Electricity & Telecommunication

The outlet is 220 volts. Some hotels may have 110 outlets.

The country’s international telephone code is 63. Area code for Manila is 2. Philippines is one of many countries where usage of cellphone is rampant even in children. Texting became a part of Filipinos’ daily life so be sure to have one activated when in the country. Phone booths are notably present everywhere. Minimum charge is P5 per call.

Forms of payment

Major credit cards are accepted in most establishments in big cities. But may be useless in some provinces despite the presence of automated teller machines because of instances of closure during weekends and holidays. Thus be sure to keep cash and smaller bills at all times particularly in remotest districts.

Language

Filipinos generally speak different dialects depending on their origins of growth. Further studies suggest that there are 70 different dialects spoken inside the Philippine Peninsula. Pilipino or Tagalog is the national and widely spoken and has the most broad written literature among all the dialects. Three hundred years of occupation, Spanish left a huge residue in the country’s multi-lingual tongue. Some places in the Visayas have dialects still based on Spanish. Philippines is the only country with English as an official language in asia. It is due to the colonial influence brought in by the Americans that made English the official medium of instruction in the Philippines.

Clothing

Philippine climate is humid all around the year. It is best to wear cotton fabrics and light footwear for comfortable traveling. When in the city however, wear something descent for social functions and night outs. Barong is mostly worn by Filipino men on special occasions. Foreigners wearing Barong are recently seen in many affairs.

Tipping

Tipping is not really required as most establishments include 10% value added tax on all purchases and services. However due to the low compensation of the working Filipinos, tipping might be a good reason for them to serve better.

Working Hours

Regular working days are from Mondays to Fridays.

Government offices starts from 8a.m. and finishes at 5p.m.

Most private companies usually operates from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and sometimes open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Banks operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays- Fridays.

Some Department stores and supermarkets are open from 10a.m. to 9p.m. daily.