Philippine Safety

How safe is traveling to the Philippines? Read about Philippine safety.

The Philippines has lately gained itself a sullied reputation due to all the political on-goings in the country. Clashes between rebel forces and the government, rumors of coup, state of emergency declarations, and even suspected links to the Al Quaeda. No wonder some Western governments can’t help but release travel advisories against visiting the Philippines.

Safety Travel Tip: Steer away from south-west Mindanao area and you’d be safe!

Before you decide against visiting the Philippines, you need to remember the papers don’t always give an accurate image of a situation. Sensationalism is their business, and a sensationalized report is what you usually get.

Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, is found in the northerly island of Luzon. The terrorist stronghold is found in the southernmost part of the Philippines. Manila therefore is two massive islands away in Mindanao!

The state of emergency was indeed announced but non combatants essentially continued to live their ordinary lives even as it was in effect.

Here are a few important information on Philippine safety. It’s always safe to be more informed when traveling to a foreign land.

Vin Diesel rides the jeepney in Manila, photo by pep.com

The jeepney is the Philippines’ most common public transport. Patterned after the US armed forces jeep, Philippine jeepney is longer and fits about 16-20 passengers.

You can also get on buses, the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), and hire taxis.

Language isn’t a serious problem as even the people on the streets can speak basic English.

Itallianis in Greenbelt

You will find bars open till three or four in the morning.
The Makati and Malate areas are where you’ll be able to find the freshest clubs and bars. Makati is more costly, but safer as well. You’ll be able to find anything from designer brands to vogue but terribly inexpensive brands.

You’ll be shocked at how friendly we, Filipinos are. It’s really a different form of injustice that we seem to treat Caucasians and other nationalities in a better way.

The cost of getting by and traveling is so much lower than in western countries. So if you have US Dollars or Euros, chances are that you will have no issues availing services that meet your standards and your desired travel destinations.

Hostels and other accommodations are abounding and simple to find. If it’s the beach you need, then you can choose to go out of the town.

You can take an aircraft to other parts of the country if you’d like to see more. Whether or not you are traveling all alone or with your folks, Manila is a neat place to go to. It’ll be a rich cultural experience for you.

So what’s the situation outside Manila? Is it still safe to travel to the provinces in the Philippines? Like many other places, Philippine safety is always being ensured in every province throughout the country.

You can never find a safe place in the world. But if you steer away from Mindanao and other hot spots in the Philippines, I guarantee you would be safe.