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    The Republic of the Philippines is an archipelago consisting of some 7,100 islands and islets lying about 800 km off the southeast coast of Asia and stretching 1,850 km from north to south. It is bounded by the Philippine Sea to the east, the Celebes Sea to the south, and the South China Sea to the west and north. The Philippines takes its name from Philip II, who was king of Spain during the Spanish colonization of the islands in the 16th century. Manila is the biggest city and the national capital. It is located in Luzon, the largest island. Only about two-fifths of the islands and islets have names, and only 350 are larger than one square mile.

    The Philippines is home to about 77 million people. Filipinos comprise 111 cultural and linguistic groups of Malayo-Polynesian origin, with varying degrees of Chinese, Spanish and American influences. About 90 percent of Filipinos are Roman Catholic, with smaller numbers of Protestants and Moslems. The national language is Filipino, although English is the language of commerce and politics. Because it was ruled by Spain for 333 years and the United States for a further 48 years, the Philippines has many cultural affinities with the West. It is the fourth most populous country in which English is an official language and the only Christian country in Asia. Educationally, it is among the most advanced of Asian countries.Filipinos are a freedom-loving people, having waged two peaceful, bloodless revolutions against what were perceived as corrupt regimes.

    The Philippines is a vibrant democracy, as evidenced by 12 English national newspapers, 7 national television stations, hundreds of cable TV stations, and 2,000 radio stations.Filipinos are a fun-loving people. Throughout the islands, there are fiestas celebrated everyday and foreign guests are always welcome to their homes.

    The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands covering a land area of 115,739 sq. m. (299,764 sq. km.). Main island groups are Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Capital is Manila. Time Zone is GMT + 8 hours.

    March to May is hot and dry. June to October is rainy, November to February is cool. Average temperatures: 78°F / 25°C to 90°F / 32°C; humidity is 77%.

    There are a total of 76.5 million Filipinos as of the latest national census in May, 2000. Population growth is estimated at 2.36 percent annually. Luzon, the largest island group, accounts for more than half of the entire population.

    Two official languages --- Filipino and English. Filipino which is based on Tagalog, is the national language. English is also widely used and is the medium of instruction in higher education.
    Eight (8) major dialects spoken by majority of the Filipinos: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Kapampangan, and Pangasinense.

    Filipino is that native language which is used nationally as the language of communication among ethnic groups. Like any living language, Filipino is in a process of development through loans from Philippine languages and non-native languages for various situations, among speakers of different social backgrounds, and for topics for conversation and scholarly discourse. There are about 76 to 78 major language groups, with more than 500 dialects.

    Some 83% of Filipinos are Catholic. About 5% are Moslem. The rest are made up of smaller Christian denominations and Buddhist.

    The Metric System is used in most trade and legal transactions.


    220 volts a/c is the common standard. 110 volts a/c is also used, especially in major hotels.

    The Philippines' monetary unit is the peso, divided into 100 centavos. Foreign currency may be exchanged at any hotels, most large department stores, banks, and authorized money changing shops accredited by the Central Bank of the Philippines. International credit cards such as Visa, Diners Club, Bank Americard, Master Card, and American Express are accepted in major establishments.
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  • #2
    Thanks! Cool thread.
    If there is a wish, there is a way!


    • #3
      Nice thread!


      • #4

        Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Subic, and Laoag are the international gateways. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila is the premier gateway. It is served by more than 30 airlines which fly to different cities around the world. The Mactan International Airport (MIA) in Cebu handles regular flights from Japan, Singapore and Australia as well as chartered flights from Hong Kong, the United States and other major travel capitals. Davao International Airport handles regular flights from Indonesia and Singapore. The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport and Subic airfield in Central Luzon service both chartered and cargo planes. Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte services regular flights from Taiwan and Macau.

        Philippine Airlines, the country's flag carrier, links Manila to 14 cities in 8 countries. Major cruise liners call on the port of Manila.
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        • #5
          Essentials to Travel in the Philippines

          TIME ZONE - GMT plus 8 hours.

          Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Subic, and Laoag are the international gateways. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila is the premier gateway. It is served by more than 30 airlines which fly to different cities around the world. The Mactan International Airport (MIA) in Cebu handles regular flights from Japan, Singapore and Australia as well as chartered flights from Hong Kong, the United States and other major travel capitals. Davao International Airport handles regular flights from Indonesia and Singapore. The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport and Subic airfield in Central Luzon service both chartered and cargo planes. Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte services regular flights from Taiwan and Macau.

          Philippine Airlines, the country's flag carrier, links Manila to 14 cities in 8 countries. Major cruise liners call on the port of Manila.

          Valid passport. Except for stateless persons and those from countries with which the Philippines has no diplomatic relations, all visitors may enter the country without visas and may stay for 21 days provided they have tickets for onward journey. Holders of Hong Kong and Taiwan passports must have special permits. Visas and special permits may be obtained from Philippine embassies and consulates.


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

          Airport and Facilities: Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is 7 kms. from the city center while the Manila Domestic Airport is one km. from the NAIA. The international airports have adequate traveler facilities: duty-free and souvenir shops, tourist information and assistance counters, hotel and travel agency representatives, car rental services, banks and automated teller machines, postal service, national and international direct dial telephone booths, medical clinics, and baggage deposit areas.

          Facilities for the Physically-Handicapped: The airports are handicapped-friendly. Wheelchairs are available on request from the airline ground staff.

          Customs: Visitors are advised to fill in the Baggage Declaration Form before disembarking to facilitate Customs examination. 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 wine or spirits of not more than one liter each.
          Porterage: Baggage carts are available for free. Porter services are also free. Tipping is traditional.

          Airport Transfers: Visitors are advised to avail of accredited fixed rate or metered taxis at the NAIA's Arrival Area. At the Manila Domestic Airport, accredited transfer services are available on pre-paid coupon basis. Other airports are served by metered taxis. All airports have counters for hotel transport and car rental service.
          Airport Fees: P550 for international departure and P100 for local departure (paid in Philippine pesos only). Departing passengers for international destinations are advised to check with airport or tourist information counters (Tel. Nos 524-1703; 832-2964) the departure fees which may change without notice.
          Duty-Free Shopping: Duty-Free Philippines near the NAIA is the country's largest duty free outlet carrying quality imported items and selected Philippine export products.

          March to May is hot and dry. June to October is rainy. November to Februar is cool. Average temperatures: 78oF/25oC to 90oF/32oC; humidity: 77%.

          WHAT TO WEAR
          Light, casual clothes are recommended. Warmer garments are needed for mountain regions. When visiting churches and temples, propriety dictates that shorts and scanty clothing be avoided. Formal occasions require dinner jackets and ties (or the Philippine barong tagalog) for men and cocktail dresses or long gowns for women.


          Unit of currency: Peso (P) = 100 centavos. Bank notes: P10, P20, P50, P100, P500 and P1,000. Coins: 5c, 10c, 25c, P1, P5, P10.

          Tipping is expected for many services. The standard practice is 10% of the total bill. Tipping is optional on bills that already include a 10% service charge.


          By air, Philippine Airlines (Tel. No. 855-9999), Air Philippines (855-9000), Cebu Pacific (636-4938) provided daily services to major cities and towns. Asian Spirit (851-8888), Laoag International Airlines (551-9729), and Seair (891-8708) service the missionary routes. There are also scheduled chartered flights to major domestic destinations serviced by smaller commuter planes.

          By sea, interisland ships connect Manila to major ports. Ferry services connect the smaller islands.
          By land, Philtranco connects Manila to Bicol in Southern Luzon to Samar and Leyte in the Visayas and Davao in Mindanao.
          Metered and fixed rate taxis are widely available in key cities nationwide. Jeepneys and buses are inexpensive ways of getting around most places. In Metro Manila the fastest way of commuting is via the railway system. LRT connects the northern district of Monumento to the southern district of Baclaran with stations situated at major intersections. MRT traverses the length of EDSA and connects North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City, passing through the major arteries of Makati's financial district.

          In Metro Manila, key cities and towns throughout the country, a wide selection of de luxe, standard, economy and pension-type accommodations is available. In island destinations, there is a variety of resorts ranging from de luxe to special interest category.

          The Department of Tourism has a Homestay Program in several destinations outside Manila. The program offers visitors the comfort of modest homes and an insight into Philippine life. For information, contact the Tourist Information Center at Room 106, Department of Tourism Building, tel. nos. 524-2384 / 524-1703.

          DINING OUT
          Filipino food is an exotic, tasteful blend of Oriental, European, and American culinary influences. There is a wide variety of fresh seafood and delectable fruits. First class restaurants offer gourmet specialties as well as Filipino cuisine.


          Metro Manila is the center of entertainment and cultural activities. The premier venue for the performing arts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, features world-class performances by local and international guest artists. Museums located in Manila and in some parts of the country offer a glimpse of Philippine history and culture. Art galleries exhibit the works of the country's leading and promising visual artists.
          Manila's nightlife is one of the most vibrant in Asia, reflecting the Filipino's love for music. The hubs of nightlife activities are the Remedios Circle in Malate, Ayala Center and The Fort at Bonifacio Global City in Makati, Timog and Tomas Morato Avenues in Quezon City, and Eastwood in Libis, Quezon City. Nightclubs, music lounges, pubs, and sing-along bars feature Filipino bands and singers who are known for their great musical talent. De luxe hotels offer a variety of live musical entertainment. Concerts and stage plays form part of the country's entertainment scene.
          For visitors who want to try their luck at the gaming tables there are casinos in Metro Manila and in the cities of Angeles, Olongapo, Tagaytay, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, and Laoag.

          Visitors can choose from an exciting selection of great buys in a country known for export-quality items at reasonable prices: South Sea pearls, handwoven cloths, embroidered fineries, fashionable ready-to-wear and haute couture clothes, terra-cota, porcelain, coral and mother-of-pearl home accessories. Artifacts, pineapple fiber shirts, prehistoric jars, native handicrafts, and footwear are interesting items, too. The Philippines also produces fine basketry, furniture, fresh and processed fruits, exquisitely crafted jewelry, and gift items made of shell, wood, and stone.
          Big malls are located in Manila, Makati and EDSA, while handicraft, antique and curio shops abound at the Ermita District in Manila.

          Private and government offices are open either from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Some private companies hold office on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Most shopping malls, department stores, and supermarkets are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. There are 24-hour convenience stores and drugstores.
          Banks are open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, with automated teller machines (ATM) operating 24 hours.

          CREDIT CARDS

          International credit cards such as Visa, Diners Club, Mastercard, and American Express Card are accepted in major establishments.


          220 volts, A.C. 60 cyles. Most hotels have 110-volt outlets.


          Water in Metro Manila and in key cities and towns is potable and safe for drinking. Bottled water is available in many hotels, restaurants, resorts, supermarkets, and convenience stores.

          The country has international and national direct dial phone and facsimile service, mobile phone sites, internet and e-mail facilities, and worldwide express delivery service. The postal system is efficient.
          Most national dailies are in English. Foreign publications are sold at major hotels, malls, and bookstores in Metro Manila and key cities. There are 7 national television stations. which broadcast mainly in Filipino. Cable TV is available in many hotels in Manila and in many parts of the country.

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            Manila, the pioneer convention city in Asia, has played host to a number of prestigious international events. The Philippine International Convention Center is equipped with modern convention facilities and services. It can accommodate 4,000 delegates in its Plenary Hall and 5,700 persons in its Recepcion Hall. The World Trade Center near the PICC can hold huge exhibitions and events. Smaller meetings can be held in hotels and other establishments. Out-of-town hotels and resorts are alternative convention sites.

            Hospitals in the country are equipped with modern facilities to meet any medical need. In some remote towns and cities, clinics and health centers provide emergency medical attention. Most hotels and resorts provide medical assistance. Hospitals are listed in the "Yellow Pages" of the local telephone directory.

            Tour packages, from day trips to five-day programs, are special ways of discovering the Philippines and its wealth of culture. Special interest activities include golfing, game-fishing, diving, white-water rafting and other aquasports, trekking, spelunking, and safari trips.
            Information on tour itineraries may be obtained from the Philippine Tour Operators Association (Philtoa), Tel No: (632) 893-0284, or from the Tourist Information Center located at the ground floor of the DOT Bldg. on T.M. Kalaw Street, Manila, Tel. No.(632) 524-2384/524-1703.
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            • #7
              BANTAYAN ISLAND, Cebu

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              • #8
                Beginning tomorrow, I will feature famous tourist spots and accomodations of the Philippines, one by one!
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                • #9
                  Nice pics and welcome!


                  • #10
                    Travel Tips

                    • Dress for the weather – hot! Light clothing is ideal year-round and absolutely during the hot and dry months from March to May. Temperatures average from 78°F/25°C to 90°F/32°C. Mean humidity is at 77%.

                    • Never leave home without your rain gear, umbrella, and heavy clothing during the rainy months from June to October as well as when setting out to the mountainous areas.

                    • When shopping in a public market, it is perfectly acceptable to haggle for the cheapest price.

                    • English is the most widely spoken next to Filipino/Tagalog, the national language. Learning the basic local phrases may come in handy. Over 111 local dialects are spoken in the country.

                    • Comfortable yet sturdy footwear are best, as traveling the islands will often involve some walking.

                    • When headed to the remote areas, come prepared with an insect repellant and even your own water in handy containers. Always have the island map with you.

                    • Prepare to hop in a jeepney, tricycle, or pedicab – exotic modes of land transports that are the most commonly available for going around. Always bring loose change when taking public transport.

                    • Know the transport schedules. Some destinations are only being serviced intermittently, not to mention extreme weather conditions that will affect these schedules.

                    • Air-conditioned taxis should cost PhP30 on the meter. An extra PhP2.50 will be added for every 500 meters.

                    • Casual clothing is acceptable inside churches and business offices. Dining establishments and hotels impose no dress code but shorts and slippers are deemed improper.

                    • For formal occasions, the traditional Barong Tagalog, the Philippine national costume for men, is just as suitable as the suit-and-tie.

                    • When traveling by car, be mindful of the number coding ordinance for vehicles that is being implemented strictly in selected cities.

                    • Do not miss visiting during the summer, when there is a concentration of major festivals, celebrations, and events.

                    • Adapt to local customs; accept local differences. The Filipinos are divided culturally into regions a total of 16, at present, each with its own distinct traits and traditions.

                    • The Philippine monetary unit, the peso, is generally preferred for financial transactions. Money-changing shops are available in key cities and towns.

                    • Tipping is expected for many services. The standard amount is 10% of the total bill. Tipping is optional on bills that include a service charge, which is often 10% as well of the total bill.

                    • Be sure to sample the endless variety of native delicacies and local cuisine, which differ in every region. The Philippines is made up of 7,107 different flavors that you will want to take home with you.

                    • For tourist information and assistance, get in touch with the Department of Tourism and any of its accredited offices nationwide.
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                    • #11
                      Destination of the Day: BORACAY


                      The palm-studded island of Boracay – with its white, talcum-fine beach, balmy weather, and warm, crystalline waters – is like a hypnotic magnet. In this tiny, butterfly-shaped island at the northwestern tip of Panay in Western Visayas, days can be spent simply lazing on the beach while nights are for indulging in the tropical party lifestyle.

                      The best part of the island is the four-kilometer White Beach hailed as the “finest beach in the world.” The surrounding water is shallow and the sand is finer and brighter than most beaches in the archipelago. White Beach is so fine, it feels like treading on miles of baby powder!

                      Sailboating and kayaking are popular sporting activities, with Boracay playing host to the annual Paraw Regatta, an international sailboat race that makes use of the native outrigger. Dive sites surround the island and are learning venues to both novice and professional divers, guided by competent instructors of the many dive shops that operate in the area.

                      Trekking and mountain biking can also bring the intrepid to the island's quaint interior villages and to the edges' scenic rocky cliffs, discovering along the way many hidden coves with isolated beaches far from the tourist crowd. And for golf bugs, Fairways and Bluewater Resort Golf and Country Club has an 18-hole championship course.


                      Boracay Island belongs to the Western Visayas island-group, Region 6 of the Philippines, along with the western part of the province of Negros, the island of Panay, and many smaller islands. The westernmost island in Western Visayas, Boracay borders the provinces of Mindoro to the northwest and Romblon to the north.


                      March to June are the summer months in Boracay, with temperatures reaching as high as from 28 to 38 degrees Celsius. November to February are spent with pleasant winds, cool nights, and occasional rain showers. July to October are the wettest months.

                      Languages & dialects spoken:

                      Other than Tagalog/Filipino and other local dialects, English is widely spoken in Boracay. Akeanon is predominantly spoken in Aklan, the gateway to the island.

                      HOW TO GET THERE

                      Distance from Metro Manila:

                      Boracay is accessible by plane and boat from Manila and Cebu City via Panay Island. Alternative routes are from the island-provinces of Mindoro and Romblon in Luzon.

                      There are several daily flights from Manila to Kalibo, the capital of Aklan which are fielded by Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific and Asian Spirit. From Kalibo, airconditioned coaster, coaches and vans are available for the 11/2 hr ride to Caticlan, the jump-off point to Boracay. There are frequent ferry service from the three docks at the north, middle, and south endsof the island to White Beach in Boracay.

                      Available Modes of Transport:

                      Airline & Rates:

                      By Air:
                      • Philippine Airlines - (632)855-8888 / 855-9999
                      • Air Philippines - (632) 843-7770
                      • Asian Spirit - (632)840-3811
                      • Cebu Pacific - (632)636-4938 to 45

                      Cruiseline & Rates:

                      By Sea: • WG&A Superferry - (632)245-3142 to 60 • Negros Navigation - (632)243-5359 / 245-0601 • Moreta Shipping Line - (632)7216480 / 721-4066

                      Available modes of transport:

                      Bus, Jeepney
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                      • #12

                        Name: Alegre Beach Resort
                        Address: Calumboyan , Sogod, Cebu 6007
                        Classification: 3A, 5-Star

                        Alegre Beach Resort is an internationally known five-star resort, close to the charming town of Sogod on the northeastern coast of Cebu. Alegre's cottages are set on lush, tropical grounds many of which offer ocean views and private gardens. The resort boasts a coconut grove, and three private beach coves. Diving is a popular pastime and the house reef offers a 100 ft. wall dive.

                        Perched above Cebu's most spectacular natural and uncorrupted white sand beach, Alegre Beach Resort offers its guests friendly, unobtrusive service in an idyllic tropical location. Upon arrival, the reception area offers uninterrupted views over the spacious swimming pools to the islands in the east set in delicious turquoise blue waters.

                        Credit Cards:

                        American Express, RCBC, Unicard, Mastercard, BPI Express, Diners, VISA, Bankard, JCB, PNB

                        • Cable TV and In-House Movie Channels
                        • Individually controlled Air-Conditioning Units and a Ceiling Fan
                        • Operator-assisted International Telephone Calls
                        • Mini Bar with Refrigerator
                        • Safety Deposit Box
                        • Coffee and Tea making Facility
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Separate Toilet, Shower and Bath Tub
                        • Deluxe amenities

                        Additional amenities for Super Deluxe Rooms:
                        • CD Player
                        • VHS Video Deck, two complimentary movie tapes
                        • Loofah

                        Resort Facilities:

                        • 3 Private Coves with a White Sand Beach
                        • Gazebo for private functions and romantic dinners
                        • 47-meter Swimming Pool
                        • 2 Children’s Pools
                        • Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Fish Feeding, Reef Walking
                        • Water sports (Jet Ski, wave runner, wave raider, banana boat, kayak)
                        • Island-hopping
                        • Cruising
                        • Game Room with Billiards, Ping Pong, Darts, Mahjong, Board Games,
                        • Mini Library
                        • Mountain Bikes
                        • Flood-lit Tennis Court, One-Hole Putting Green
                        • Gift Shop
                        • Business Center
                        • Helipad
                        • Massage on the beach
                        • The Alegre Spa
                        • Pavilion Restaurant and Bar
                        • Function and Conference Facilities
                        Check In/Out Time:
                        Check - In : 2 pm
                        Check - Out : 12 noon

                        Price Range:
                        US$ 270 - US$ 545
                        Room Rates:
                        Deluxe Room (Single/Twin) - USD 270++
                        Deluxe Oceanview – USD 290++
                        Super Deluxe – USD 320++
                        Super Deluxe Oceanview with Garden – USD 355++
                        Deluxe Suite – USD 490++
                        Oceanview Suite – USD 510++
                        Oceanview Suite with Garden – USD 545++
                        Extra Person – USD 30++

                        Contact Information:

                        Telephone: 632634-7505 to 08
                        Fax: 632634-7509
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                        • #13
                          Feature of the Day: CALBAYOG Tour

                          The City of Calbayog is situated in the western part of the island of Samar. It lies just along the coastal region of the province stretching about 60 miles from the northern tip of the island and 180 miles from the southern boundaries. Calbayog City comprises 157 barangays. Compared with other Municipalities of Samar, Calbayog City has the largest area that even surpasses that of Catbalogan, the capital of the Province.

                          City Tour:
                          • St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral
                          • Handumanan
                          • Museo de Calbayog
                          • Japanese Apology Marker
                          • Calbayog City Hall
                          • Nijaga Park
                          • Trip to majestic Bangon-Bugtong Waterfalls and Tarangban Waterfalls
                          • Swimming at Malajog / Lo-ok Beach
                          • Shopping for delicacies and souvenirs

                          • Packed Lunch
                          • Transportation
                          • Tour Guide

                          *Land arrangement only for City Tour
                          *A tour is organized for a minimum of 6 persons

                          Contact Information:

                          Telephone: 6355209-1200
                          Fax: 6355209-1191
                          Email: /
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                          • #14


                            Davao is famed for its banana export industry and unrivaled reputation as the amazing nature destination. It prides itself as home to the majestic Philippine Eagle and Mt. Apo, the country’s highest peak where you find the rare Waling-waling, queen of orchids in its natural habitat. The city is rich in fruit markets with the durian at the top of the list. There’s likewise pomelo, lanzones, rambutan along with other locally-grown produce readily available for everyone to enjoy.


                            The province is located in the southern part of the country. It is bounded in the north by Davao City; in the west by Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Kidapawan City; in the south by the Celebes Sea, Sarangani Province, and General Santos City; in the east by the Davao Gulf.


                            The province is blessed with a favorable climate characterized by wet and dry seasons. The coldest time is during the months of December and January and the hottest is during the months of April and May. The province is outside the typhoon belt.

                            Languages & dialects spoken:

                            Cebuano/Visayan, Tagalog, B’laan, Bagobo, Manobo, Tagakaolo, Muslim

                            Distance from Metro Manila:

                            Davao City is 1,545 km. from Manila. Considered the premier gateway to the south, Davao is serviced by an international airport. Philippine Airlines flies twice daily to Davao from the Philippine capital (one hour and 35 minutes away) and from Cebu (55 minutes away). There are also flights from Zamboanga (daily; one hour and 20 minutes) and Cagayan de Oro (Four times a week - MWThSat - 35 minutes). From Manado, Indonesia, Bouraq Indonesia Airlines flies to Davao twice weekly and Hongkong to Davao via Cebu and vice versa also twice weekly. Major shipping lines service the Davao area from Manila and nearby southern points.

                            Airline & Rates:

                            • Philippine Airlines Center
                            Legazpi Street, Legaspi Village
                            Makati City 0750
                            Tel No: (632) 818-0111

                            Reservations (24 hours)
                            Manila, Philippines
                            Tel : (632) 855-8888
                            (632) 855-7888

                            Individual Passenger
                            These are reductions in fare granted to senior citizens, students, children below 12 years old, infants, government employees and members of the military.

                            Cruiseline & Rates:

                            • Superferry WG&A 7th Floor, Times Plaza Building United Nations Avenue corner Taft Avenue +63 2 528-7000 SuperFerry Price Promo Avail of our OUTRIGHT PURCHASE promo rates until March 15, 2005 departures. Regular rates apply to all e-Ticket users. Ticket must be purchased in any of our online outlets to avail of the promo rate. Please call +632 528-7000 for more information. DAVAO (DVO) | GENERAL SANTOS (GES) DISCOUNTED RATES Accommodation OUTRIGHT PURCHASE Rate W/O Meals Rate W/ Meals Super Value PhP 1,710 PhP 1,950 Mega Value PhP 1,710 PhP 1,950 Tourist PhP 1,710 PhP 1,950 Business Class PhP 1,970 PhP 2,450 Japanese Room (Room good for 2) PhP 3,940 PhP 4,900 Cabin PhP 1,970 PhP 2,450 Stateroom (Room good for 2) PhP 4,985 PhP 5,945 Suiteroom (Room good for 2) PhP 4,985 PhP 5,945 > Promo rates apply to all MNL-DVO, DVO-MNL, MNL-GES and GES-MNL voyages only. > Japanese Room, Stateroom and Suiteroom are sold on a roomrate basis good for two (2) passengers, the rest of the accommodations are sold per bunk.

                            Available modes of transport:

                            Jeep, Tricyle, Taxi
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                              BAGUIO CITY - The City of Pines


                              When the Americans discovered Baguio 100 years ago, it was not yet a city but known as a “rancheria,” the dominant feature of which was a large, low-lying area called “Kafagway.” In the dry season it was a pasture for herds of cattle and horses, but for much of the year, it was a marshland with a shallow lake where residents hunted for ducks and snipes. Kafagway roughly covered the same area as the present city.
                              The Americans found Baguio an ideal site for a future city. The hills were grassy and studded with pine trees. They later found a great source of water and immediately decided to make Baguio an admirable site for the future summer capital and health resort of the Philippines.

                              On July 16, 1990 a great earthquake devastated the city destroying much of its buildings and infrastructure and killing many people. Barely a year after the great earthquake, Baguio has risen, a new city with a proud heritage. In the summer months of March, April, and May, Baguio lives up to its title as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” when thousands of visitors from the lowlands and Manila take their annual exodus to the city to cool off. From November to May, Baguio becomes a tropical paradise, a refreshing break from the hot and humid Philippine climate. Christmas season is when Baguio glows with the nippy winter air. Baguio Floral Festivals are held in February. The city is also famous for its towering pine trees.


                              Baguio City, approximately 250 kilometers north of Manila, is situated in the heart of the Province of Benguet. The area of the city is 49 square kilometers enclosed in a perimeter of 30.6 kilometers. The developed portion of the city is a plateau that rises to an elevation of 1,400 meters. Most of it lies on the northern half of the city. About half the area of the city has a slope of 25% or more.


                              Baguio is 8 degrees cooler on any month on the average than any place in the lowlands. The temperature seldom exceeds 26° centigrade at its warmest, and the lowest reading was 6.3° centigrade, recorded in January 18, 1961. Baguio is very wet during the rainy season which is from June to October. The recorded heaviest volume of rainfall measured 9,038.3mm.

                              Languages & dialects spoken:

                              English is widely spoken and understood. It is the medium of instruction in all public and private schools. The national language, Filipino, is spoken by everyone. Ilocano is also spoken by almost everybody.

                              Distance from Metro Manila:

                              From Manila, visitors can take a 45-minute flight via Philippine Airlines or Asian Spirits Airline. Both airlines maintain a daily schedule of flights from Manila to Baguio Airport and back to Manila. By land, visitors can choose from various bus companies, garage cars or tour operators wherein travel time usually takes 6 hours via Kennon Road, Marcos Highway or Naguilian Road.

                              Available Modes of Transport:

                              Airline & Rates:

                              Philippine Airlines Center
                              Legazpi Street, Legaspi Village
                              Makati City Philippines 0750
                              Tel : (632) 818-0111
                              E-mail :

                              Asian Spirit
                              Tel No: (632) 851-1795 /851-8888
                              Fax No: (632) 851-1794

                              Busline & Rates:

                              Dagupan Bus Co. (Main Terminal)
                              Address: New York St. Cubao, Quezon City
                              Tel No: (632) 727-2330

                              Victory Liner (Main Terminal)
                              Address: 651 Edsa, Pasay City
                              Tel No: (632) 833-0293 to 20

                              Available modes of transport:

                              Bus, Jeep, Taxi
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