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    Never ever walk alone !!!

    by meekandhumble2830 Written Sep 10, 2009

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    As a general rule specially if you're a foreigner blonde , brunette caucasian or spanish mestiza never ever wander the streets of Manila by your LONESOME , there were many abuses that were committed to hapless tourists before, they were drugged , raped, robbed and beaten . So forget the solo act this is Manila one of the unsafest cities in the world !

    Dont wear those mini skirts or skimpy shorts by the end of the day you'll find your legs badly bruised by all those hands coming from anywhere touching and grabbing it !

    I would rather suggest skipping manila and take a direct flight to CEBU , if paradise do exist you can find it in cebu !

    a concerned world class traveller

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    Baclaran, Metro Manila

    by JimnNila143 Written Jul 30, 2009

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    If you cross the first pedestrian bridge which crosses over Roxas Boulevard located at Baclaran, be careful of purse snatchers, pick pockets, and other thieves. If you are a female, do NOT wear jewelry, especially necklaces. A thief will rip the necklace from your neck. If you cross this bridge, do not go alone, go in pairs or have your husband or boyfriend with you. Law enforcement may be present but it is unlikely they will help.

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    Public Transportation MKT

    by kinggtupper Written Jul 7, 2009

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    DO NOT travel in Manila with a backback that has a zipper that can be opened!! I was a fool and had my camera snagged right behind me with no idea of it happening!! All my video of Angeles City will probably end up on some porn site now!!! DAMN!!

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    Poverty

    by deeper_blue Written Dec 12, 2008

    Manila has a high number of homeless families begging and some can be a little persistent/aggressive, a lot of them appear at night time. The streets are not well lit so take care and watch out for busy traffic.

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    Dont go alone + safety tips/

    by Firemanirishman Written Oct 22, 2008

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    If your young, like me say 18-24 dont go alone if you are white.

    have at least four friends with you that a filo if you go out at night time.

    when i was over there i stayed and made heaps freinds easily, try to get them around your age group they will be fine.

    Beware of what you see in night clubs as well, i was the only foreigner in a strip club and a group of people came in with pistols so i left, maybe they were police officers but you dont wanna take the risk.

    Also beware of pick pockets, no matter where you are in the philippines you will find them trying to come up close to you and stick your hand in your pockets.

    beware of people that ask for money, if you give it out everyone wants some especially kids they will follow you until you give everything you have.

    Dont drink the water unless you know for sure it is boiled/filtered water, or water that you buy from supermarkets in bottles, trust me i made this mistake and i was real bad for 2 days, you cant stop throwing up its really bad.

    I was told not to eat street food, i did this a heap of times trying new things i didnt get sick from this once.

    If you go to markets, food, clothes ect have a few freinds with you day or night, this is where i found most pick pockets, snatchers and poor people to be.

    hope this helps

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    manila robbery

    by wanderingfox Written Jun 18, 2008

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    Attivan scam In Manila.

    In Manilla beware of gangs that put something in your drink to pass you out.
    They do it even in a bar, and then tell the bar tender that you got drunk, if he cares at all.
    And then they drag you in a waiting backup car and strip you and drop you wherever you wake up 10 hours later.

    I was befriended by a harmless looking group of 6 middle age women that met me at a shopping mall south west Manilla. They said they were on holliday from baguio.
    They took me to a karaoke bar and made me drink.
    Next day they took me to Taal volcano and tried to make me rent a room to stay over night, when I did not rent and told them I had to be back in Manila. They rented it anyway, then they made me and my friend drink just one beer. I saw the can’s being opened in front of us, but half-way they beer they poored it into a glass that was prepared with sleeping pills. I dropped unconcious in no-time. And we got robbed by them or by their back-up team that they allways have.

    the warning sighns:
    - I met three women, suddenly they were six.
    - when they are texting they can be planning something.
    - They changed plans, all the time.
    - Thought I got one of their cell numbers.They made sure not to be photographed.
    - They looked well off and know how to make conversations, and know the traffic situation very well.

    warnings:
    - In Manilla Everybody is a potential robber, even westerners.
    - get people’s pictures, and adress before you plan on spending time with someone.
    Don’t drink from anyone. Only what you get yourself and watch it.
    By the time you decide to leave for the crooks is the time to pull the noose.

    I know it spoils the fun, but that is just how wicked it is.

    Key words: robbery , theft , Scam , manila , philippines , sleepingpills , drugs , attivan .

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    750peso would be the highest crime ever...

    by caloocan56 Written Apr 26, 2008

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    i got news for you, i am sorry but i don't think you'll ever find any cheaper than that, maybe that 750peso your talking...but then, how about the surrounding or location are they safe??? i my self i come home for visit once a year, all i can say is there is no way youll find any cheaper than 750peso a night, with that price of 750peso a night...it sound like scary, im sorry but be careful.
    just concern,
    thanks!
    p.s
    i just came back home from philippines.

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    Safety issues at night

    by muratkorman Written Mar 29, 2008

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    Manila is a beautiful city with nice residents. However, there is too much poverty which makes you feel sad. Seeing the living conditions of some Manilans, you can believe your eyes. Of course, this poverty forces some hopeless Manilans to choose the dark side and they become involved in robbery, theft and other illegal acts. You will see bank entrances guarded with at least a couple of security guards carrying big rifles. Even fast food restaurants will have security guards (but at least they don't carry guns). This gives a clue how dangerous it can get when the evening comes. It is advised not to walk alone on Manila streets during night and it is better to stay in crowded places with enough security.

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    Unscupulous Airport Taxi Drivers

    by nimato Updated Jul 30, 2007

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    Beware of the taxis lining up at the 'Waiting Area' just outside the domestic airport. They're cunningly evil. Imagine, I already asked the driver if he's cab is metered and he answered yes. My fault was I didn't bother to check if there really was a meter inside. After awhile, the driver handed over to me a laminated card showing the apparently fixed metered rate of each point within Metro Manila. Too late, I ended up paying P350 for a normally P150 fare (domestic airport to Pasay LRT).

    Taxi drivers in Manila are a real pain in the ass! One of the reasons why you will hate travelling to Manila -- whether you're a local or a foreigner.

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    don't stand too close to the street!

    by uysijessa Written Jun 11, 2007

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    when you're walking and/or crossing the street make sure to stand a few meters away from the edge of the sidewalk and keep your bags close to your body. and don't ever use your cellphone! manila is abound with motorists on motorcyles and some aren't just using them for transportation but also for stealing! because its easier for these guys to weave through traffic and make a faster getaway, these a-holes target unsuspecting pedestrians who use their cellphones or have their bags out for all the world to see and are standing too close to the street, or walking as if he/she doesn't have a care in the world. if you're not careful, before you know it, they've snatched that phone right out of your hands or that bag right out of your shoulder. so guys, better safe than sorry!

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  • philippine Manila travel tips

    by ceciltraveler1 Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    Most flight into Manila are usally delayed if your going to meet some one there at the airport be aware the getting through customs is a hassle and or luggage area is over crowded. causing even longer long delays. Two of the major concern in Mainila is traffic and street venders. regardless what is said Manila is very safe as long as you use common sense. people tend to forget just how large this place really is. It's one of the Largest cities in the world. I rather walk the streets of Manila than New York. Yes their are many tourist traps but even if you pay double what the going rate is your only talk about a few dollars. Most filipinos are very helpful and good people. The ones you worry about the most is the ones in fancy suit that tell you hey I got a deal for you be afraid very afraid. best thing to do in manila is shop for cloths bring an empty bag with you cause you'll need it. My wife loves to shop for cloth in the hug mall around town. O' yes almost forgot if your going to need a hotel use a hotel that is well known or is in a good part of town. if you do that you have great trip Manila fun and exciting. It worth stay for a few dollars more for safety. Remember try to blend not over take an that filipino people will embrace you.

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    Beware Of Snatchers!

    by nimato Updated Nov 25, 2006

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    Manila has a lot of skillful snatchers in its populace. When walking along the crowded streets of Divisoria, Binondo, Quiapo, etc., be extra conscious of your belongings. I lost my favorite Giorgio Armani spectacles in my backpack pocket while strolling along Recto Avenue in downtown Manila. Always best to walk around with a company.

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    OK OK OK!!!!

    by broxx Written Nov 4, 2006

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    I read other alerts and expected more but i find you have to be cautious every place you go and keep you guard on.
    but if you aware with you surrounding you'll be safe...plus you feel safe with armed security everyplace from mall entrance to hotels... to vehicle car check point..... so just be aware and travel smart and safe..

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    Divisoria market

    by Xtian Written Oct 27, 2006

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    Go to divisoria for an "experience" and to locate foods of all kinds, and inexpensive shops that sell everything from ribbons and fabrics, to toys and household and paper goods.

    It is not advisable to go alone, as security can be a problem. WATCH YOUR PURSE AND PERSONAL SECURITY.

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  • Manila's Jeepneys

    by trailblazer06 Updated May 23, 2006

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    Manila's streets are polluted. Mainly because of the old buses and jeepneys. Of course, smoke belching is illegal here but , still, they're in the streets! They emit CO2 so bad you will need to have a gas mask or a face mask (something like what doctors or nurses wear when operating) everytime you ride on them. So if you must travel here and you're on a really tight budget, riding a jeepney is a solution. Fare cost is cheap at 7.50 pesos for the first 5 kms. But then again, you'll be riding side by side with total strangers so be very alert and wary of everyone.

    all jeepneys have diesel engines
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    Jun 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    THINK BEFORE YOU WRITE

    I am a well traveled person and I just wanted to give a friendly tip. People who are often victims of a developing country are those who unnecessarily flaunt their expensive things and money in public or those who go to night clubs even if they know that solicitation and prostitution is illegal in the country. If you are a well researched and educated traveler, you would not simply hop on the plane and go to a place where your instinct tells you. Philippines is economically challenged and sadly the situation of its society is much affected by the culture, influences and abuses of its foreign predecessors, Spanish, Americans, and Japanese particularly.

    A deeper thought may be realized by looking into its history on why it is having a hard time developing and why most uneducated Filipinos opt to do crimes which they actually are not supposed to engage in. If you are one of the victims, please do not commit a hasty generalization by creating exaggerated comments against the country. You also have to look into yourself on how you actually caused to be a victim. Filipinos are very kind, hospitable, and helpful even if you do not give them money. The way you treat them and accompany them speaks a lot on how you will be treated in return. If you think you are far above them because of the color of your skin and because you came from a richer country, and you are abusive of its weaknesses, they will fight in return and abuse you in a way you would not know (killing you softly). The best way to travel in this country is by acting humbly, by being appreciative, and by avoiding illegal activities such as unmonitored gambling and buying women, even if you are really tempted to do so. It may be true that Filipinas are amongst the best looking women and ideal partner/spouse as compared to other females in the world but engaging in mail order bride transactions worsens the situation of their country which would lead further to abuse and in return tourists visiting their country will be taken advantaged of and be seen as an opportunity to earn money the wrong way.

    Before commenting, look into yourself first on how you actually participated and contributed in making the situation of Philippines worse. It is a wonderful country and one of the hidden gems in South East Asia... only if you found the key to seeing its real beauty.

  • Apr 13, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Manila is the biggest *** hole ever, the people are NOT friendly and the only thing that is on a filipinas mind in manila is how can i get your money off you. They are total scammers and they never smile not even when u check into a hotel, the cops are stupid and corrupt and the security guards are paid to sleep....i could go on forever and i will but right now need to sleep, but ill be back here tomorrow to give ppl a full run down on what the philippines is really like, in short dont waste ur money on a ppl who hate you want your money and are not even nice about it...anyway brb.

    • Jan 22, 2014 at 2:24 AM

      It is not the cleanest city but it has some amazing history.
      I suspect you had trouble with people not smiling or not being friendly do to your own bad attitude. No surprise as this is common in every country I go with westerners walking around with a bad attitude and wondering why bad service.
      People there always smile, some will scam you especially the airport cabbies. The farther from tourist traps you get the nicer people are.
      In short treat others how you would like to be treated.

    • Jun 13, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      I am married to a filipna and we have a house in Alabang. Not in the "posh" part but a "squatter barrangay". I have spent a lot of time there and have travelled to many provinces. In short, it's not safe in Manila if you are an unescorted Caucasian in the "wrong" places. I have never felt really threatened where we live but I am known there. I would not advise anyone to wonder into these off the beaten track communities unless you are with a trusted guide. You have to be street wise and understand that walking around in your RayBans, carrying a wad of cash, carrying an expensive SLR camera, labelled clothes, sporting an expensive watch, cell phone and jewellery is not smart. The people are poor and in some cases, desperate. You are walking around with possessions worth more than they can earn in a year! Dress down both your appearance and your tongue, be respectful and be aware of your surroundings.

      I have seen English tourists sitting outside bars in Manila buying knives and stub guns from street hawkers proclaiming that, if they are threatened, they will use the weapon to protect themselves! Trust me, guns are commonplace here (we have one ourselves and both know how to use it as we are gun club members, but would never carry it outside of the house) and no matter how tough you think you are, the guys that carry guns fear nothing and have nothing to lose. It is far more sensible to avoid the clip clubs, the hookers and the back streets where you may encounter the less savoury inhabitants. Remember life here is cheap and if you think you are superior or tough, and act that way, you are going to come unstuck.

      Manila can be a dangerous city but no more than Bangkok, New York or London if you are in the wrong place or with the wrong company.

      It is true that if you are approached by someone you don't know, wanting to be your friend, you should be suspicious of their motives. That being said, the Philipina people are welcoming and open, friendly and generous, despite having very little.

      If I am honest, I have never found Manila entertaining. Outside of shopping malls and the usual tourist traps, it is a dirty and polluted city. Far better to travel to the provinces and check out some of the less frequented beaches and islands where both the people and landscapes will make you love this country.

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