Travel Information:

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Travel Days. All participants are expected to arrive on Sunday, 28 July 2013 and depart on Thursday, 08 August 2013. It is important that you send to your Region’s Young Brother Coordinator your flight details as soon as possible. We will need the dates and times of your arrival and departure, the airlines and flight numbers.

Those who wish to extend their stay in the Philippines or any other country within the Lasallian East Asia District (LEAD) beyond these dates are welcome but will need to make their own arrangements early.

Visa. Citizens of most countries will be granted an entry Visa of 21 days upon arrival, which can be extended up to 60 days. If you want to be sure that you do not need to apply for a Visa prior to your arrival, you may contact your embassy in the Philippines:

Those who will need a letter of invitation for Visa applications may contact Br. Richie Yap FSC directly. When making the request, send your Passport Name, Passport Number and Nationality. His email address is: br.

International Arrivals. It is strongly advised that your port of entry and exit in the Philippines is “Manila (Ninoy Aquino) International Airport” as this is the airport nearest the venue. If we have your flight details, someone will pick you up at the airport on your arrival and we will bring you to the airport on your departure date. We will send more details on arrival instructions at a later time.

Travel Documents. Start preparing and checking your travel documents: Passport, Airline Tickets, Identification Card, and Visa, if necessary. Make sure that your passport will not expire in 6 months or less before you travel. Have a photocopy of your passport and keep it safely separate from your original. You will need this photocopy in case you lose your original passport.

Arrival and Departure Cards. All foreigners must fill – in an “Arrival Card” and “Departure Card.” Flight attendants usually provide the “Arrival Card” during your inbound flight to Manila. The “Departure Card” is available upon check – in on departure day and is collected at the Immigration Counter.

Airport Terminal Fee. Upon departure, the Manila International Airport will be collecting a terminal fee of Philippine Pesos ₱550.00 or about United States Dollars $13.50 – $15.00. Please be ready to pay this amount in cash or credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

Travel Expenses. Districts, Delegations and Sectors will be responsible for the travel and other personal expenses of their participants. It is recommended that you bring extra cash in case of an emergency.


Health Preparations:

Required Vaccinations. Before visiting the Philippines, see your doctor or a health – care provider at least 4 – 6 weeks before your trip. This is to allow time for your vaccines to take effect and to start taking medicine to prevent malaria, if you need it. Even if you have less than 4 weeks before you leave, you should still see a health – care provider for needed vaccines, anti-malaria drugs and other medications and information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while traveling.

Although yellow fever is not a disease risk in the Philippines, the government requires travelers arriving from or transiting through countries with risk of yellow fever transmission to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. If you are travelling from Africa or South America or visited a country in the yellow – fever zone within six days prior to entering the Philippines, you should check to see if you require proof of vaccination.

Personal Medications. If needed, bring your own personal medications. Pack in their original, clearly labeled containers. A signed and dated letter from your physician describing your medical conditions and medications, including generic names, is also a good idea. Bring a mosquito repellant lotion or spray.

Medical Conditions and Allergies. It is important that you inform us if you have any special medical condition or allergies to certain food or medicine.


The Philippines

Climate and Weather. The Philippines has a tropical climate with an average year – round temperature of 26.6 °C (79.9 °F). Relative humidity is high in the Philippines. A high amount of moisture or vapor in the air makes hot temperatures feel hotter. The rainy season falls on the months of June to October. Be forewarned that the months between July and September are characterized by typhoons.

Language. Filipino (formerly Pilipino) is based on Tagalog and is the official language of the Philippines.  In addition to Filipino are about 111 distinct indigenous languages and dialects, of which only about 10 are important regionally. English is generally used for educational, governmental and commercial purposes and is widely understood since it is the medium of instruction in schools.

Clothing. Given the warm climate, all you will need are light, casual clothes. Please remember to bring your robes (religious habit) or its equivalent in your District / Delegation / Sector. If you plan to exercise, swim, or play, bring the necessary outfit. Pack what you need in your luggage but leave some space for any gifts and souvenirs you will receive or buy while in the Philippines.

Laptop or Tablet PCs. We also recommend that you bring your laptop or other personal electronic device that will enable you to access the Internet.

Electricity Supply. Electricity in Philippines is 220 Volts, alternating at 60 cycles per second. If you travel to Philippines with a device that does not accept 220 Volts at 60 Hertz, you will need to bring a voltage converter. The two flat prongs plug and socket is the most common in the country. Remember to bring adapters, if needed, as these will not be supplied.

Time Zone. The Philippine Time Zone is UTC / GMT +8 hours.

Country Code. The Philippine International Phone Code is +63.


Currency and Exchange

Peso. The Philippine currency is called the “Peso.” The exchange rates (as of 7 May 2012) are US$1.00 = PH₱40.86 or €1.00 = PH₱53.60

Exchange. Money can be changed at the Airport, in banks and at other Foreign Exchange services. Credit cards are widely accepted. The University can also facilitate currency exchange. It is strongly recommended that you exchange currencies at the airport.


Food and Drinks

Food. A range of western and Asian dishes will be served. If you have special dietary needs please inform us as soon as possible.

Water. Water is not drinkable from the taps anywhere. Bottled water will be provided.

Socials. Socials will be held in the evenings. Gifts of ‘duty free’ will be gratefully accepted.