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    Pasig River Ferry

    by monina_c Updated Feb 22, 2014

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    I wrote this tip in the year 2007 when the ferry was still in operation. I am not deleteing this despite the fact that the ferry has stopped operating. there is a current move in the congress/senate to open it once again. I hope the proponent suceeds since the Pasig Ferry is not only a practical solution to the Metro's traffic problem but it also might help keep the river clean and add to the colorful story of the Pasig River saga.
    Here's the text of my original tip:

    A good alternative transportation to the usual bus, car, taxi and jeepney to get to and around the tri-city (Pasig City, Makati City and City of Manila) metro. The ferry service runs from Escolta to Sta. Elena in Marikina with stops in between (e.g. PUP, Sta. Mesa, Guadalupe). The ferry slows down as it passes Malacanang Palace so you will get a good view of the Philippines' seat of power.

    The rates are reasonable and during Sundays their flat-rate (P25:USD0.50) apply.

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    AIRPORT-YELLOW OR WHITE TAXI

    by davidjo Written Oct 26, 2013

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    If you are arriving at any airport in Manila you will see two different types of taxi, yellow or white. The yellow taxis are accredited by the airport authorities and may wait in line for passengers at the terminals. They must take their passenger to the destination and return to the airport to wait for another passenger. White taxis are allowed to drop off passengers at the airport but are not allowed to join the line to pick up a passenger. Yellow taxis are allowed to charge a higher initial pick up fee, and a higher rate per kilometer and are on the whole much safer that the unregulated white taxis. There have been many complaints of scams by drivers of white taxis such as overcharging, not using the meter, dropping the passenger off in the middle of nowhere if he argues about the fee, and even stealing the passenger's belongings.
    Read more http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/456371/naia-allows-white-cabs-anew-but-exec-says-yellows-safer

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    GOING NORTH BY BUS-SAVE TIME

    by davidjo Written Jul 30, 2013

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    If you are staying in the Malate area or anywhere near the LRT and plan on going north to Baguioo, Zimbales, Dagupan or Taguegarao in the Cagayan Valley it will save you a lot of time if you hop on the LRT and get off at the past stop at Monumento (Caloocan). Victory Liner have a bus station 2 minutes walk from the LRT station and buses will leave frequently for the destinations i mentioned. The link below gives the schedules and fares. To get to the bus station you have to walk through a small shopping mall, but just before you do there are a few stalls selling fruit where you can stock up with apples , orange or the local fruits of the season.

    Destinations from Monumento , Calacoon City the termonal buy your fruit before you leave excellent choice (the fruit i mean)

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    Cars and bikes

    by obunchyo Updated Feb 28, 2013

    Driving round Manila is an experience! It is one of the most congested city's I have ever been to...if you are planing to stay a while I would use the yellow cabs first to get the hang of the way they drive...as it can be a terrifying experience.
    What I did firstly was used a motorbike around my local area..finding my way back to the house...once I had enough confidence then I took to the road...
    If you are only staying a couple of weeks then just stick to cabs, but make sure you get in one that is safe...some of the older cabs can be down right dangerous...I found the yellow cabs are the newest and safest...if you aren't sure? Don't get in it.
    From the airport to your hotel you can get in line to get a cab which is booked and the cost is told you up front...
    I wouldn't use these everyday but to get you safely to your hotel is probably the right thing to do.
    Back to driving...the main thing to remember is they use the hooter to stop other drivers running into you..if you find the guy in the lane next to you is squashing you hoot the hooter and they move....usually..the lane discipline is none existent...you will find four lanes turn into six lanes, although the road markings are only for four...great!
    They also have one day a week on which you can't drive your car...it is governed by you number plate and you will get nicked by the police rather quickly, if you drive on you off day..
    Driving in the local towns isn't much different as they are as crowded and congested as the main city...the motorbikes fly past on your left side or right side or on the path and are not adverse to driving the wrong way towards you ( very unnerving )
    Then you have jeepney's they stop where ever they like when ever they like, mostly without indicators, some have light lots don't and you need to keep alert...or you will find you smash into them...
    All that said and done...Manila is a great city...just do what I do....go with the flow...

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    PEDICABS

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

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    Pedicabs are usually found hanging around the streets that branch off from the main arteries of Manila. The people who operate them are usually very poor and often sleep in their pedicab with their wife. They normally just go a few hundred meters so i don't mind giving generously to these poor unfortunates.

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    THE NAME SAYS IT ALL

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

    For 10 years now i have used Filipino Travel Agency(foreign owned) for international tickets, and my friends who i recommended the service to were also satisfied. They will also arrange local packages to attractions and resorts throughout the country. They are located near the intersection of Adriatico St and Pedro Gil in Ermita.

    THE BEST

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    MOVE QUICKLY AROUND MANILA

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

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    The LRT and MRT are railway systems that will get you from A to B quickly. There are many stations and 3 different lines, the carriages are clean and airconditioned. Tickets ar 2 pesos for up to 3 stops and 15 pesos if more.

    FAST SERVICE CLEAN STATIONS

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    NAIA Terminal 3 (International Wing)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 17, 2012

    this will be my Things to do tips with pictures at the International Area of the NAIA Terminal 3.

    After A Few Years of Legal Wrangling, It Finally Opened! Naia Terninal 3 was a source of controversy since it was started and at present the Philippine Government and the Builders are still engeged on a court battle for it. The Not so spanking New Terminal Terminal 3 began commercial operations for domestic flights in July 2008, after a near six-year delay (initally serving domestic carriers Air Philippines, Pal Express and the Domestic and International Flights of Cebu Pacific Airline) It now serves other International Airlines like the ANA Airlines of Japan Too.. The terminal is expected to be running full international flights by March 2009. Terminal 3 is built on a 63.5-hectare lot that sits on Villamor Air Base. The terminal building has a total floor area of 182,500 square meters, having a total length of 1.2 kilometres. Departure fee for domestic flights is 200 pesos and for international flights at 750 pesos.

    address: Pasay City 1300, Philippines

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    NAIA Terminal 3 (Domestic Wing)

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 17, 2012

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    this will be my Things to do tips with pictures at the Domestic Area of the NAIA Terminal 3.

    After A Few Years of Legal Wrangling, It Finally Opened! Naia Terninal 3 was a source of controversy since it was started and at present the Philippine Government and the Builders are still engeged on a court battle for it. The Not so spanking New Terminal Terminal 3 began commercial operations for domestic flights in July 2008, after a near six-year delay (initally serving domestic carriers Air Philippines, Pal Express and the Domestic and International Flights of Cebu Pacific Airline) It now serves other International Airlines like the ANA Airlines of Japan Too.. The terminal is expected to be running full international flights by March 2009. Terminal 3 is built on a 63.5-hectare lot that sits on Villamor Air Base. The terminal building has a total floor area of 182,500 square meters, having a total length of 1.2 kilometres. Departure fee for domestic flights is 200 pesos and for international flights at 750 pesos.

    address: Pasay City 1300, Philippines

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    Centennial Airport (Naia 2) International Area

    by machomikemd Written Jul 7, 2012

    This will be the tips on the International Wingl part of the NAIA Terminal II. The International wing is located at the left half part of the NAIA terminal. The structure is of both International and Domestic Wings are virtually Identical, the only difference is that there are duty free shops and immigration counters at the International Wing of the NAIA Terminal 2.

    Located next to the Philippine Village Hotel on Airport Ave., the control tower complex. This terminal is exclusively for Philippine Airline flights. Opened in October 1999, this modern airport is quite large. There is a lounge for business and first class passengers on the lower level. Security procedures are followed closely in this terminal as well.

    Terminal 2 is the home of Philippine Airlines and its sister company Air Philippines, and is used for both its domestic and international flights. It has the most flights out of all the NAIA terminals. is divided into 2 wings: the North Wing which handles international flights and the South Wing which handles domestic flights. It currently has 12 airbridges.

    It has been named the Centennial Terminal in commemoration of the centennial year of the declaration of Philippine independence. The 75,000-square meter terminal was originally designed by Aéroports de Paris to be a domestic terminal, but the design was later modified to accommodate international flights. It has a capacity of 2.5 million passengers per year in its international wing and 5 million in its domestic wing

    With a current passport, valid for 6 months, you may enter the Philippines without a visa for up to 21 days, which can be renewed for up to 59 days, but you must have a ticket showing your exit from the Philippines. There is an airport tax of P750 for international flights and P200 for domestic flights. In addition, depending on your visa status, you may be required to pay a rather substantial sum every time you exit the country.

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    Centennial Airport (Naia 2) Domestic Area

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 7, 2012

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    This will be the tips on the domestic terminal part of the NAIA Terminal II. The domestic wing is located at the right half part of the NAIA terminal. When Arriving from a PAL International Flight, you have to take a flight of stairs from the arrival lobby of the international terminal to the departure level of the Domestic Wing. The structure is virtually Identical, the only difference is that there are duty free shops and immigration counters at the International Wing of the NAIA Terminal 2.

    Located next to the Philippine Village Hotel on Airport Ave., the control tower complex. This terminal is exclusively for Philippine Airline flights. Opened in October 1999, this modern airport is quite large. There is a lounge for business and first class passengers on the lower level. Security procedures are followed closely in this terminal as well.

    Terminal 2 is the home of Philippine Airlines and its sister company Air Philippines, and is used for both its domestic and international flights. It has the most flights out of all the NAIA terminals. is divided into 2 wings: the North Wing which handles international flights and the South Wing which handles domestic flights. It currently has 12 airbridges.

    It has been named the Centennial Terminal in commemoration of the centennial year of the declaration of Philippine independence. The 75,000-square meter terminal was originally designed by Aéroports de Paris to be a domestic terminal, but the design was later modified to accommodate international flights. It has a capacity of 2.5 million passengers per year in its international wing and 5 million in its domestic wing

    With a current passport, valid for 6 months, you may enter the Philippines without a visa for up to 21 days, which can be renewed for up to 59 days, but you must have a ticket showing your exit from the Philippines. There is an airport tax of P750 for international flights and P200 for domestic flights. In addition, depending on your visa status, you may be required to pay a rather substantial sum every time you exit the country.

    international left, domestic right ticket counters departure area of domestic wing view of domestic wing from plane the plane
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    United Airlines (United & Continental now merged)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 1, 2012

    United Airlines formerly operated the Manila Route up to 1993 but they pulled out but since they merged with Continental Airlines in March of 2012, They resumed their Manila Operations recently via that merger with Continental Airlines which formerly had that daily flights to and from manila to any point in North America and Hawaii via Guam. The mileage are now merged into the United Miles Plus System from the former One Pass and if you're a frequent flyer, you can have MR's for both domestic and International Flights. United Continental has daily flights to and from manila to guam and twice daily flights 3x a week using a boeing 737 Aircraft and you shift to a bigger aircraft at the Antonio Won Pat Airport in Guam, which is their pacific hub. They have more expensive flights to and from the US Mainland and longer layovers than Delta Airlines.

    their Ticketing Office is at: 10/F Rufino Pacific Tower V.A. Rufino St., corner 6784 Ayala Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila.

    the boeing 737 plane inside check in counter layover at Antonio Won Pat Airport arriving at SFO international Airport
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    Ninoy Aquino Int Airport Terminal 1, arrival area

    by machomikemd Written May 1, 2012

    This NAIA Terminal 1 tips is pictures around the ARRIVAL area of the airport.

    It was originally a US Air Force Base. It started operations as a civil aviation airport in 1948, then consisting of the present domestic runway as its sole landing strip, and a small building
    northwest of this runway as its sole passenger terminal. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the primary airport serving the Metro Manila Area and the main international gateway of the Philippines. Located along the border between Pasay City and Parañaque City, it is about 7 kilometers south of the country's capital Manila, and southwest of Makati City's Central Business District. In 2006, the airport handled an estimated 17,700,000 passengers. This was an 8.9% growth in passenger numbers from 2005 and placing the airport 72nd worldwide in terms of passenger traffic.

    The airport has two duty-free shops which are located on the North Wing of the Departure's Level and on the North Wing of the Arrivals Level, The airport has two banks, outside Arrivals Terminal 1 and in the Arrivals Terminal 2. Both the banks provide a bureau de change service which is available during flight operations. There is unfortunately no left-luggage department in the airport, but trolleys however are available for free and there is also a free of charge porter service available upon request. There are Tourist Information desks located in both the Arrivals and Departures hall. Airport information desks are available for all flights.

    During holidays, you will generally use all two hours, especially if you are traveling in coach, to get to the ticket/baggage check in line, pay your airport taxes etc. Security is very tight at the airport. You will undergo numerous security checks, both of your bags and of your person. There is a separate line for women and men by the second luggage x-ray machines where a sensor will be run over your body and you may be "patted down." A final hand search of all carry-on bags and purses is required at the entrance to the waiting area by the gate.

    arrival baggage carousels baggage carousel arrival bay arriving in manila separate window barrier for the arriving people
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    Ninoy Aquino Int Aiport Terminal 1, departure area

    by machomikemd Updated May 1, 2012

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    This NAIA Terminal 1 tips is pictures around the departure area of the airport.

    It was originally a US Air Force Base. It started operations as a civil aviation airport in 1948, then consisting of the present domestic runway as its sole landing strip, and a small building
    northwest of this runway as its sole passenger terminal. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the primary airport serving the Metro Manila Area and the main international gateway of the Philippines. Located along the border between Pasay City and Parañaque City, it is about 7 kilometers south of the country's capital Manila, and southwest of Makati City's Central Business District. In 2006, the airport handled an estimated 17,700,000 passengers. This was an 8.9% growth in passenger numbers from 2005 and placing the airport 72nd worldwide in terms of passenger traffic.

    The airport has two duty-free shops which are located on the North Wing of the Departure's Level and on the North Wing of the Arrivals Level, The airport has two banks, outside Arrivals Terminal 1 and in the Arrivals Terminal 2. Both the banks provide a bureau de change service which is available during flight operations. There is unfortunately no left-luggage department in the airport, but trolleys however are available for free and there is also a free of charge porter service available upon request. There are Tourist Information desks located in both the Arrivals and Departures hall. Airport information desks are available for all flights.

    During holidays, you will generally use all two hours, especially if you are traveling in coach, to get to the ticket/baggage check in line, pay your airport taxes etc. Security is very tight at the airport. You will undergo numerous security checks, both of your bags and of your person. There is a separate line for women and men by the second luggage x-ray machines where a sensor will be run over your body and you may be "patted down." A final hand search of all carry-on bags and purses is required at the entrance to the waiting area by the gate.

    Ninoy Aquino International Airport Pasay City 1300

    departures to the airport departure area one of the lounges of the departure area the view from the plane
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    Avis Transportation Rental

    by dangdiscaya Written Apr 27, 2012

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    Renting a minivan makes a perfect sense when you are hitting the road with the family. So why not take advantage of a rental minivan from Avis and make this a trip to remember. A minivan rental will make the journey feel like you are in a living room on wheels.

    If your trip includes taking the family along, a safe and roomy minivan is great for road trips.

    Features4 Door
    AM/FM Radio
    Air Conditioning
    Anti-Lock Brakes
    Air Bags
    Automatic Transmission
    Power Windows
    Power Locks

    Minivan DetailsSeating Capacity: X 7Luggage Capacity:Depends on number of passengersFuel Economy Range:18 mpg Hwy, 23 mpg CityCar Class:Vans & WagonsRental Profile:Safe vehicle, Family car, Kids car,
    Sliding doors, Comfortable car

    or call 632 718 4061 :)

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