General Information of the Philippines
In Metro Manila and in key cities and towns throughout the country, a wide selection of de luxe, standard, economy and pension-type accommodations are available. In island destinations, a variety of resorts ranging from de luxe to special interest category are also available.
Airport and facilities: Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is 7 kms. From the city center, while the Manila Domestic Airport is 1 km from the NAIA. The International airports have adequate travel facilities: duty-free and souvenir shops, meet and assist personnel at the tourist information and assistance counters, hotel and travel agency representative, car rental services, banks and automated teller machines, postal service, national and international direct dial telephone booths, medical clinics, and baggage deposit areas.
Visitors are advised to avail themselves of accredited fixed-rate metered taxi at the NAIA’S arrival area. At the Manila Domestic Airport, accredited transfer services are available on pre-paid coupons basis. Other airports are served by metered taxis. All airports have counters for hotel transport and car rental services.
Airport in the Philippines
|Angeles||Clark Intl||civil||paved||10,400 ft|
|Bongao||Sanga Sanga||civil||paved||5,200 ft|
|Cagayan de Oro||Cagayan de Oro||civil||paved||7,800 ft|
|Camiguin||Misamis Or.||civil||paved||4,200 ft|
|Cavite City||Maj. Danilo Atienza Sangley Ab||mil||paved||8,600 ft|
|Davao||Bangoy Intl||civil||paved||8,200 ft|
|Floridablanca||Basa Ab||mil||paved||8,300 ft|
|Fort Magsaysay||Fort Magsaysay||military||paved||6,300 ft|
|Gen. Santos||Buayan||civil||paved||5,500 ft|
|Iligan City||Iligan||civil||paved||4,500 ft|
|Laoag||Laoag Intl||civil||paved||7,900 ft|
|Lapu-Lapu||Mactan-Cebu Intl||civil||paved||10,800 ft|
|Lipa||Fernando Ab||military||paved||4,900 ft|
|Manila||Ninoy Aquino Intl||civil||paved||12,200 ft|
|Manila||Sangley Ab||military||paved||8,600 ft|
|Mati||Imelda R. Marcos||civil||paved||4,200 ft|
|Naval Biliran||Biliran||civil||paved||3,200 ft|
|Puerto Princesa||Puerto Princesa||civil||paved||8,500 ft|
|San Fernando||San Fernando||civil||paved||3,900 ft|
|San Jose||San Jose||civil||paved||6,000 ft|
|San Jose de Buena Vista||Antique||civil||paved||3,400 ft|
|San Julian||Borongan||civil||paved||3,900 ft|
|Siargao Island||Siargao||civil||unpaved||3,200 ft|
|Subic Bay||Subic Bay Intl||civil||paved||9,000 ft|
|Suralla||Allah Valley||civil||unpaved||4,500 ft|
|Tacloban||Daniel Z. Romualdez||civil||paved||7,000 ft|
|Tarumpitao Pt.||Tarumpito||civil||unpaved||3,800 ft|
|Zamboanga||Zamboanga Int’l||civil||paved||8,500 ft|
Explanation on technical data
Airports are classified in three categories: civil airports open for public use, military airports and private airports not open to the public. Airports that are joint use, both civil and military, are shown as civil airports.
- Civ. Civil airport Open for public use (including joint use)
- Mil. Military airport Not open for public use
- Priv. Private airport Not open for public use
Identification of the surface of the longest runway available:
- Paved hard surface runway
- Unpaved soft surface runway (only lighter aircraft)
Water water (for float planes)
Shows the length in feet of the longest runway available at the selected airport, rounded down to the next full hundred feet. If the airport has both hard (paved) and soft (unpaved) runways, the length of the longest hard surface runway is shown. If the longest runway is both, hard and soft surface, the length of the hard surface portion is shown.
Business & banking hours
Private and government offices are open Mondays to Fridays, from 8 am to 5 pm. Some private companies hold office on Saturdays from 9Am to 12 noon. Most shopping malls, department stores, and supermarkets are open from 10 am to 8 pm daily. There are 24-hour convenience store and drugstore.
Banks are open from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday, with automated teller machines (ATM) operating 24 hours.
The country has international and national direct dial phone and facsimile service, mobile phones 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 other key cities. Seven national television stations broadcast in English and Filipino. Cable TV is available in most hotels in Manila and in many parts of the country.
Visa, Mastercards, Diners Club, and American Express are accepted in major establishments.
220 volts, A.C. 60 cycles.
Most hotels have 110-volts outlets.
Valid passport. Except for stateless persons and those from countries which the Philippines has no diplomatic relation with, all visitors may enter the country without visas, and stay for 21 days provided they have tickets to 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.
Manila is the premier gateway to the Philippines. Cebu, Davao, Clark, Subic, and Laoag are the country’s other entry points.
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) serves more than 30 airlines that fly to major 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 the 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.
A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers coming from an infected area.
Tours & special Interest Activities
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 aqua sports, trekking, spelunking, and safari trips.
Water in Metro Manila and in key cities and towns is safe for drinking. Bottle water is available in most hotels, restaurants, resorts, supermarkets and convenience stores.
What to Wear?
Light, casual clothes are recommended. Warmer garments are needed for mountain regions. When visiting churches and temples, propriety dictates that shorts & scanty clothes be avoided. Formal occasions required dinner jackets and ties (or the Philippine barong tagalong) for men and cocktail dresses or long gowns for women.