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Must eat @ Deepforest garden inn! Open air terrace and wine cellar open every evening 5pm

Most beautiful ambiance and decor restaurant in Puerto Princesawith excellent local and imported foods. Steak-Lobster- recipes from Thailand-Spain-Indonesia-France etc... Tel.(048) 4341702 or 09052823129 for reservations

Must eat Crocodile meat @Kinabutch restaurant in Rizal Avenue. Open 5pm

Must eat Pizza @ Blue marlin Restaurant in Bancao-Bancao

La Terrasse, Taverna Luna, Badjao Seafront, Kinabuchs, Gypsy's Lair Art Cafe, Balinsasayaw Restaurant, Deep Forest Garden

Must see the world UNESCO heritage destination "Underground river in Sabang" can book at this address for daily tours, tourister_rentacar@yahoo.com

Baker's Hill, Tubbataha Reef, City Baywalk, Palawan Museum, Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Consevation Center, Palawan Butterfly Garden, Ugong Rock, Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm, Cleopatra's Needle, Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Must do the Island hopping daily tour in Puerto Princesa Can book at tourister_rentacar@yahoo.com

Excellent tour for Family, wonderful swimming,great outdoor day destination.

Must do Zipline in Sabangor bakers hill and Irawan during city tour tourister_rentacar@yahoo.com

Must do Dolphin watch tour "seasonal" inquire to tourister_rentacar@yahoo.com

Must know The Philippine Emergency Number is 117. You can dial this from a landline or your mobile Phone or even send an SMS to it. It connects to a call center to the Police. This service just started around 2007 and is not as advanced as the American 911 system

Make sure you know the correct pronounciation of the Tagalog phrases before you try them out. It's embarrasing if they do not understand their language!

Being a Catholic country, most of the famous festivals in the Philippines are centeredaround Patron saints and religosity. But do not be fooled about this information, because festivals in the country also means good food, lots of booze, dancing and merry making. Also, festivals are a year-round event. With 7,000+ islands, each having their own patron saint, means you can island hop your way around the country the whole year through.

Below is a link to provide you with a guide to the Philippine fiestas (tagalog for festival) including where and when they are held.

http://www.philippinefiestas.com/

A trip to a foreign country can indeed be fun and exciting. However, a fun trip can sometimes turn sour without proper planning or prior knowledge of the country. Therefore, it is always advisable for travelers to learn more about a foreign country that they are about to visit so as to expect the unexpected and take proper precautions before making the trip there. Here are some useful travel tips that can help make your trip to the Philippines enjoyable and memorable.

Climate

Philippines is blessed with a tropical climate that has relatively generous amount of rainfall and gentle winds. Basically, there are three noticeable seasons namely the wet and rainy season (June-October), the cool but dry season (November-February) and the hot and dry season (March-May).

When To Go?

The best time to make a trip to the Philippines is from the middle of December to the middle of May because that is off-season for typhoons. Any travelers to the country in December (Christmas) or April (Easter) are advised against traveling more than necessary as the entire country is on the move, making it difficult to get a seat on any type of transport.

January, May and December are the best months to visit the Philippines if colorful celebrations and fiestas are on your list of 'purpose for making the trip'. If your itinerary includes visits to the rice terraces in North Luzon, the best time to do this would be in March and April as the weather is pleasantly warm. Apart from that, these warm summer months are also ideal for island hopping. Do be advised that for those who can't take the heat, the month of May can be quite an experience of warm discomfort.

What To Bring?

The golden rule of traveling is to bring as little of your belongings as possible. Fortunately, most of the things that you might require are easily available upon arrival in the Philippines. Apart from the basic traveling necessities and your own special personal needs, it is not necessary to bring anything else other than (perhaps) a travel plug adapter, a pocket calculator, a torchlight, an umbrella and photographic supplies. Medications can be found at drug stores in major cities. In the event that you are confronted with problems when finding the things that you need, the ever-helpful staff at any Tourist Information Center will advise you as to where you can acquire them.

What To Wear?

Like its wonderfully varied culture, the country also has enough climatic changes that would require a wide variety of clothing. It is advisable to bring light and loose clothing that are suitable for tropical temperatures when visiting the cities of Philippines. If you are planning to make a trip to the mountains or scale the odd volcano, do bring along warmer clothing such as jumpers (sweaters) and a light jacket, even on the hottest months. And also, do bring along your thongs or flip-flops as you might find it useful in hotel bathrooms, showers or when you visit the beach. Don't forget to pack some of your formal clothing, as you might need it when you attend formal gatherings, festivals or religious services.

Airport Tax

Travelers are requested to pay an airport tax of P500 when departing from Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport. If departing from Cebu City, the airport tax is P400, while in Davao, it is P220. Travelers are advised to check with their travel agents on this issue before departure as the fees are subject to change.

Tipping

Unlike most Asian countries, the culture of tipping in the Philippines' service industry is becoming more prevalent with much influence from western countries. Although, nearly all major hotels and restaurants have a policy of automatically adding a 10 percent service charge to your bills, a small token to show you gratitude is still expected in the form of a tip, leaving the amount for the tip to the customer's own discretion. Apart from hotels and restaurants, other smaller service establishments as well as taxi drivers expect a small gratuity in return for the service rendered.

Business Hours

In Manila, most shops are open six days a week, from 9 or 10am to 7 or 10pm. As for shopping centers, supermarkets and departmental stores, the operating hours are from 10am to 7pm daily. Shops located outside of Manila don't usually follow a fixed schedule or business hours due to shop owners' attitude of 'whatever happens' (Bahala na).

Government, private offices and public authorities operate from Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm with workers breaking for lunch from 12pm to 1pm. Some private offices are also open on Saturdays from 8am to 12 noon. Business hours for banks are Monday-Friday from 9am to 3 or 3.30pm. Embassies or consulates are open to the public at 9am and close at 1pm. The opening hours of post offices in the Philippines differ from one place to another. Usually, post offices are open from 8am to 12 noon and from 1pm to 5pm on weekdays. And for those that operate on Saturdays, the business hours are from 8am to 1pm.

Electricity

The standard voltage of electricity used by most business centers and residents in the Philippines is 220 volts AC, 60 cycles. However, quite a few major hotels in some areas also have the US-style 110 volts capability.

Time

The island republic is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). When it is 12 noon in the Philippines, it is 3am in London, 8pm the previous evening in San Francisco and 11pm in New York. With the country lying near the equator, sunrise and sunset are almost equally spread at about 6am and 6pm give or take half an hour.

Philippine's time has a strange nature, which includes lack of punctuality. So, don't be surprised if you are either waited for or left waiting.

Tourism in the Philippines is not problem free. The government has not resolved some issues with the practices of confiscation of Threaten Species: Nautilus shells and other sea shells from endangered species that are openly sold in the market such as SM Malls and other tourist stores are not permitted through customs at the airport.

The only recourse for the tourist is to give them up to Customs, or if you are fortunate enough to be given a ride by friends or relatives, they can take them back for you. You could break all goods that they considered illegal for shipment before you give it to them if you don't have other recourse. Better yet, have them dispose of them under your supervision.

For most Foreign nationals and Foreign passport holders, visa is given upon arrival. Most likely, a foreign national will be given a 21-Days valid visa. Extending one's visa may also be done once in the Philippines through the Office of the Bureau of Immigation for a corresponding fee depending on the validity of the visa being applied. If a foreign visitor is planning to stay more than what is normally given upon arrival, it is also advisable to check with the nearest Philippine Consulate or Embassy before embarking on a journey to the Philippines. Also, it is a must that a foreign national be able to present an outward bound ticket to another country, otherwise you may be forced to buy another ticket out of Manila before you are allowed to board your flight going into the country.

Here are a few links to travel and tourism information sites for the Philippines.

Philippines Department of Tourism

  • DOT Building
  • T.M. Kalaw Street
  • Teodoro F. Valencia Circle,
  • Rizal Park, Ermita
  • Manila, Philippines 1000
  • Trunkline +63 2 523-8411

Contact through Trunkline or Website.

Department of Tourism

There is also plenty of information on Wow Philippines website.

Wow Philippines

Information about the people and culture of the Philippines.

Art & Culture

The major cultural agencies of government are the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the National Historical Institute, the National Museum, The National Library, the Records Management and Archives Office, and the Commission on the Filipino Language. The Heads of these cultural agencies are all ex-officio members of the NCCA Board and all except the Commission on the Filipino Language are together under the National Commission on Culture and Arts.

People of Philippines

The Filipino is basically of Malay stock with a sprinkling of Chinese, American, Spanish, and Arab blood. The Philippines has a population of 76.5 million as of May 2000, and it is hard to distinguish accurately the lines between stocks. From a long history of Western colonial rule, interspersed with the visits of merchants and traders, evolved a people of a unique blend of east and west, both in appearance and culture.

The Filipino character is actually a little bit of all the cultures put together. The bayanihan or spirit of kinship and camaraderie that Filipinos are famous for is said to be taken from Malay forefathers. The close family relations are said to have been inherited from the Chinese. The piousness comes from the Spaniards who introduced Christianity in the 16th century. Hospitality is a common denominator in the Filipino character and this is what distinguishes the Filipino. Filipinos are probably one of the few, if not the only, English-proficient Oriental people today. Pilipino is the official national language, with English considered as the country's unofficial one.