Money Matters :
The currency in the Philippines is the Peso (PhP) and the Centavo. 100 centavos = PI. Coin denominations are: 1,5, 10, and 25 centavos, PI, and P5. Bill denominations are : 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1, 000 pesos.
American Express , is located at Ayala Shopping Centre. Phone 231.6747 For security reasons, say you’re going to Quantas Airlines at Ayala to the cabbie.
For today’s peso conversion price, go here: ( http://www.oanda.com )
Foreign currency may be exchanged at your hotel, and in most of the large department stores, banks and authorized money changing shops. Exchanging money anywhere else is illegal and the laws are strictly enforced. Most large stores, restaurants , hotels and resorts accept major credit cards including American Express , Visas and MasterCard. Travelers checks preferably American Express are accepted at hotels and large department stores. Personal checks drawn on foreign banks are generally not accepted.
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Recommended Restaurants :
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Hotels : Alegre Beach Resort Calumboyan, Sogod, Cebu… Tel. No. 254-9800 “AAA” $165 Perched above Cebu’s most spectacular white sand beach, the Alegre Beach Resort offers its guests friendly, unobtrusive service in an idyllic tropical location. Upon arrival, the reception area offers uninterrupted views over the spacious pools to the surrounding islands beyond.
A five star resort, close to the charming town of Sogod on the northeastern coast of Cebu. Alegre’s cottages are set in lush tropical grounds many of which offer ocean views and private gardens. The resort boasts a coconut grove, and three private beach coves, all of which have white sand. Complimentary roundtrip land transfers and scheduled city shuttle service.
Badian Island Beach Hotel Badian, Cebu Tel no. 475-1102 “AAA” $120 At Badian Island Beach Hotel you can savor the beauty of a Tiny Pacific Island basking in the tropical blue sea of the Philippine archipelago. Located in the Badian Bay at the sunset coast of Cebu, the guest will be warmly welcomed at the airport and accompanied to the hotel by our staff. Boat transfers to West Coral Beach for snorkeling and swimming, windsurfing, Tennis, Table Tennis, Paddleboats, Badminton, Volleyball, Billiard, and Darts. Evening entertainment.
Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort
Buyong Maribago, Mactan Island..Tel. No. 232-5411 “AAA” $100 Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort offers the best of Cebu for an ideal balance of creature comforts and nature’s wonders. Located 15 minutes away from the Mactan Cebu Airport, Maribago takes pride as the island’s prized beach. All the diverse pleasures of island living are at your doorstep; scuba diving, snorkeling, beach combing, swimming or just simply lazing under the tropical sun.
Cebu City Marriott
Cardinal Rosales Avenue Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines Phone: 63 32-2326100 (www.marriott.coni)
Located minutes from downtown and the convention center, as well as the beautiful Ayala Shopping Center. Here you’ll find 303 Rooms, 22 Suites. Outdoor pool, Health club, Sauna, Jogging, Tennis (1 km) Golfing: Alta Vista Golf Course (18 holes; 6102 yards; 72 par; 2.5 km away), Cebu Country Club (18 holes; 6500 yards; 72 par; 1 km away.
Waterfront Cebu City Hotel 1 Waterfront Drive, Off Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu, Philippine. $65. +(848) 827 5839 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a centrally located Vegas like hotel with some great nightclubs on the premises and in the immediate area. For a list of lesser expensive hotels, see here: (www.resortsphilippines.com/cebu.html)