Philippines What to Expect

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Traveling with Children in Philippines 
Angeles, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Most visitors (which is almost exclusively male) come her for one reason and since kids and people who complain too much read this, I won't say what that reason is. But there is another activity that is g-rated to do. Mt. Pinatubo is a volcano that had a huge impact when it erupted in 1991. It expelled 10 cubic kilometres on the surrounding 125,000 sq km. Today it is peaceful and you can go hiking through some of the new terrain that has been created. Myself I took a flight over and around the volcano. It was a bit hazy that day but still had clear views of the crater lake that is on top of Mount Pinatubo.
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Manela, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Talk about taking things for granted. My family came from a very poor background. The family that remained in the Phillippines at the time I visited was still having a hard time making ends meet. We had stayed for about a month and a half; me, my sis, and mother, father. We stayed mostly with our Uncle Efren, Auntie Edna and our five cousins. This was in Angono Village in Makati I believe. I was very young then like 10years old. The things I remember most are: water from a pump well we had to boil the water to drink, bringing home a live pig and my uncle slaughtering it. My Uncle Efren making my Xmas gift which was a very large paper mache' and bamboo kite; probably the most appreciated gift I had ever recieved. Sleeping in mosquito nets. Children or toddlers running around with no clothes. The closeness of family regardless of the conditions. The creek by there house which we fished out of with just a string and a makeshift hook. The village town center where parties, church and gatherings were held. The look of the kids when I brought my remote control car with me. The festivities during New Years was like no other I have ever experienced even till this day. I think about what we have now here in 'North America' and we truly take things for granted. Manila isn't like that anymore as I have heard from others who travel often to and from. That trip as a spoiled brat was enlightening and still lives with me till this day.
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Valencia, Visayas Islands, Philippines
Forest Camp- great place to go camping or just take city kids for a day trip
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Iloilo, Visayas Islands, Philippines
If you love old school churches, Iloilo has plenty of history for you to check out. Molo Church is my favorite... beautiful gothic architecture. As with a lot of churches and town squares, if you're a foreigner, beware of people who will try to swindle you into buying stuff. Innocent-looking kids and old ladies are especially good at this... before you know it you'll be walking away with a hundred pesos worth of rosaries.
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Boracay, Visayas Islands, Philippines
Regardless of how much more commercialized this beach is, you can't beat the sand and the beauty of the island itself. Most of the accomodations are on White Beach. If you stay at Station 1, the hotels are pricier but the crowds are little more sparse. You can walk down to Station 2 (where most of the bars are located) and check out the restaurants and nightlife. Station 3 is where you'll find your bargain hotels (beware of swindlers) and cheap shopping. The nightlife on the island is lively during their summer and peak season -- a mix of foreigners, "balikbayans" and rich kids from Manila. They have happy hour right on the beach all the way until 7 or 8pm. We hit up Cocomanga's at Station 1 (it's an open beachfront bar) that had buy 1 get 1 free drinks. Try the weng-weng if you want a kicker, and if I recall they also had some challenge to take 15 shots or something like that. I don't mind the low season, actually. Less crowded and less pretentious! If you want a change of scenery, take a boat ride to the other side of the island or neighboring beaches for something a little more secluded, go scuba diving, see the bat caves, etc. For some truly cheap, down-home eats (and lots of interaction with the locals), go to the wet market in town. They sell seafood but they'll cook it for you and you can eat it right in their house (and watch Filipino television... everyone has one!) If you want to just chill on the beach, you'll get a lot of offers for mani/pedis (not very sanitary) and massages. You can get a pretty good massage for cheap, right on the beach!
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Gay/Lesbian Travelers in Philippines 
Coron, Palawan Island, Philippines
Coron is perfect for those who want to escape urban life. Much of Coron is a group of islands and the view is breath-taking! Sunglasses can help you enjoy the sights a little longer.
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Bontoc, Luzon Islands, Philippines
If you want to see the Ifugao tribes, then go to the Bontoc mountain province. It was such an interesting experience to see pine forests in the middle of the tropics. We stayed at Mount Data lodge, where it actually got quite chilly at night - very special place in the Philippines.
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Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
You really need to travel with someone who knows how to get around Manila because catching Jeepneys, tricycles or buses is not easy if you don't know how!! Because of the traffic, make sure you allot plenty of time to get to your destination, especially the airport! Don't give money to beggars or more will swoop down like pigeons or seagulls (take your pick). Best way to experience Manila is to stay with a family or a friend who lives there. The only good reason to visit Manila (apart from seeing family and friends) is for the shopping. The malls are huge and pretty cheap too.
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Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Keep an eye on your stuff, particularly when walking around. When you get in at the airport, go upstairs to the departure area to get taxis that just dropped off passengers; the taxis who wait for new arrivals overcharge.

New traditional Filipino cuisine restaurant in Quezon City, near the Sulu Hotel. It's called Adarna, and they have very good food. Highly recommended.

Best bargain shopping, if you're up for a little adventure and heat, is in Divisoria. Take the MRT north to Quezon Avenue, then hop on a jeepney to Divisoria. It's a district of stalls and bargain shopping.

Bring lots of water. Be polite, but careful. Although there are a lot of nice people in Manila (and the Philippines in general), there are always a few jerks who try to take advantage of travelers, especially if you obviously don't look Filipino.
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Makati, Luzon Islands, Philippines
the most modern place in manila. it's got fancy restaurants and shopping malls. but be careful. always follow your common sense!!
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Dangers & Annoyances in Philippines 
Coron, Palawan Island, Philippines
Coron is perfect for those who want to escape urban life. Much of Coron is a group of islands and the view is breath-taking! Sunglasses can help you enjoy the sights a little longer.
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Bontoc, Luzon Islands, Philippines
If you want to see the Ifugao tribes, then go to the Bontoc mountain province. It was such an interesting experience to see pine forests in the middle of the tropics. We stayed at Mount Data lodge, where it actually got quite chilly at night - very special place in the Philippines.
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Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
You really need to travel with someone who knows how to get around Manila because catching Jeepneys, tricycles or buses is not easy if you don't know how!! Because of the traffic, make sure you allot plenty of time to get to your destination, especially the airport! Don't give money to beggars or more will swoop down like pigeons or seagulls (take your pick). Best way to experience Manila is to stay with a family or a friend who lives there. The only good reason to visit Manila (apart from seeing family and friends) is for the shopping. The malls are huge and pretty cheap too.
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Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Keep an eye on your stuff, particularly when walking around. When you get in at the airport, go upstairs to the departure area to get taxis that just dropped off passengers; the taxis who wait for new arrivals overcharge.

New traditional Filipino cuisine restaurant in Quezon City, near the Sulu Hotel. It's called Adarna, and they have very good food. Highly recommended.

Best bargain shopping, if you're up for a little adventure and heat, is in Divisoria. Take the MRT north to Quezon Avenue, then hop on a jeepney to Divisoria. It's a district of stalls and bargain shopping.

Bring lots of water. Be polite, but careful. Although there are a lot of nice people in Manila (and the Philippines in general), there are always a few jerks who try to take advantage of travelers, especially if you obviously don't look Filipino.
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Makati, Luzon Islands, Philippines
the most modern place in manila. it's got fancy restaurants and shopping malls. but be careful. always follow your common sense!!
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Philippines Health 
Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
don't drink the water! ha ha! I made that mistake because i thot it was bottled but they just reused bottle, i had the craziest dreams and didnt sleep 24 hrs.
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Moalboal, Visayas Islands, Philippines
Hello folks ! It's been a while actually that I've been there in this place. Moalboal is an excellent spot for diver's seeking a quiet place to explore the local sea. Savedra is a 5 star PADI dive center - rooms are offered also by Savedra, right at the beach and the cool breeze every morning is just great. All in all it's worth a trip and it's cheap also. You can find local restaurants there as well offering european and philippine food. You can find a few bars there too for sure it's just open air. One bar even has a pool table - very common to find by the way. Since it's a provincal place you may not expect to see too many people there that's why i enjoyed this place very much. Many chinese and japanese go there for diving since it's well known. Friendly staff there all the way also in other diving centers, which i noticed. Worth a trip!
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Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Load up on Vitamin C if you're not used to polluted cities. If you get sick, the health care is very cheap and fast.
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Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
Let's just say an eye opener to third world countries!!!
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Manila, Luzon Islands, Philippines
There are many tourists attractions in Manila...But be sure to have a guide because you will be lost surely because of too many people, traffic, crowded places, etc. Manila is beautiful. Shopping capital of the Philippines.
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