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Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is a great base to explore the region. It offers its own unique charm with a plethora of things to see and do. For culture vultures there’s plenty of museums and galleries to explore and, with a surge in new eateries and entertainment, visitors can tantalise the senses by night. Try a bike or walking tour to unravel the true identity of this diverse and fascinating city.

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Generally Monday to Friday 9am-3pm with some banks extending their hours. Some branches open Saturday between 9am-3pm.

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Monday to Friday 8am-5pm, Saturdays 8am-12pm Australians are allowed to enter the Philippines for 30 days or less without a visa. All other passport holders must apply for a visa to enter the country.

Departure Tax Emergency numbers Dress PHP750

Police & Fire – 117, Lifeline Ambulance – 16-911 According to weather

attractions • Manila Ocean Park • Intramuros • Manila Metropolitan Theater • Rizal Park • Razil Shrine • San Augustin Church • Fort Santiago • Quiapo Church • Star City Amusement Park • Splash Island

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events • Occurring during January and on Good Friday in Manila, the Black Nazarene boasts a renowned procession with a black statue of Jesus being carried through the street. • During the third week of January, the people of Panay Island celebrate the Ati-Atihan Festival (otherwise known as the Filipino Mardi Gras) which honours Santo Niño. • The Sinulog Festival, also in January, pays homage once again to Santo Niño and Cebu comes alive with beautiful costumes and dance.

• In February, Manila showcases its premier cycling event, Le Tour de Filipina. • In May, the Flores de May is a month long festival that celebrates the Holy Mary with song, dance and great food. • The Fête de la Musique, World Music Day in Manila, occurs in June and is a free music event. • New Year’s Eve in Manila sees the skyline erupt in a spectacular display of fireworks. The city welcomes in the new year on New Year’s Day with more festivities.

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