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contents WELCOME NOTE 4 Exploring Metro Manila

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PASKONG PINOY 6 Celebrating Christmas in the Philippines

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BRIEF BACKGROUND 8 Philippines 10 Metro Manila

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ESSENTIAL INFO 12 Navigating the Metro Getting Started. Going Around. Settling In. 18 Emergency Numbers 18 Public Holidays 18 Foreign Embassies 42 Basic Filipino Phrases 40 Day Trip Destinations

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CITIES & MUNICIPALITies PRIMER 20 32 26 20 34 23 38 32 22 30 30 34 28 38 36 28 22

Caloocan City Las Piñas City Makati City Malabon City Mandaluyong City Manila City Marikina City Muntinlupa City Navotas City Parañaque City Pasay City Pasig City Pateros Quezon City San Juan City Taguig City Valenzuela City

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BARS & ENTERTAINMENT DINING Health and Wellness Hotels, Resorts, and Accommodation Other Services Real Estate Shopping Sports Travel and Transportation Weekend Getaway

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Promos & discounts 83 discounts & promos

MAP INDEX Philippines Metro Manila Caloocan City Las Piñas City Makati City Malabon City Mandaluyong City Manila City Marikina City Muntinlupa City

9 11 21 33 27, 35 21 35 23, 24 11 33

Navotas City Parañaque City Pasay City Pasig City Pateros Quezon City San Juan City Taguig City Valenzuela City

21 31, 33 31 35, 37 29, 35 37, 39 35, 37 29 21


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7107 Islands Management, Inc. Asian Hospital and Medical Center Berjaya Hotel Bo’s Coffee Canon Club Paradise Coron Gateway Hotel & Suites David's Salon Don Ken ECHOstore El Cielito Hotels El Rio Y Mar Embassy Special Whisky Empress Jaya Etihad Airways Explore PH Fashion Institute of the Philippines Focaccia G Hotel Manila Genesis Hotels and Resorts Gustavus Handlebar Hickok Hotel H20 Hotel Kimberly Humanessence Ipanema Philippines Katzer Lancaster Hotel Manila Le Bistro Vert Little Green Planet

57 7 73 36 75 55 52 23 83, 84 68, 78 26 79 66 67 74, 77 48 43 80 50, 59 83, 84 82 58 72 IFC 3 46 36, 60 77 51

Lotus Garden Hotel Lufthansa Lukullus Magsaysay Institute of Hospitality & Culinary Arts (MIHCA) Manila Ocean Park Manila Pavilion Microtel Hotels & Resorts Murphy’s Makati Murray & D’ Vine Nurture Spa Per Andre Hoffman Regus Rent in Makati Salon De Ning, The Peninsula Manila Santis Delicatessen Sentro 1771 Singapore Airlines Spa Essentials Spicy Fingers Stoked Inc. Style Studio The Balcony The Grand Villa Resort & Butterfly Centre The Peninsula Manila The Tides Hotel Boracay Top of the Citi Veltrup Technik Philippines, Inc. VitaSkin Medical Clinic Werdenberg

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welcome note

Exploring the Metro

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PASKONG PINOY

Celebrating Christmas in the Philippines “Djingle bells… djingle bells… djingle all the way...”

can be heard blaring from the public loudspeakers in big shopping malls in Metro Manila. On the 1st of September, Christmas time officially starts in the Philippines, and while a foreign visitor might think that he’s trapped in a time machine, it’s perfectly normal for Filipinos and all the expats living and working here. Filipinos are “Christmas crazy,” and the visitor will find evidences about that habit all over the country, from beginning of September till middle of February, making it the longest Christmas period in the world. Christmas in Metro Manila is a feast of lights, family-gatherings, traffic-jams, balikbayans (Filipinos who are working overseas and returning back to their home country), masses, food, and lots of commerce. No doubt, the Filipinos are religious people, but paired with a healthy appetite for parties and music; hence, it’s not astonishing that all of it peaks during Christmas time. Being the world champions in text messaging (sms), the Filipinos will attain breathtaking records in texting during the festive season, with each person sending an average of not less than 100 messages per day. "Simbang gabi" (attending mass) starts for all Filipinos on the 16th of December and ends on the 24th, a day before Christmas, i.e. for nine consecutive days, before having their festive celebration of the traditional "Noche Buena" (Christmas Eve). And the festivities continue nonstop until the first Sunday of January, the "Feast of the Three Kings," the official end of the season. During that time, family, friends, relatives, and neighbors drop by to wish every family member "Maligayang Pasko" (Merry Christmas) while enjoying sumptuous food

together, often served in buffet style. Typical dishes prepared in the Philippines during the Christmas time are: lechon (roasted pig), pancit, barbecue, cakes (Western and native rice cakes), lumpia, and of course all varieties of adobo and rice. There won’t be shortages of San Miguel beer, wine, and liquor such as the famous Tanduay (a yummy local rum), which makes the celebration of Christmas indeed intoxicating and definitely not suitable if you are on a diet. But nobody actually cares. Traditionally, the center of every family's Christmas bonding is always the LOLA, the local term used for a family matriarch, quite often the grandmother, who is deeply respected and highly honored. Known to be very good singers and musicians, many Filipino families will have their very own “talent shows,” with the children being asked to perform in front of the rest of the family. Christmas day is also a popular day for children to visit their uncles, aunts, godmothers, and godfathers. At each home they are presented with a gift, usually candy, money etc. combined with the chance to show their musical skills to a new audience.


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history

Philippine history

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Dubbed as the “Pearl of the Orient,” the Philippines has certainly gone through a period of transformation in order to become what it is today. As the only Asian country colonized by Spain and the United States of America (USA), the Philippines is a melting pot of Eastern and Western influences resulting in a culture unique from its Asian neighbors. Hence, in order to understand a country as complex as the Philippines, one must take a look at its rich, and tumultuous, history under several foreign occupations. The earliest archeological evidence of human settlement prior to the arrival of the Negritos and Austronesian speaking people in the Philippines is the 40,000-year-old Tabon Man of Palawan. However, the recent discovery of a foot bone in Callao cave just north of Manila could prove that there were already inhabitants in the Philippines over 20,000 years prior to the Tabon Man. Then, around 25,000 BC, the aboriginal inhabitants came from the Asian mainland, followed by waves of Indonesian and Malayan settlers from 3000 BC onwards. Trade with other Asian countries and India began in the 14th century AD. Portuguese seaman Ferdinand Magellan explored the archipelago in 1521, followed by a Spanish expedition 21 years later, which named the group of islands after the infant Prince Philipp, who later became Philipp II King of Spain. For more than 300 years, Spain kept possession of the Philippines, then ceded the country to the United States (US) in 1899 through the Treaty of Paris after the Spanish-American War. Filipinos considered the presence of the US as a common struggle against Spain, but relations deteriorated when it became clear that the Americans didn’t support Felipe Agoncillo’s fight for independence, resulting in the PhilippineAmerican War (1899–1913). The Filipinos, led by Emilio Aguinaldo, declared their independence and began a guerrilla warfare against US troops that persisted until Aguinaldo's capture in 1901. Peace was established in 1902, except among the Islamic population of Mindanao. The first civilian governor was American William Howard Taft (1901–1904). In 1916 a Philippine legislature was established, composed of an elective Senate and House of Representatives. In 1935 the Commonwealth of the Philippines was born, with Manuel Quezon y Molina as president.

Japanese troops invaded the Philippines in 1941, causing the fall of the US forces under General MacArthur and a Philippine government-inexile under President Quezon until his death in 1944. The same year in October, U.S. forces under MacArthur returned to the Philippines and liberated Manila in 1945, which allowed the then Philippine Exile President Sergio Osmeña to go home and form a government. His presidency was challenged when one wing (now the Liberal party) of the Nationalista party nominated Manuel Roxas. He defeated Osmeña in April 1946 and became the first president of the Republic of the Philippines when independence was granted on July 4, 1946. The death of President Roxas in April 1948 elevated the vice president Elpidio Quirino to the presidency. Quirino then defeated José Laurel in the November 1949 election. In 1953 Ramón Magsaysay took office until he died in a plane crash in March 1957. He was succeeded by Vice President Carlos P. García, who won the elections 9 months later, but lost against Diosdado Macapagal in 1961. Ferdinand E. Marcos took office in 1965 after winning the elections. The Philippines became one of the founding countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 1967. Re-elected in 1969, the Marcos era was overshadowed by increasing civil disorder which culminated in the declaration of martial law from 1972 – 1981. The February 1986 elections made history with Marcos and Mrs. Corazon Aquino (the widow of former opposition leader Benigno, who was assassinated 1983) declaring themselves the winner, seeing Marcos’ domestic and international support eroding. He fled the country on February 25th 1986. Headlines were made again in 1991, when the Mount Pinatubo erupted in 1991, and when Aquino declined to run for re-election and was succeeded by Fidel Ramos in 1992, the year the U.S. military presence in the Philippines came to an end. Former movie actor Joseph Marcelo Estrada won the presidential elections in 1998, but was impeached by the House of Representatives on charges of graft in 2000, and was succeeded by vice president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who won her own elections in 2004. May 10th 2010 elections were won by Sen. Benigno Noynoy S. Aquino III, who took office on June 30th 2010.


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Two words, may, meaning ‘there is’ and nilad, a white flowered mangrove plant, are the linguistic origins of Manila. Archaeologists estimate the foundation of Filipino culture at around the year 500 BC, but the earliest written accounts of the city date back to the Spanish era starting in the 15th century, which describe a small tribal settlement on the banks of the Pasig River. Manila is actually one of East Asia's oldest cities, and was at that time a prosperous community, ruled by Rajah Sulayman, descendant of a royal Malay family. Manila had its own system of government and writing long before the arrival of the Spaniards, but all records were lost in the destruction caused by the invaders, with literature inscribed on bamboo burned or left moldered. Predating even Tokyo, it was in 1565 that the history of Manila changed with the Spanish invasion led by conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. Manila was then controlled by the Spaniards for 333 years, although Chinese (1574) and Dutch (mid 17th century) invasions took place, and a brief British occupation in 1762 during the Seven Years' War. The Spanish brought Roman Catholicism to Manila, founding many churches, convents, and schools. In 1595, Manila was officially decreed to be the capital of the Philippines Dr. Jose Rizal's book “Noli Me Tangere” (Don’t touch me), published in 1886, started a series of revolutions with the aim to end the Spanish occupancy. Rizal was exiled to Hong Kong and after his return in 1892, he was killed by a Spanish firing squad in 1896. Andres Bonifacio and General Emilio Aguinaldo formed a revolutionary “Tejeros” government, but it ruled unsuccessful in its fight for freedom from the Spaniards and forced Aguinaldo to accept exile. In 1898 U.S.

Commodore George Dewey defeated the Spanish fleet in the Battle of Manila Bay, Aguinaldo returned to Manila on board a US battleship and declared Philippine independence on June 12th 1898. But his declaration was not recognized internationally, and the Filipinos found themselves again under foreign rule, this time by the Americans, causing the break-out of the Filipino-American war in 1899 and lasting till 1903. The U.S. government committed itself until 1935 to grant independence to the Philippines after a 10-year transition period, but World War II broke out, and on January 2, 1942 the Japanese landed in Manila where they remained until being forced out in 1945. Manila was left in devastation by the bombings of World War II, and only Warsaw, Poland, suffered greater destruction. The Rizal Park, named after national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, in Manila was the place where the Philippine flag was hoisted for the first time on July 4, 1946, and the nation could finally celebrate their first independence day. With a long history of foreign colonizers, jesters among modern Filipinos say that they are products of 300 years in a Spanish convent followed by 40 years in Hollywood. The western influences by Spain and the United States nowadays reflect in the way of life, the dress, medium of entertainment and the architecture in the Philippines. By virtue of Presidential Decree (PD) 824, Metro Manila, the National Capital Region (NCR), now consists of 16 cities and one municipality with a total of more than 11.5 million inhabitants, making it one of the largest cities in the world. With freedom securely in place, a growing economy and yet another infrastructure boom that is significantly changing the face of the city, Manila is once again resuming its position as one of the important cities in Asia.


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navigating the metro

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GETTING STARTED

Visa and Immigration Most of the visitors will arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Like in all other countries, you need to have a valid passport to enter the Philippines. You also must possess a return- or onward ticket, valid within the time frame of your visa. Nationals from countries which have diplomatic relations with the Philippines will get a free, 21 days VISA UPON ARRIVAL. All other visa prior entering the Philippines need to be obtained through Philippine Embassies and Consulates around the world. An extension up to 59 days from an existing visa can be obtained from the Bureau of Immigration (See p.19), or through travel agents. The rules described are also applicable for visitors entering the country by sea, e.g. from Cruise Ships etc., Customs 400 cigarettes or 2 tins of tobacco and two 1-liter bottles of alcohol are allowed to be brought in free of duties by each arriving passenger, same as foreign money equivalent to USD 10,000. (The maximum amount of local currency allowed to bring in is limited to 10,000 Peso) If you are in this range, use the “Nothing to Declare” gate at customs.

Currency The local currency is the Peso (PHP or ₱), or Piso as written on bank notes and coins, with 1 Peso = 100 Centavos (c). At the time of printing the exchange rate to the US Dollar was 1 : 43, so you can always roughly calculate US$ 1 = P 45. Denominations are available as P20, P50, P100, P200, P500 and P1,000 for notes, and 5c, 10c, 25c, P1, P5 and P10 for coins. It is recommended to change your money first right at the airport to enable you to pay for your taxi etc. Taxes and Service Charges A 12% value added tax (VAT) is usually charged in hotels and restaurants. Some add a service charge of 10%. And while giving 10% of the total cost is the standard tip cost, it is not necessary especially if the establishment has already incorporated the service charge in the bill. Climate Once you are out of the terminal, you will encounter tropical climate. Manila has 2 seasons: dry from November – May, wet from June – October, which is also the time for typhoons, brought in by the southwest monsoon. The average temperature varies from 25ºC - 32ºC (78ºF - 90ºF) with possible peaks and lows of ±20%.


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GOING AROUND

Travel and Transportation This metropolis is packed with people. Based on 2009 data from the Department of Tourism, Metro Manila gets roughly 1.4 million tourist arrivals or 16% of both local and international tourist traffic, not to mention the 11.5 people already residing in this bustling region. Hence, for travelers and locals alike, a good travel and transportation guide is in order so as to get to a specific point in the Metro. Below are the many ways to travel by land, by sea, or by air. BY LAND The roads in the metro can get quite congested especially during rush hours. Major roads lessen the headache but as a precaution, always give adequate leeway to arrive on time (See p.13 for transportation routes). There are five (5) circumferential roads and ten (10) radial roads in Metro Manila. Major roads include the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and Circumferential Road 5 (C-5). EDSA connects five (5) cities in Metro Manila: Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, and Caloocan; while C-5 passes through six (6) cities: Valenzuela, Quezon, Pasig, Makati, Taguig, and Las Piñas. By land, you can travel around Metro Manila by bus, taxi, train [Metro Rail Transit (MRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT), and Philippine National Railways (PNR)], and the iconic jeepney. There are buses passing through EDSA from Baclaran,

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Pasay, Parañaque (where the airport is) to Quezon City, Malabon, and Caloocan. For those who want to travel in style, there’s always the option to rent a private vehicle and a chauffeur to boot. Vehicles ranging from smart cars to limousines can be rented in the Metro. (See p.62 for car rental companies) METRO MANILA FARE MATRIX

BY SEA The Philippines, as an archipelago, is surrounded by bodies of water, making water transport an indispensable way to travel. Metro Manila itself is bounded by the Manila Bay to the west and Laguna de Bay to the southeast. The Pasig River, a major tributary connecting the aforementioned bodies of water, runs the length of the Metro where one can catch a ferry to tour the Manila area. Manila Bay is an important and strategic location for the shipping industry in the Philippines. It serves as a major port area in the Philippines where ships and cargo vessels dock for consignment and delivery. Most media entities can also be found around Manila’s Port Area overlooking the Manila Bay. Restaurants and bars used to line the length of Roxas Boulevard attracting tourists from various provinces and passengers from various shipping lines. However, the influx of people increased water pollution within the area forcing the government


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to evict the establishments operating within the area. Nowadays, it still attracts tourists and locals alike due to the famed Manila Bay sunset. For those looking to enjoy a luxurious view of the Manila Bay sunset, an option to "cruise" around in a yacht is an appealing option. If you plan to do some island hopping, on the other hand, various ferry and shipping lines can take you anywhere from Manila to Cebu, and even further south to Mindanao. BY AIR For ingress and egress to Metro Manila, there are three notable international airport terminals in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA): NAIA Terminal (Terminal 1), Centennial Terminal (Terminal 2), and NAIA International Terminal (Terminal 3) (Check p.13 for domestic and international airports). NAIA has 4 Terminals, and you will most likely arrive at Terminal 1, unless you’re coming in with Philippine Airlines (PAL), which uses Terminal 2. If you have a connecting international flight, check the Departure Table or ask some staff. If you have a domestic connecting flight, you have to proceed to Terminal 3, which is 3km away from NAIA, with free shuttle service available. Taxis are available outside of all 3 Terminals. The easiest, safest and most hassle-free way is to use airport taxis, although their rate is higher than the ones which you may find outside at the departure level. There is a booth outside the terminal, where you can buy fixed-price tickets for the airport taxis. The rate depends on your destination. For any other means of transportation, such as local buses and jeepneys, from the airport, please look it up at guide books with sections for backpackers. Airport fee is Php550 for international flights and Php100.00 for domestic flights. Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Pasay City 1300, Manila F: (+63) 2 877 1109 M: (+63) 917 839 6242 Web Site: www.miaa.gov.ph

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and Internet. Sim cards are affordable at USD3 with free Php50.00 load to jumpstart your communication needs. Prior to the passage of the National Telecommunications Act of 1995, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) was the sole telco in the country, the Act enabled players like Globe and Bayantel to enter the market. Depending on your area, one telco usually dominates, for instance, Northern Metro Manila is covered by Bayantel, the southern part meanwhile is dominated by Globelines (Innove), while the rest are serviced by Eastern Telecoms. To check if the telcos have available lines in your area, you can call their customer service and they can check available services in your location. Numbers to call are the following: PLDT 171 or 8888 171 Globelines (Innove) 211 or 730 1000 Bayantel 412 1212 Digitel (Sun Cellular) 200 or 1200 Eastern Communications 300 8888

Shopping

Shopping and commercial centers abound in the metro. Chinese-Filipino businessman Henry Sy started the chain of Shoe Mart (SM) shopping malls present in almost all cities in Metro Manila. Aside from being a haven for consumerism, these malls have become landmarks and weekend destinations for families. Train stops have also been built around the malls for commuters’ ease of access. Ortigas Center, dubbed the “Mall Capital,” is the site of several shopping malls – Robinson’s Galleria, Shangri-La Plaza mall, SM Megamall, and the Podium. Nearby, in San Juan is the Greenhills Shopping Center, a flea market, bazaar, and trading center in one. Used and brand new electronics can be purchased here, as well as clothing and retail items. Prices can be cheap depending on your bargaining powers. In Makati sits another chain of malls nestled within the city's business district. High-end to budget-friendly places can be found here—from Greenbelt and Glorietta, to Landmark and SM Makati, the Link and Parksquare. In Cubao, Quezon City, shops and boutiques surround the Araneta Center area including major shopping malls as Gateway, Ali Mall, and Farmer’s, a market and mall in one. (See our Shopping directory p.60, for a list of establishments)

Telecommunications

Major telecommunications companies (telco) are Smart, Globe, and Sun Cellular for mobile

Telcos have also entered the mobile communications industry. Smart Communications is owned by PLDT (Smart and Red Mobile), Innove is a sister company of Globe Telecom (Globe & Touch Mobile), and Sun Cellular is owned by Digitel. In terms of reach, all three are competitive with each other, though Sun Cellular being the rookie player has lesser coverage than the other two. All telcos offer broadband connection.

Electricity

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco), a private company, powered by governmentowned National Power Corporation (NPC) is the sole electricity distributor in Metro Manila. Transmission is serviced by private company National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). Standard voltage in Manila is 220 volts AC at 50Hz. Plugs are Type A (flat blade attachment plug) and Type C (round pin attachment plug).

Media Entities

Major television networks are GMA-7 and ABSCBN, they also own radio networks both in Amplitude Modulation (AM) and Frequency Modulation (FM). Notable daily newspapers delivering national news headquartered in Metro Manila are The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, Businessworld, and Business Mirror. All major newspapers have also taken on the new media and placed content online to widen their reach.


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(Source: www.nscb.gov.ph) Postal services are available at the Post and Telegraphic Office, Makati City. It is open from 0800 to 1600 hours, without lunch break, Monday to Friday, except for official holidays. Overseas telephone calls and fax transmissions can also be made from the Post and Telegraphic Office at government regulated charge rates. For your courier needs, below are some companies: Aboitiz Air Transport Corp. Aboitiz Air Hangar General Aviation Area, Manila Domestic Airport Pasay City, Philippines T : +63 2 833 1776 Airfreight 2100, Inc. 2/F & 3/F, U. Warehouse Building Brgy. Vitalez, Old MIA Road Paranaque Metro Manila, Philippines T : +63 2 833 7583/4; 833 7587/9 BFC-Citylink Express, Inc. G/F, Unit 104, Marcelaflor Bldg cor. Edsa Ext. & Park Avenue Pasay City, Philippines T : +63 2 804 0204; 833 2182 BM Express Messenger & Manpower Specialist 834 J.P. Rizal Avenue cor. E. Zobel, Makati City, Philippines T : +63 2 899 9090; 899 8076 Couriers Worldwide Express Services Room 211, Executive Building Center, Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue cor. Makati Avenue Makati City, Philippines T : +63 2 899 3231; 815 4753; 899 2147

DPE International (Worldwide Express Courier) UG09 Cityland Condominium 10, Tower 1 Ayala Avenue cor. H.V. Dela Costa Street Salcedo Village Makati City, Philippines T : +63 2 813 2733/4/5; 819 1597; 893 0750 Eagle Courier Worldwide Express 4/F, Maligaya Bldg 237 Salcedo Street Legaspi Village Makati City, Philippines T : +63 2 810 5775; 818 8270; 812 9865 Express Systems Airspeed Bldg Paranaque Metro Manila, Philippines T : +63 2 834 1136 Federal Express U. Warehouse Bldg Brgy. Vitalez, Old MIA Road Paranaque Metro Manila, Philippines T : +63 2 833 3604; 831 0109 JRS Express International Building No. 5, Pioneer Street Mandaluyong City, Philippines T : +63 2 631 7351-56

DHL Philippines 4/F, G.A. Yupangco Bldg Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue Makati City, Philippines T : +63 2 833 3333

Johnny Air Cargo G/F, 14 Tordesillas Street Prince Tower Condominium Salcedo Village Makati City, Philippines T : +63 2 810 7710; 817 6678

Diar's Assistance, Inc. 232 Shaw Boulevard Mandaluyong City, Philippines T : +63 2 531 8428; 532 4782; 532 4486

LBC Express Inc. 936-B Quirino Highway Novaliches, Quezon City Philippines T : +63 2 936 5274

SETTLING IN

Education Literacy in the Philippines is at 92%. Education consists of 2 years optional pre-school education, 6 years in primary school, 4 years in secondary school, and an average of 4 years tertiary school depending on the field of study (Engineering courses take 5 years). Students from the provinces usually go to Metro Manila to study in prominent universities as this is seen

LT Express & Delivery Service 4/F, Room 407, El Hogar Bldg 115 Juan Luna Street Binondo, Manila Philippines T : +63 2 241 7471 Libcap Super Express Room 106, Comfoods Bldg Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue Makati City, Philippines T : +63 2 844 5449; 843 5459 OCS/Republic Courier Service First Cityland Condominium Bldg Rada St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines T : +63 2 817 8282 Professional Couriers, Inc. 35 A-4 Timog Avenue Quezon City, Philippines T : +63 2 924 7720; 924 7695; 921 2830S RAF Int'l Forwarding (Phils.) Inc. 152 Quirino Avenue cor. T. Alonso Tambo, Paranaque Metro Manila, Philippines T : +63 2 832 5527 Securities & Messages Express 2178 Singalong Street Manila, Philippines T : +63 2 524 7442; 523 5402 TNT Global Express Logistics and Mail Pair Pags Center, NAIA Ninoy Aquino Avenue Pasay City 1300, Philippines T : +63 2 551 0918; 551 5632 United Parcel Service UPS, Delbros Cargo Center NAIA Delbros Avenue, Bo. Sto. Nino Paranaque Metro Manila, Philippines T : +63 2 551 5640

to be an advantage when applying for work after graduation. There are international schools for children of diplomats as well as children whom parents want to expose to an international environment. Varied business schools are also present in the metro for those wanting to pursue entrepreneurship or improve their management skills.


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Foreign embassies Argentina Emergency Numbers Emergency

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Bureau of Customs

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729 5166 | 410 6254 | Bureau of Fire Protection 413 8859 | 407 1230 523 8411 Department of Tourism 112 Direct Dialing Assistance 114 Directory Assistance 173 Disruption Repair & Service 108 International Operator 1627 Manila Water Services 16211 | 631 1111 Meralco 136 Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) 109 National Operator 723 0401 Police Headquarters 143 Red Cross 524 2384 | 525 2000 Tourist Information 524 1660 | 524 1728 Tourist Police Assistance

Hospitals Asian Hospital

771 9000

Cardinal Santos Medical Center 727 0001 – 46 Makati Medical Center 888 8999 | 892 5544 Manila Doctor’s Hospital 524 3011 – 77 Medical Center Manila 523 8131 / 65 521 8450 Philippine General Hospital St. Luke’s Medical Center

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8/F Liberty Center Building, 104 H.V. De La Costa St., Salcedo Village, 1262 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 845 3218 to 19 Fax: (+63 2) 845 3220 Australia Level 23-Tower 2, RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue, 1200 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 7578 100 Fax: (+63 2) 7578 268 Web Site: www.philippines.embassy.gov.au Austria 4/F Prince-Building, 117 Thailand St. (former Rada St.) Legaspi Village P.O.Box 2411 MCC PO, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 817 4992 to 93 Fax: (+63 2) 813 4238 Bangladesh Universal-Re Bldg., 2/F 106 Paseo de Roxas, cor. Perea St., Legaspi Village, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 817 5001 Fax: (+63 2) 816 4941 Belgium Multinational Bancorporation Centre 9th floor - 6805 Ayala Ave., Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 845 1869 / 845 1873 Fax: (+63 2) 845 2076 Web Site: www.diplomatie.be/manila Brazil 16th Floor, Liberty Center, 104 H.V. de la Costa St. Salcedo Village, 1227 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 845 3651 to 53 Fax: (+63 2) 845 3676 Web Site: www.manila.itamaraty.gov.br

Chile 17/F Liberty Center Bldg. 104 H.V. de la Costa cor. Leviste Salcedo Village, 1227 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 843 3463 / 843 3461 Fax: (+63 2) 843 1976 Web Site: www.embachileph.com China 4896 Pasay Road, Dasmariñas Village, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 844 3148 loc. 101 Fax: (+63 2) 845 2465 Web Site: www.ph.china-embassy.org/eng

January 1 New Year’s Day

August 30 National Heroes Day

February 25 People Power Revolution

October/November (Date changes) Eid al Fitr (end of Ramadan)

April/May (Date changes) Maundy Thursday & Good Friday 9 Araw ng Kagitingan (Bataan Day)

November 1 All Saint’s Day 30 Bonifacio Day

Colombia Aurora Tower, 18/F Gen. Malvar St. Araneta Center, 0810 Quezon City Phone: (+63 2) 911 3101 Fax: (+63 2) 911 2846

December 25 Christmas Day 30 Rizal Day 31 New Year’s Eve

Cuba 101 Aguirre St. cor. Trasierra St. Cacho Gonzalez Blvd. Penthouse, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 817 1192 Fax: (+63 2) 816 4094

May 1 Labor Day June 12 Independence Day

Egypt 2229 Paraiso cor. Banyan St. Dasmariñas Village, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 843 9220 / 843 9232 Fax: (+63 2) 843 9239 Finland 21/F BPI Buendia Center, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. MCPO Box 2447, 1264 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 891 5011 to 5 Fax: (+63 2) 891 4107 Web Site: www.finland.ph France 16/F Pacific Star Building Cor. Sen. Gil Puyat and Makati Ave., 1200 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 857 6900 Fax: (+63 2) 857 6948 Web Site: www.ambafrance-ph.org Germany 25/F Tower 2, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Ave. cor. Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 892 4906 Fax: (+63 2) 810 4703 Web Site: www.manila.diplo.de Greece 12/F Sage House, 110 V.A. Rufino Street Legaspi Village, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 817 4444 / 817 3417 Fax: (+63 2) 812 0202 India 2190 Paraiso St. Dasmariñas Village Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 843 0101 / 843 0102 Fax: (+63 2) 815 8151 Web Site: www.embindia.org.ph

Brunei 11th Floor Ayala Wing, BPI Building Ayala Ave. cor. Paseo De Roxas, Makati City Indonesia 185 Salcedo St. Legaspi Village Phone: (+63 2) 816 2836 to 38 Makati City, Philippines Fax: (+63 2) 891 6646 / 891 6640 Phone: (+63 2) 892 5061 or 68 Fax: (+63 2) 892 5878 / 818 4441 Cambodia Web Site: www.kbrimanila.org.ph Unit 7A-B Country Space 1 Bldg. Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. Makati City Israel Phone: (+63 2) 818 9981 / 810 1896 23/F Trafalgar Plaza,105 H.V. de la Costa Fax: (+63 2) 818 9983 St. Salcedo Village, 1256 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 892 5330 Canada Fax: (+63 2) 894 1027 Levels 6 to 8, Tower 2, RCBC Plaza Web Site: www.manila.mfa.gov.il 1200 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 857 9000 to 01 Fax: (+63 2) 843 1082 Web Site: www.manila.gc.ca

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Denmark 6/F Salustiana D. Ty Tower 104 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 894 0086 Fax: (+63 2) 817 5729 / 893 8075

Czech Republic 30/F Rufino Pacific Tower 6784 Ayala Ave., Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 811 1155 / 811 1156 Fax: (+63 2) 811 1020 Web Site: www.mzv.cz/manila

Italy 6/F Zeta Condominium, 191 Salcedo St. Legaspi Village, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 892 4531 Fax: (+63 2) 812 8943 Web Site: www.ambmanila.esteri.it Japan 2627 Roxas Boulevard, 1300 Pasay City Phone: (+63 2) 551 5710 Fax: (+63 2) 551 5785 Web Site: www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp Kuwait 8/F Total Corporate Center (opposite Villa Kalayaan) Kalayaan Ave. cor. Triangle Drive Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Phone: (+63 2) 887 6880 to 84 Fax: (+63 2) 887 6666 / 887 6887 Laos 34 Lapu-Lapu St., Magallanes Village, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 852 5979 Fax: (+63 2) 852 5759 Libya 2416 Bougainvilla Rd. Dasmariñas Village, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 817 3461 Malaysia 10-11/F The World Center Building, #330 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., 1200 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 864 0761 to 68 Fax: (+63 2) 864 0724 (Admin) Web Site: www.kln.gov.my/perwakilan/ manila


E X P LO R E M e t r o M a n il a Mexico 2157 Paraiso St., Dasmariñas Village Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 812 2211 to 13 Fax: (+63 2) 892 9824 Web Site: www.sre.gob.mx/filipinas Myanmar 4/F XANLAND Centre 152 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 817 2373 / 812 9587 Fax: (+63 2) 817 5895 Netherlands 26/F Equitable PCI Bank Tower 8751 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 786 6666 Fax: (+63 2) 786 6600 Web Site: www.netherlandsembassy.ph New Zealand 23/F BPI Buendia Centre, Sen Gil Puyat Ave. 1272 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 891 5358 to 67 Fax: (+63 2)891 5357 Nigeria 211 Paraiso St., Dasmariñas Village, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 817 3851 to 52 Fax: (+63 2) 843 9867 Norway 21/F Petron Mega Plaza Building 358 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., 1209 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 886 3245 to 49 Fax: (+63 2) 886 3244 (Visa Section) Web Site: www.norway.ph Pakistan 6/F Alexander House, 132 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 817 2772 / 76 Fax: (+63 2) 840 0229 Palau Marbelle Condominium II, Unit 101, Ground Floor, 2071 Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila Phone: (+63 2) 522 1982 / 522 2849 Fax: (+63 2) 521 0402 Panama 10/F MARC 2000 Tower 1973 Taft Ave. and San Andres St. cor. Quirino Phone: (+63 2) 521 1233 / 521 2790 Fax: (+63 2) 521 5755 Romania 1216 Acacia Road, Dasmariñas Village Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 843 9014 Fax: (+63 2) 843 9063 Russia 1245 Acacia Road, Dasmariñas Village Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 893 0190 / 817 5406 Fax: (+63 2) 810 9614 Web Site: www.philippines.mid.ru Saudi Arabia 8/F Insular Life Bldg. Ayala Ave. Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 817 3371 to 72 Fax: (+63 2) 816 1477 Web Site: www.mofa.gov.sa Singapore No. 505, Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City 1634 Taguig City Phone: (+63 2) 856 9922 Fax: (+63 2) 856 9932 Web Site: www.mfa.gov.sg/manila South Africa 29/F Yuchengco Tower, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Ave., Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 889 9383 Fax: (+63 2) 889 9337 Web Site: www.dfa.gov.za

Korea (Republic) 18/F The Pacific Star Building, Sen. Gil Puyat cor Makati Ave., 1226 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 811 6139 to 44 Fax: (+63 2) 811 6148 Web Site: www.embassy_philippines. mofat.go.kr Spain 5/F A.C.T. Tower, 135 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. 1251 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 818 3561 / 818 3581 Fax: (+63 2) 810 2885 Web Site: www.maec.es/Subwebs/ Consulados/Manila/es/home/Paginas/ Home.aspx Sweden 16/F Equitable-PCI Bank Tower 2, Makati Ave. cor. De La Costa St. Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 811 7900 Fax: (+63 2) 815 3002 Switzerland 24/F Equitable Bank Tower 8751 Paseo de Roxas, 1226 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 757 9000 Fax: (+63 2) 757 3718 Web Site: www.eda.admin.ch/manila Taiwan 41/F Tower 1, RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Ave., 1200 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 887 6688 Fax: (+63 2) 887 7679 Web Site: www.taiwanembassy.org Thailand 107 Rada (formerly Thailand) St., Legaspi Village, P.O. Box 1228 Makati Central Post, 1252 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 815 4219 to 20 Fax: (+63 2) 815 4221 Turkey 2268 Paraiso St., Dasmariñas Village 1222 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 843 9705 Fax: (+63 2) 843 9702 United Arab Emirates 2/F Renaissance Building, 215 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati CIty Phone: (+63 2) 818 9763 / 817 3906 Fax: (+63 2) 818 3577 United Kingdom 120 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill 1634 Taguig City Phone: (+63 2) 858 2200 Fax: (+63 2) 858 2237 Web Site: www.ukinthephilippines.fco. gov.uk/en

Bulgaria 6 Lippay St., San Lorenzo Village, Makati City Costa Rica Smith Bell Building 2294 Pasong Tamo Ext. 1231 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 818 6740 / 816 7851 Fax: (+63 2) 815 0199 / 817 2060 Croatia 399 Sen.Gil J. Puyat Ave., Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 895 2709 Fax: (+63 2) 890 9831 Cyprus El Greco Building, 70 Sgt. E.A. Esguerra Ave. South Triangle, 1103 Quezon City Phone: (+63 2) 929 7051 to 54 Fax: (+63 2) 921 3354 Denmark 31/F Citibank Tower, 8741 Paseo de Roxas, 1226 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 856 6530 Fax: (+63 2) 856 6531

Ecuador Penthouse, PHINMA Plaza, 39 Plaza Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 8700 100 Fax: (+63 2) 8700 510 Finland Multinational Investement Bancorporation 41/F Rufino Tower, Ayala Ave., 1200 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 817 1511 Fax: (+63 2) 811 1024 France 16/F Pacific Star Building cor. Gil Puyat and Makati Ave. 1200 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 857 6999 Fax: (+63 2) 857 6945 Web Site: www.ambafrance-ph.org Greenland 31/F Citibank Tower, 8741 Paseo de Roxas 1226 Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 856 6530 Fax: (+63 2) 856 6531 Grenada 1492 Makati Central Post Office 254. Makati City Iceland 11/F PHINMA Plaza, 39 Plaza Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 818 4845 / 810 9526 Fax: (+ 63 2) 818 8206

Venezuela Unit 17 A, Multinational, Bancorporation Center, 6805 Ayala Ave. 1227 Makati City

Ireland 70 Jupiter St., Bel Air 1, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 896 4668 Fax: (+63 2) 897 8534

Vietnam 670 Pablo Ocampo (formerly Vito Cruz) Malate, Manila Phone: (+63 2) 525 2837 / 521 6843 Fax: (+63 2) 526 0472 Web Site: www.vietnamembassyphilippines.org

Jamaica 5/F Tesoro Building, 1325 A. Mabini St., Ermita, 1000 Manila Phone: (+63 2) 524 3936 to 40 Fax: (+63 2) 522 1580

6760 Ayala Ave., Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 89 10307 Fax: (+63 2) 89 42705 Belize Rm. 501 Don Alfonso Condominium U.N. Ave. cor. Guerrero St., Ermita, Manila Phone: (+63 2) 522 0066 / 521 0178 Fax: (+63 2) 521 0367 / 338 0682

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Marshall Islands 108 Celery Drive, Valle Verde V, Pasig City Phone: (+63 2) 632 1919 / 634 4216 Fax: (+63 2) 848 5483 Nepal 5/F Attenaeum Building, Alfaro St. Salcedo Village, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 816 2466 to 70 Fax: (+63 2) 817 2543 New Zealand 23rd Floor, BPI Buendia Centre, Sen Gil Puyat Ave. (near Makati Ave.) Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 891 5367 Fax: (+63 2) 891 5353 Palestine Penthouse LPL Towers, 112 Legaspi St., Legaspi Village, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 818 1083 / 817 6723 Fax: (+63 2) 810 3063 Peru Suite 404 CLMC Building, 259 EDSA Greenhills, Mandaluyong City Phone: (+63 2) 726 0355

Senegal East Timor Unit 16-A, South Tower Pacific Plaza 3/F Richville Corporate Center, 1314 Tower, Bonifacio, Global City Taguig Commerce Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa City Phone: (+63 2) 818 6220

United States of America 1201 Roxas Boulevard, 1000 Manila Phone: (+63 2) 301 2000 ext. 2555/2246 Fax: (+63 2) 301 2017 Web Site: www.manila.usembassy.gov/ wwwhcont.html

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Seychelles 7/f Dynavision Bldg. 108 Rada St., Legaspi Village, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 815 8501 / 631 8501 Fax: (+63 2) 635 6030 #66 United Street, Mandaluyong City Phone: (+63 2) 631 6075 Fax: (+63 2) 635 6030 Slovakia 3/F A & R Building 213 Rizal Ave. Ext. Between 2nd & 3rd Ave., Caloocan City Phone: (+63 2) 366 4487 / 366 4489 Fax: (+63 2)362 4232 Slovenia Centrex House 206 Pilar St. cor. Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City Phone: (+63 2) 726 6931 / 727 7484 Fax: (+63 2) 722 6065 Tanzania c/o Inter- Travel & Tour,Inc. 657 San Andres St., Malate, 1004 Manila Phone: (+63 2) 253 2207 Fax: (+63 2) 521 6498 Togo 2162 Paraiso Street, Dasmariñas Village Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 818 0626 Fax: (+63 2) 810 3380 Ukraine 6/F Basic Petroleum Bldg., Carlos Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 894 0321 Fax: (+63 2) 817 0191 Web Site: www.ukraineinfo.gov.ua/main Uruguay 5/F PCCI, BLDG. 118 Alfaro St. Salcedo Village, Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 815 0625 / 815 0631 Fax: (+63 2) 8163057 Vanuatu 2181 Paraiso Street, Dasmariñas Village Makati City Phone: (+63 2) 812 1875 / 893 9078 Fax: (+63 2) 810 3383

immigration Bureau of Immigration Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila Phone: (+63 2) 524-3824 1-800-100-ALIEN (24/7) Toll Free Web Site: www.immigration.gov.ph E-mail: xinfo@immigration.gov.ph


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CALOOCAN

Area (sq. kms.): 53.33 Population (2007): 1,378,856 Cityhood: February 16, 1962

................................................................................................................. Etymology The city name Caloocan originated from the Tagalog word look (pronounced lo-ok) which means “inside” or “innermost area” (kalook-lookan). Brief background Caloocan figured prominently during the Spanish occupation as the Katipunan, a Philippine revolutionary society, held their secret meetings in a house within the city. It is also the site of the Katipunan’s first armed encounter against the Spaniards. Caloocan was part of the Rizal province until 1975. Landmarks and Destinations Among the city’s well-known landmarks include a monument of Andres Bonifacio, a member of the Katipunan, erected to commemorate the onset of the Philippine revolution on August 3, 1986. National Artist Guillermo Tolentino crafted the sculptures in 1933 depicting Filipino revolutionaries in fighting stance with Bonifacio at the center flanked by a flag-bearing Katipunero. The monument can be seen at the end of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and is now known locally as Monumento (monument).

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malabon

Area (sq. kms.): 15.70 Population (2007): 363,681 Cityhood: May 07, 2001

................................................................................................................. Etymology Malabon, according to its residents, came from the Tagalog term “maraming labong,” meaning there are plenty of edible bamboo shoots. Brief background Augustinian friars are the founders of this city. Founded in May 21, 1599, it remained under the administrative jurisdiction of the Tondo province from 1672 to 1688. La Independencia, the influential Revolutionary newspaper founded by General Antonio Luna, was first printed in Malabon’s Asilo de Huertanos, which served as the shelter of orphaned children from the 1882 plague. On June 11, 1901, Malabon was made a municipality and became a city on April 21, 2001. This city has been referred to as the Local Venice due to the infamous floods and gradual sinking of the ground. It is also known for the city-specific dish, the Pancit Malabon, different from the traditional pancit from Chinese influence, its noodle is shorter and thicker. Landmarks and Destinations The prominence of this city in Philippine history translates to the variety of historical houses within the city limits. Among the old houses within this city are the Luna House, the Asilo de Huertano, and the Paez House. If you’re up for a little “food trip,” Malabon is one place to go. Puto bumbong, sapin-sapin, bibingka, camachile, and a variety of rice cakes are just part of the food fare offered in every nook and cranny of the city, from streets stalls to restaurants and dining places.


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navotas

Area (sq. kms.): 8.90 Population (2007): 245,344 Cityhood: June 24, 2007

.................................................................................................................. Etymology The flowing water of the present-day Navotas River started out as an opening caused by the erosion of the strip of land between here and Tondo, Manila. It was initially referred to as butas (hole) or nabutas (punctured) which evolved into Navotas, the city’s name. Brief background Navotas shares the shoreline of Manila Bay with its neighboring cities. It is because of the strategic geographical location of this area that it has been dubbed the “Fishing Capital of the Philippines” with 70% of the population dealing with fishing-related trade including, but not limited to, fish trading, fish net mending, and fish producing. Prior to gaining its city status in 2007, Navotas was part of the city of Malabon. Landmarks and Destinations Going to Navotas means being surrounded by various bodies of water – Sukol Creek to the north; Daang Binuangan River, Bangkulasi channel, Malabon Channel and Estero de Maypajo to the east; and the Manila Bay to the west. Fittingly, as the “Fishing Capital of the Philippines,” Navotas is also known for its patis (fish sauce) and bagoong (shrimp paste) – staples for various Filipino dishes. Currently, the LGU has leased a part of its Fish Port Complex to a private company for use as a marine industrial complex, the site of various fish-processing services.

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valenzuela

Area (sq. kms.): 47.00 Population (2007): 568,928 Cityhood: February 14, 1998

................................................................................................................. Etymology There are two sources for the city name origin. One is from the Spanish province of Valencia, Spain, Valenzuela is the diminutive form meaning Little Valencia. The second takes after the surname of Pio Valenzuela, part of the triumvirate of the revolutionary group Katipunan which sparked the rebellion and eventually the revolution against Spaniards. Brief background Formerly part of the province of Bulacan, Valenzuela City was a vast land divided into Polo, Novaliches, Obando and others comprising the province of Morong in the 19th century. It was during the American occupation that it became part of the province of Bulacan. And in 1946, upon liberation from Japanese forces, Valenzuela was divided into two towns. At present, this northern gateway to Metro Manila is a highly industrialized center and an vibrant residential hub of the Philippines’ national capital region. Landmarks and Destinations Located after the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) bordering Metro Manila and its environs, Valenzuela is a blend of city and suburbs – far enough from the hustle bustle of the urban jungle but accessible enough for residents to work in the metro’s financial districts. Housing here is cheaper than in the major cities hence people choose to buy property here to settle down rather than deal with the limited space and high costs of real estate at the heart of major cities.


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Etymology Two words, may, meaning ‘there is’ and nilad, a white flowered mangrove plant, are the linguistic origins of Manila. Brief background Second only to Quezon City, Manila is a populous city center with 1,660,714 residing within the city limits. Highly industrialized and historically rich, this capital city of Metro Manila provides a rich tapestry of history for city dwellers. Its history dates back to the Spanish era when the first expedition arrived. It soon after became the center for trading, more prominently the Manila–Acapulco galleon trade route leading to it being called the "Pearl of the Orient". Another notable point in its history was the destructive Pacific war where Manila bore witness to a bloodbath taking away roughly 100,000 civilian lives, making it the second most devastated city post-WWII next to Warsaw, Poland. Landmarks and Destinations The capital city of Metro Manila, the city of Manila is home to the walled city of Intramuros, the oldest district in this area. Partially ruined after World War II, the Philippine government has strived to preserve the inherent beauty and Spanish influences reflected in this place. Professional photographers need to take a special permit to be able to take pictures here in case they intend to sell the photos commercially. Same goes for famous landmarks in the Metro. Quiapo Church is also situated here. Among other tourist spots are Binondo where Chinatown is located, Malate and Ermita (nightlife location), and University Belt where some of the country’s notable educational institutions are located.


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makati

Area (sq. kms.): 21.60 Population (2007): 510,383 Cityhood: January 02, 1995

................................................................................................................. Etymology Makati City’s name is a result of language barrier. Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi came across the area and asked the residents for its name, the residents, misunderstanding the question, answered “Makati, kumakati na” referring to the ebbing tide. The name stuck and what was once just a swampcovered area is now a major financial district in the Philippines. Brief background The Ayalas is largely attributed to the “new town” of Makati with their master plan of developing Makati into the most modern community in the country. Forty years ago, the first of its modern communities, Forbes Park, was opened to attract affluent families, foreign capitalists, business tycoons, and industrial titans; and now, it boasts of six (6) affluent villages with defined residential zones, steel and concrete avenues, first class facilities and services, ultra-modern skyscrapers, and convenient commercial and recreational facilities. More than one third of the total land area of the city is located in new Makati. The city also has a rich history of activism. During the last years of the Marcos administration, Makati became a familiar ground for numerous protest rallies and marches of the various opposition groups. It was in Makati, particularly the stretch of Ayala, where the confetti revolution started. Landmarks and Destinations Makati is dubbed as the “Financial Capital of the Philippines.” Many districts and landmarks in the city have become well known to outsiders. Anchored by Ayala Avenue, Makati is the home of the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Makati Business Club, an important organization in the business community. World-class research universities are located in the city. The country’s tallest building is located along Ayala Ave. corner Herrera Street in Makati City. The PBCom (Philippine Bank of Communications) Tower dominates with its 241-meter height. The building, which rises 55 floors from the grounds of Ayala Avenue, was designed by Skidmore, Owens and Merill (SOM) and developed by property giant Filinvest.


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pateros

Area (sq. kms.): 10.40 Population (2007): 61,940

................................................................................................................. Etymology Most likely originated from the local duck-raising industry— pato meaning duck and pateros (people who raise ducks). The more obscure theory is that it refers to the small shoe-making industry with Pateros originating from the Tagalog term for shoemakers, sapatero. Brief background Pateros was part of Pasig until 1770 when it became an independent municipality. Pateros is the only municipality in Metro Manila. Known for its duck-raising industry, Pateros is known for producing the local delicacy balut, a fertilized duck egg. Pateros is the smallest both in population and land area in Metro Manila with only 10.40 square meters of land.

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taguig

Area (sq. kms.): 45.20 Population (2007): 613,343 Cityhood: December 08, 2004

................................................................................................................. Etymology The city name was originally spelled Tagig, origin unknown, which eventually evolved to today’s Taguig City. Brief background Taguig was one of the first places Christianized by Spaniards after the 1571 Legazpi expedition. It was previously part of the Kingdom of Tondo ruled by Rajah Sulayman before becoming a separate "pueblo" of the province of Manila in 1587. During the American occupation, Taguig's Fort McKinley was used for military purposes which was later occupied by the Japanese forces until 1945. Landmarks and Destinations Home to Fort Bonifacio, Taguig is another emerging financial district. Within Taguig is Bonifacio High Street fast becoming a big player in the corporate business. Yahoo! Philippines has taken refuge here, so has Reuters and major automobile manufacturers.


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pasay

Area (sq. kms.): 14 (Pasay has a total land area of 18.50 sq. kms.)

Population (2007): 403,064

Cityhood: June 21, 1947 ................................................................................................................. Etymology In 1775, during the height of the Namayan kingdom, composed of several barangays, reigned Princess Dayang-Dayang Pasay who inherited the land in which Pasay now stands, so called in honor of the princess. Another possible source is the pasaw plant which was said to abound the place back in the day. Brief background When it was officially declared a city in June 21, 1947, the city was renamed Rizal City in honor of the country’s national hero but was changed back to Pasay two years after. Landmarks and Destinations The biggest mall in the Philippines can be found here – the SM Mall of Asia. Marked by a huge globe located in the entrance of the mall, the Mall of Asia, or MOA (as it is locally known), is a 407,000 squaremeter behemoth of a commercial center with almost four hectares of floor area, 8,000 parking slots, 5,000 square meter for public utility vehicles (PUVs), and enough room for 100 buses. Just touring the mall itself can lose you the better half of the day, if not the entire day. The mall is also the first mall to have the IMAX 3D cinema which costs roughly USD10 per screening. The mall overlooks west of Roxas Boulevard which affords the view of the of the Manila Bay sunset. They have put in place an observation area for people who want to experience the famous Manila Bay sunset. The Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is also situated here. It is the main international gateway for egress and ingress to the country. It has four terminals: Terminal 1: NAIA Terminal, Terminal 2: Centennial Terminal, Terminal 3: NAIA International Terminal, and the Domestic Terminal. If you are up for some cultural activities, the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) Complex preserves and promotes Filipino arts and culture. Its galleries and theaters have also showcased various artists from all over the world introducing their at to the Filipino community.

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PARAÑAQUE

Area (sq. kms.): 46.60 Population (2007): 552,660 Cityhood: February 13, 1998

................................................................................................................. Etymology Another case of language barrier, Parañaque supposedly came from an incident when a Spaniard told the driver of the horse-drawn carriage to stop, "Para aqui, para aqui!," which the driver did not understand. The story was spread to the amusement of the residents until the name stuck and became Parañaque. The city was previously known as Palanyag which means “My Beloved.” During this time, people were trading with Chinese, Indonesians, Indians, and Malayans. Brief background The location of this city made it one of the major battle zones during the Philippine Revolution. Situated halfway between the province of Cavite, where the revolutionaries took refuge, and Manila, the seat of the Spanish colonial government at the time. During the Japanese occupation, Parañaque was one of the first towns to be liberated consequently creating an opening for American forces to enter Manila. The American occupation thereafter made Parañaque one of the first municipalities in the Metro Manila region. Landmarks and Destinations The Baclaran Church, one of the most-attended churches in Asia, has become a local mecca for devout Roman Catholics, even attracting pilgrims from all over the world. The main draw is the Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help as well as the market just outside the church offering great bargains for shoppers. The Fiesta Shopping Mall is also found here where consumers can avail of duty-free goods. Hence, a family day Sunday usually starts with hearing mass then going off to the nearby shopping centers.


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LAS PIÑAS

Area (sq. kms.): 32.70 Population (2007): 532,330 Cityhood: March 26, 1997

................................................................................................................. Etymology Las Piñas was originally referred to as “Las Peñas” as seen in the inscription of an old church bell found in the museum of the city’s Parochial Church. Peñas meaning a large rock or a mountain’s summit, may have been derived from the quarrying of stone and adobe in the city’s perimeters. Overtime, the spelling changed to its present state which spawned other etymological explanations, one of them points to the shipment of pineapples (piña) from the provinces of Cavite and Batangas to the city before being distributed to nearby markets. Brief history Site of the region’s earliest fishing settlement, Las Piñas was declared a city in 1997, 21 years after being incorporated in the present-day Metropolitan Manila. It was previously part of the Rizal province by virtue of the Commission Act No. 137, then two years later merged with the city of Parañaque which was the designated seat of the new municipal government at the time. Landmarks and Destinations One source of pride for residents of Las Piñas is the famous Bamboo Organ completed by Father Diego Cera in 1824. This church organ made almost entirely from bamboo, sans the trumpet stops which are metal, draws tourists and locals to the Parish Church of St. Joseph. Thus, because of the superb construction and significance, the National Museum of the Philippines declared it as a 'National Cultural Treasure' on November 24, 2003.

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muntinlupa

Area (sq. kms.): 39.80 Population (2007): 452,943 Cityhood: February 16, 1995

................................................................................................................. Etymology Another case of multiple name origins, Muntinlupa’s current name has two topographical explanations and another due to miscommunication. Topographically, the area has thin topsoil (Munti meaning small; Lupa for soil) and has a mountainous terrain (Monte means mountain). The error in communication meanwhile came from the fact that when Spaniards came to the area and asked for the name, residents mistakenly interpreted the question as an inquiry to what they were doing, which was playing a game called “Monte sa Lupa.” Brief background Dubbed as the “Emerald City of the Philippines,” Muntinlupa is home to some of the best commercial and residential establishments in the metro. In just a little over a decade, this area has transformed from being a vast land for cow pasture in the 1980s to the highly urbanized city during the 1990s. Landmarks and Destinations For better or worse, Muntinlupa has become synonymous to the historic Bilibid Prison (formerly Carcel y Presidio Correccional), a maximum security prison initially built by the Spaniards in 1865. This facility has also figured in some local films featuring prison scenes shot in the medium security compound of the Bilibid Prison. It has housed historical figures as national artist Amado V. Hernandez who wrote his masterpiece Luha ng Buwaya (Crocodile Tears) while being imprisoned for rebellion. Filipino senator Jovito Salonga was also imprisoned here by the Japanese Kempetai. Tomoyuki Yamashita, commander of the Japanese Imperial army and known for the storied Yamashita treasure, was incarcerated here for committing war crimes. He was eventually executed and his body now rests at the Japanese Garden Cemetery in Muntinlupa. While this is not a hub for nightlife like its neighboring cities, Muntinlupa does boast of notable commercial establishments including shopping centers Alabang Town Center and the Festival Supermall. They also have a pretty robust financial district, Northgate Business District, which specializes in information and technology services.


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mandaluyong

Area (sq. kms.): 9.30 Population (2007): 305,576 Cityhood: February 09, 1994

................................................................................................................. Etymology There’s a myth circulated by residents about a a Maharlika (warrior), Luyong, who fell in love with the chieftain’s daughter, Manda, and fought tribal contests to win the approval of the chieftain. Luyong ended up triumphant, thereafter the couple settled in a place which is now the city of Mandaluyong. Another more topographical origin of the name came from a Franciscan historian who observed that the land resembled giant waves or daluyong in Filipino. Brief background Mandaluyong’s history goes back in the 1300s when it was part of the Kingdom of Sapa of the Great Majapahit Empire. It was a barrio of Sta. Ana de Sapa called San Felipe Neri in honor of Rome’s patron saint. The kingdom later expanded to include parts of present-day Manila, Makati, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Pateros, Quezon, San Juan, and Taguig. In 1904 it became the capital of the Rizal province, then became an independent municipality in 1907 after separating from San Juan. By virtue of House Bill No. 3886, San Felipe Neri became the Municipality of Mandaluyong, and by 1994 it achieved its city status. Landmarks and Destinations This city shares the Ortigas Business District which is located in the borders of Mandaluyong, Pasig, and San Juan. This business district is an emerging financial district as big establishments are based here – The Asian Development Bank, Meralco (Sole distributor of electricity in the Metro), and the newly constructed Rockwell Business Center situated next to the Medical City (a top-class medical facility). It is regarded as the “Mall Capital” of Metro Manila because of the major shopping centers located here – SM Megamall (2nd largest mall in the country), Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and Robinson’s Galleria. So if you find yourself here, be ready to shop ‘til you drop.

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pasig

Area (sq. kms.): 48.50 Population (2007): 617,301 Cityhood: January 21, 1995

................................................................................................................. Etymology Jose Villa Panganiban, former director of The Institute of National Language, explained that “Pasig” is based on old Sanskrit which refers to “river flowing from one body of water to another.” Another Sanskrit word believed to be the origin of the name is “passis” which means sand. Brief background Created in 1572 by Augustinians, Pasig is one of the oldest towns in the Philippines. Prior to becoming a city in 1994, Pasig was incorporated into the Rizal Province in June 1901 by virtue of Act No. 137 of the Philippine Commission where it became the Provincial Capital until 1975 under the Metro Manila Commission created under Presidential Decree No. 824. Republic Act 7829 converted the Municipality of Pasig into a highly urbanized city, an Act which was signed into law by then president Fidel V. Ramos which was consequently ratified after a few months through a plebiscite. Landmarks and Destinations In terms of structure, Pasig has several old churches such as the Pinagbuhatan San Sebastian Church, Maybunga San Antonio, and the Immaculate Conception Cathedral all founded by Augustinians. Bahay ni Tia is a notable heritage house made of stone as it figured during the Martial Law era as the Freedom House as both factions were free to use the house as a venue for meetings. A major tributary, the Pasig River, has been the main vein coursing through this city. Although a wellknown and strategic docking and shipping site in and out of Metro, the Pasig River has suffered massive degradation due to an increasing number of people residing near the river contributing to water pollution. There have been increasing efforts though from government and private institutions to propagate the message of “greening” the environment encapsulated in the local government unit’s (LGU) “PasiGreen” program.


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SAN JUAN

Area (sq. kms.): 6 Population (2007): 125,338 Cityhood: June 17, 2007

................................................................................................................. Etymology The city is named after its patron saint, St. John the Baptist. The official name is San Juan Del Monte (St. John of the Mountain), and San Juan is just a contraction of its official name. Brief background In 1898, the crucial battle that helped achieve independence from Spain began in the city of San Juan. Also interesting to note is that of the nine of the presidents since 1946, four were residents of this city at the time that they assumed their post: Diosdado Macapagal Sr. (1961-1965), daughter Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2010), Ferdinand Marcos (1965-1986); and Joseph Estrada (1998-2001). A popular custom here is the annual "Basaan" where people playfully douse or splash each other with water. This is observed during the Feast of the city’s patron, St. John the Baptist. Landmarks and Destinations Several shrines located here honor the rich histor y of the Philippines including hero monuments like Bonifacio Statue, Jacinto Statue, and Rizal Statue. The Pinaglabanan Shrine depicting a woman, flanked by two children, holding a bolo was built to commemorate the onset of the 1896 Philippine Revolution. Greenhills, a well-known establishment attracts a lot of shoppers because of its cheap prices. It’s a mall, a flea market, and a bazaar in one. The variety of products sold here is another selling point for this venue. From shoes and apparel to electronics, you’re sure to find anything that you need here. The pricing depends on your bargaining skills and the condition of the product being purchased, as secondhand items are also sold here especially gadgets and electronics. Ser vices for electronic repair and trades are also common transactions here.


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QUEZON

Area (sq. kms.): 171.70 Population (2007): 2,679,450 Cityhood: October 12, 1939

................................................................................................................. Etymology Formerly the capital of the Philippines, this city is named after its founder and the former president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, Manuel L. Quezon. Brief background The Quezon City Memorial Circle, a prominent center of the city is also Quezon’s place of interment, marked by a monument encased in marble— the highest structure within that area. Quezon City is being dubbed as the “IT hub” of the metro with business centers as Eastwood and UP-Ayala Technohub as sites of businesses primarily focused in Information Technology (IT) and big enterprises part of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. Companies such as TrendMicro, IBM, and HP are based in this city. Landmarks and Destinations Artists also flock this city, the largest in terms of area and population. The Maginhawa Street, near the University of the Philippines (UP), houses several bars, bookstores, tattoo shops, and restaurants owned by musicians, artists, and a gamut of eccentric personalities. Another artist hangout in the city is Cubao Expo, formerly the Marikina Shoe Expo, where you’ll find nifty little thrift shops and stores selling vintage collections. Classic and Independent Filipino movies are screened at a small and cozy cinema here. This little nook also houses a couple of art galleries for emerging and established artists in the Philippines. Cafes and restaurants also line this place at affordable rates. UP also doubles as a picnic area and park on weekends. Rock concerts are often staged here as in most universities, the most famous being UP Fair held every February running for the entire week in which February 14 falls.

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MARIKINA

Area (sq. kms.): 21.50 Population (2007): 424,610 Cityhood: December 08, 1996

................................................................................................................. Brief background The local shoe industry known for manufacturing quality shoes has earned the city the title as the “Shoe Capital of the Philippines.” To further solidify that identity, Marikina has secured a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for the “World’s Largest Pair of Shoes” prominently displayed today at the Riverbanks Center. Though the city has been rocked by calamities in the past, the most recent being the massive flooding caused by super typhoon Ondoy in 2009, this Local Government Unit (LGU) has remained strong and continues to be one of the wealthiest LGUs in the country. Landmarks and Destinations Aside from the Largest Pair of Shoes, each measuring 5.5 meters long, the city also has a Shoe Museum which holds a large collection of shoes from leaders and personalities all over the world, including former First Lady Imelda Marcos’ vast shoe collection. For more cultural immersion, the city’s museum, Sentrong Pangkultura ng Marikina, housed in the 200-year old building home of Don Laureano "Kapitan Moy" Guevarra, the father of the Philippine shoe industry.

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DAY TRIP DESTINATIONS

................................................................................................................. Whether you’re staying for one day, two days, or one week, make those days count with our suggested itineraries. “Get lost” in the sights and sounds of the metropolis whether you decide to go cultural, natural, gastronomic, social, or a mixture of all four explorations.

Cultural

Immerse yourself in the Filipino culture by visiting historic sites, going museum hopping, or attending cultural shows.

Inside the Malacañang Palace, the official residence of the president of the Philippines is the Malacañang Museum which houses memorabilia from previous presidencies, starting with Emilio Aguinaldo. Other museums include the Ayala Museum (Makati), Lopez Memorial Museum (Pasig), the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, and the CCP Museum (Manila).

1. Go museum hopping Established in 1901, the National Museum of the Philippines located in the capital city of Manila is the official repository of the country’s heritage. National Art Gallery Museum of the Filipino People

Exhibit Days : Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m T: +63 2 527 0278 Planetarium Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m T: +63 2 527 7889 Web Site: www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph Also located in the city of Manila, Museo Pambata (Children’s Museum), this museum caters to children and the young at heart alike. Interactive displays allow visitors to explore a variety of themes from the environment to the human body. T: +63 2 523 1797 to 98 / 536 0595 Web Site: www.museopambata.org

2. A taste of culture and history At the top of the list is the walled city of Intramuros in Manila. Built by the Spaniards in the 16th century, this walled structure survived the destruction caused by World War II – a carefully preserved reminder of the past. The Bamboo Organ in Las Piñas is another notable attraction in the metro. While it is further south of the metropolis, going there will be worth it once you experience the melodic sound produced by this 1832 organ made up of 950 bamboo pipes – the only one of its kind the world. And of course, don’t forget to visit the metropolis’ center of culture and the arts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), an immense property consisting of three theaters, two art galleries, a library and a museum in its main building. CCP also houses the Folk Arts Theater, the Design Center of


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the Philippines, the Philippine Center for Industrial and Trade Exhibits (Philcite), the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), and the World Trade Center.

Natural

If you want to experience nature without going out of the metro, here are some places to go: 1. Explore the ocean in the confines of the city This state-of-the-art Oceanarium, Manila Ocean Park, located in Manila features open water marine habitat, boutique mall, restaurant row and function facilities. T: +63 2 567 7777 Web Site: www.manilaoceanpark.com 2. Park and play A communion of culture and nature is the embodiment of the Rizal Park. Situated in the heart of the capital city of Manila, this park is the site of many historic moments including the execution of the Philippine national hero Jose Rizal and the declaration of independence from American rule in July 4, 1946. Just a stone’s throw away is the Manila Bay where you can cap your day viewing the famed sunset. Up north, La Mesa Ecopark (www.lamesaecopark.com) is a great place to visit for the entire family. You'll have lots of activities to choose from - wall climbing, trekking, biking, zipline, boating, etc. Nice place for picnics, too.

Gastronomic

Go on a food trip and have your fill of local cuisines and delicacies! Interesting places to visit and cuisines to sample for your gastronomic journey are:

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Chinese. Fresh out of water - For seafood lovers, one of the places to indulge your craving is in “Dampa sa Riverbanks” in Marikina, a wet market which doubles as a restaurant. Get to pick your fresh meat, seafood, and veggies, then decide how you want them cooked. Enjoy the view of the Marikina river while waiting for your food to sizzle! 2. Must try cuisines and delicacies From the familiar to the downright strange, prepare your stomach for a parade of local cuisines and delicacies sure to delight, or stun, your palate. Adobo - A popular way of preparing dishes, the Filipino adobo introduces a strong flavor with the meat (or seafood) marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and oil. Sisig - A favored pulutan (snack accompanied with liquor or beer), this Filipino dish is made from parts of pig’s head and liver, usually seasoned with kalamansi and chili peppers. Lechon - A suckling pig roasted to perfection, the lechon is a staple in Philippine festivals usually served at the center of the buffet table. Halo-halo - For dessert, this icy mixture of a gamut of ingredients (usually, coconut, purple yam, jackfruit, red beans, and tapioca) blended in ice and topped by ice cream is a popular dessert especially during summer. Balut - If you can stomach it, get a taste of the local delicacy – balut! This duck embryo, a delicacy in the Philippines, have been featured in the reality TV shows The Amazing Race and Fear Factor in one of their challenges

Social

1. Food Odyssey Binondo Food Trip - Get a taste of the local Chinese food fare where else but in the metro’s Chinatown district of Binondo in Manila. From dumplings to siopao, noodles to shanghai rolls, get a taste of the Chinese influence to Filipino cuisine while being surrounded by everything

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Consonants

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Asking directions

How do I get to _____? Where? Which direction?

Directions

Left Right Straight ahead Corner Near Far

Shopping

How much? That’s… cheap. expensive. It’s too big. It’s too small. I’ll take it.

Pakiulit po. Hindi ko maintindihan. Paano pumunta sa _____? Saan? Saang direksyon? One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten

Magkano?

mura mahal Masyadong malaki Masyadong maliit Bibilhin ko na /Kukunin ko na

Dining

Can we have the menu? What’s this? What will you have? I’ll have adobo. Do you have… (dishes)? Do you have any vegetable dish? I don’t eat meat.

Basic Terms

Numbers

Kaliwa Kanan Diretso Sa may kanto Malapit Malayo

Yes No Thank you Thank you very much Sorry* Excuse me* Good morning Good afternoon Good evening/night Hello* Goodbye

Isa Dalawa Tatlo Apat Lima Anim Pito Walo Siyam Sampu

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Example: violin - biyulin question - kuwestiyon

Can you repeat that please? I don’t understand.

Pahingi po ng menu? Ano ito? Ano ang order niyo? Gusto ko ng adobo Meron ba kayong… (dishes)? May gulay ba kayo? Hindi ako kumakain ng karne.

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Vowel Combination The combinations ia/ie/io and ua/ ue/ui occur only in borrowed words, and are usually changed to ya/ye/yo and wa/we/wi.

Language difficulties

(Or “opo” to signify respect, Oo usually when addressing an Hindi older/elderly person) Salamat Maraming salamat Pasensya na Mawalang galang na po Magandang umaga Magandang hapon Magandang gabi Hello Paalam

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a as in father, abó (dust) e as in egg, edád (age) i as in sit, isa (one) o as in saw, opisina (office) u as in boot, luhód (kneel)

Kumusta ka? Mabuti naman. Ano ang pangalan mo? Ako si _____. Taga-saan ka? Ako ay taga-___./Galing akong___.

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Vowels

Meeting people

How are you? I’m fine. What’s your name? My name is _____. Where are you from? I’m from _____.

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*(occurs only in borrowed words, and is often changed to dy or to h when followed by e or o) k as in king, kain (eat) l as in lamp, laso (ribbon) m as in man, mata (eyes) n as in nut, nunal (mole) ñ as in onion or mañana, Señor (Mister) ng as in sing, ngipin (teeth) p as in pot, pera (money) q as in question, kwalipikasyon (qualification) *(this occurs only in borrowed words, and is usually changed to k) r as in rat, radyo (radio) s as in start, silya (chair) t as in time, tasa (cup) v as in vest, barnis (varnish) *(this occurs only in borrowed words, and is often changed to b) w as in way, wika (language) x as in sexy, ekstra (extra) *(this occurs only in borrowed words and is usually changed to ks) y as in yard, yate (yacht) z as in zinc, Zamora

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b as in boy, bahay (house) c as in cereal, celio (stamp) d as in dog, damit (clothing) f as in family, Filipino g as in gift, gagamba (spider) h as in hotel, hangin (air) j as in jeep, dyipni (jeepney)

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dining ................................................................................................................ Metro Manila is bliss for food lovers. As an Asian region with a strong Western influence, it offers vast choices among almost all kind of cuisines. Next to the local Filipino cuisine, the US American influence is undoubtedly dominant, with major US fast food chains spread out all over the city, as well as local enterprises in their footsteps following a similar concept. But there’s so much more than just fast food. Filipino food is a melting pot of different influences such as Malay, Indonesian, Chinese and Indian from the Asian side, Spanish from the Western side, and nowadays American and Japanese adding to the flavors of local cuisine. The most popular Filipino dishes are probably ADOBO (chicken and/or pork braised in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and crushed pepper), SINIGANG (meat, seafood or vegetables in a sour broth), BANGUS (grilled fish), KARE-KARE (oxtail or beef shanks simmered in peanut sauce), KALDERETA (meat with peas and paprika in tomato sauce), and LECHÓN (whole roasted pig), the Filipino party dish. The range of restaurants for Filipino food varies from simple food stalls on the street to upscale restaurants all over the metro. Our planet’s continents are represented in Metro Manila through restaurants. American, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Italian restaurants are in the lead, but there’s enough room to satisfy everyone’s culinary cravings with eateries from Germany to Australia, Spain to India, Middle East to Africa and Caribbean etcetera, from budget to luxury, from small and cozy to upscale and 5-Star.

............................................................................................................... dining ............................................................................................................... ARAMA CAFÉ GF, Serendra Shops, Bonifacio High Street Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 1634 Phone: (+63) 2 901-3836 Email: arama_cafe@yahoo.com Web site: http://www.aramacafe.com

............................................................................................................... BELLINI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Cubao Expo (Marikina Shoe Expo), Cubao, Quezon City Description: Bellini’s is Cubao’s best kept secret with its warm ambiance and authentic Italian cuisine. Phone: (+63) 2 913-2550 Email: bellinisrestaurant@yahoo.com

............................................................................................................... BO’S COFFEE (Manila Office) G&A Realty Building/Warehouse, 2303 Don Chino Roces Avenue Ext. (Formerly Pasong Tamo Ext.), 1200 Makati Branches: Makati, Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig Phone: (+63) 2 894-5519 Web site: http://www.boscoffeeclub.com Fax: (+63) 2 729-4668

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CARPACCIO RISTORANTE ITALIANO 7431 Yakal st., San Antonio Village, Makati City Description: The premier destination for food and wine lovers seeking a classic Italian and serene dining experience. Phone: (+63) 2 843-7286 Email: dining_at_yakal@werdenberg.com Fax: (+63) 2 867-3164 Web site: http://www.carpaccio.com.ph

................................................................................................................ Chef d’ Angelo Branches: Robinson's Place; Robinson's Galleria; SM City Fairview; SM City San Lazaro; SM Mall of Asia; Trinoma; Glorietta 5; Alphaland Southgate Mall; Robinson's Metro East Description: Quick Service American-Italian Resto Email: info@chefdangelo.net Phone: (+63) 2 633-9066 Web site: http://www.chefdangelo.net

................................................................................................................ CHELSEA MARKET AND CAFÉ Bonifacio High Street, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Philippines Description: "Good eats and good smiles" is Chelsea's everyday goal. It serves the best gourmet comfort food from only the freshest and finest Phone: (+63) 2 909-7011 ingredients. Fax: (+63) 2 909-7012 Email: marketing@chelseamarketcafe.com

................................................................................................................ CHESA BIANCA SWISS RESTAURANT 7431 Yakal st., San Antonio Village, Makati City Description: The restaurant that features the best Swiss & European cooking Phone: (+63) 2 815-1359 Email: dining_at_yakal@werdenberg.com Fax:(+63) 2 892-7524 Web site: http://www.chesabianca.com.ph

................................................................................................................ DON HENRICOS Branches: Malate; Filinvest Festival Supermall, Alabang; West Avenue; SM Mall of Asia; Greenhills; Tomas Morato Description: Casual Italian Restaurant offering big servings of Pizza, Pasta, Phone: (+63) 2 633-9066 Buffalo Wings & More. Email: info@donhenricos.net Web site: http://www.donhenricos.net

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DON KEN RESTO & BAR 1012 North Triangle Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 1201 Description: Popular for its fusion food Phone: (+63) 2 393-4189 Email: inquiry@donkenrestobar.com Web site: http://www.donkenrestobar.com

................................................................................................................ FOCACCIA A. Venue Mall, Antonio Luna St. cor. Makati Ave. Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Description: Slice of Italy - FOCACCIA KNOWS ITALIAN COMFORT FOOD. Phone: (+63) 2 729-9403

................................................................................................................ Gerry’s Grill With 22 branches in Metro Manila Description: Try the best grilled food and home town dishes. Phone: (+63) 2 332-1111 (Delivery) Web site: http://www.gerrysgrill.com

................................................................................................................. GUSTAVUS 109 C. Palanca St., Legazpi Village Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Description: Fine dining at reasonable prices. Excellent steaks and oysters. Phone: (+63) 2 813-0475

................................................................................................................ Handlebar Bar and Grill 31 Polaris Street, Bel-Air Village Makati City Description: A Bar Run by Bikers for Bikers Phone: (+63) 2 898-2189 Fax: (+63) 2 898-2806 Web site: http://www.handlebar.com.ph

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HOBBIT HOUSE MANILA 1212 M. H. Del pilar cor. Arquiza St. (Arquiza Trade Center), Ermita, Manila Description: The smallest waiters in the World. 100 kinds of beer Phone: (+63) 2 484-0982 from all over the world! (+63) 2 521-7604 Email: hobbit_house_1973@yahoo.com Web site: http://www.hobbithousemanila.com Fax: (+63) 2 525-3415

................................................................................................................ I’M ANGUS STEAKHOUSE 7431 Yakal St., San Antonio Village, Makati City Description: Indulge in the finest certified angus beef steak, poutry, lamb, fresh seafood, innovative side dishes and decadent desserts only at the newest and most innovative steakhouse, I’m Angus. Phone: (+63) 2 892-6206 Web site: http://www.i-am-angus.com.ph

................................................................................................................ KATZER RESTAURANT & BAR 2nd Floor Wynsum Corporate Plaza, Ruby Road Entrance; 22 F. Ortigas Road (Formerly Emerald Avenue) Description: Amazing food created by popular chef Andreas Katzer. Phone: (+63) 2 638-9819 to 21

.................. ................................................................................................................ LE BISTRO VERT Fraser Place, Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati Description: Le Bistro offers a special sustainable food menu that supports earth-friendly initiatives Email: lebistro.frsr@gmail.com Phone: (+63) 2 403-1841 Web site: http://www.lebistro.ph

................................................................................................................ MOMO! CAFÉ Space A-124 Ground Floor, Eastwood Mall Veranda, Eastwood City, Brgy. Bagumbayan, Quezon City Description: Mo' food Mo' drinks. It's MoMolicious! It is a fun and casual yet chic restaurant which offers good comfort and homecooking-style food. Phone: (+63) 2 900-1006 Email: momo@raintree.com.ph

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MR. JONES Phase 2, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City Description: Inspired by the 1960's, Mr. Jones is a new up-market and unpretentious contemporary diner. It is a new destination restaurant offering a full array of authentic American cuisine. Phone: (+63) 2 501-3111

................................................................................................................ MURRAY & D' VINE Space C114,G/F Retail Area, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Description: (American cuisine) Burgers, Sliders & Damn Good Wine! Phone: (+63) 2 856 -3723 Fax: (+63) 2 901-3029 Web site: http://www.murrayanddivine.com

................................................................................................................ MUSEUM CAFÉ Ayala Museum Complex Dela Rosa Street corner Makati Avenue, Makati City Description: Popularly known as M Cafe, Museum Cafe is a cafe-cum-restaurant which serves remarkable modern Asian cuisine. Phone: (+63) 2 757-3000 / 757-6000 Fax: (+63) 2 758-1268 Email: marketing@museumcafe.com.ph

................................................................................................................. NINYO Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge 66 Esteban Abada St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City Description: Experience Chef Niño's artistic fusion of Asian and European Cuisines with 100 of the world's great wines. Email: ninyofusion@gmail.com Phone: (+63) 2 426-0301 Web site: http://www.ninyo.ph

................................................................................................................ Quattro Grill & Bar Restaurant 96 Timog Avenue, Quezon City Phone: (+63) 2 928-1692 (+63) 2 928-1681 Email: histailoring@yahoo.com

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RAINTREE RESTAURANTS Head Office: 6F Salustiana Ty Tower, 104 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City Phone: (+63) 2 391-4197 Fax: (+63) 2 893-2561

................................................................................................................ RESTAURANT 101 Enderun Colleges, 1100 Campus Ave., McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Description: 101 is the teaching restaurant of Enderun Colleges. Email: 101@enderuncolleges.com Web site: http://www.101.enderuncolleges.com Phone: (+63) 2 856-5000 local 101

................................................................................................................ SANTIS DELICATESSEN Branches: Makati: Yakal St.; San Antonio Plaza; Joya@Rockwell Ctr. | The Promanade Bldg., San Juan | El Molito Commercial Complex, Muntinlupa | Astoria Plaza, Pasig City | QUEZON CITY: Corinthian Hills; Timog Ave. Email: santislover@santis-deli.com Phone: (+63) 2 892-0128 Web site: http://www.santis-deli.com Fax: (+63) 2 817-1217

.................. ................................................................................................................ SENTRO 1771 Greenbelt 3, Makati | Serendra, Taguig Phone: (+63) 2 757-3941 Description: Known as first in modern Filipino cuisine, (+63) 2 856 0581 Sentro 1771 is a casual fine dining restaurant. Delivery: (+63) 2 212-1212 Email: sentro1771@gmail.com Fax: (+63) 2 632-1435 Web site: http://www.chateaugroup.com Mobile: (+63) 920 919-1098

................................................................................................................ SKYLOUNGE RESTAURANT & BAR 31/f Vivere Hotel, 5102 Bridgeway Ave., Filinvest Corporate City,Muntinlupa Description: Be enthralled by the spectacular view of the Metropolis, while you enjoy more than just excellent food and service. Email: concepts@viveresuites.com ; info@viveresuites.com Web site: http://www.viveresuites.com Phone: (+63) 2 771-7777

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THE BALCONY G/F Dona Angela Gardens 110 C. Palanca Jr. St. Legaspi Village Makati 1229 Email: sndurbankitchen@gmail.com Phone: (+63) 2 810-7832 Fax: (+63) 2 810-7831

................................................................................................................ Top of the Citi Restaurant by Chef Jessie 34/F, Citibank Tower, 8741 Paseo De Roxas, Salcedo Village, Makati City Description: A fine-dining experience overlooking the Makati Skyline, serving Continental and Filipino food Phone: (+63) 2 750-5810 Email: topoftheciti@gmail.com Fax: (+63) 2 894-7461 Web site: Find us on Facebook Mobile: (+63) 917 858-5465

................................................................................................................ UCC COFFEE CAFÉ TERRACE Branches: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; Paseo Center, Makati; Rockwell Center, Makati; Westgate Center, Muntinlupa; SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City Phone: (+63) 2 631-5755 / 56 / 58 Fax: (+63) 2 632-1008 Email: customercare@uccmanila.com.ph

................................................................................................................. UCC COFFEE PARK CAFÉ Branches: Glorietta 3 Park, Ayala Center, Makati City; Eastwood Mall Promenade, Quezon City; Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig; Phone: (+63) 2 818-7442 / 818-7447 (Glorietta 3) (+63) 2 470-1382 (Eastwood Mall) (+63) 2 828-1447 (Fort Bonifacio)

................................................................................................................ UCC COFFEE VIENNA CAFÉ Branches: Tomas Morato Plaza, Quezon City (+63 2 928-6964); Greenhills, San Juan (+63 2 726-1728); The Podium, Mandaluyong City (+63 2 687-3107); SM Mall of Asia (+63 2 556-0175); SM City, North Edsa (+63 2 442-0147); Rustan's Makati (+63 2 818-6067); Greenbelt 5, Makati (+63 2 757-0740); Corinthian Hills, Quezon City (+63 2 638-6046 )

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HOTELS, RESORTS & ACCOMMODATIONs ................................................................................................................ Accommodations in Metro Manila can suit varied budgets from backpacker inns and pension houses to high-end lodging and five star hotels. Depending on your level of comfort, the Metro provides numerous stay in options with over 11,000 luxury and moderate hotels, inns, hostels, and pension houses. Those looking for lavish accommodation can go to prominent five star hotels. Rates for these hotels are in US dollars plus 12% tax and service charge. These high-end places are usually found in the business district of Makati, approximately 8 kilometers from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Most hotels are members of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP), so you may opt to consult with them for more information before booking. For more modest lodging, the areas of Ermita and Malate, including those surrounding Roxas Boulevard, also offer a range of options for accommodation. A host of serviced apartments, guesthouses, and inns can be found in any city in the Metro for transients, tourists, and travelers to stay in. Other options are pension houses often managed and owned by foreigners. They offer single and double rooms with the options for private toilet, showers, and air condition.

............................................................................................................... accommodations ............................................................................................................... ATRIUM HOTEL 15/F Taft Centrale Exchange corners Taft & Sen. Gil Puyat Avenues Pasay City 1300 Phone: (+63) 2 552-0352 to 60 Fax: (+63) 2 552-0184 Web site: http://www.atriumhotel-manila.com

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BERJAYA MANILA HOTEL 7835 Makati Avenue corner Eduque Street, Makati City, Philippines 1209 Phone: (+63) 2 750-7500 Fax: (+63) 2 750-6783

................................................................................................................ BEST WESTERN HOTEL LA CORONA MANILA 1166 M. H. del Pilar St. corner Arquiza St. Ermita, Manila Philippines, 1000 Description: Your personal boutique hotel. Phone: (+63) 2 524-2631 to 35 Email: bwlacorona@gmail.com Fax: (+63) 2 525-8268 Web site: http://www.bestwesternhotelmanila.com

................................................................................................................ CENTURY PARK HOTEL 599 P. Ocampo Sr. St., Malate, Manila 1004 Philippines Description: A deluxe hotel located in the heart of Manila's business, cultural, shopping and entertainment centers. Email: information@centurypark.com.ph Phone: (+63) 2 528-8888 Web site: http://www.centurypark.com Fax: (+63) 2 528-1811

................................................................................................................ CITADEL INN MAKATI 5007 P. Burgos St. Makati City Description: Be Home‌Be Welcomed.. Discover the reason why people choose to come Email: reservation@citadel-inn-makati.com Phone: (+63) 2 897-2370 Web site: http://www.citadel-inn-makati.com Fax: (+63) 2 897-2666

................................................................................................................ DISCOVERY SUITES 25 ADB Avenue Ortigas Center Pasig Description: 220 suites with modern conveniences, personalized service & culinary offerings that delight business, leisure & long staying guests. Email: rsvn@discovery.com.ph Phone: (+63) 2 719-8888 Web site: http://www.discoverysuites.com Fax: (+63) 2 719-6789

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El Cielito Hotels www.elcielitohotels.com

MAKATI

804 A. Arnaiz Avenue Makati City Tel. Nos.: 815-8951 to 54 Fax No.: 817-9610

BAGUIO

50 North Drive, Baguio City Tel. Nos.: (074) 443-4846 Fax/Fex No.: (02) 250-6020

STA.ROSA

Sta.rosa-Tagaytay Road Sta.Rosa City, Laguna Tel. Nos.: (049) 541-2980/81 Fax/Fex No.: (02) 520-8471

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EL CIELITO HOTEL 804 Arnaiz Avenue (formerly Pasay Road) Makati City, Philippines Phone: (+63) 2 815-8951 to 54 Fax: (+63) 2 817-9610 Web site: http://www.elcielito-makati.com.ph

................................................................................................................ G HOTEL 2090 Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila Description: With its residential chic appeal, G Hotel Manila provides a cozy yet comfortable backdrop for both business & pleasure in the metropolis. Phone: (+63) 2 525-0888 Email: wg.rsvn@waterfronthotels.net Fax: (+63) 2 400-0876 Web site: http://www.g-hotel.com.ph

................................................................................................................ GENESIS HOTELS AND RESORTS Unit SW-74 Goldloop Tower Condominium, One Goldloop Plaza, J. Escriva Drive, Ortigas Business District, Pasig Description: 13 hotels, resorts & residences, 8 destinations. Phone: (+63) 2 635-5558 Email: crs@genesishotels.com Fax: (+63) 2 631-9987 Web site: http://www.genesishotels.com

................................................................................................................ HOTEL H20 Luneta, Manila 1000, Philippines Phone: (+63) 2 238-6100 Fax: (+63) 2 238-8188 Web site: http://www.hotelh2omanila.com

................................................................................................................ HOTEL KIMBERLY MANILA 770 Pedro Gil St. Malate, Manila Description: Standard hotel Email: reservations@hotelkimberly.com Web site: http://www.hotelkimberly.com

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Lancaster Hotel Manila 622 Shaw Boulevard cor. Samat Street, Mandaluyong Description: The towering 42-storey hotel structure refines one of the Metro’s busiest hubs with its modern style and elegance. Phone: (+63) 2 532-1818 Email: reservations@lancasterhotels.com.ph Fax: (+63) 2 532-1838 Web site: http://www.lancasterhotels.com.ph

................................................................................................................ LOTUS GARDEN 1227 A. Mabini cor., Padre Faura Sts., Ermita, Manila, Philippines Phone: (+63) 2 522-1515 Fax: (+63) 2 522-0768 Email: lotusreservation@citygardenhotels.com Web site: http://www.lotusgardenhotelmanila.com

................................................................................................................ MANILA PAVILION HOTEL & CASINO United Nations Avenue, Ermita Manila Description: Experience a stunning first class hotel in Manila, Philippines that shines with the beauty of the Pearl of the Pacific! Phone: (+63) 2 526-1212 Fax: (+63) 2 526-2552 Email: wphc@waterfronthotels.net Web site: http://www.waterfronthotels.com.ph/manila/rooms/rooms.html

................................................................................................................ MICROTEL HOTELS AND RESORTS 2F PHINMA PLAZA, 39 Plaza Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City 1200 Description: The same great hotel everywhere you go! Phone: (+63) 2 899-7171 Fax: (+63) 2 870-0319 Email: sales@microtel.ph Web site: http://www.microtelphilippines.com Mobile: (+63) 917 888-1800

................................................................................................................ MILLENNIUM PLAZA SERVICED RESIDENCES Makati Ave., cor Eduque St., Makati City Phone: (+63) 2 899-4718 to 22 Fax: (+63) 2 899-4746 Email: reservations@millenniumplaza.com.ph Web site: http://www.millenniumplaza.com.ph

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OXFORD SUITES MAKATI Durban Cor P Burgos St. Makati City Phone: (+63) 2 899-7888 local 1009 or 1023 Fax: (+63) 2 899-6891 Email: sales@oxfordsuitesmakati.com Web site: http://www.oxfordsuitesmakati.com

................................................................................................................ THE PEARL MANILA HOTEL General Luna Street cor. Taft & UN Avenues, Ermita, Manila 1000, Philippines Phone: (+63) 2 400-0088 / 400-0367 to 0369 Fax: (+63) 2 400-0077 Email: sales@pearlmanila.com.ph Web site: http://www.pearlmanila.com.ph

................................................................................................................ THE PENINSULA MANILA Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, 1226 Makati City, Metro Manila Description: In the heart of the central business district, The Peninsula Manila stands at the heart of high finance, lifestyle and entertainment. Phone: (+63) 2 887-2888 Email: pmn@peninsula.com Fax: (+63) 2 815-4825 Web site: http://www.peninsula.com/Manila/

................................................................................................................ TRADERS HOTEL 3001 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay, City, 1305 Manila, Philippines Description: Traders Hotel, you receive same warm and caring hospitality from Shangri-La. - Have a wonderful Traders Experience Phone: (+63) 2 523-7011 Email: thm@shangri-la.com Fax: (+63) 2 522-3985 Web site: http://www.tradershotel.net

................................................................................................................ VIVERE SUITES 31/f Vivere Hotel, 5102 Bridgeway Ave., Filinvest Corporate City,Muntinlupa Description: "Relish the new boutique suites with unparalleled blend of gentility and brilliant nature-inspired touch in a homey Filipino mileu". Phone: (+63) 2 867-3333 Email: info@viveresuites.com Fax: (+63) 2 867-3888 Web site: http://www.viveresuites.com

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BARS & entertainment ................................................................................................................ Are you in the need of some entertainment? That’s no problem in Metro Manila! As a major Asian capital, it offers the entire range of entertainment. From theater to karaoke, from ballroom dancing to bars and clubs, from broadway musicals to traditional culture, from classical music to heavy metal, from exhibitions and galleries to state-of-the-art 3D cinemas showing the latest movies ranging from drama to comedy. There’s no reason to get bored in Metro Manila, just get out and discover what the cities have to offer. Filipinos are known worldwide as excellent musicians and singers. Fancy listening to Carlos Santana, Lady Gaga or Queen playing “live”? Just go to one of the many music clubs in town, order your drink, and prepare to be surprised with the kind of talent you will hear and see. Those bands know how to cover, the stage choreographies are well-rehearsed, and all of it at mostly reasonable prices. The Cultural Center of the Philippines, located at the CCP Complex in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City (website: www.culturalcenter.gov.ph, Tel.: 832 1125), is the place to inquire for local cultural events including traditional music, as well as for performances of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Museums and Visual Arts, and TANGHALANG PILIPINO, the CCP’s resident drama theatre, which has presented over 200 productions during the past 20 years.

............................................................................................................... bars & entertainment ............................................................................................................... 100 BEERS INCORPORATED #36 Polaris Street Brgy. Belair Makati City Description: Enjoy the wildest selection of imported beers around the world! Email: chase_robb16@yahoo.com Phone: (+63) 2 895-9272 Web site: http://www.beersparadise.com Mobile: (+63) 922 882-6524

............................................................................................................... DON KEN RESTO & BAR 1012 North Triangle Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 1201 Description: Resto & bar serving delicious Filipino food created by Chef Kenneth. Email: inquiry@donkenrestobar.com Phone: (+63) 2 393-4189 Web site: http://www.donkenrestobar.com

............................................................................................................... CAVE WERDENBERG WINE BAR 7431 Yakal Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Description: Cozy wine bar with over 50 kinds of wines from nine different countries. Email: info@werdenberg.com Phone: (+63) 2 892-0128 Web site: http://www.werdenberg.com Fax: (+63) 2 817-1217

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Handlebar Bar and Grill 31 Polaris Street, Bel-Air Village Makati City Description: Popular Bar among Expats and Locals. Good Live Bands. Phone: (+63) 2 898-2189 Fax: (+63) 2 898-2806 Web site: http://www.handlebar.com.ph

................................................................................................................ HOBBIT HOUSE MANILA 1212 M. H. Del pilar cor. Arquiza St. (Arquiza Trade Center), Ermita, Manila Description: The smallest waiters in the World. 100 kinds of beer Phone: (+63) 2 484-0982 from all over the world! (+63) 2 521-7604 Email: hobbit_house_1973@yahoo.com Fax: (+63) 2 525-3415 Web site: http://www.hobbithousemanila.com

................................................................................................................ KATZER RESTAURANT & BAR 2nd Floor Wynsum Corporate Plaza, Ruby Road Entrance; 22 F. Ortigas Road (Formerly Emerald Avenue) Description: Amazing bar and restaurant Phone: (+63) 2 638-9819 to 21

................................................................................................................ MANILA OCEAN PARK Luneta, Manila Description: Spectacular marine themed park where business, leisure, and entertainment come together. Phone: (+63) 2 567-7777 loc 118 / 119/ 144 Fax: (+63) 2 567-2309 Web site: http://www.manilaoceanpark.com

................................................................................................................ MURPHY’S MAKATI V.A. Rufino cor. Esteban Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati Description: Live music, great food & drink, sports on 4 big screens, private functions & off-site catering, and the city’s most popular weekly quiz night Phone: (+63) 2 894-1884 of imported beers Mobile: (63) 917 526 8819 Web site: http://www.murphysmakati.com

................................................................................................................ MURRAY & D' VINE Space C114,G/F Retail Area, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Description: (American cuisine) Burgers, Sliders & Damn Good Wine! Phone: (+63) 2 856 -3723 Fax: (+63) 2 901-3029 Web site: http://www.murrayanddivine.com

................................................................................................................ SPICY FINGERS Stall 7 Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Makati Description: Excellent Music Bar & Restaurant introducing Manila’s finest bands on stage. Phone: (+63) 2 729-8761 Fax: (+63) 2 729-8932

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SHOPPING ................................................................................................................ If there’s one thing that you’ll immediately notice about Metro Manila is that it has a lot of malls. From the ubiquitous Shoe Mart (SM) with branches in almost every city to the interconnected entertainment and shopping centers in the midst of Makati City’s bustling financial district, this metropolis is a haven for consumerism. You don’t have to break your budget though, because like everything else in the Metro, you have options, lots and lots of them. People with a penchant for the finer things can troop to the top-end shops in Shangri La Plaza in Mandaluyong or Makati’s commercial districts home to the Greenbelt mall and the Power Plant Mall. Have your fill of international brands like Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and Gucci. Meanwhile, to those looking for great deals, there are loads of tiangges (flea markets and bazaars) to choose from. The most popular one is the Greenhills Shopping Center located in San Juan where you can buy almost anything at big discounts depending on your bargaining skills. A shopping, entertainment, and dining destination in one, Greenhills attracts throngs of shoppers everyday so prepare to be greeted by a big crowd. From apparel to jewelry, gadgets and novelty items, and everything in between, the variety of shopping centers in the Metro is sure to satisfy your shopping appetite.

............................................................................................................... shopping ............................................................................................................... A RUNNER'S CIRCLE (A RUNNER’S CIRCLE PHILIPPINES, INC.) Unit H, Aloha Hotel, 2150 Roxas Boulevard cor. Quirino Ave., Malate, Manila Description: A specialty running shop. We fit people with the RIGHT RUNNING SHOES and provide all other high quality running essentials. Email: info@arunnerscircle.com.ph Phone: (+63) 2 567-iRun (4786) Web site: http://www.arunnerscircle.com.ph Mobile: (+63) 917 812-0785

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CANON 7th Floor, Commerce and Industry Plaza, Campus Avenue corner Park Ave., McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig Description: An imaging company with an extensive product line of input and output devices. It provides imaging solution for corporate & individual customers. Phone: (+63) 2 884-9000 Web site: http://www.canon.com.ph

................................................................................................................ ECHOSTORE G/F Serendra Piazza, McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Description: A social enterprise. A retail store. A collaborator. Phone: (+63) 2 901-3485 Email: echostore@echostore.com Fax: (+63) 2 519-1216 Web site: http://www.echostore.ph

............................................................................................................... HICKOK LEATHER 602 Mangga Ave, Sta.Mesa, Manila Description: Simply the best in leather. Phone: (+63) 2 716-7661 to 63 Email: inquire.hickok@yahoo.com Web site: http://www.hickokleather.com/

................................................................................................................ BAMBU 2nd Level, Glorietta 4, Glorietta, Makati Description: Ipanema flip flops provide supreme ease & comfort to every foot. Web site: http://www.ipanemaphils.com Phone: (+63) 2 752-7922 Email: info@ielro.com

................................................................................................................ STOKED INC. #18 Ideal St., Brgy. Addition Hills, 1550 Mandaluyong City Description: Retailer for wakeboard, skateboard, surfing hardware and apparel Phone: (+63) 2 724-5886 Email: customerservice@stokedinc.com.ph Fax: (+63) 2 721-2696 Web site: http://www.stokedinc.com.ph

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TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION ................................................................................................................ With approximately 11.5 million residing in Metro Manila, the roads can get quite congested especially during rush hours. Major roads lessen the headache but as a precaution, always give adequate leeway to arrive on time. There are five (5) circumferential roads and ten (10) radial roads in Metro Manila. Major roads include the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and Circumferential Road 5 (C-5). EDSA connects five (5) cities in Metro Manila: Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong, Quezon City, and Caloocan; while C-5 passes through six (6) cities: Valenzuela, Quezon, Pasig, Makati, Taguig, and Las Piñas. By land, you can travel around Metro Manila by bus, taxi, train [Metro Rail Transit (MRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT), and Philippine National Railways (PNR)], and the iconic jeepney. There are buses passing through EDSA from Baclaran, Pasay, Paranaque (where the airport is) to Quezon City, Malabon, and Caloocan. Taking the train is the quickest way to get around, and it’s cheap too! For just Php15.00-20.00, you get from one end to the other in approximately 30-45 minutes. For those who want to travel in style, there’s always the option to rent a private vehicle and a chauffeur to boot. Vehicles ranging from smart cars to limousines can be rented in the Metro. Plus, being a city surrounded by water, you can “cruise” around in a yacht while enjoying the famed Manila Bay sunset.

............................................................................................................... travel and transportion ............................................................................................................... 7107 ISLANDS CRUISE (7107 ISLANDS MANAGEMENT, INC.) Palawan Center, 2nd Floor, 832 Arnaiz Ave. Cor. Paseo de Roxas Brgy, San Lorenzo, Makati Description: We offer a unique & spectacular location for events, parties & dinners! Email: travel7107islands@yahoo.com Phone: (+63) 2 887-7107 Web site: http://www.7107islandsmanagement.com Fax: (+63) 2 887-4590

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AVIS PHILIPPINES 2/F Guevent Building, 52 Domingo M. Guevara St., Mandaluyong City 1550 Description: Airport Transfers, Pick Up Drop Off, Self or Chauffeur Drive Phone: (+63) 2 584-2463 to 64 Services, Car Rentals Fax: (+63) 2 584-2474 Email: avishelpdesk@avis.com.ph Mobile: (+63) 917 887 AVIS Web site: http://www.avis.com.ph

................................................................................................................ ETIHAD AIRWAYS 22nd Floor Tower 1, The Enterprise Center, 6766 Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1226 Description: Etihad Airways wins World's Leading Airline at the World Travel Phone: (+63) 2 8ETIHAD Awards for the second year in a row. Fax: (+63) 2 479-1960 Web site: http://www.etihadairways.com/ph

................................................................................................................ LUFTHANSA Mezzanine Level, Phinma Plaza 39 Plaza Drive, Rockwell Center, 1200 Makati City Description: There’s no better way to fly. Phone: (+63) 2 580-6400 Email: manila.serviceteam@dlh.de Fax: (+63) 2 898-3525 Web site: http://www.lufthansa.com/ph

................................................................................................................ PENINSULA CAR CHARTER SERVICES, INC. 5447 Curie Street, Palanan, Makati City 1235 Description: Tourist Transport Service: Providing a wide array of transport vehicles and chauffeur service. Fax: (+63) 2 831-3074 Phone: (+63) 2 831-6392 Mobile: (+63) 918 515-6938 Email: peninsulacar@yahoo.com

................................................................................................................ SINGAPORE AIRLINES 33/F LKG TOWER, 6801 Ayala Avenue, Makati City Phone: (+63) 2 756-8888 (Reservations & Ticketing) | (+63) 2 833-1526 (Airport) Fax: (+63) 2 753-3351 (Reservations) | (+63) 2 753-4833 (Ticketing) Email: ph_feedback@singaporeair.com.sg Web site: http://www.singaporeair.com

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SPORTS AND ADVENTURE ................................................................................................................ There are countless options of sports to be played in and around Metro Manila like basketball, golf, polo, baseball, football, boxing, horse racing and certain water sports (including scuba diving) too. Manila also provides opportunities to experience the thrill of adventure sports like mountain biking, walking, mountain climbing, sky diving, martial arts and many more. The most popular spectator sport in Metro Manila is definitely basketball with a loyal fan base following the games of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), men's professional basketball league in the Philippines, and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), a sports association of eight universities in the country. If it comes to public viewing there is only one name to be mentioned – the Filipino professional Boxer Emmanuel Dapidran "Manny" Pacquiao. Manny is famous for being the first boxer in history to win seven world titles in seven different weight divisions. His incredible success has made him a source of pride for Filipinos around the world. Tenpin bowling, badminton, sipa (meaning “to kick”), ice skating and billiards are quite popular too. Metro Manila is home to some of the best billiards players including Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco "Django" Bustamante, to name a few. As proof of the popularity of this game, you can find numerous billiards halls located all over the Metro.

............................................................................................................... sports AND ADVENTURE ............................................................................................................... A RUNNER'S CIRCLE (A RUNNER’S CIRCLE PHILIPPINES, INC.) Unit H, Aloha Hotel, 2150 Roxas Boulevard cor. Quirino Ave., Malate, Manila Description: A specialty running shop. We fit people with the RIGHT RUNNING SHOES and provide all other high quality running essentials. Email: info@arunnerscircle.com.ph Phone: (+63) 2 567-iRun (4786) Web site: http://www.arunnerscircle.com.ph Mobile: (+63) 917 812-0785

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CAMSUR WATERSPORTS COMPLEX (CWC) Provincial Capitol Complex, Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur | (Manila) 2nd Floor bldg. 11 la Fuerza Plaza Compound, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City Description: The best wakeboard park facility in the world. Featured in different magazines: Metro Active, Mabuhay, Wakeboard Magazine (in UK & US). Web site: www.camsurwatersportscomplex.com Phone: (+63) 2 817-0831

................................................................................................................ KABABAYANG PINOY MOUNTAINEERING SOCIETY (KPMS) Description: KPMS is an outdoor group and adventure organizer which caters to nature lovers and thrill seekers alike. Email: inquiry.kpms@yahoo.com Web site: http://www.wix.com/kpms_phils/kpms Mobile: (+63) 906 344-7374 | 905 296-5546

................................................................................................................ KHUMBU ENTERPRISES, INC. (SANDUGO SANDALS) 1251 El Inventor Compound, Amang Rodriguez Ave., Brgy. Dela Paz, Pasig City Description: Sandugo Adventure is a complete adventure specialist that provides products and services especially for outdoorsmen. Phone: (+63) 2 901-0861 | 682-6474 Fax: (+63) 2 682-6145 Web site: http://www.sandugo.ph

................................................................................................................ STOKED INC. #18 Ideal St., Brgy. Addition Hills, 1550 Mandaluyong City Description: Retailer for wakeboard, skateboard, surfing hardware and apparel Phone: (+63) 2 724-5886 Email: customerservice@stokedinc.com.ph Fax: (+63) 2 721-2696 Web site: http://www.stokedinc.com.ph

................................................................................................................ TOBY’S SPORTS 613 Mercedez Ave. Pasig City 1600 Description: The largest & number 1 sports store in the Philippines. Phone: (+63) 2 642-4414 to15 | 628-1282 to 83 Email: help@tobys.com Web site: http://www.tobys.com

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real estate ................................................................................................................ Location, location, location! From residential, office and commercial to leisure estates - Metro Manila has it all. The real estate industry in Metro Manila is in the grip of a frenetic swirl as widespread construction transforms the National Capital Region (NCR) into a burgeoning world-class metropolis. The outlying provinces and major cities are likewise developing into vibrant economic growth areas that complement Metro Manila, the main engine. The residential and commercial/office segments of the metro’s real estate industry have shown remarkable year-on-year growth in terms of the number of development projects, as well as sales. Especially in the residential sector is a promising outlook which is fuelled by rising incomes due to the steady rise in the Philippine economy for the past several years, as well as massive interest among overseas Filipinos wanting to establish permanent or temporary residence in the country of their birth or ancestry. The increasing number of expatriates in the metro likewise contributes to the demand for such residential facilities. A similar positive outlook can be observed for the commercial/office sector, driven by the upsurge in the number of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies that are setting-up office in the metro. The employment and income boom generated by these companies in turn fuel a consumer boom that has resulted in the take-up of more commercial and residential spaces.

................................................................................................................ real estate ................................................................................................................ LITTLE GREEN PLANET Phone: (+63) 2 895-3419 Mobile: (+63) 918 933-2759 Email: francesca@furnituredesign.com Web site: http://www.furnituredesign.com

................................................................................................................ RENT IN MAKATI Description: BUY OR RENT: Condos. Offices. Houses. Phone: (+63) 2 513-6045 Mobile: (+63) 915 489-3742 Email: paz@philrealtyinvestments.com Web site: http://www.rentinmakati.com

................................................................................................................ SHOPPES AT VICTORIA BY NEW SAN JOSE BUILDERS 20F President Tower, #81 Timog Ave., Quezon City Description: Shoppes at Victoria offers office & commercial spaces for lease in different locations in the Greater Manila Area. Phone: (+63) 2 332-9305 Fax: (+63) 2 332-9305 Email: ethel.honrade@nsjbi.net Mobile: (+63) 922 848-4913 Web site: http://www.nsjbi.net

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weekend getaway ................................................................................................................ “So much to see, so little time” – that’s how you’ll surely feel in the Philippines, especially if you consider all the sights and sceneries outside of the Metro. Just beyond the boundaries of Metro Manila, you will immediately have your pick of diving, swimming, snorkeling, trekking, camping, and various leisure activities at your disposal. Beach lovers can head over to the busy strip of white sand beach that’s Boracay, guaranteed to keep you entertained. Go south of the Metro and enjoy the cooler climate of Tagaytay and take in the view of the Taal Volcano. If you’re adventurous enough, you can hike down and take a closer look at the volcano’s craters. Go north and marvel at a mountaineer’s kind of landscape, Mt. Pulag, Luzon’s highest peak and the majestic Banaue Rice Terraces can be found here, not to mention Mt. Samat, Mt. Arayat, and the postcard perfect Mt. Pinatubo. Surely, the Philippines is not lacking of tourist destinations, outside Luzon, another bustling metropolitan city, Cebu, is the prime commercial center of Visayas, highly urbanized yet also boasts of private islands making you feel like you’re far away from the city. Case and point, the Bantayan island, a semi-private island paradise located just northwest of mainland Cebu. Another noteworthy destination is Palawan. With around 1,700 islands, Palawan is said to be “the last frontier,” since a lot of areas are still unexplored. One of the most visited places in Palawan is the Underground River, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

................................................................................................................ weekend getaway ................................................................................................................ 7107 ISLANDS CRUISE (7107 ISLANDS MANAGEMENT, INC.) Palawan Center, 2nd Floor, 832 Arnaiz Ave. Cor. Paseo de Roxas Brgy, San Lorenzo, Makati Description: We offer a unique & spectacular location for events, parties & dinners! Email: travel7107islands@yahoo.com Phone: (+63) 2 887-7107 Web site: http://www.7107islandsmanagement.com Fax: (+63) 2 887-4590

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BORACAY TERRACES RESORT (Aklan) Brgy. Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan | (Manila Office) 1401 Paragon Plaza, EDSA corner Reliance St., Mandaluyong Phone: (Aklan) (+63) 36 288-4000 | 288-3722 | (Manila Office) (+63) 2 687-7185 Email: reservations@boracayterraces.com Fax: (+63) 2 634-6816 Web site: http://www.boracayterraces.com

................................................................................................................ CAMSUR WATERSPORTS COMPLEX (CWC) Provincial Capitol Complex, Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur | (Manila) 2nd Floor bldg. 11 la Fuerza Plaza Compound, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City Description: The best wakeboard park facility in the world. Featured in different magazines: Metro Active, Mabuhay, Wakeboard Magazine (in UK & US). Web site: www.camsurwatersportscomplex.com Phone: (+63) 2 817-0831

................................................................................................................ CASA IBIZA RESORT & EVENTS PLACE Sapang Buho Road, Barangay Dalig II, Antipolo City Description: An oasis in the heart of Antipolo City. Phone: (+63) 2 482-3487 Email: casa.ibiza@yahoo.com Web site: http://www.galifestyle.com/casaibiza Mobile: (+63) 917 571-3700

................................................................................................................ CLUB PARADISE Dimakya Island, Coron, Northern Palawan Description: Step out from a crowded city life and relax in paradise. Phone: (+63) 2 838-4956 to 60 Email: clubpara@info.com.ph Web site: http://www.clubparadisepalawan.com Fax: (+63) 2 838-4462

................................................................................................................ CORON GATEWAY HOTEL & SUITES 2/F Palawan Center, 832 Arnaiz Ave. cor. Paseo de Roxas, Makati Description: 31 luxurious suites, diverse menu of culinary delights, architecture inspired by minimalist fixtures and spacious elegance. Phone: (+63) 2 887-7107 Email: info@corongateway.com Fax: (+63) 2 887-4590 Web site: http://www.corongateway.com

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EL CIELITO (BAGUIO) 50 North Drive, Baguio City, Philippines Description: A clean room, friendly atmosphere and professional service. Phone: (Manila) (+63) 2 250-6020 | (Baguio) (+63) 7 443-4846 | 443-5272 Email: stay@elcielitoinn.com Fax: (+63) 2 250-6020 Web site: http://www.elcielito-baguio.com

................................................................................................................ EL NIDO Ten Knots Development Corporation, 18th Floor 8747 Paseo de Roxas Street, Salcedo Village, 1226 Makati City, Philippines Description: White sand, blue water, green resorts. Phone: (+63) 2 894-5644 Email: holiday@elnidoresorts.com Fax: (+63) 2 810-3620 Web site: http://www.elnidoresorts.com

................................................................................................................ EL RIO Y MAR Brgy. San Jose, Coron, Busuanga, Palawan Philippines 5316 Phone: (+63) 2 838-4964 Fax: (+63) 2 838-0595 Email: rooms@elrioymar.com, info@elrioymar.com Mobile: (+63) 928 500-6015 Web site: http://www.elrioymar.com

................................................................................................................ GOTA VILLAGE RESORT Caramoan, Camarines Sur Description: Gota Beach Resort is a 50-minute drive from CWC(Camsur Watersports Complex) and 1-hour boat ride from Nato Port to Guijalo Port. Phone: (+63) 2 817-0831 Email: infocamsur@gmail.com Camsur: (+63) 54 477-3172 Web site: http://www.gotavillage.com

................................................................................................................ THE GRAND VILLA RESORT AND BUTTERFLY CENTRE Purok 2, Tranca Bay, Laguna Description: The Grand Villa Resort and Butterfly Center offers its guest with experience that will make them ask for more! Phone: (+63) 2 643-7261 | 643-7122 Mobile: (+63) 910 394-9941 Web site: http://www.grandvillaresort.ph

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HOBBIT HOUSE BORACAY D'Mall Plaza, Boracay, Aklan, Philippines Phone: (+63) 36 288-0687 Description: The smallest waiters in the World. Fax: (+63) 36 260-2233 100 kinds of beer from all over the world! Mobile: (+63) 928 500-0818 Email: hobbit_house_1973@yahoo.com Web site: http://www.hobbithousemanila.com/bora.html

................................................................................................................ HOTEL KIMBERLY TAGAYTAY Brgy. Kaybagal, Amadeo Road, Tagaytay City, Philippines Description: It offers elegant accommodations, modern facilities, and genuine Phone: (+63) 2 521-1888 hospitality of its friendly and efficient staff. Fax: (+63) 2 526-7270 Email: reservations@hotelkimberly.com Web site: http://www.hotelkimberly-tagaytay.com

................................................................................................................ JUNESS BEACH RESORT Brgy. Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan Description: Nestled in Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan, its vast expanse of fine, sandy beach that sprawls several meters off the shallow shores of MoPhone: (+63) 2 643-7261 rong Bay is just a few hours drive from manila. Mobile: (+63) 910 394-9941 Web site: http:// www.junessbeach.com

................................................................................................................ NURTURE SPA VILLAGE Barangay Maitim II, West Tagaytay City Description: Located deep amidst coffee orchards, Nurture Spa offers a distinctive brand of "Ecotherapy" or healing by and through nature. Phone: (+63) 2 584-4228 Email: info@nurture.com.ph Mobile: (+63) 918 8888 SPA Web site: http://www.nurture.com.ph

................................................................................................................ PUERTO DEL MAR BEACH RESORT Uacon, Candelaria, Zambales Description: Beach Front Resort close to Potipot island’s white sand beach. Mobile: (+63) 921 498-4858 (Allen Metran for reservations) Email: puertodelmarbeachresort@gmail.com Web site: http://www.puertodelmarbeachresort.com

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PUERTO DEL SOL BEACH RESORT AND HOTEL CLUB Bolinao, Pangasinan | (Manila) G/F Renaissance Tower, Ortigas Center, Pasig Description: Experience the rustic appeal of a beautiful town rich in culture Phone: (+63) 2 637-8963 and steeped in history. Fax: (+63) 2 631-2861 Email: info@puertodelsol.com.ph Mobile: (+63) 927 448-9004 Web site: http://www.puertodelsol.com.ph

................................................................................................................ THE TIDES HOTEL BORACAY (Manila Office) Unit 204-B Wilson Street, San Juan Description: A uniquely themed designer hotel offering exceptional & personalized service in the midst of paradise. Phone: (+63) 2 722-9200 Email: reservation@tidesboracay.com Fax: (+63) 2 726-6165 Web site: http://www.tidesboracay.com

................................................................................................................. VIGAN PLAZA HOTEL Mena Crisologo St., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Description: Experience the charm of the old world in the convenience of Phone: (+63) 77 722-1527 modern day. Fax: (+63) 2 246-1501 Email: viganplaza@yahoo.com Mobile: (+63) 927 440-8636 Web site: http://www.viganplazahotel.com

................................................................................................................. VIVERE AZURE BOUTIQUE RESORT Barangay Aguada, San Teodoro, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas Phone: (+63) 2 771-7777 Fax: (+63) 2 771-0158 Email: info@vivereazure.com Web site: http://www.vivereazure.com

................................................................................................................. WATERFRONT BEACH RESORT Crossing Morong, Bataan Philippines Description: An enchanting place set on the picturesque town of Morong, Phone: (+63) 2 822-3070 Bataan Peninsula. Email: thewaterfrontbeachresortmorong@yahoo.com Mobile: (+63) 910 922-5152 Web site: http://www.thewaterfrontbeachresort.com

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS ................................................................................................................ The Philippines is becoming one of the top destinations in Asia for rest and relaxation. The relatively low cost of health services and highly skilled and caring doctors, nurses, and therapists make the Philippines a viable location for rejuvenation. Recently, the country has been named by the Asia Spa magazine as one of the top seven spa destinations in the region for their 7th anniversary edition. Apart from spas however, the Philippines also boasts of first-class salons, gyms, and fitness centers guaranteed to invigorate your mind and body. Being a tropical country, health spas complement the country’s warm weather fit for rest and relaxation. Especially in beach resorts, a spa would most likely be part of their facilities and services offered. But while major health spas and wellness centers can be found near the country’s renowned beaches, you don’t have to go far because Metro Manila also hosts several noteworthy health spas, salons and wellness centers that are sure to leave you rested and de-stressed. And as always, choices for places to relax are varied and are present in almost every city in the Metro.

................................................................................................................ HEALTH & wellness ................................................................................................................ Academy for Wholistic Healing Arts (AWHAI), Inc. Unit 2308 Cityland Herrera Tower, 98 Rufino cor. Valero St., Salcedo Vill., Makati Description: We are healers but the healing is not done by us but by yourself and therefore you have to do the main part in that process! Email: info@ahhai.org Phone: (+63) 2 621-0815 Web site: http://www.awhai.org, www.awhai.com Mobile: (+63) 918 911-0035

................................................................................................................ ASIAN HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER 2205 Civic Drive, Filinvest Corporate City Alabang, Muntinlupa City Description: Asian Hospital is the first major private hospital with tertiary care facilities in the southern Luzon corridor of metropolitan Manila. Email: info@asianhospital.com Phone: (+63) 2 771-9000 to 02 Web site: http://www.asianhospital.com Fax: (+63) 2 876-5761

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BODY SPA, INC. (THE SURIYA SPA) Ortigas Center (Opposite Tiendesitas), Ortigas Avenue, cor. E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, (C5) Ugong, Pasig City, 1604 Description: The Suriya Spa is a blend of Asian influences that provide a Phone: (+63) 2 633-9898 sense of well being, renewal and rejuvenation. Fax: (+63) 2 633-8998 Web site: http://www.suriyaspa.com

................................................................................................................ DERMCARE PROFESSIONAL SKIN, HAIR & SPA DERMCARE LUXE WELLNESS & SPA 1 Lakeview Drive, Pasig Blvd., Pasig Description: We pioneered the whitening business in the Philippines has been trusted for quality, affordable and effective products for more than 20 years. Web site: http://www.dermcareprofessional.com Phone: (+63) 2 672-3120

................................................................................................................ EMPRESS JAYA DAY SPA 2nd floor Sycamore Prime Bldg., Alabang Description: Offers you an ultimate and perfect pampering experience that will Phone: (+63) 2 850-9055 rejuvenate your mind and body. Fax: (+63) 2 850-9666 Email: ysa_nagui@yahoo.com Mobile: (+63) 917 439-3204 Web site: Find us on Facebook

................................................................................................................ HUMANESSENCE SPA Pacific Corporate Center, West Avenue, Quezon City Description: Foot & nail spa. Nail services. Waxing services. Slimming wrap. Phone: (+63) 2 375-1824 Mobile: (+63) 919 203-4053 Email: mncp_ent@yahoo.com Web site: http://www.facebook.com/humanessence

................................................................................................................ NURTURE SPA VILLAGE Barangay Maitim II, West Tagaytay City Description: Located deep amidst coffee orchards, Nurture Spa offers a distinctive brand of "Ecotherapy" or healing by and through nature. Phone: (+63) 2 584-4228 Email: info@nurture.com.ph Mobile: (+63) 918 8888 SPA Web site: http://www.nurture.com.ph

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THE PENINSULA SPA Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, 1226 Makati City Description: In the hub of the corporate jungle, there's a modern-day oasis created to nurture the essence of man - The Peninsula Spa. Phone: (+63) 2 887-2888 ext. 6870 Email: spapmn@peninsula.com Fax: (+63) 2 815-4825 Web site: http://www.peninsula.com/Manila

................................................................................................................ THE SPA Acropolis, Alabang, Eastwood, Greenbelt, The Fort, Rockwell, and Trinoma Description: The Spa is one of the pioneering health facilities in the Philippines Phone: (+63) 2 631-5790 that offer a complete array of services. Fax: (+63) 2 634-2267 Email: thespa@thespa.com.ph Mobile: (+63) 918-8-THESPA Web site: http://www.thespa.com.ph

................................................................................................................. VITASKIN MEDICAL CLINIC G/F Suite Gh Dona Felisa Syjuco Building, 1872 Remedios Street corner Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila, Philippines Phone: (+63) 2 585-6647 Mobile: (+63) 0927 579-2615 Email: vitaskin_medclinic@yahoo.com

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Other services ................................................................................................................ Banks, Bookstores, Business Schools, Car Dealer, Computer Stores, Copy Shops, Courier Service Provider, Credit Cards, Event Organizers, Food Processing Companies, Freight Forwarder, House Moving Specialist, Internet Cafe, Internet Service Provider, Insurance Companies, Language Schools, Money Changer, Newspaper, Office Supplies, Printing Companies, Professional Services Lawyers, Accountants, SRRV (Special Resident Retiree's Visa, TV Stations, Wine Dealer/ Wine Shops, Photography

................................................................................................................ other services ................................................................................................................ 7107 ISLANDS MAGAZINE 2/F Palawan Center, 832 Arnaiz Ave. Cor. Paseo de Roxas, San Lorenzo, Makati Description: 7107 Magazine is the official magazine of the 7107 Islands Cruise Ship and ECT Islands Property Holdings Inc. Email: sales@7107magazine.ph Phone: (+63) 2 887-7107 Web site: http://www.7107magazine.ph Fax: (+63) 2 887-4590

................................................................................................................ AVIS PHILIPPINES 2/F Guevent Building, 52 Domingo M. Guevara St., Mandaluyong City RP 1550 Description: Airport Transfers, Pick Up Drop Off, Self or Chauffeur Drive Services, Car Rentals Phone: (+63) 2 584-2463 Email: avishelpdesk@avis.com.ph Fax: (+63) 2 584-2474 Web site: http://www.avis.com.ph Mobile: (+63) 917 887 AVIS

................................................................................................................ CANON 7th Floor, Commerce and Industry Plaza, Campus Avenue corner Park Ave., McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig Description: An imaging company with an extensive product line of input and output devices. It provides imaging solution for corporate & individual customers. Web site: http://www.canon.com.ph

................................................................................................................ DAVID’S SALON Head Office: David’s Salons – Rever Training Center, Dsi Building 1251 Cardona St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati Description: The largest partnership of hair, beauty and wellness salons in the Philippines, provides the highest quality of service at affordable prices. Phone: (+63) 2 897-4247 to 51 Web site: http://www.davidsalon.com.ph

................................................................................................................ ENDERUN COLLEGES 1100 Campus Avenue, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Description: A management college that offers bachelor’s degree programs in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, & International Hospitality Management. Email: admissions@enderuncolleges.com Phone: (+63) 2 856-5000 Web site: http://www.enderuncolleges.com Fax: (+63) 2 856-4656

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ENDERUN EXTENSION Enderun Colleges Description: Enderun Extension is Enderun Colleges’ resource for continuing education Email: extensioncourses@enderuncolleges.com Phone: (+63) 2 856-5000 Fax: (+63) 2 856-4656 Web site: http://www.enderunextension.com

................................................................................................................ FASHION INSTITUTE OF THE PHILIPPINES 2/F, OPL Bldg., C. Palanca cor. Dela Rosa and Gil Sts., Legaspi Village, Makati Description: Whether it’s for a career or a hobby, a short course or two at the Fashion institute of the Philippines might be just for you! Phone: (+63) 2 560-1050 Mobile: (+63) 917 898-4368 Web site: http://www.fashioninstitutephil.com

................................................................................................................ (IMASHUPS) - IMASHUPS WEB TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS Unit 4D Unique Plaza, #56 Sierra Madre St., Highway Hills, Mandaluyong Description: IMashups does software engineering and web development that will fit the demands that you require. Phone: (+63) 2 477-4566 Email: center@i-mashups.com Mobile: (+63) 927 723-4067 Web site: http://www.i-mashups.com

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................................................................................................................ IPRINT INC. 4199 Ponte St.,Bgy. Tejeros, Makati, MM, Philippines 1200 Description: The master’s of creativity and innovation. Where today’s solutions are tomorrow’s results. Email: info@iprint.ph Phone: (+63) 2 898-3727 Web site: http://www.iprint.ph

................................................................................................................ MAGSAYSAY INSTITUTE OF HOSPITALITY & CULINARY ARTS (MIHCA)

(Manila) 3/F Times Plaza Bldg., UN Ave. cor. Taft Ave., Ermita, Manila | (Makati) 5/F Walter Mart Mall, Chino Roces Ave. cor. Arnaiz Ave., Makati Description: Culinary Arts. Baking & Pastry. Bartending. etc. Phone: (+63) 2 524-9996 Email: makaticampus@mihca.com.ph Fax: (+63) 2 523-5653 Web site: http://www.mihca.com.ph

................................................................................................................ MC SPA ESSENTIALS INC. 2F Airrich Building, Km. 19.5 East Service Road, Sucat, Parañaque Description: We offer a range of products using 100% pure % natural essential oils, which can be applied using massage or inhalation as natural alternative to deal with your everyday health and wellness needs. Phone: (+63) 2 838-2167 Fax: (+63) 2 838-2195 Web site: http://www.spaessentials.com.ph

................................................................................................................ NETOPIA (DIGITAL PARADISE INC.) Unit 605 The Centerpoint Bldg. Garnet Rd. cor. Julia Vargas Ortigas Center, Pasig Description: A duly authorized Internet café chain specializing in shared access by providing computer and internet usage in the Philippines. Phone: (+63) 2 638-6742 Email: marketing@netopia.ph Fax: (+63) 2 633-4181 Web site: http://www.netopia.ph

................................................................................................................ PENINSULA CAR CHARTER SERVICES, INC. 5447 Curie Street, Palanan, Makati City 1235 Description: Tourist Transport Service: Providing a wide array of transport vehicles and chauffeur service. Fax: (+63) 2 831-3074 Phone: (+63) 2 831-6392 Mobile: (+63) 918 515-6938 Email: peninsulacar@yahoo.com

................................................................................................................ PRUDENCE CHARLZ MEDIA Valenzuela City Description: Online and print media Email: inquiry@prudencecharlz.com Web site: http://www.prudencecharlz.com

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................................................................................................................ STYLE STUDIO Unit 2003 Tower A Skyland Plaza, Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., cor., Tindalo St., Makati City, Description: Fashion design courses for busy urbanites Phone: (+63) 2 889-7484 Mobile: (+63) 917 471-3643 Email: myfashionschool@hotmail.com Web site: http:/http://www.stylestudiofashiondesignschoo...

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