With a population of over 20 million, 16 districts and a young demographic, the capital city of the Philippines is a teeming metropolis evolving with the times. To visit modern Manila is to discover an energetic city filled with friendly and passionate people, eager to move forward and to reach new heights.
Visas are required for all international travellers entering the Philippines except the following:
View visa requirements from the official website of Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines
The local currency is the Philippine Peso (PHP). The units of money are pesos (for bills) or centavos (for coins). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and shopping malls.
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 Friday.Banks inside shopping malls are open 9am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday.
Office Hours9am - 6pm, Monday through Saturday
Shopping 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 (national dress) 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).
Time ZoneGMT + 8 hours
Mobile PhonesGSM 900 / PCS 1800 / CDMA / WCDM
30th Street corner 5th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines
T:(63 2) 820 0888
F:(63 2) 865 3800
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