Tourist Info

Philippine Airlines, the country’s flag carrier, links Manila to 26 cities and in 19 countries worldwide. It also provides regular service to and from 43 local destinations. Major international carriers and cruise liners likewise serve Manila. Local Airlines are SeaAir, ZestAir, AirPhilippine, and CebuPacific. Pagadian Airport symbol is  (IATA: PAG, ICAO: RPMP)

Manila’s strategic location makes it a vital point on major international routes. There are 28 international airlines presently servicing Manila. Daily flights from United States West Coast and the Midwest are serviced by four airlines. United Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Continental Airlines and Philippine Airlines.

A number of airlines also fly from Europe to Manila such as Air France, Swissair, Lufthansa and from Asia-Pacific, the following airlines service Manila: Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, etc.

The Philippine Airlines flies direct to Cebu (Mactan International Airport) from Tokyo, Hongkong and a number of other countries..

The best way to go to Pagadian City is fly to Cebu City and from Cebu take a Mindanao Express flight to Pagadian or take a fast ferry to Dipolog (8 hours boat ride) or Ozamiz (4 hours drive to Pagadian) and from those cities take a bus ride to Pagadian. You can also fly from Manila to Dipolog and from Dipolog take a 10 hours drive to Pagadian via Ozamiz or thru a breathtaking Mt. Malindang and the Municipality of Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga
del Norte.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Visitors must hold a valid passport. Except for the stateless persons and those from countries with which the Philippines has no diplomatic relations, all visitors may enter the country without visas and may stay up to 21 days provided they have tickets for onward journey.

Holders of Hongkong and Taiwan passports must have special permits. Visas may be obtained from Philippine embassies or consular office.

AIRPORT

Manila is served by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), 7 kms. from the city center; and by the Manila Domestic Airport, 1 km. from the NAIA. Cebu is served by the Mactan International Airport (MIA), 45 minutes from the city center. Both international airports have adequate traveler facilities: duty-free shopping centers, souvenir shops, tourist information centers, hotel and travel agency representatives, and car rental services. The NAIA has banks, postal service, a medical clinic, and a baggage deposit area.

HEALTH DOCUMENTS

A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required for those coming from infected areas. Children less than one year old are exempted but may be subject to isolation when necessary. Visitors must check with their travel agents before departure as regulations may change without notice.

CUSTOMS

To facilitate customs examination, visitors are advised to fill in the Baggage and Currency Declaration Form before disembarking. Visitors are allowed to bring in the following articles duty free: reasonable quantity of clothes, jewelry and toiletries, 400 sticks of cigarettes or two tins of tabacco and two bottles of wine or spirits of not more than one liter each.

Visitors carrying more than US$ 10,000 are to declare the amount at the Central Bank of the Philippines counter situated at the custom area. Foreign currency taken out upon departure must not exceed the amount brought in. Departing passengers are not allowed to bring out more than PhP 10,000 in local currency.

MEASURING SYSTEM

The Philippines use the Metric System in most of trade and legal transactions,

ELECTRICITY

Most residents and business centers in the Philippines are using 220 volts a/c. However, a number of major hotels also have 110 volt a/c outlets.

ECONOMY

The Philippines is basically light industry and agriculture, the chief products being rice, corn, coconut, pineapple and sugar. It is also rich in copper, cobalt, nickel, silver, iron and gold deposits. A number of food processing, textiles, clothing and home appliance industries are available, with a fast growing aquaculture, microcircuits and furniture sectors.

The significant structural reforms, initiated by the present leadership, which liberalize almost all sectors of the economy, have pushed the Philippines into the mainstream of economic development in the heart of the fastest-growing region in the world. – the Asia-Pacific. Further enhance by its strategic location as a gateway to the most economically dynamic part of the world, the Philippines development pathways for the future are clear…a newly industrializing country (NIC) status by the year 2000.

Philippine 100 pesos

Philippine 100 pesos back view

The Philippines’ monetary unit is the peso, divided into 100 centavos. Foreign currency may be exchanged at any hotels, most large department stores, banks and authorized money changing shops accredited by the Central Bank of the Philippines. International credit cards such as Visa, Diners Club, Bank Americard, Master Charge and American Express are accepted in major establishments.

Philippine 50 Pesos

Philippines 50 Pesos back view

Philippine 20 Pesos front

Philippine 20 Pesos back view

Philppine 10 Pesos front

Philppine 10 Pesos front rarely seen in circulation

Philippine 5 Peso Bill- not in circulation anymore replaced by a coin

Back of 5 philppine Pesos not used anymore replaced by coin.

*The images found on these pages are intended for general information purposes only; they are NOT legal tender. Any use of these images to produce counterfeit currency is illegal and punishable by law.




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