Traveling Boracay Philippines

June 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Tourist Destinations

boracayBoracay in Aklan Philippines has now been considered one of the World’s popular beaches and favorite tourist destination. It has also been a popular spot for some important and big events. Like the Asian Windsurfing Tour and with the week-long Boracay International Funboard Cup competition generally being held on Bulabog Beach every month of January. The two popular Boracay beaches are White Beach (main tourism Beach) and the Bulabog Beach (windsurfing and kite boarding area).

Area: 10.32 square kilometers (400 hectares is for preserved forest land;; 628.96 hectares is for agricultural land)

Location: Aklan Philippines, region 6. 315 kilometers south of Manila; 2 kilometers off the northwest tip of Panay Island in Western Visayas

Barangays (Villages, Districs or Wards): Manoc-Manoc, Balabag, and Yapak (3 of the 17 barangays which make up the municipality of Malay)

Boracay Beach Resorts:

There are more than 300 beach resorts, restaurants, hotels and bars to choose from in Boracay Island as it has been known as a perfect getaway place. It already has everything you need on a perfect spot for relaxation, enjoying, partying and having a perfect vacation. There are also choices to choose from in terms of the accommodation; from luxurious to budget type.

Boracay Airlines Going to Caticlan Airport (Godofredo P. Ramos Airport)
Recommended Airport/route because it is only 2-5 minutes land transfer from Airport going to the Boat Jetty

  1. SOUTH EAST ASIAN AIRLINES (SEAIR), 35 Minutes Flight to Boracay, newest airplanes with one of the lowest prices for Boracay flights.
  2. ASIAN SPIRIT AIRLINES, 1 hour flights to Boracay, flights going to Caticlan daily.
  3. INTERISLAND AIRLINES, 1 hour flight to Caticlan Boracay, Only jet aircraft to Boracay

Boracay Airlines Going to Kalibo Airport

2 hour land transfer from Airport to Boat Jetty by bus

  1. CEBU PACIFIC AIRLINES, 1 hour flights to Kalibo Airport, 150 passenger jet aircraft
  2. Philippines Airlines, 1 hour flights to Kalibo Airport, 150 passenger jet aircraft
  3. AIR PHILIPPINES AIRLINES, 1 hour flights to Kalibo Airport, 150 passenger jet aircraft

Boat Transportation

Manila to Caticlan – 12 to 16 hours of travel time.

  1. MBRS Lines
  2. Negros Navigation
  3. Super Ferry

Land Transportation

Philtranco and Bachelor Express which is from Cubao or Pasay of Manila. 2 hours travel; south of Manila.

*When you arrive at Caticlan Airport, motorized boats (banca) will be there to be of service. Cagban Jetty Port is the disembarking point.

Things to Consider When Traveling to Philippines

June 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Travel Guide

Travel Philippines

Philippines is a beautiful place, and enjoyable to experience. But, in order to get most out of your visit to this lovely island, you need to consider various things.

Here, I’m going to layout things you need to consider during your trip:

The climate

Philippines is a tropical country with basically 3 seasons. June to October is the wet and rainy season. November to February is the cool but dry season. And March to May is the hot and dry season.

Best time to travel

Considering the weather and the important celebrations in Philippines, it would be best for you to book your flights on December, January or May. Middle of December to Middle of May is off-season for typhoons, thus making it the perfect time for your trip. If you want island-hopping, you might consider having your flights on March and April to enjoy the warm climate, and it’s also a perfect time for taking photographs.

Things to bring

This should be quite practical. Basically, just bring the things you will really need, and you think you can’t buy in the Philippines. Most things you need though are readily available in the stores and malls in Philippines. Don’t forget to bring your camera, rechargeable batteries, and a travel plug adapter. You should always bring your hand sanitizers and a hanky. A flashlight will also be handy during power failures.

Clothes to wear

Bring clothes that are loose and light suitable for tropical climates. T-shirts and shorts will be perfect. Also, bring a light jacket or sweater as this can be useful even on hot and dry seasons.  You might also need your semi-formal clothes when attending festivals and special occasions.

Electricity Standards

Standard voltage of electricity in Philippines is 220 volts and 60 hertz.  Some of the hotels also have 110 volts power outlets though, but it would be wise to only bring gadgets with you that are compatible with the power standards of Philippines.

Business hours

Most establishments in Philippines are open 6 days a week from 9 O’clock in the morning to 7 O’clock in the evening. Some malls are open up to 9 – 10 in the evening.

Government offices are open from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. There is always a lunch break for the government offices which should start at 12 O’clock in the morning to 1 O’clock in the afternoon. Banks often don’t have a lunch break and should be open from 8AM to 3PM.

Time

Eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

I hope this helps you plan your trip to Philippines.

A(H1N1) Cases Reached 428; 399 Patients Recovered, 1 Died

June 24, 2009 by  
Filed under News Headline

Philippines Swine FluThe Department of Health reported 36 new cases of the A(H1N1) Influenza virus. However, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that the cases of A(H1N1) in the country which totaled to 428 are all minor cases and 79% of it, which is 399 have already fully recovered. There is 1 case though of death but doctors say that the A(H1N1) Influenza virus is not the primary cause of death but rather a Congestive heart failure. This 1 case of death wasn’t reported to DOH officially though and wasn’t able to undergo treatment.

The 36 new cases of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus is comprised of 34 Filipinos and 2 foreigners, which included 15 males plus 21 females ages 2 to 59 years old.

Duque said that all of the patients have reacted to the treatment positively and are recovering quickly.

The patients being treated with Tamiflu was said to recover fast in just 3 to 4 days.

The Malacañang is asking the public not to panic. Rather, we need to be cautious and be prepared.

The Department of Health notified the public that the simplest way to avoiding the A(H1N1) flu virus is through washing of hands thoroughly and covering your nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing. Habitual proper hygiene is also strongly encouraged.