Before Coming to Manila
Weather and Attire
The Philippines has a tropical climate that is usually hot and humid. The month of May is one of the hottest months in the country, with a temperature range of 24 to 35 degrees Celcius, which sometimes feels like it’s over 40. However, there is always a chance of rain, usually in the afternoon.
As such, it is advisable that you always bring an umbrella when traveling around Manila. Bringing a pair of sturdy, water-resistant shoes is also a must. Wear loose, comfortable, light clothing, but do bring a light jacket, cardigan, or shawl, especially when visiting in indoor establishments with air-conditioning.
Here is the weather forecast for the Conference Week.
Arriving at Manila
Manila Airports – Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has 4 Terminals, some of which are known by multiple names.
Do check where your flight will be landing (usually Naia-1 or Naia-3).
Terminal 1 – This is the (Old) International Terminal and is known generally as NAIA-1, it services most international airlines, except Philippine Airlines (PAL) and the carriers listed for Naia-3 below.
Terminal 2 – This is known as Centennial Terminal. It is for the exclusive use of the Philippines National carrier, Philippines Airlines (PAL).
It caters to both Domestic and International PAL flights.
Terminal 3 – This is known as NAIA-3. It services the following internationl airlines: Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Emirates Airlines, AirAsia Phils; as well as the both Domestic and International flights of Cebu Pacific Airlines; and Domestic flights of PAL Express.
Terminal 4 – This is the (Old) Domestic Terminal. It services the local flights of the following airlines: Tigerair Philippines, Air Asia Zest, and Skyjet Airlines.
If you intend to travel around the country before or after the conference, it is essential that you know which airport to go to. Please keep in mind that there is heavy traffic in Manila (outside and even inside the airports!) so it is usually recommended to arrive at the check-in desks 3 hours before your flight. This means giving 4 or 5 hours lead time to get to the airport, especially if you are heading there during rush hours.
To and From the Airport
We strongly recommend that you take the white coupon airport taxi to the designated conference hotel (not to be confused with the regular taxi which is also white).
It is a little bit more expensive but it is safe and reliable. The airport taxi has a counter just outside the airport door. The yellow taxi is also good but there is always a long queue.
Alternatively, you may want to use Grab to get to your hotel. Payment can be made via credit card or cash (in Philippine Peso). We also recommend using Grab going to the airports, if your hotel does not provide a shuttle service.