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  • People/Local Culture

    Manila Favorites

    I was most surprised to see this plaque at Rajah Sulayman Plaza just off of Roxas Boulevard in Malate. You will find this on the wall of the Dancing Fountain, facing the ocean. I think it was awarded it because it Manila was hosting the cultural minister's summit during this time. Very interesting to read this...

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  • Churches

    Manila Favorites

    -Formally called Santisimo Rosario Parish Church -Located inside the University of Santo Tomas campus (along P. Noval St.) in España, Manila -Regular mass ongoing specially every Sunday (open to public) -The Church is one of the few fully air-conditioned Churches in Manila

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  • City Streets/City Scene

    Manila Favorites

    Former name of the 8-lane major arterial road before it became Roxas Boulevard: *Originally called Cavite Boulevard *Was renamed as Dewey Boulevard *Name changed again to Heiwa Boulevard in late 1941 during the Japanese Ruling before it became Roxas Boulevard in 1960's

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  • Intramuros

    Manila Favorites

    The Spanish, who replaced the wooden buildings with stone, rebuilt the original Chinese settlement on this site as a fort in 1590. Gradually the area was expanded until it became a walled city containing 15 churches and six monasteries. The walls are 3km (1.8mi) long and 6m (20ft) high, and are about all that remains after WWII finished off what...

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  • Parks

    Manila Favorites

    You can catch a free concert inside Paco Park every Friday around 5 or 6 pm. Plastic chairs will be arranged around a pond in the center of the park for visitors to sit on while listening to the performance. While we were there we listened to opera music which was played by teenagers on a piano, violin and another instrument which i can't quite...

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  • Shopping and Malling

    Manila Favorites

    Most shopping malls are helping save water in Manila by installing water free urinals. This saves millions of liters of water each week. Just imagine, every time you sneak off for a leak there are usually several other people in the toilets, so consider how many use the facilities each day and it is not hard to imagine the the amount of water being...

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  • Just outside Metro Manila...

    Manila Favorites

    visit some tourist spots there, it is very nice place especially in Tagaytay it is very nice place. I really missed some of my friends there especially...the time when we are celebrating our religious activities...

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  • LOADING YOUR CELLPHONE

    Smart and Globe (not sure about Sun Cellular) networks have two methods of loading cellphones, either by e-load or loading with a card. The advantage of using a card is that you get many free texts and also a discount of around 5% when you purchase the card. If you have an electronic load you will receive no free texts or discount. Cards are...

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  • KEEPING HEALTHY WHILE YOU TRAVEL

    We have many questions on VT regarding health so here are a few tips off of the top of my head.Only drink bottled water. Make sure that any ice you consume is made from purified water and not tap water. Protect yourself with a repellent, a mosquito net, a mosquito coil against mosquitoes. Avoid wearing black clothes as they attract mosquitoes in...

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  • DISABLED TRAVELERS

    I am not disabled myself but as far as i can tell the facilities for disabled travelers are few and far between, or more or lass non existent outside the big cities. Of course the airlines will offer special assistance for the disabled and some of the ferry services too, but i have not seen any special taxis or shuttle vans that are equipped with...

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  • KAIN NA TAYO--------LET'S EAT !!!!

    You will hear this phrase all over the Philippines. You may enter a small sari sari store where the vendor is about to eat, she will say "let's eat", or you may be on a ferry and your neighbour opens his container of food, looks at you and says the same words. Even after living in the Philippines for 20 years i am still not used to this phase as...

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  • LEARN A LITTLE OF THE IMPORTANT...

    I always find that it is interesting to know something about the country before visiting so here are a few significant dates.45,000 BC Skull from Tabon Man in a cave in Palawan supports the earliest inhabitants.100 AD Chinese began trading with the islanders.150 AD Malays arrive in outriggers to become the first dominant ethnic group.900 AD The...

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  • GUNS, GUNS, GUNS and more GUNS

    Most towns in the Philippines have at least one gun and ammo shop where one can buy a gun. Normally you will pay for the gun, then wait 2 or 3 weeks before you can pick it up as you have to provide certain documentation before you obtain your gun permit. Many Locals have guns that are licensed but many more have guns that are not licensed so it is...

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  • DONT VISIT PHILIPPINES IF THE FLAG IS...

    The Philippine Flag is blue and red with a triangle and the golden sun in the center. There are 8 rays emitting from the sun which represent the 8 provinces that started the revolution against the Spanish. The 3 stars represent the 3 regions of the Philippines---Visayas, Luzon and Mindanao.NOTE---When the country is at war the flag will be hung...

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  • ONLY in the Philippines

    -Smoke brand photo taken north of the Philippines, Cagayan Province-Seems a mix of two famous tobacco producers-LIGHT UP a stick quick :D

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  • My trip

    Hi chrissy, when are u planning to travel? Me and a guy from Denmark will travel bulacan-palawan-bohol-cebu. 5 days and 4 nights in palawan and will spend 3 days and 2 nights in bohol and 1 night in cebu. I am currently listing the things i want to see in those places. I will show u mine when i finish it. But Bohol is a must seen place as well. you...

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  • Use Google

    http://www.google.com.au/search?q=Sipalay+philippines&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-aThis is a page from Google, it might get you started. Otherwise just tell google what you want and it will do it's best. Google knows everything, it's asking your questions correctly that will bring you the answers you...

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  • Get up that tree.

    This tip concerrns a thing I have seen often all over Asia and yet it still never cesases to amaze me although the reader may find it pretty mundane. It is the art of climbing coconut trees either to harvest or merely as a safety precaution. Did you know that more people are killed annually by falling coconuts than by shark attack? It's true,...

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  • Another wonderful local skill.

    I am always intrigued by traditional crafts, so many of which seem to be dying out in a modern and fairly pre-fabricated world. At home I would point to tradesmen like thatchers, blacksmiths and the like. When I am overseas, especially in Asia, I am treated to seeing skills that I have never witnessed before and this is the story behind one such...

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  • sampaguita

    sampaguita is the national flower of the philippines. white in color and very fragrant, normally offered to santos, icons

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  • Semana Santa - prepare well.

    Much of the Philippines is devoutly Christian and it is difficult to try to convey to the reader just how strong the grip if the church is upon the people. Unlike Europe where the main Christian focus seems to be on Christmas in the Philippines, as in the Orthodox Christian world, it is very firmly on Easter. I offer this tip for a couple of...

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  • I scream, you scream, we all scream for...

    I must admit that when I am at home I don't tend to eat a whole lot of ice-cream. I suppose we rarely have the weather to justify it. I do find, however, that when I am in Southeast Asia I develop a great liking for the stuff. If you have such cravings, this is the man to see. At time of wrting, I have only been to a few places in the Philippines...

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  • Make your own.

    I know that the Philippines is a huge and very varied country boastng over 7,000 islands and the cuisine in such a vast place must vary so I should qualify this tip by saying that this has been my experience in the Visaya region.I have to say that I lke hot food, I always have. I have had to beg for curries in the Isaan region in Thailand not to be...

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  • Mix, mix!

    I am generally not one for eatins desserts but I have found a new favourite in the Philippines. It is called Halo Halo and you can see an example of it in the attached image, although there seem to be as many different variations of it as there are Phillipinos, it appears to be a national favourite. The basis of the recipe is a mixture of...

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  • The Azkals.

    The Azkals is the name of the Philippine national football team.Football has traditionally never been a big sport in the Philippines who have been more in to sports like basketball and boxing, but in recent years the team has become better, very much because the Philippines has started to look for players in Europe with Philippine blood so many of...

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  • Remember to have a ticket out of the...

    Many countries around the globe requires a ticket out of the country upon entry and that is usually not something that needs to be taken serious as they hardly ever check this.The Philippines is a different matter though.In my experience they check this every time when you border a plane to the Philippines and you will NOT be let in to the country...

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  • My advice for where to go if you have...

    This was originally a forum reply, to a poster asking for "remote" and "cheap" places to visit in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.___There are so many great places in the Philippines. It's a tough question, especially since there are many "remote" places. And note, remote does not necessarily mean cheaper. In fact, some of the more remote places can be...

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  • Black Sand

    Visit the beach of Palompon. San Juan Beach Resort'. Here we are... ' a cute smile' :) together with my friends (Amalle, Mary Ann and Ed) Ed's first visit in our town.

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  • A portion of the McArthur Park...

    A portion of the McArthur Park in Palo, Leyte. It's well-maintained. I can't forget the day when I spent my time with my love ones my family, it was my birthday. I've been here in this place, sorrounded with plants and beautiful flowers. The cleanest Park in Palo Leyte. I missed the day when we're here and go walking around in this beautiful park...

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  • My favorite beer in the Phillipines.

    The San Miguel brewery is the biggest beer maker in the Philippines and they have a beer called "red horse" which is for sure my favorite.It´s a bit stronger than the regular San Miguel and comes in a nice little brown bottle.It´s a good strong pilsner style beer that is very refreshing.Just be ware that it is a little strong.

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  • Adaptor plugs in Philippines

    The Philippines uses 220V, 60HzThe most common plug will be the USA/Japan 2-pin blade plug (type A)http://electricaloutlet.org/type-aHowever, USA/Japan (type B) can be found as well as the European 2-pin style:http://electricaloutlet.org/type-bhttp://electricaloutlet.org/type-c

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  • The Filipino Humor

    You are so right, nic. When getting on friendlier terms, the Filipinos will necessarily joke about practically anything. You know, just to perk up the conversation. That, I think, is one trait that can put us in both good or bad light. Other nationals interpret it differently.

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  • Good Eats

    If you like spicy food, there's Laing and bicol express. These are vegetable dishes. We also like the lechon (roast pig, not pork but the whole pig! lol). Adobo, of course, tops the list. Sisig is still pork. For chicken dishes, there's chicken afritada and lechon manok. For fish, try the daing na bangus or the daing na danggit. there's also the...

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  • Prepare yourself

    If you want to go to one of the 4 main tourist hotspots - Boracay, North Palawan, North Mindoro or North Luzon - it will all be relatively easy. If, however, you want to get really off the beaten track you will have to suffer long uncomfortable journeys on terrible roads, delays, lack of decent food and incomprehensible stuff like the use of this...

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  • Weather: best time to visit Philippines?

    There are 7000 islands and you will have to pinpoint which location you are going to in the Philippines. Weather is determined by the southwest monsoon (June to November with heavy rain )and northeast monsoon (November to May - but bringing rain mostly to the exposed eastern islands). And there are actually 5 climatic zones - depending how the...

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  • Want to see rice paddies,old Spanish...

    Just sharing my reply to fellow VTer: Hi,Murra. Thank you for your interest in our country. You didn't say where,when and for how long you are going to stay. The places you can visit depends on these factors. Assuming that you will be based in Manila and have limited time, I suggest that you visit the province of Laguna. There,you can still see...

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  • Info for scaling up the Mayon Volcano

    This is info for mountain climbers!Depending on current volcanic activity, you can climb up the amazing Mayon Volcano in Legaspi City. "Bundok Philippines" offers mountain climbers important info about conquering this natural wonder: http://www.geocities.com/yosemite/3712/gmayon1.htmlMount Mayon has erupted at least 48 times - it is just one of the...

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  • Exactly how many islands in the...

    Well, the official count is 7107 --- but an island or two disappears at high tide! The Philippines land mass though is smaller than California - and is actually almost exactly as the surface area of the whole state of Arizona where I live now. There are 3 major land clusters-masses --- Luzon (where Manila), Visayas and Mindanao (where the Muslims...

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  • Luzon happening

    Hi,Taal lake? If you fancy camping by the freshwater lake, then go. Beware of the boatride touts who charge an arm and a leg. View my Tagaytay page for more info on the nearest metropolitan place to the lake. There are lots of good restaurants, churches, and interesting local life.Batangas is also nearby if you like beaches. You'll need to book...

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  • Eternal blue skies & whitebeaches within...

    Can I pick 2 spots to bring foreigner friends? Seafood market that is considered less than ave in terms of price.Jewelry area of Greenhills. There are swarms of people providing miscellaneous services from clothes laundry, car wash, home massage, etc. What's even better is the amount or fee is so affordable. That's hard to find in a lot of...

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  • Phillippine travel restrictions

    I don't see that it should pose a problem. As long as you still have your passport, and you have not been a convicted pedophile, or other high crimes, and you are not on a restricted list from the Phillippines you should not have a problem.You can always contact your nearest Consulate or Phillippine embassy and ask them to be sure, which may be the...

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  • Hiking in the Phillippines

    One of the more popular places is the Banaue/Sagada area depending on the time of year that you are going. Rains during the rainy season often prevent travel to this region as the mountainous roads can be trecherous. There are several hiking trails throughout the hilly mountainous area, and it can be scenic looking at the rice terraces, which this...

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  • Philippines - Nice Place for Everyone

    Manila is a safe place. Just like any city in any continent, there are parts that are should we say problematic.A foreign visitor will surely enjoy the Philippines for almost 90% of the population can speak in English. Also, people of teh Philippines can easily adopt to any nationality due to its history.

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  • Christmas 09 n the Phillippines

    Yes the Phillippines is a christian country, 95%+ Catholic so they celebrate Christmas in a big way. Your biggest problem would be timing your travel plans around the time everyone goes home to celebrate as the buses will be packed! and the roads busy. I would say at least 3 days before, up to Christmas day and the same for New Years to extend to...

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  • getting into the u.s.

    ok, here's a way to get your nephew into the u.s.he needs to fly to mexico and make his way to a city called tijuana or any border city will do. then he needs to make friends with the locals and ask for a "coyote" to take him across the border so he can visit his dying uncle. coyotes don't take philippines pesos so load up on mexican ones.if your...

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