TRAVEL TIPS

Getting to and from the airport

TaxiThere are a couple of options for taxi transportation. 

Coupon Taxi (white with blue squares): the amount to be paid is fixed and depends on the destination. You just need to go to the dispatch stations which are available at the airport arrival terminals 

Yellow Taxi (yellow): these are metered taxis and are 30-50% more expensive than the average taxis.

Ride Hailing App:  In Manila, only vehicles booked thru the GRAB app is available. There are stations at the arrivals area driveway.

Booking through hotels:  Another option is to have airport transfers arranged by the hotel you are staying in.  

 

CURRENCY AND CREDIT CARDS

 The currency in the Philippines is the Peso (Php) and the Centavo. 100 centavos = Php1. Coin denominations are in 5, 10, and 25 centavos and 1, 5 and 10 pesos. Bill denominations are:  20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 pesos.

Foreign currency may be exchanged at hotels, and in most of the large department stores, banks and authorized money changing shops. Exchanging money anywhere else is illegal and the laws are strictly enforced.

Most large stores, restaurants, hotels and resorts accept major credit cards including American Express, Visa and MasterCard. Traveler’s checks preferably American Express is accepted at hotels and large department stores.

OUR LANGUAGES

Two official languages are used, Filipino and English. Filipino, which is based on Tagalog, is the national language. English is widely used as the medium of instruction in higher education and is used for scholarly discourse. English is the business language and is spoken widely. Learning the basic local phrases may come in handy. Over 111 local dialects are spoken in the country.

ELECTRICITY IN THE PHILIPINES

In the Philippines the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B and C. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.

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