he Philippines has civilians basically continued to
recently gained itself a live their normal lives even as
bad reputation due to all it was in place.
the political on-goings in the
country. Clashes between rebel It is very easy to get around in
forces and the government, rumors Manila. The jeepney is the
of coup, status of emergency Philippines’ most common form of
declarations, and even suspected transportation. It is actually
links to the al Quaeda – no based on the US Army jeep but is
wonder some Western governments longer and fits about 16-20
cannot help but release travel people. You can also get on
advisories against visiting this buses, the Metro Rail Transit,
country. and hire cabs. Language is not a
major problem as even the people
Before you decide against a trip on the streets can speak
to Manila, you should bear in rudimentary English.
mind that the newspapers do not
always give an accurate picture Manila is well-known for its
of a situation. Sensationalism is nightlife. You can find bars open
their business, and until 3 or 4 in the morning. The
sensationalized news is what you Makati and Malate areas are where
usually get. you can find the hottest clubs
and bars. Makati is a bit more
Manila is located in the northern expensive but safer as well.
island of Luzon. The terrorist
stronghold is located in the Malls abound in the metro. You
southernmost part of the can find anything from designer
Philippines – two big islands brands to nondescript but very
away – in Mindanao. The status of cheap brands. Food is not a
emergency was indeed declared but problem. Filipino food, American
fast food, Japanese food – you standards. Hotels and other
can find anything there. accommodations are abundant and
easy to find.
Filipinos are very hospitable by
nature. You will be surprised at If it is the beach you want, then
how friendly and helpful most of you can opt to go out of the
them are. It’s actually a city. The nearest beach can be
different form of racism – they reached in about 4 hours from the
seem to treat Caucasians in a city. You can take a plane to
much better way. other parts of the country if you
want to see more.
Cost of living and traveling is
so much lower than in western Whether you are traveling alone
countries. So if you have dollars or with your family, Manila is a
or euros, chances are you will good place to visit. It will be a
have no problems availing rich cultural experience for you.
services that meet your
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