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We are an online travel guide for tourists who want to take a vacation to or within the Philippines, a beautiful country in Southeast Asia made up of 7,107 islands. We blog about and promote the best tourist attractions, beaches, islands, hotels and beach resorts, restaurants, and more!

A Beautiful Country With Very Friendly People!

Filipinos dancing at a festival in the Philippines
Located in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, is made up of 7,107 islands nestled inside the South China Sea to the west (also known as the West Philippine Sea), the Pacific Ocean on the East, the Sulu Sea on the Southwest and the Celebes Sea to the South. There are three main groups of islands: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. All of the islands feature beautiful beaches, palm trees, and wildlife. Some even have hills and mountains. Surrounding countries include Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the U.S. territory of Guam. [Learn More...]

Warm Weather and Many Tourist Destinations to Choose From!

Beautiful day in the Philippines
There are two seasons in the Philippines - rainy season and dry season. Because the islands are surrounded by water, cool ocean breezes allow visitors to enjoy tropical, but humid temperatures averaging about 80 degrees fahrenheit (26 degrees celsius) year-round. The hottest time of the year is from March to May, where the temperature can reach up to 100 degrees fahrenheit (or 37 degrees celsius). But the coolest time of the year is from November to February, where the temperature stays around 80-85 degrees fahrenheit (or 26-29 degrees celsius). [Learn More...]

Very Simple Passport and Visa Requirements for Tourists!

Philippines Visa Passport
Every country, including the Philippines, requires a passport for all visitors and tourists to enter. But unless you plan on staying for more than 30 days, you do not need a visa as long as your passport is valid for at least 6 months and you have a valid return ticket. If you do plan on staying longer than 30 days, you will need to get a tourist visa. It's very simple to get, the payment required is very reasonable, and you can get a visa for up to a 6-month stay. [Learn More...]

Daily International Flights to More Than 7 Major Airports!
Philippine Airlines flight
Because there are so many islands, there are more than 50 major airports in the Philippines. However, only few are landing points for incoming international flights. These include Manila (MNL), Cebu (CEB), Davao City (DVO), Clark/Angeles City (CRK), Iloilo (ILO), Boracay-Caticlan (MPH), and Bohol-Panglao (TAG). Manila, being the capital of the Philippines, entertains the most international flights daily. It's Ninoy Aquino International Airport has three major terminals, and is actually located in the city of Pasay - just 15-20 minutes away from the actual city of Manila. [Learn More...]

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Different Types of Visa Extensions Explained, If You Decide to Stay Beyond 30 Days

If You’re Travelling the Philippines and Wish to Extend Your Visa Beyond 30 Days, Here’s What to Do

It’s highly likely once you get to the Philippines, you’ll want to extend your time there beyond 30 days! Stunning beaches, beautiful landscapes, great weather and welcoming locals make this a place tourists flock to and expats never want to leave.

If you’re lucky enough to have the time to extend your stay in the Philippines beyond 30 days, the process is usually pretty simple. There are a few different types of visa you might have, that you will want to extend. Here are the visas we’ll discuss extending today;

  • Tourist visa
  • Balik Bayan Visa 
  • Permanent resident visa (13A)
  • Retirement visa
  • ACR-I Card


Tourist Visa Extensions


Many countries can enter the Philippines for a 30-day visa free period. Check on the Filipino consulate website to check if this applies to you. If you wish to extend beyond the 30 days, you’ll need to visit the local Philippines immigration.

You can renew for up to one, two or six months at a time for up to three years. After three years you’ll have to leave the country but can return after 24 hours to start the process again. If you stay beyond 59 days, you’ll have to get an ACR-I card. Check below for details.


Balik Bayan Stamp

This is available to those married to a Filipino, is free and lasts for up to a year. To get the stamp, you must be with your spouse when entering the country and have proof of your marriage in the form of the certificate.

After your one year free is finished, you can apply for a permanent resident visa. The first application will get you one year, then on your second application you’ll get 10 years at a time.


Permanent Resident Visa (13A)

You have to be married to a Filipino to get a permanent resident visa. After submitting all your paperwork, it can take weeks or months for your resident visa to finally get approved.

Your initial application for the permanent resident visa in the Philippines will be good for one year. After that, you’ll get a visa that is good for 10 years with the renewal process being a lot simpler.


Retirement Resident Visa

This is a type of permanent resident visa (SSRV), that doesn’t depend on you being married to a Filipino. There are various types including; the smile, the classic, the courtesy and the human touch. Each one has slightly different requirements, but they’re mostly based around you depositing enough money into to a Philippines bank.

Some benefits of the SSRV visa are; permanent non-immigrant status and exemption from exit clearance and re-entry permits. These visas are not just for old retirees either, you can apply for them from age 35 and above!


ACR-I Card

ACR is short for; Alien Certificate of Registration. It’s basically an ID card like you might have in your home country and is the size of a credit card. Your picture, address, fingerprints and exit/entry data will be held on the card in a small chip.

If you are a foreign national who came into the country on a 30-day visa exemption or hold a temporary visitor visa and extended for up to 59 days, you’ll need to apply for this if you wish to stay longer. If you have a SRRV visa, you won’t need this card as you’ll be issued a separate card for that programme.

How to Travel the Philippines on a Budget

Tips to Make Your Cash Last and Experience an Incredible Time Visiting the Philippines

The Philippines literally has everything an intrepid traveler could ask for with palm fringed beaches, impressive volcanoes, lush jungles, spooky caves and some of the best snorkeling in the world around corals reefs and maybe even a WWII shipwreck if you’re in the right spot.

The 5 Most Unique Hotels in the Philippines that Will Make Your Jaw Drop


Travelling through the Philippines is an adventure with so much to see, do and experience. You may be backpacking and taking each day as it comes or you might have a stricter itinerary and timeframe worked out. Either way, the hotels you stay in will be a big part of the enjoyment in your holiday.

What is a Balikbayan Visa and Who Does it Apply to?

Balikbayan-Visa The Balikbayan program was launched by the Philippine Government to encourage ex or current Filipino citizens living in another country, to come and visit their mother land. This visa can be used by; former Filipino citizens that have now got citezenship in certain other countries on this list or Filipinos working abroad.

Take a Look at the Various Types of Visas Available when You Marry a Filipino

There are multiple types of Philippines visas that are beneficial for certain people depending on their unique situation. If you’ve married a Filipino, you may want to live in the Philippines permanently or just for part of each year.

The Philippines is a Tropical Paradise and has Many Places for Wildlife Enthusiasts to Explore

Whether you’re a lover of marine life, birds or land mammals, the Philippines has an impressive array of all of them. With over 7,000 islands full of water, lush jungle and mountain ranges, there’s many places for a wildlife enthusiast to explore.

5 of the Best and Newest Hotels Near Clark Airport in Pampanga

Hotels near Clark Airport

Clark Airport (CRK) is the fastest growing airport in the Philippines. Located less than 2 hours away from the capital city of Manila, it has become a preferred airport to use when visiting Metro Manila, Pampanga, Subic and other parts of central and northern Luzon. The airport has many domestic and international non-stop destinations, several malls nearby, and also several new upscale hotels.

Introducing the First and Only Chocolate Museum in the Philippines!

Malagos Chocolate Museum in the Philippines

Malagos Chocolate Museum

the Philippines' first-ever interactive museum that focuses on anything about cacao and chocolates, is every chocolate lover's heaven. Get to know more about how chocolates are made, taste real chocolates, and even make your own chocolate -- definitely delectable!

Camp John Hay and 5 Other Reasons Why You Should Visit Baguio

Camp John Hay in Baguio

Baguio City is the summer capital of the Philippines, which is situated about 5,050 feet above sea level in the Cordillera Central mountain range in Northern Luzon. One of the main reasons tourists savor Baguio City is the presence of Camp John Hay there -- also known as John Hay Air Station.

Two Amazing Pink Sand Beaches in the Philippines

Pink beaches in the Philippines

Charming Zamboanga, and Northern Samar, both offer excellent natural tourist attractions -- be it beautiful beaches, waterfalls, rivers, springs, etc. However, what sets them apart from all the wonderful places in the Philippines, is the presence of a pink sand on their beaches.

8 of the Philippines' Newest and Most Beautiful Hotels and Resorts Opening

Chateau by the Sea Beach Resort in Philippines

Over the past few years, tourism in the Philippines has been booming. Alongside the flocking of local and foreign tourists is the need for more accommodations. The good thing is, there are upcoming hotels and resorts in the Philippines that would surely make guests experience the true Filipino hospitality.

Top 10 Best Tourist Attractions in Pagudpud, Philippines

Patapat Viaduct in Pagudpud, Philippines
Photo credit: Perry A. Dominguez
Pagudpud, found in the northern Ilocos region of the Philippines and famous for Boracay-like beaches and resorts, takes pride its many touristy spots that all tourists will truly enjoy visiting. Although located more than 348 miles (561 kilometers) from the country's city of Manila, the trip is well worth it.
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