CULTURE AND HISTORY

historyThe Christmas season in the Philippines runs from September to as late as February, so there will be plenty of festivities and other things to do around Metro Manila during these months. To get a taste of Philippine history and culture, visit the City of Manila and take an afternoon stroll in the National Museum, or around Intramuros, Manila’s Walled City and seat of government during the Spanish Occupation of the Philippines. It will also be worthwhile to catch theatrical performances at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and at the Newport Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World Manila, which are both in Pasay City. Check out www.ticketworld.com.ph or www.ticketnet.com.ph for event information.

Outside Metro Manila

Should you have time to spare for a longer holiday in the Philippines, consider visiting some of its famous beaches, or embarking on culinary tours of nearby provinces. Visit www.itsmorefuninthephilippines.com for travel information, and www.cebupacificair.com for affordable inter-province flights.

Climate

The Philippine weather is very cool and quite pleasant from December to January. Typhoons are rare during these months.

Currency

Philippine currency consists of the Peso (PhP) and the Centavo. (1 PhP = 100 Centavos)
Coins are available in the following denominations: PhP 1, 5, and 10, and 25 Centavos. Bills come in PhP 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 denominations.

Some hotels offer foreign exchange. It is more common to exchange money in department stores, banks or authorized money changing outlets. Most commercial establishments accept credit cards, but it is best to carry cash around.

Tipping is not mandatory in the Philippines, but it is customary to give an additional 5-10% of the total bill when riding a taxi or dining at restaurants.

STETSON SEARR Secretariat/Other Important Contact Details
For more information and in-country emergency contact, please get in touch with:

University of the Philippines - (632) 981-8500
UP College of Law - (632) 920-5514

Police - 117 or 168
Fire Department - 757 or 116
Ambulance - 143
Tourist Hotline - (02) 524-1728 or 524-1660

Ninoy Aquino International Airport - (02) 877-0000 or 877-1109
NAIA Domestic Terminal - (02) 832-8566