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Information about the Philippines

Most major Southeast Asian airlines have regular flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, with a few also flying to Cebu. Hong Kong is the best gateway to the Philippines because Cathay Pacific has five flights a day and Philippine Airlines has three. British Airways, Emirates and Gulf Air all fly to Manila through Hong Kong and it is possible to get good fares because they are keen to fill seats for the last leg of the journey.

Thai Airways has one or two flights a day from Bangkok , depending on the day of the week. Garuda flies twice weekly from Indonesia and Malaysia Airlines flies from Kuala Lumpur to Manila and Cebu.

Every week or so a cargo boat leaves Bitung in northern Sulawesi for General Santos, the Philippines' southernmost city. Boats also sail from Sandakan in Sabah to Zamboanga twice weekly.

 

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Philippine billboards in Sydney

The country's white sandy beaches, blue tropical skies and pristine waters of two popular tourism destinations, Boracay and Palawan, were the focus of the Department of Tourism (DOT) billboard campaign theme to attract nature-lover outbound tourists of Sydney, Australia.

New Year’s Eve

fireworks picture of new year's eveThe Philippines has probably the loudest, if not the most festive celebration of New Year's Eve, when fireworks light up the evening sky and sounds of a million firecrackers announce the coming of a new year.

Where to retire in the Philippines

Foreign retirees in the Philippines reached 29,589 as of 15th March 2013 and their number is expected to increase 5 percent annually over the next four years, according to a report by Manila Standard Today.

Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) general manager Veredigno Atienza said cumulative gross enrolment through the special resident retirement visa (SRRV) as of 15th March this year increased by 26.7 percent from 23,360 as of December 2010.

The SRRV allows foreign retiree-members to retire and live in the Philippines for as long as they want.  The visa is a privilege granted to foreigners who would like to have a permanent resident status in the country.

Complaint on promo fares

No less than Congress has begun looking into the complaints of passengers regarding the promotional fares of budget airlines.  A resolution was filed to conduct an inquiry into the allegation that local carriers are issuing tickets that are non-refundable, non-reroutable, non-endorsable and which, if unused, are forfeited. 

Another bill also mentioned the inconveniences experienced by passengers because budget airlines tend to over-book, cancel flights and, at times, deny boarding of some passengers.