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Entertainment and nightlife in the major cities offer a lot of different options. From the visit to a hot spot discotheque, a life music show, cinema, cabaret, jazz clubs, bars, restaurants or night-clubs; the visitor has plenty to choose from. Common sense and awareness in general should never be left aside when enjoying a "night out". The hotel or resort management can provide useful information and assistance.
Often hotels offer very sparkling entertainment by life bands. The Filipinos are well known for their good voices and talented bands are mostly found throughout Asia in major hotels or entertainment facilities.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines / Manila and the Repertory Philippines / Manila are best places to experience some of the best musicians and artists. Lea Salonga best known for her role in Miss Saigon or the famous pianist Cecile Licad came from these two institutions. The Cultural Center houses The Metropolitan Theater, where operas, ballets and mini concertos are performed, and the Teatro Francico Balagtas best known for its concerts attended in recent years by many international artists like Janet Jackson or Bryan Adams.
Repertory Philippines shows regular performances at their own William J. Shaw Theater at the Shangri-la Plaza mall - Ortigas / Manila. Here original plays from Broadway or west End are performed. It is advised to book tickets in general through ticket agents or concierges of hotels well in advance.
Other places of interest might be the Meralco Theater, Paco Park or the University of Life Auditorium.
Discotheques can be found all over as well as café, music lounges or Karaoke (sing along) bars. A lot of different establishments suiting the taste of everyone can be found for example in Malate / Manila.
Ballroom Dancing is a regular event at some discotheques of hotels and can be found at various dance halls. Usually the hotels and resorts can provide you with recommendations of nearest locations and events
The most famous sport activity in the country is probably golf. It has developed in the past years to a very well established sport with a lot of golf courses all over the country offering everything for the different handicaps. Not only superb greens to tee off in a clean environment can be found here.
Some of these often even offer other sports facilities such as gyms, saunas, tennis and swimming pools. Our directory provides you an overview of various golf clubs as well as country or sports clubs.
This sport can be found in every street, on sports fields and halls of municipalities and one can quickly join in a round of basketball with the locals.
Travel offices offer guided tours up the Volcano mountains, like e.g. Mt. Pinatubo, Mt. Apo, Mayon etc. Good condition and a local guide is recommended.
For those who want to see the marine flora and fauna this is the sport to go for. Plenty of resorts are geared to offer full services to scuba divers from all over the world. More than 800 species of corals and more than 2000 species of fish can be found in the multifaceted waters of the Philippines.
If you are just starting this sport, you will find plenty of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) accredited schools at resorts. Most of these resorts offer full services like e.g. tank re-filling, rent or purchase of weight belts, tanks, regulators etc.
There are even several Nitrox processing centers in key areas like Mindoro, Aklan, Manila and Makati to cover the requirements of the new trend of enriched air nitrox. The Philippine Technical Divers (PTD), being the Philippine franchise of IANTD (international Association of Nitrox Divers inc.) can provide further information on request. For a listing of scuba diving resorts see our directory.
The close clustering of islands are ideal for coastal kayak paddling. A good destination for example is Coron Bay / Northern Palawan, where one can discover and enjoy the picturesque coast line. Several resorts offer kayaks for rent.
Accommodations can be found for each budget. Condominium hotels are offering small to medium sized rooms for short and medium term stays at affordable rates. Smaller hotels can be found at good locations offering clean and comfortable rooms, with fax services and long distance dialing and a small coffee shop and restaurant.
One who looks for high class, five star hotels with full business centers, Internet access, sports facilities, swimming pool and other amenities will find his treat as well.
Some of the hotels are even linked or located aside of large shopping malls, allowing convenient and secure shopping explorations.
Resorts with comfortable accommodation can be found plentiful throughout the country and provides service and peace of mind for the tourists simply seeking relaxation, exploring the country or enjoying the vast under water wild life of the coastline.
Transportation is readily available and cheap and ranges from motorized tricycles, the well known colorful Jeepneys, buses, plenty taxis, light rail transportation in Metro Manila to good flight connections offered by various local airlines or the various shipping lines connecting the islands
Manila, Cebu, Davao, Subic, Clark and Laoag are the international gateways.
Manilas Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is the international hub of the country and is serviced by many international airlines.
Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MIA) services regular and chartered flights from Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.
Davao International Airport handles more regular flights to Indonesia and Singapore.
Subic and Clark Airfields service both chartered and cargo planes.
Laoag International Airport services regular flights from Taiwan.
Philippine Airlines (PAL), the country's flag carrier, is servicing international as well as domestic destinations. Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific and PAL servicing all principal cities and towns in the country. All international airports have sufficient traveler facilities. Asian Spirit services the missionary routes. Scheduled chartered flights to major town and cities are serviced by smaller airplanes.
For passengers arriving at the NAIA, baggage carts and porters are available. There are accredited fixed rate and metered taxis at the arrival area. All airports have counters for hotel transport and limousine services.
The airport fees vary from 100 up to 550 Peso and must be paid in Peso.
Public utility vehicles can be found all over and are operating 24 hours. These can be flagged down from almost any place along the road. A lot of these transportation vehicles are air-conditioned, making traveling more comfortable. During the rush hour from 7.30 am to 10.00 am and 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm traffic is the heaviest and people squeeze for a free space, thus if not necessary avoid this time for commuting.
Fares are relatively cheap: for short distances Jeepneys and regular bus fares range about 4 Pesos, air-conditioned buses charge 9 Pesos. Regular taxis start with flag down of 25 Pesos. Metered and fixed rate taxis are widely available.
The Metrotren operated by Philippine National Railways, operates regular as well as air-con coaches servicing the greater Metro Manila region. From the north of Meycayayan in Bulacan it stretches down south to Carmona in Cavite. Outside greater metro Manila areas are reached by the PNR train, which goes as far as Polangui Albay in Bicol. Tickets sell at 180 Pesos for regular and 260 for air-con.
The LRT (Light Rail Transit) running from Monumento in Kalookan to Baclaran in Pasay and another one running throughout the length of EDSA provide convenient and fast traveling. Tickets are affordable.
Rent a Car services are also available with or without driver. Long distance traveling to the provinces is available through regular as well as comfortable, air conditioned buses.
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