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    • Medical/Health Insurance Question

      Manila Dec 18, 2014 at 5:07 AM

      To the Expats and foreign students who live in the Philippines, I am researching what health/medical insurance company to sign up with, preferably US based, that will provide good and reliable coverage while a person is living in the Philippines. It appears there are quite a few companies out there. One I found that seems to have comprehensive coverage is GeoBlue. Anyone have any experience with GeoBlue? Any other companies that you had good (or bad) experience with? Thanks.

    • Good resort

      Boracay Island Dec 17, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      Do you know a good resort on Boracay, near station 1, 2 or 3 that is new? So maybe not yet on booking and agoda. The price around 75 dollar a night

      Thank you

    • Directions going to Luna, La Union from Cubao, QC via Public Transpo (and vice versa)

      Province of La Union Nov 29, 2014 at 11:26 PM


      I would like to inquire for directions going to Luna, La Union from Cubao, QC if I'll take public transportation. I have inquired to Partas earlier and there is no direct route to Luna from Cubao, which means that I have to drop off in Balaoan. Also I would like to request for directions going back to Cubao. Please advise. Thank you!

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      Where to stay in Puerto Princesa

      Palawan Dec 16, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      Hey all, we are backpackers traveling to Palawan in late Jan. We land in the eve and are looking for a good place for 2 nights. Preferably a place with pool. We will spend up to $50ish per nite because we want comfort after a 27hr flight. (after that we will be back to backpacker budget) It would be ideal to find something in walking distance or bicycle to restaurants, beaches,etc.
      Can anyone help out with recommendations.
      Thanks SO much :)

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      Hotel Henrico

      Baguio City Dec 16, 2014 at 3:53 AM

      Which is better - cleanliness and location - Kisad or Legarda?

    • monthly rental

      Boracay Island Nov 25, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      I'd like to rent a room in Boracay mid February to mid March, I would like a private bathroom double bed and A/C don't really mind where it is as long as it's not too far away from the action, I hear when you pay in advance you can get a good discount, my budget is 30.000 pesos, would that be possible? Also any advice on how to find somewhere would be great!

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      Villa Escudero

      Manila Dec 16, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      Anyone is planning to go Villa Escudero? I will be in Manila till Dec 30 and looking to join a tour group or private group (cheaper I think and more fun!). So if you (locals and foreigners) are planning such a trip, please let me know ... just me alone! Thanks! (Staying around Newport City, Manila.)

    • Find room for group trip

      Boracay Island 20 hours ago

      Hye there.
      I would to request the room for 10 person (5 rooms) budget below PH2600
      We will arrive and check in on 4th april 2015 and check out on 8th april 2015.
      We hope you can provide us that room. And if you can provide us that room can you susgest us to other hotel or chalet which can provide us 5 rooms. We hope you can help us. Waiting for your reply
      Can email to me at

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      Pets traveling to Baguio

      Baguio Dec 14, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      Hi, is there any bus company that accepts small pets going to Baguio? I want to bring him for this holiday and enjoy the weather.

    • Hotel or Resort to Stay

      Pagudpud Dec 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      Hello po! I'm from San Fernando, La Union and we (friends) are looking for a place to stay in Pagudpud. Either resort or hotel na affordable. Our plan is to travel on 19th at 6PM and hopefully to arrive midnight at Pagudpud then check-in na. To further help me to decide,

      Check-in sa Resort (maybe Saud Beach Resort) and stay for a day. Next day, check-out na and stop-overs na lang sa Bangui Windmills, Laoag hanggang makarating na ng SFC La Union.

      Pa-advise naman po. Thank you!

    • medical care

      Baguio Dec 5, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      i will need to see a physician in baguio, where I plan to live and marry a local Filipina. I take two meds which will need a prescription in the Philippines, one a benzodiazepam type for OCD ant the other an opioid for chronic backpain and restless less syndrome. I cannot tolerate nsaids as I lost half of my kidney function on them. I tried to make an appointment at the clinic?/medical center? used Philippine doctor or a website of a similar name. I will run out of these meds soon after I arrive in early December. how hard is it to get a physician's appointment. I am a retired physician myself and realize it can be frustrating. thank you for your help. this is a great site, peter Dohan, md


      Baguio Dec 3, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      we are 3 couples looking for affordable cheap accomodation in baguio city,, and also is there any or somebody we can help us in our itinerary, we have places we want to visit,, thank you

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      isolated Batanes islands in the philippines

      Luzon Nov 27, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Has anyone traveled to the Batanes islands in the Philippines? What is it like up there for off-the-beaten path travelers?

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      jeep fare in manila

      Manila Nov 24, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      How much is jeepney fare in Manila?

    • SAFETY for Tourist Butuan, Philippines

      Butuan Nov 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      I am a black male traveller. Thinking of visiting Butuan City, Many of my friends tell me that Mindanao is dangerous. Will Butuan be safe? Is this a good or bad decision to visit Butuan City? Should I avoid Butuan on my trip?

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      Taxis and ATMs at Manila airport

      Manila Yesterday

      Regarding Terminal 2 at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)

      1. Where is the official taxi booth?
      2. How does it work? Am I supposed to buy a coupon? Do they take credit cards?
      3. Is there an ATM at Terminal 2?


    • How to get to Anda

      Bohol Dec 16, 2014 at 11:35 PM


      How knows the best/cheapiest way to travel from Tag airport Bohol to the east cost, Anda? We have a hotel there but the pick up service of the hotel is 3000 peso's. So that is al lot of money. Does anybody has a better idea?

      Thank you

    • How much pocket money in peso/pound will I need, and can anybody recommend a cheap accomodation?

      Vigan Nov 27, 2014 at 3:24 AM

      Im planning to visit Vigan City between April/May 2015 for 2 nights... I'd just like to do some sight seeing with my boyfriend and eat out. Not looking to have an expensive stay as weve planned to see other places in the Philippines... Just trying to plan ahead and there is not much online about Vigan city prices etc... So if anybody can give me a rough idea on how much money I should take and if there are any b&bs or lodges that are at a reasonable price that will be great :)

    • Nuclear power plant

      Province of Bataan Dec 5, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      Hi, my question pertains to the batman nuclear facility.

      I read on the Internet than you can take tours, however not much information is available.

      Is it open 7 days a week ?

      Can I turn up at entrance and buy a ticket or do I have to go on a pre arranged organised tour?

      This and any other information is greatly appreciated.

      Thank you.

    • Health/Medical Insurance Question

      Philippines Dec 17, 2014 at 5:07 AM

      To the Expats and foreign students who live in the Philippines, I am researching what health/medical insurance company to sign up with that will provide good and reliable coverage while a person is living in the Philippines. It appears there are quite a few companies out there. One I found that seems to have comprehensive coverage is GeoBlue. Anyone have any experience with GeoBlue? Any other recommendations that you had good experience with?


    • Where to go to avoid the typhoon?

      Philippines Dec 3, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      I'm in Oslob now after swimming with whale sharks which was awesome btw. I had planned to spend the next week on Cebu and Bohol then a few days on Boracay before flying home. So my question is I guess is there somewhere else in the Philippines I can fly to, from Cebu, to avoid it then fly back early next week? Somewhere with nice beaches and snorkeling would be good. N.B. I've already been to Puerto Galera. Lastly after seeing how low lying the land is around here I hope if the typhoon comes this way everyone will be ok as a storm surge would cause a lot of damage.

    • Which beach to visit???

      by sun_dance Online Now Nov 7, 2014 at 6:12 AM

      We will be making first trip to Philippines come Feb. We only have 11 days there. We are thinking start with 3-4 days in Boracay then wanting to visit a beautiful beach not too touristy we don't care about night life, electricity would be nice and a warm shower comfy bed, good snorkeling if possible right from the beach were staying at. I look at El Nido but it reads like a long travel day to get there and were short on time. Thoughts on Coron area as we can fly there. thanks in advance for any and all suggestions!

      16 Answers Nov 16, 2014 at 8:58 PM
    • rental accomodation in Tagatay

      by fourex Online Now Sep 26, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      ive heard that rental accomadation a few klms out of tagatay is quite reasonable priced is that info correct?

      4 Answers Sep 27, 2014 at 3:11 AM
    • What to see more of

      by TinaG23 Online Now Aug 8, 2014 at 6:36 AM

      My husband and I are visiting the Philippines for the fist time in February. We'll be staying for 17 days. We're flying into Manila but we would like to see a little more then Manila in a budget friendly way. We would also like to hotel hop. What are the best hotels to stay at?

      Thanks in advance...

      6 Answers Aug 11, 2014 at 1:05 AM
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      What exactly am I eating ?

      by Shane_Australia Online Now Mar 28, 2014 at 4:43 AM

      I'd like to visit the Philippines for a two week holiday with my family. So I decided to do some online browsing about the the Philippines and came across an article (Below) that horrified me. It concerns the common practice of torturing, killing and eating dogs and cats. My question is : If I take the family out to a restaurant and order beef, lamb or pork, how can I be sure that I'm not being served dog or cat instead ? .......................................................... PHILIPPINES: DOG MEAT CRUELTY IN EVERY WAY: this dog is having it’s SHOULDER’S RIPPED OUT OF THEIR SOCKETS by the brutal cruelty inflicted on it by it’s new owner: a dog eater who sees it as nothing more than a ‘MEAL’ Before being carried like a bag, the dog was already in considerable pain from having it’s FRONT LEGS WRENCHED BACKWARDS AND TIED UP ONTO IT’S SPINE, which is completely unnatural for a dog. It’s hind legs were also bound tightly. The DOG’S MOUTH was bound tightly shut then an old TIN CAN JAMMED ON IT’S FACE. The Philippines has a hot climate (you can see the men are wearing sandals) and dogs NEED TO PANT TO COOL THEIR BODY TEMPERATURE. The dog must have gone through tremendous panic and overheating, through terror and not being able to cool itself and lower it’s stress. (The photo was taken a few years ago in a PHILIPPINES DOG MEAT MARKET.) Recently, a friend of mine LIVED IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR TWO YEARS and every Wednesday afternoon their next door neighbour would HANG A LIVE DOG UP, beat it with a club as it screamed BLOOD CURDLING SCREAMS of agony, then the man would start skinning the dog before it was even dead. He would then boil it and his family would eat it. The screams of the dog would have my friend and her FAMILY CRYING AND DISTRAUGHT INSIDE THEIR HOUSE, reeling in horror at what what happening. Because the neighbour was doing this outside, not only would they HEAR THE SCREAMS OF THE DOG and the thud of the dog being brutalised but the SMELL would also waft over to them. Dog meat has a particularly pungent stench. My friend and her family began leaving their house on Wednesday’s to try and avoid the horror but that was not always possible. Eventually they MOVED TO ANOTHER HOUSE because they could not bare what was considered “normal.” This has NOTHING TO DO WITH “CULTURAL TRADITIONS.” That is a MANTRA that’s used as an excuse for animal cruelty. The Philippines government has LAWS IN PLACE THAT NEED TO BE ENFORCED RATHER THAN IGNORED. The dog meat trade is outlawed in the Philippines but it definitely STILL EXISTS, even with authorities arresting dog traffickers from time to time.

      71 Answers Sep 14, 2014 at 11:13 PM
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      ATMs in the Philippines

      by artlocks Online Now Dec 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      Are ATMS becoming more common in the Philippines? Are they common in the bigger cities now? I was there 2 years ago and didn't see any ATMs. But I never really looked hard for them either. I have been always using the many money changers.

      7 Answers Apr 2, 2014 at 5:25 AM
    • Taxis Manila

      by eveonpoll Online Now Sep 3, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      Can anyone please tell me what the fare is, more or less, from Manila International Airport to the H2O hotel? And can you recommend anyone? Thanks

      9 Answers Sep 12, 2013 at 7:04 AM
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      Cagayan de oro

      by EttaT Online Now Mar 5, 2013 at 4:59 AM

      Going to Cagayan De Oro. We would like to go to the White Island while we are there ? Any recommendations for a tour company that would accomadate 6?

      3 Answers Mar 26, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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      Would we enjoy?

      by angel_lean Online Now Apr 14, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      Hi VTer's. Me and my fiance are booked for this weekend at Arizona International Hotel at Subic. Would you guys give me an idea if the place is just alright? basing on the reviews I read lately from a different site, it does look great,however I really can't tell yet. Would appreciate more insights or reviews about the hotel/place. Thanks much and more touring to all of us! =)

      2 Answers Apr 17, 2011 at 8:12 PM
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      Weather in May for Vigan

      by dcmbs6691 Online Now Mar 29, 2009 at 4:51 PM

      Hi VT'ers,
      Just a simple question on the weather. We're intending to be travelling to Vigan in the first 2 weeks of May. I know that currently in Manila, there is still rain. What is to be expected for the region where Vigan is on the north west coast?
      Can we still expect to be doing beach type stuff in early May? I was told that rain will be present until at least end of July on the mainland.

      Lastly, any recommendations for reasonable accomodations - pensionnes, BnB's or hotels fine. As long as it's between 1-2K pesos per night. I prefer family run places for intimacy and that personal touch.

      Look forward to your feedback.

      Cheers Chucky.

      5 Answers Mar 30, 2009 at 6:43 PM
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      Best Beach for family holiday in January

      by Maria&Florin Online Now Oct 31, 2007 at 6:33 AM

      We would like to spent January 08 holiday on a beach. At least 2-3 weeks. We don't know where would be the best. We will take our 1yo child and her grandma... I guess we look for something like a resort or a calm beach. We still need the pubs in the evenings :)...and so everyone will be happy.
      We won't fix a budget but should be average, variations are tolerated though. We will highly appreciate any advises, as we want to make it nice.
      From Shanghai, with thanks !

      6 Answers Nov 8, 2007 at 5:39 AM
    • Philippine: where there is a beautiful sea ?!?

      by pami03hk Online Now Jan 9, 2007 at 12:52 AM

      HI! I'll go on Philippine on february but I don't know too much abotu this place. May be someone could help me.. !I'll stay there for a week so I wouldn't to do many transfer (plane+car+bus+boat+bus..finally resort!! he! he!). I would like find a nice resort near airport, with nice beach and sea.
      I've seen that Boracay it's nice.. there is other place as Boracay sea but nearest possible to airport? We don't make diving so only to swim and relax!
      Sorry for my bad english!

      7 Answers Oct 22, 2014 at 5:10 AM
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      by WTTWBB Online Now May 24, 2003 at 10:57 PM

      I plan to visit Philippine next Jan or Feb. for hiking and volcano trekking. 9 days. no idea about Philippine Luzo island. especially the north frield of Luzon. I only know some place name as: Taal volcano, Manila, Sagada, Baguio, Banaue. Can you suggest me any places worthy to visit? or help me with a hiking enroute? Tks.

      12 Answers Jul 26, 2007 at 2:06 AM