- Technical Nitrox Division
GMT plus 8 hours.
Manila and Cebu are
international gateway cities. Manila is served by more
than 30 airlines which fly to different cities throughout
the world Philippine Airlines, the country's flag
carrier, links Manila to 26 cities in 19 countries and
plies the air routes of principal cities and towns all
over the country. Manila's air and sea ports bustle with
the comings and goings of major international carriers
and cruise liners. Cebu City handles regular flights from
Japan, Singapore and Australia, as well as charter
flights from Hong Kong, the United States and other major
Possession or use of
prohibited drugs carries a maximum penalty of death.
Visitors carrying more
than $3,000 are requested to declare the amount at the
Central Bank of the Philippines counter situated at the
customs area. Foreign currency taken out upon departure
must not exceed the amount brought in. Keep all exchange
receipts for record purposes. Departing passengers may
not bring out more than P 1,000 in local currency.
Duty-Free shops are
located at the departure and transit areas of NAIA
(Manila international airport) and MIA (Cebu
international airport). There are also Duty-Free outlets
at the Manila Hotel, the Hotel Nikko Manila Garden, and
the Century Park Sheraton Hotel. The Duty-Free Fiesta
Shopping Center near the NAIA is the country's largets
duty-free outlet. Overseas Filipinos returning to the
Philippines under the "Balikbayan Plus" program
of the Department of Tourism have special duty-free
March to May is hot and
dry, with temperatures ranging from 22-32 degrees
celsius. June to October is rainy. November to February
is cool; temperatures range from 22-28 degrees celsius.
Average humidity year-round is 77%.
What to wear
Light casual clothes are
recommended. Warmer garments are needed for mountain
Unit of currency:Peso(P)
= 100 centavos. Bank notes: P5, P10, P20, P50, P100,
P500, P1000. Coins: 1c, 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c, P1, P2, P5.
Tipping is expected for
many services. The standard practice is 10% of the total
bill. Most hotels and restaurants include a 10% service
charge, so tipping is optional.
Pilipino is the national
language. English is widely spoken and is extensively
used in business and government.
Business & Banking
Private and government
offices are open either from 8 am to 5 pm, or from 9 am
to 6 pm, Mondays to Fridays. Some private companies hold
office on Saturday from 10 am to 12 noon (Dive Philippines is
open Saturdays 9 am to 3 pm). Most shopping centers,
department stores and supermarkets open from 10 am to 8
pm daily. Banks are open from 9 am to 3 pm, Mondays to
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