy thunderstorms; overcast
An a.m. t-storm or two, then heavy rain
Time ZoneGMT + 8 hours
Mobile PhonesGSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
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