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We’re made up of 7107 islands.  

Big. Small. Sandy. Sunny. Relaxing. Exotic. Beautiful.

We’re also a country where no one is more than two hours away from a beach—which could explain why everybody knows how to smile and have fun!

So read on and tear out your favorite destinations – we don’t mind! We hope it helps you plan an unforgettable holiday!

The People-Powered Brochure

We asked people why it was more fun here. They responded with an overwhelming number of pictures from their personal libraries.  That’s why all the photos you see here are from Filipinos and fans of the country!


Our Beaches

We have the fourth, longest coastline in the world. At 36,289 kilometers, you can explore hundreds of warm, tropical islands and find a beach all to yourself.


Our Culture

Filipino culture is filled with color. Just take a look around any city here-from our iconic jeepneys, tricycles, and bancas (outrigger boats) to our food and fiestas. We’re bright, happy people and it shows!


Water Activities

Anything you can dream of doing underwater,or over it, is possible here!  Scuba diving? We have some of the world’s best sites, from World War II wreks to UNESCO World Heritage Reefs. Surfing, Windsurfing, Kiteboarding. Of course, there's always swimming-have your pick of whale sharks, dolphins, sea cows, and hundreds of species of fish and coral.


Our Lifestyle

Filipinos love to celebrate! Whether on the beach, the street, the mountainside, or city, you’re sure to find a great party. It won’t be too hard to make friends because we’re one of the friendliest people on earth.


Nature and Adventure

An underwater river, Chocolate Hills that are limestone. Sunken underwater islands. And a lake within a  volcano within a lake. You’ll never run out of places to explore because nature is definitely more fun here!      

       

       (DOT Tourist Information Center)


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Fast Facts

Capital     Manila

Language     Filipino is the national language but English is widely spoken. There are also 176 other local dialects.

Currency     Philippine Peso (Php)

Credit Cards     Master Card, Visa, Diners Club, American Express, JCB

Time Zone     GMT +8:00

Climate     Average temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit/ 25 degrees Celsius.  

March to May - Hot and dry months.   June to October - Wet Season.   November to February - Cool and windy.

What to wear     Bring light and breathable clothes. When visiting the mountain regions, use warm and insulated clothing.

For formal occasions, men can wear dinner jackets with ties or the Philippine barong tagalog. Women can use cocktail dresses or long gowns.

When visiting churches, temples, mosques, or other places of worship, use your discretion and do wear appropriate clothing. Avoid sleeveless shirts, shorts, and slippers.

Business Hours     Government offices: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays.  Malls: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.  Banks: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm weekdays. ATM: 24 hours daily.

Communication     The country has international and national direct dial phones, facsimile services, and worldwide express delivery. Including mobile phone coverage, Internet or email  facilities, and wireless connectivity.

Water     There’s potable tap water in most cities and bottles water is available in hotels, supermarkets and convenience stores.

Religion     Predominantly Roman Catholic. With Protestants/Evangelicals, Muslims and Buddhists.

Government     Democratic Presidential System

Tipping     Tips are normally 10% of the bill, but are optional when there’s a service charge.

Electricity    220 volts AC 60 cycles. Some hotels will carry 110 volt outlets.

Getting there and going around

Arrivals     

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila is the main airport to the Philippines. Divided into four terminals, it caters to domestic and international flights from the world’s major airlines. It’s equipped with tourist help desks, hotel and car rental services, duty-free souvenir shops, and handicap assistance.

NAIA Terminal Information

Terminal 1   Primary international airport in Manila. Serves majority of international flights.

Terminal 2   Used for both international and domestic flights of Philippine Airlines.

Terminal 3   Carries all flights operated by Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines, and a few local airlines.

Terminal 4   Hosts domestic flights operated by Zest Airways, SEAIR and other local airlines.

Other Airports   

Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA)   Location: Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.  Currently serves commercial airlines and cargo carriers.

Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA)   Location: Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga. Currently serves flights to various Asian destinations. Also hosts chartered flights.

Laoag International Aiirport   Loction: Ilocos Norte. Services chartered flights from East Asia and other scheduled services of domestic carriers.

Francisco Bangoy International Airport   Location: Davao City. Takes in domestic flights and a few international flights.


Entry Regulations     Visitors from countries with diplomatic relations to ours may either enter without visas and stay 30 days provided they have ticket’s for onward journey.

When staying  for more than 30 days, a Tourist Visa is required which is valid for 59 days. Holders of Hong Kong and Taiwan passports must have special permits. All documents may be obtained from Philippine Embassies and Consulates.

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Health Regulations     A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers coming from infected areas.

General Safety Tips     Like any other city in the world, tourist should be mindful of their personal safety and belongings wherever they go. Be sure that all valuables are properly protected from loss.

Be wary of unauthorized people who offer their services as guides.

Customs     The following are allowed duty-free: reasonable quantity of clothes, jewelry, and toiletries; 400 sticks of cigarettes or two tins of tobacco; two bottles of alcoholic beverages not more than one litter each; a cash limit of US$10,000.00

Transportation     To reach other ports of the country, you can easily travel by air, land or sea. Commercial carriers have scheduled flights to major destinations and island resorts, while bus terminals have daily riders to the provinces and other cities as early as 6:00 am until 12 midnight.

You can go around the city on jeepneys, metered taxis, buses, rapid transit systems like Metro Rail Transit (MRT), tricycles or rent-a-car services.

Accommodations     You can book a room in any of the country’s hotels ranging from 5-star hotels to boutique hotels, and serviced apartments.

For the budget-conscious, there are hostels, B&Bs, and inns that have basic amenities like Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and hot water.

Accommodation standards for hotels, resorts and apartment hotels are rated based on the 5-star accreditation system.

Reference: DOT Tourism Information Center. www.itsmorefuninthephilippines.com

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