Use this Internet Utility to get the current day and time in the Philippines.

A quick lookup table shows the following time differences:

(@ 12:00 noon)
San Francisco
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Manila Time is
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7:00 PM
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Manila and Cebu are international gateway cities. Manila is served by more than 30 airlines which fly to different cities throughout the world. Philippine Airlines, the country's flag carrier, links Manila to 26 cities in 19 countries and plies the air routes of principal cities and towns all over the country. Aerolift has scheduled flights to Boracay in Aklan, Bagabag Airport in Banaue, and Busuanga in Palawan. Manila's air and sea ports bustle with the comings and goings of major international carriers and cruise liners. Cebu City handles regular flights from Japan, Singapore and Australia, as well as charter flights from Hong Kong, the United States and other major travel markets.


Except for stateless persons and those from countries with which the Philippines has no diplomatic relations, all visitors with valid passports may enter the country without visas and may stay for 21 days provided they have tickets for onward journey. Holders of Hong Kong and Taiwan passports must have special permits. Visas and special permits may be obtained from Philippine embassies and consulates.


March to May is hot and dry, with temperatures ranging from 22-32 degrees Centigrade.

June to October is rainy. November to February is cool;temperatures range from 22-28 degrees Centigrade. Average humidity year-round is 77%.


Light casual clothes are recommended. Warmer garments are needed for mountain regions. On formal occasions, a dinner jacket and tie or the Philippine barong Tagalog may be worn.


Unit of currency: Peso (P) = 100 centavos. Bank notes: P5, P10, P20, P50, P100, P500. Coins: 1c, 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c, PI, P2, P5.

You can use Xenon's Universal Currency Converter to get the latest conversion rate from your curreny to Philippine pesos. Be sure to select PHP - Philippine Pesos as the option.


Tipping is expected for many services. The standard practice is 10% of the total bill. Most hotels and restaurants include a 10% service charge, so tipping is optional.


A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers coming from infected areas. Children under one year of age are subject to isolation when necessary.


Possession or use of prohibited drugs carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of 20,000 pesos.

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