Quick Facts

Important facts about the city

Capital city of the Philippines with a population of 10 million, Manila is a teeming metropolis marked by exemplary colonial architecture and characterised by its friendliness and charm.

Located on the eastern shore of the famed Manila Bay, this city is fast becoming a popular location for business and tourism.


Most foreign passports do not require visas for stays under 21 days. Three-month visas can be obtained in advance. These usually cost around USD 35.

For more detailed information in visa requirements, please visit the Republic of the Philippines website below.

Click here to view visa requirements from Bureau of Immigration, Philippines


The national currency of the Philippines is the Philippine peso (PHP).

Coins come in denominations of 5, 10 and 25 centavos; 1, 5 and 10 pesos; and 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 notes.

Cash and travellers cheques can be exchanged in licensed exchange offices and international hotels.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

PHP 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.025 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.017 Euro (EUR)
0.014 British Pound (GBP)
0.17 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
1.37 Indian Rupee (INR)
0.028 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.028 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.022 US Dollar (USD)


A 12% VAT tax applies to all food, shopping and hotel purchases in Manila.


A service charge of 10% is usually added to all hotel and restaurant bills in Manila. If not, a 10% tip is appropriate for waiters.

Business Hours

Bank Hours 
9am - 3pm, Monday to Friday

Office Hours
8am - 5pm, Monday to Friday (Government)
9am - 6pm, Monday to Saturday (Commercial)

Shopping Hours
9am - 9pm, Monday to Sunday

Public Health

Visitors do not require a health certificate for entry in Manila.

While international medical services in Manila are of a high standard and are readily available, Traders Hotel, Manila, recommends drinking bottled water during your stay. A bottle of water will be provided in your room free of charge.


Light clothing is appropriate for daily wear. Jackets are good to have during rain storms or the occasional cool period.

For formal occasions, men wear coat and tie or a traditional Barong Tagalog (tailored slacks and leather shoes). Women often wear cocktail dresses with a light shawl.


Manila is tropically warm year-round. Temperatures range from 22°C to 33°C (72°F to 92°F). The rainy season is from July to October.



A couple of thunderstorms this afternoon

High: 31°C / 87°F
Low: 24°C / 75°F


Cloudy, Thunder Showers

Heavy afternoon thunderstorms

High: 30°C / 86°F
Low: 24°C / 75°F
Sunny, Thunder Showers High: 31°C / 87°F Low: 24°C / 75°F
Sunny, Thunder Showers High: 31°C / 87°F Low: 24°C / 75°F
Showers High: 31°C / 87°F Low: 24°C / 75°F

Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 30ºC 24ºC
Feb 30ºC 24ºC
Mar 32ºC 25ºC
Apr 33ºC 25ºC
May 33ºC 27ºC
Jun 32ºC 27ºC
Jul 31ºC 26ºC
Aug 31ºC 26ºC
Sep 31ºC 26ºC
Oct 31ºC 26ºC
Nov 31ºC 25ºC
Dec 30ºC 24ºC

10 million

Tagalog, English is also widely spoken

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Metric System

220 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800