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alone going to Manila -> Cebu -> Boracay ->Manila ?
how safe is it ? and what should i be aware of ? and what places that i should not visit?
thank you

Asked by Aida Aiko via Site_iconWorldNomads.com

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    The places you've named as your destinations in The Philippines are all popular tourist places and consequently are policed well, with resorts which are gated and manned by security. If you stick to the resorts and tourist spots you should be relatively safe. Just take the usual precautions: keep your money tucked away, put the camera in a bag, don't flash valuables and jewellery. It might be best if you find a travel-buddy at the hotel/resort where you're staying, and go together in the cities and towns (especially Manila).
    I assume you're flying between destinations? If you do island hop, take extra care catching local ferries. many are poorly maintained and often filled to over-flowing. If you're worried by the look of the vessel you're about to board - don't, find another one. almost 8 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Boracay has way less crime, Palawan is real nice , manila and cebu both have bad high crime areas to avoid, take taxis that you get from your hotel security and text them to come pick you up later, I the day time you are safe almost anywhere in the Philippines. over 7 years ago

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    thank you for the answers
    Boracay - is really nice place much better than Manila ) i was spending much time in mnl - better be going directly to Boracay next time :) over 7 years ago

    Answered by Aida Aiko via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    I live in the Philippines and the places you mentioned are pretty much safe. By Manila, do you mean Metro Manila or Manila City? When traveling here, always be aware of where your belongings are. Do not leave your things unguarded. Also avoid dark streets/alleys. over 7 years ago

    Answered by Karen Ang via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    A friend of mine who is a fairly experienced traveler got drugged and robbed in Manila by a friendly group of middle-aged women while traveling there by herself last year. She woke up safe in her own hotel room, but her money was gone. Just be very cautious about what you consume as well! over 7 years ago

    Answered by naomib via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Yes, all of your destinations are well policed. But one of the greatest problems in Manila is the police. That is, they are quite corrupt. Be extremely careful in Manila. A friend of mine with MUCH travel experience (in Philippine and the world in general) who regularly travels to the Philippines carefully avoids Manila. about 7 years ago

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    Showed my wife (from the Philippines) this answer and she said even her small city of Balingasag is not so safe. (Indeed, her family is always watching out for me.) So, at night especially be careful. And Phil's advice is good. about 7 years ago

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    safe i did many times about 7 years ago

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    My 18 year old son is travelling to Manila & Boracay following end of school with girlfriend who's mother is originally from Phillipines but now Australia. They are going to manila & staying with her mother's relatives then over to Boracay. As for most parents we are pretty worried..any advice out there would be appreciated. almost 6 years ago

    Answered by Todd W via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    @todd, don't worry, Filipinos are well known for their hospitality. Your son will be well taken care of by his gf relatives. Boracay island, south of Manila, is our number one tourist attraction. this place is very safe even to infants and senior citizens. I am sure he will enjoy the white powdery sands of this place. almost 6 years ago

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    I met a Swedish guy who was backpacking. He got to the Philippines and met a nice man who suggested he stay with his family. My friend enjoyed his time with the family but did not notice they took his atm card and withdrew the max daily limit. He did not know until he left Cebu.
    I have a Filipino background and I know they are hospitable but as always if your traveling always be CAUTIOUS!! almost 6 years ago

    Answered by happyfeet86 via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Common happyfeet, withdrawing via atm requires pin code. He must have given it to them.

    Just like other countries, we have our shares of petty crimes. So for nomads, always trust your instinct. almost 6 years ago

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    Our company invested in putting together a video that will directly answer your question. We randomly asked foreigners in the busy place of Manila like Ermita, Makati etc. Facts tell, but here, their stories will tell. Check this out: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=198772996919965 Have a safe trip! :D almost 6 years ago

    Answered by Feta Inbound via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    i am traveling to cebu in may , i met this girl on line an would like to see her , i never been out of the us , but i drove truck for 31 years an now im retired , an i have been in every big city , i always been causious there an did well no problems , but since i really dont know her would it be ok , now she lives with her little girl , her sister , an her mom an step dad , what do you think i should do , go or save my money an stay home ,we have been talking for several month now an i reallly trust her ive seen her little girl several times an NOT one time did she every ask for money . that caught my eye . what do you think ? thanks john over 5 years ago

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    Rainmaker714...I've never been to Cebu, but I was born in Palawan (Puerto Princesa), and have also our residence in Laguna (Sta Rosa). Presently, I'm here in Europe, where I reside for more than 30 years now with my family, and since I'm also retired like you (actually since a few years already) & am almost free now from family obligations, I'll be travelling much to the Philippines to enjoy my retirement there with relatives & friends, starting this November. Therefore, to make your travel safe to Cebu and meet your online GF & her family, just in case you didn't do it yet or are still reluctant, don't hesitate to contact me anytime (between this coming November-June 2014). I can accompany you to her place, just to make sure that no one can take advantage of you and make your trip a worthwhile one. To anyone who plans to visit the Philippines, especially those 2 beautiful places mentioned above where I would always be, during my vacation time, I can also offer you our empty residence there for a few negotiable bucks. In Palawan, which is especially alluring for backpackers and beach lovers, we also have a tiny semi-native farm house (about 3.5 hectares), and since it is a farm, so please don't expect a lot, but you will surely enjoy green & tranquil surroundings there & our free fresh coconut juices to get rid of your thirst while backpacking. The farm is about 1 hour ride going to Puerto Princesa Underground River. But since we don't have yet our own private vehicle there, hiring a van for instance, would not be a problem & indeed affordable, or simply experience the public transport. Foreign & local tourists, especially backpackers from Metro-Manila & nearby towns & provinces, can also get in touch with me (roaming CP # 0063-949-8392362). In case my schedule allows me, I might also escort you in your places of interest within the said area, or even help you arrange for your further travel & accomodation in the country to avoid any hassle, though we might not get rid of them all. about 5 years ago

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    i met beautiful phil girl name is Angel Locsin online... her parents ask 1 million dollars to marry her... i send it to them but now i don't hear from them... should i worry? almost 5 years ago

    Answered by Ray via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    The Philippines does have some petty crime issues, but if you are observant and alert in Manila that's a bonus. Dress down if possible to avoid snatch thieves eye jewelry and so forth. With some common sense you should be alright. almost 5 years ago

    Answered by PA Cybulskie via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Wow, u r lucky Ray! Angel Locsin is a famous model! Just contact her agent, I'm sure she isn't trying to scam u because she has her own money. I hope you have a happy marriage! almost 5 years ago

    Answered by Grant via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Ray for 1 million dollars i marry u, so do not need to worry over 4 years ago

    Answered by Rich via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    I just returned from 2 days in Manila in February. I had a car from the hotel pick me up at the airport and I arranged for a day tour since I was short on time. I did venture from the hotel in the evening only down two blocks to a Starbucks to purchase something for a friend. I did not take a purse. I stuck my charge card and ID in my pocket and walked like I knew what I was doing. There was a guard in the Starbucks. There were many unsavory looking people on the street. I am a senior citizen who likes to travel and can't get friends to go the places that I want to so I tried to use common sense wherever I am. Going out in the evening was not the best idea but it was about 8:30 so I took a chance. over 4 years ago

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    If ever you will pursue your trip, I suggest you try the following foods in specific locations:
    For Cebu - Lechon
    For Boracay - Calamansi Muffin over 4 years ago

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    I go all over the PI manila bukidnon everywhere and it's ok just don't be stupid and be nice to people with a smile not money. I carry about 2-3000 p and that's will last about a week or more. Some people may try to rip me off but I just smile and walk away or just act like I don't understand them. But the Philippine people are ok. I never had to go hand to hand combat with anyone there. Rule # 1 think before you talk. # 2 be nice. # 3 don't be stupid. # 4 Don't pull your money out in public where people can see go to the restroom to do this not to many people hang out in there and its privet. 2000 p is not to much money and you can always go to the ATM or bank to get more. Have fun enjoy your trip!! The American from Bukidnon. over 3 years ago

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