|11-13-2008, 12:29 AM
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planning a trip to philipines
Hi im planning a trip to philippines for 2-3 weeks . Its my first time for visiting__________________
philippines but i dont know the proper information about philippines . So plz tell me the proper information abt philippines...and suggest any other sites for collecting the information about philippines....
|11-15-2008, 12:00 AM
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|11-18-2008, 02:46 AM
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Several thousand years ago, the first settlers in the Philippines crossed shallow seas and land bridges from the Asian mainland to arrive in this group of islands. These were the Negritos or Aetas. Direct descendants of these people can still be found in Zambales province to the North of Manila. Several thousand years later, they were then followed by Austronesian settlers travelling the same route as the Negritos but this time over sea in their impressive Barangay boats (the word is still used to refer to the smallest political subdivision in the Philippines, the Barangay). After settling the islands, they traveled further and settled the islands of Indonesia, Malaysia as well as the whole Pacific. The early Austronesians of the Philippines simultaneously traded with each other as well as with the Chinese, Japanese, Okinawans, Indians, Thais, Arabs and other Austronesians of present-day Malaysia and Indonesia. An interesting mix of cultures developed in the islands, and a writing system as well as a social structure developed quickly. Hinduism and Buddhism was introduced by traders from India, Sumatra and Java. These two religions syncretized with the various indigenous animistic beliefs. Later, Arab, Malay and Javanese traders converted the natives, mainly in the island of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago to Islam. When the explorer Ferdinand Magellan set foot on Philippine soil in 1521, the Philippines was predominantly Hindu and Buddhist with some Muslim inhabitants mainly in the southern part of the country. Magellan was Portuguese but it was a Spanish Expedition which he led to the islands which were eventually claimed by Spain as its colony. The Philippines was named for Crown Prince Philip II of Spain and most of the natives converted to Catholicism. The Muslims in the south and various animistic mountain tribes, however, resisted Spanish conquest and Catholic conversion.
The Philippines remained a Spanish colony for over 300 years until 1899 when it was ceded by Spain to the United States following the Spanish-American War. American presence remained until World War II when Japan invaded the Philippines. The Japanese occupation lasted from 1941 to 1945 when Gen. Douglas McArthur fulfilled his promise and liberated the country from the Japanese.
In 1946, the Philippines was granted full independence by the U.S., although they maintained a military presence in the country through the Subic Naval Base in Zambales and Clark Air Base in Angeles City. These facilities were ultimately returned to the Philippines in the early 1990's.
Up until the 1960's, the Philippines was second only to Japan in terms of development within the region. Several decades of corrupt rule by Ferdinand Marcos, however, plunged the country into debt and the Philippines ultimately became known as the sick man of Asia. Poverty was widespread and infrastructure for development was severely lacking. In 1986, the People Power uprising finally overthrew the Marcos government and he was replaced by Cory Aquino, widow of slain opposition leader, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr.
A couple of decades more have passed and somehow the Philippines is still lagging in comparison to its South East Asian neighbors Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Development is still slow but the country is at least moving in the right direction in recent times.
|12-24-2008, 09:13 PM
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I have been to the Philippines several times over many years. If you fly into Manila stay in the Ermita section of that city. There you will find hotels in many price ranges, restaurants, malls, easy walk to the MRT, casinos, bars and even travel agencies for planes and tours. This area is popular with tourists. Robinson Mall is in this area. But, the Mall of Asia is not that far by meter taxi. If this is a business trip then perhaps some other areas may be better.
There is a taxi sign up "shack" outside the arrivals hall, on the traffic island. Price for that dedicated taxi ride to the Ermita area will be around 500 -550 pisos. If you are new to Manila and you arrive late at night that is the ride I would take. In the day time hours I walk away from the arrivals hall, down a ramp and wave a taxi over, taxi will be cheaper.
There is another airport that some tourists fly into on discount airlines. This airport is in Angleles City, commonly called Clark Airport. This airport is not close to Manila. Some travelers think that they can pop in to that airport and quickly get to downtown Manila or to the airport in Manila - won't happen quickly! Figure on a 2 hour ride by taxi, depending on traffic conditions (Christmas holidays have the freeways pretty bogged down sometimes!)
Read up on how to get from that little airport to the main gate and from there to elsewhere. There is a cheaper bus that sometimes runs from that airport to Manila, think it is Philtranco. Outside the Clark Airport is a small community called Dau, there is a bus station there that has buses that take you to Manila. Price is around 128 pisos, taxi rides can be 900 to 1900 pisos! Bus takes longer than the taxi of couse.
Some tourists that arrive at Clark stay nearby on Fields Avenue. There are lots of bars, hotels, restaurants, travel agencies that you will notice as you leave the Clark Field. Fields Avenue is noticable by a huge sign on a hotel called the ABC Hotel (expensive) and a huge mall opposite side at the Clark main gate.
Map of Angeles City:
Below you will find 3 websites that can give you some additional specific information for the Philippines. Whenever you need hotel recommendations always mention how much you want to pay per night to narrow down any suggestions.
Map of the Ermita area.
In the Philippines don't be surprised if you see armed guards outside hotels, bars, malls, etc. This is normal, been that way a long time.
Have a nice time in the Phillippines.
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