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It's called Ninoy Aquino International Airport because that's it's name, it was renamed on August 17, 1987 with the intention of honouring Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr., who was assassinated at the airport after returning to the Philippines from his self-imposed exile in the United States on August 21, 1983. (From Wikipedia) To your actual question, ...


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Toilet seat theft is a common and real problem in the Philippines. One of the major reasons listed for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 being voted the worst in the world to sleep in is toilet seat theft. http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/235691/money/economy/naia-voted-world-s-worst-airport People list Manila as having the same ...


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So I was hoping somebody with more experience would answer, but since not... The short story is, SIM cards in the Philippines work a bit differently from many places: you pick your plan after buying the SIM card, and you can change them pretty much at will. I ended getting the Prepaid LTE SIM from Globe, which cost me the princely sum of 40 pesos (<US$1)...


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I've never seen any lifeguards at any of the beaches I've been to in Cebu. I'm not a good swimmer either and haven't had any problems at the beaches in Cebu. In general, I found that the waves and water are calm. Because the waves are so calm, it's quite easy to swim in the water. Likewise, some beaches have very shallow water so you will need to go out ...


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The IDP is only valid if you carry it along with your normal license; and there are no restrictions on the license type (in other words, if your normal license is endorsed for bikes, then the IDP will also carry that information). The IDP just acts as a global version of whatever your local license says (its just a translation). Save for some commercial ...


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Flying from Palawan to Manilla is classed as a domestic flight, because you are not leaving the Philippines. For this flight, you will need to go through customs at Manilla unlike other domestic flights due to the set-up of the airport. However, this will not be a problem as you are not importing mangoes into the country, just moving them across the ...


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Talk of extended ferry links and regular international ferries has been going on for years, and not just that route. I know because I've long wondered about being able to travel out of the Philippines without flying. On that particular route it appears it is going ahead and it will go ahead soon. Note that 'soon' in the Philippines can typically mean ...


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Yes. The goal is to keep heading west towards the PINK circle (map below), which is a town called Bitalag (north of a larger town called Tagudin). At Bitalag, you'll be on the national highway (the north-south road along the cost), so now just now just head north to Vigan. Once you're at Bitalag and on the national highway, it's easy to flag down ...


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Let me answer my own question. I just got back from the trip and I found out that motorbike rental shops are abundant in Philippines (but usually not advertised online) . The price is usually about 600PHP (12 USD) for one day. Even in rural places where there are no renting businesses it is easy to arrange for a rental with locals. I rented 6 different ...


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They will look and see that you are arriving from Schengen and departing to Schengen. This will disqualify you as a bona fide transit case and then it becomes a matter of luck: they will either refuse or reject your application. If they reject your application, they will refund your fee and probably call you with a brief explanation that you do not qualify....


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I just got my ECC in Cebu City. It took only 1 hour to process. The things I was required to show were: 3 passport photos ACR card Passport That's it. Not 6 photos, only 3. No plane tickets, no photocopies of anything, no receipt of my last visa extension, no fingerprints. The application form was a single page with the usual questions on it. Also it ...


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According to the Phillipine Consulate in Australia: No permit is required from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to bring in to or to take out from the Philippines of foreign currencies. However, foreign currency in excess of US$10,000 carried by the traveler must be declared at the Bureau of Customs Desk in the airport. Therefore the answer to your ...


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Unless things have changed since I last looked at this (and it's been a few years), your only option is to fly. In these days of low cost carriers, it may also be cheaper to fly via eg. Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia, even though this makes no sense geographically. And for why there are no ferries: the southern Philippines (Mindanao) are strongly Muslim and in ...


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The only flights to El Nido are by Island Transvoyager (ITI). If you are staying at one of the pricey all-inclusive resorts operated by El Nido Resorts (Lagen Island, Miniloc Island, Apulit Island, Pangulasian Island) you can coordinate with the resort to book your flight via ITI. The airline is under the same parent company as the resorts. They don't appear ...


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Unlike the west where people feel a need to cover their toilets, there are plenty of toilets in the Philippines (and the rest of Asia) designed without seats. And plenty more cases where the owner didn't bother with the extra cost of the seat (or replacing it). Higher end hotels will usually have western set ups with a seat and lid, lower cost guesthouses ...


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Is it that by original design, they were simply omitted? In general no, it's largely because if nobody complains then there's no incentive for somewhere to spend the money/effort to replace a missing seat. In some places you do get purpose made toilets that don't have seats or don't have removable seats however these are obvious and the cases you mention ...


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You could/should have taken cash and exchanged it at the airport when you reached the Philippines, as the buying rate will be better than your local bank's selling rate. But now that you have it... You can get some smaller denomination notes from the exchange booths at the airport. You can get small notes in change buying anything at the airport shops, a ...


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1000 php notes are not uncommon at all. Like all over the world you will supposingly have some problems if you want to pay small amounts. Trike or taxi drivers e.g. often do not have enough change if the ride was 80 or 100php only. But in Restaurants and shops it won't be a problem.


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In general the rule about airfares is that they're illogical and unpredictable. The way not to go crazy is to view them a bit like playing the stock market: You never really know which way they'll go, but most of the time they go up. Sales or special offers are just one particular variation on this. If you already know that you're definitely going and when ...


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Each container can hold up to 100 ml and you can take as many containers as will fit in a 1 liter plastic bag. I'm not sure about the Philippines' interpretation of the rule, but some countries want a closable type bag (ziplocks, etc) and you have to be able to close it with all the containers inside.


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Airfares do fluctuate wildly due to the airlines' yield management algorithms. Some search engines, such as KAYAK, try to predict prices for you. One way to hedge your bets is to book using a service with a price protection guarantee. For example, FlightNetwork lets you claim a credit towards a future trip if the price drops after you buy. Orbitz can ...


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Basically fill it out as best as you can in such a way that all data is present and do not be too concerned on how it is split up. For example, the Dubai instructions list a "Villa 21" as House number -- clearly it can be something else than just a number. This is just an implementation detail and insignificant at that. There's no legal requirement for a ...


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So the trip is done.I talked to the customs people when I landed and they informed me that the limit is only for stronger drinks, beer has no restrictions.


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As of May 2016, I used my Fidelity Check Card in every ATM, from the local ones to those of foreign banks. So far, the only ATM that didn't charge a fee was the HSBC ATM. For reference, I used the one in Greenhills. In regards to changing currencies, the best rates in the entire Philippines are in Greenhills within Manila. Only use the money changers that ...


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Bancnet is the local ATM network in the Philippines, it also does on-line payments, and a bunch of other stuff -- see the link. There are a few other networks but Bancnet is by far the most common. I have never seen a machine that doesn't charge the 200 PHP for foreign cards although I can't find anything that says this is mandated by Bancnet, it may be ...


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IF you can get an account in USA... Schwab bank visa debit refunds any ATM fees at the end of each month. They use the bank exchange rate when getting non-U.S. funds at an ATM. Same rate if I use it for a purchase. I have heard of other banks with similar terms, but I can't name them.


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I think it is questionable the the Republic of the Philippines (RP) will allow a ferry connecting Palawan and Eastern Sabah. There are many, many reasons why things in Southeast Asia do not happen. Possible reasons include: corruption, mismanagement, bureaucracy, and other dynamics that exist strongly in the region. The Republic of the Philippines has ...


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Most beaches don't have lifeguards but they have personnel who will watch the beach/pool sometimes. Exclusive resorts/beaches has designated lifeguards. It's a requirement. But there's no need to worry if you'll just abide with the rules & regulation printed on a large signboard near the beach.


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I can't find a link but there should be no problem taking all of that through Saudi Arabia. Assuming you have a single ticket and are not leaving the airside part of the airport in Bahrain then you will not have to collect your belongings and will not go through customs. Arriving in the Philippines is different, you'll need to fill in a Customs ...



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