country code philippines

Country code Philippines

If you are traveling around the Philippines you may eventually need to call out or have someone call in.  Whatever the case, you may want to take a look at the country codes of the Philippines and maybe zip codes.

The country code of the Philippines is 63.  Here are other additional information of zip codes and phone area code in some cities . http://efilipinowomen.com/country-code-philippines/

country code philippines

 

 

Learn filipino basic words and phrases

Tagalog Cebuano Basic Words and Phrases

One of the best things you can do when traveling to another country is to learn to speak a few words of the native tongue.  I have done this in many countries and it works 90% of the time in making friends quickly.

Just the act of trying to speak a the local language will earn you MAJOR “cool points”!!  It shows respect, interest and love to the culture, especially in the Philippines.

Filipinos feel more comfortable and welcoming when a foreigner can speak a little Tagalog or bisaya (Cebuano language). The best way to build good relationships is to learn filipino words.

Here are the list of Tagalog Cebuano Basic words & phrases to help you out while in the Phils:

 

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10 Polite Tagalog Words/Phrases To Learn

 

1. Greetings

Magandang Umaga – Good morning’

Magandang Tanghali – Good noon

Magandang hapon – Good afternoon

Magandang Gabi – Good evening

2. Kumusta po kayo? – How are you?

3. Mabuti naman ako. – I am fine.

4. Salamat – Thank you

Maraming Salamat po – Thank you very much

5. Walang anuman   – You are welcome

6. Pwede pong magtanong? – May i ask a question?

7. Ano ang pangalan mo? – What is your name?

8. Saan ka nakatira? – Where do you live?

9. Maganda ka. – You are pretty.

Gwapo ka. – You are handsome.

10. Aalis na po ako. – I will go now.

 

5 basic words

1. Pagkain – Food

2. Tubig – Water

3. Uhaw – Thirsty

4. Gutom – Hungry

5. Sakay, sasakyan – ride, automobile

 

SALAMAT PO:

As you notice, most of the phrases and sentences have the word ‘po’ on it.

The word ‘po’ in Tagalog is use as a sign of your respect to the person and commonly use when talking to the older people.

10  Phrases/ sentences in Cebuano

Greetings in Cebuano

1.Maayung Buntag – Good morning

  Maayung udto – Good noon

  Maayung hapon – Good afternoon

  Maayung Gabie – Good Evening

 

2. Kumusta ka? – How are you?

3. Ok lang – I’m fine

4. Salamat – Thank you

  Salamat kaayu – Thank you very much

5. Walay sapayan – You’re welcome

6. Asa ka padung? – Where are you going?

7. Gwapa ka – You are pretty.

  Gwapo ka. – You are handsome.

8. Ka cute nimo. – You are so cute.

9. Asa ka nagpuyo? – Where do you live?

10. Unsay pangalan nimo? – What is your name?

5 basic Cebuano words

1. Pagkaon – Food

2. Tubig – Water

3. Uhaw – Thirsty

4. Gutom – Hungry

5. Sakay,sakyanan – ride, automobile

People in the city can understand and speak English so the communication is easier.  While some people in the provincial areas can barely speak English although they are very helpful and kind.

Camotes Island

Camotes Island is a very affordable vacation spot frequented by people from all over the Philippines.  Filipinos love it because it has so much to offer.  There are caves, a lake, beautiful beaches with white sands, hotels, and not as many drivers and tourist guides trying to lure you into pricey deals.  All of this is available at a fraction of the price you would pay in famous islands like Palawan, Bohol or Boracay.

Santiago Bay is one of the more popular places in Camotes that has the hotel accommodations.

                            

Hotels Located in Santiago Bay, San Francisco Camotes, Cebu City:

1. Santiago Bay Beach Resort – rates start from P1,000.00 – P 5,000.00

camotes santiago bay

2. Bellavista Hotel -P 1,300.00 overnight stay

camotes Bella Vitsa Hotel

Camotes island consists of three main towns:

1. Poro

2. Tudela

3. San Francisco

*Pilar is the fourth town of Camotes but its separated from the island. People need to ride on a boat to reach this neighboring town because there’s no bridge built to connect them.

There are 3 small Restaurants Located in Santiago Bay, Camotes:

1. Pito’s Sutokil

                                  

2. Nena’s Grill and Drinks

Camotes Nena's Grill & Drinks

3. Rees’ Sizzling and Seafood Restaurant

camotes rees'

These restaurants have a few rooms to stay although there’s NO AIR CONDITIONING and private bathroom.

Disadvantage of Camotes

The biggest disadvantage of the island’s hotels is that there’s no wifi and they only have 1 cell tower, its Globe Telecom.

My Camotes Journal

*Jeepney to Port*

On Thursday morning January 24, 2013, I woke up early for my trip to camotes. I rode a jeepney from the mall at the back street of A.S Fortuna. Mandaue. Luckily, the driver sent me directly to the port but they usually drop off the passengers in the terminal. The jeepney routes have now changed. It used to be across Jollibee in A.s. fortuna branch.

Jumalia Shipping trips were cancelled on Jan. 23, 2013 so I had to take a pump boat on the way to Sonog Port.

Outrigger Style Boat (terrifying)

Travelling in the passenger pump outrigger style boat is quite shaky and sometimes scary especially if its raining with big waves in the sea. In the middle of my travel in the wavy sea, I was getting bored yawning looking at the water when I saw a dolphin beside the bamboo ama of the boat! I was very excited and happy seeing more group of dolphins!

Upon arriving, the small boat had a hard time departing because of the big waves. The locals had to help the boatmen pull the rope and successfully tie it on the rocks.

It was continually shaking so I ran fast from the plank to get down from the boat. It was already passed 5 O’clock when I arrived. I hired a driver to send me to a resort to stay for the night.

camotes dock

Sonog port

                               

A Tour Of Camotes

He offered me a tour for a cheap price since we would pass the tourist spots on the way to the hotel. There were three top tourist places I wanted to see in Camotes: A cave, an untouched,very white sand beach and a big lake.

There are many other places to see in Camotes. Places to visit :

1. Timubo Cave – P 15.00 entrance

Camotes Tamubo Cave

2. Bakhaw beach – P 10.00 entrance

Camotes Bakhaw

3. Lake Danao – P 15.00 entrance

Camotes Lake Danao

4. Bukilat Cave

5. Holy Crystal Cave

6. Tulang Diot

                                   

7. Taliwang Bas

8. Mangodlong Rock Resort

As the tour finished, we headed to the resort for my overnight stay in Santiago Bay beach.

As I had a long tiring day, I went to bed early.

The Santiago Bay beach has a very wide beach with white sand.

I started swimming quickly even if the water is only up to knee. After an hour, it was time for breakfast, and a cup of coffee. I took pictures while waiting for the food.

After eating, it was time to pack and check out from the hotel room to catch the afternoon boat trip from Jumalia Shipping, a cargo ship. I felt safer because I didn’t feel it shaking so much from inside while resting in my seat. What I learned is to never travel by sea if there’s a nearby typhoon around Visayas area because its really dangerous.

EXPENSE:

1. Jeepney fare Mandaue -Danao. – P 30.00

2.PumpBoat fare Danao -Sonog – P 180.00

3. Terminal fee – P 5.00

4. Tour + fare to Santiago bay – P 400.00

5. Fare from Santiago bay to port – P 50.00

6.Jumalia shipping boat fare – P 200.00

7. Terminal fee -P 5.00

8. Jeepney fare Danao -Mandaue. – P 30.00

Camotes Boat

Camotes Danao Boat Schedule