Travel information

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Getting There

All tourist are welcome for a 21-day stay in the Philippines with no formal visa; only lengthier stays necessitate visa application.

The majority of international flights arrive at and depart from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which has three separate terminals, so it's important to note which one your flight uses. Philippines Airlines flights use Terminal 2.

Within the Mall of Asia Complex are two key public transport terminals with different means of transportation that cover the entire Metro Manila area. In addition, the Mall of Asia Complex is less than two kilometers away from the central trains stations of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Ligh Rail Transit (LRT). There are also several luxury and boutique hotels within a three-kilometer radius of the Complex.

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Facilities

SMX Convention Center also offers 2 lobby areas with free Wi-Fi, furnished with concierge counters, plasma television monitors for event announcement, and, in the first-floor lobby, a VIP/press room, a coffee and other commercial shops, and a drop-off area. There are executive lounges, and a pedestrian bridge to the Mall of Asia - a popular destination in and of itself. SMX Convention Center provides indoor parking for 400 vehicles, as well outdoor parking in front of and behind the building for up to 2,000. Valet services can also be arranged.
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About Philippines

History & The People

Previously home to Indo-Malays and Chinese merchants, the Philippine islands were 'discovered' in 1521 by the Spanish, who christened the archipelago 'Felipinas' after their king of that time, Philip II. The Spanish were dominant for 333 years, until Asia's first nationalist revolutions, which began in 1896 and culmuninated in Philippine independence on June 12, 1898. The Americans then arrived and introduced their legal, educational, and democratic government systems. They turn, held sway until the onset of World War II in 1941, when the Japanese took over for four years, until the Americans returned, leading to lasting Philippine independence on July 4, 1946.

As might be expected from such a background of varied colonization, Filipinos are a racial mix of predominantly Malay stock, intermingled with Chinese, Spanish, American, and Arabic blood, as well as over 100 cultural minority groups sprinkled across the nation. Locals tend to be warm and welcoming toward foreigners of all stripes-Lonely Planet called Filipinos "the most ebullient and easy-going people anywhere," while Forbes.com ranked the Philippines as Asia's friendliest country.

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Languages

The Philippines teems with 76 to 78 major language groups and over 500 dialects, 8 of which-Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, Pangasinense, and Hiligaynon or Ilonggo-are sponken by the majority of Filipino citizens.

However, there are only 2 national languages, and one of them is English, which has for some time been the medium of instruction for higher education. The other official language is Filipino, which, like any living language, is in process of evolution, from its base of Tagalog and variety of loanwards. An odd but traveler-friendly result of this is that many locals who may not speak Filipino are often quite fluent in English.

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Currency

Philippine currency consists of pesos and centavos, with one peso (PhP1 or simply P1) being equivalent to one hundred centavos. Bills come in 10-, 20-, 50-, 100-, 500-, and 1,000- peso denominations, while coins are in 1-, 5-, 10-, and 25- centavo, as well as 1-, 5-, and 10- peso demoninations.

Foreign currency may be safety exchanged at hotels, bank, authorized money-changing shops, and most big department stores; anywhere else is illegal. Most hotels, resorts, and large restaurants and stores accept major credit cards such as VISA, Mastercard, and American Express. Do note that personal checks are generally not accepted, while travellers' checks are typically only recognized at hotels and major department stores.

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Telephone & Mobile Phone

By most foreigners, standards, cell phones are almost shockingly cheap in the Philippines, though it's worth noting that many models may not be useable or easily-chargeable in other countries. Prepaid cell phone lines are similarly inexpensive, though, so it's highly likely that purchasing a temporary phone for use while the country will be more economical than international roaming service. Globe, Smart, Bayantel, and PLDT are some of the most highly-regarded phone service providers.

The Philippine country code is +632. It's advisable to keep your embassy's or consulate's phone number and address with you at all times when travelling, and other important number you may wish to have include the following 24-hour hotlines.

  • Police & fire departments: 757 or 116
  • Emergency assistance: 501-650 or 501-728
  • Directory assistance: 114
  • National operator: 109
  • International operator: 108

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Time Difference

Local time in the Philippines is GMT+8 hours, even if you travel to other provinces.

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Airport Tax

Anyone departing from Philippine airport - except for children under the age of 2 and airline crew members - must pay a terminal fee before proceeding to the boarding gates, amounting to PhP200 for domestic flights and PhP750 for international travel.

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CONRAD MANILA

Conrad Manila is the first Conrad Hotel in the Philippines that sits atop S Maison, a high-end designer complex occupying the
first two floors. The hotel has direct connections to the SMX Convention Center, the largest convention venue in the Philippines,
is adjacent to Mall of Asia, one of the largest shopping malls in Asia. The hotel is also a few feet away from The Arena, a 16,000-
seater indoor stadium ideal for concerts and major sporting events.
Address : Seaside Boulevard Corner Coral Way Mall of AsiaComplex, Pasay City, 1300, Philippines.
Tel : +63 2 833 9999
Email : conrad.manila.reservations@conradhotels.com

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HYATT CITY OF DREAMS MANILA

Welcome to Hyatt City of Dreams Manila, one of over 60 other Hyatt hotels in the world. Strategically located within minutes'
drive from Manila's international airport and within the country's newest entertainment and leisure destination, our mission is to
make the most of your stay.
Hyatt City of Dreams Manila is a stylish, modern hotel at City of Dreams Manila – an exhilarating 6.2-hectare integrated hub of
international retail, world-class dining and globally renowned nightclubs and entertainment within Parañaque’s Entertainment
City.
Address : Asean Avenue Corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City Paranaque, Manila, Philippines 1701.
Tel : +63 2 691 1234
Fax : +63 2 691 1235
Email : reservations.manilacod@hyatt.com

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MIDAS HOTEL & CASINO

Mixing glamour, contemporary style, and cutting-edge culture, Midas Hotel and Casino amplifies Manila's vibrancy with artistic
ambiance and local flair. Nestled along the majestic stretch of the city's famed sunset boulevard, the hotel embraces an
atmosphere that is stylishly piquant, making it a place that's at once an exciting destination and comforting cocoon. Immerse
yourself, relax, and revel amid jetsetters, creative types, and design and food enthusiasts in an innovative environment where
fashion meets tradition.
Address : 2702 Roxas Boulevard, Pasar City, Philippines.
Tel : +63 2 902 0100
Fax : +63 2 846 7365
Email : reservations@midashotelandcasino.com / corporate_sales1@midashotelandcasino.com

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OKADA MANILA

Okada Manila is occupying 44 hectares of Asia World City, the largest island development in the country, and is the biggest
integrated resort in the booming Entertainment City. From its grand size to its awe-inspiring architecture, Okada Manila is a
vibrant addition to the Philippines' rapidly growing entertainment and leisure industry.
Located 3 kilometers away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Okada Manila is an exciting multi-dimensional property
that boasts a premium selection of hospitality, dining, retail, gaming and leisure options designed to exceed all types of guest
expectations. The resort is located on the beautiful Manila Bay, which provides guests with a spectacular view of one of the
world's best sunsets.
Address : New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Paranaque City 1701, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Tel : +63 2 888 0777
Fax : +63 2 880 7551
Email : roomreservations@okadamanila.com