Skating - Fort Bonifacio - Global City - Philippines                                                                                                                             Return

Fort Bonifacio - Global City, right beside Makati's central business district of Manila is a business and residentaial area created from the ground up. It is desigend to be a technologically advanced, environmentally friendly city. Unlike other parts of Manila the published plan is to leave half the area in Fort Bonifacio in open space.  http://www.fbglobalcity.com

What this means is right now there is a great open area, with lots of roads that are lightly used that is perfect for skating. There are many resturants and places to get refreshement. On the weekends lots of people come out to skateboard, ride bicycles, fly kites, and just have pinics in a open area.

It is good place to skate for exercise or practice.

 

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Road Surface

Describes road surface conditions

 

The road surfaces here are very good. Most of the roads are new and still in good condition. (Some spots have been patched with soft asphalt so as always I stay focused). The surface here is the best I have seen in the Philipines.

Road Conditions

Is there enough room for skating on the road? Are intersections crossable?

The roads are not too busy and the roads are wide enough to easily share with cars. Traffic always was friendly towards us. The best place to skate in the Philipines I have seen.

Traffic Conditions

Describes level and condition of traffic. Is the traffic heavy, fast or erratic.

Traffic was fine, sometimes a bit busy but the roads are wide enough to share. Everyone was friendly and unlike the USA no cars tried to frighten me or make as to hit me. (What is it with the drivers in America) The roads were often busy, but we never had a problem with cars when skating.

Driver Attitudes

Describes how drivers react to and treat skaters

 

I was a polite skater in Fort Bonifacio - Global City, (as always) and everyone was friendly and unlike the USA  and no cars tried to frighten us or make as to hit us. The roads could be busy at times, but I never had a problem skating.

Danger Level

Describes overall danger of skating in this location. Everyplace is dangerous to street skate. Street skating means crumbling roads, bad drivers (or worse), air pollution and even nature. But some places are more dangerous than others

Roads were great. People friendly. The Sun can be a real challange.

Criminal Factor

How serious is crime in this location.

 

I hear stories about crime and the Phillipines but myself I have not seen anything, have not heard anything about something happening firsthand.

Cool Factor

Is this a cool place to skate.

Fine, it can be cool on the weekend when everyone comes out to play.

Fun Factor

Is this a fun place to skate.

 

Yes. Good Roads, I skated here day and night. The trip to Makati can be exciting. (I have been hit several times by cars coming and going from Makati to here) but skating here has always been fine.

Sidewalks

Are there sidewalks, and if there are what are they like? Often having sidewalks can be worse than not having them. With a bad sidewalk drivers may assume you should be using it - no matter how dangerous it is to use, and react very badly when they see you on the road instead of the sidewalk.

 

Lots of wide sidewalks, but wide streets too!

Misc

Any other conditions or issues that were found while skating here

 

 The Sun!!!! It can get hot here!! And the skate trip to and from Makati can be exciting.

Summary

A summarization of the skating experience at this location.

This is a fun, but sometime hot place, roads are GREAT. People are friendly.

Desire to Return - Overall Rating

The bottom line. Is the place good enough that we want to return here to skate it more. With all the above taken into consideration how much are we looking forward return and skate this location further.

 

Return? If I am in Manila and looking for the safest place to skate or practice, this is it.

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Services

Airport Pick Up

Please arrange car pick up to and from airport.

Airport Tax

All travellers leaving the country by way of Manila international airport must pay a Peso 550 departure tax.

Business Hours

Private and government offices are open either from 8 a.m to 5 p.m or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some private companies are open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Most shopping centers and department stores are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Most banks operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Clothing

Summer-weight clothing is suitable in Manila. Conducting business calls in short or long-sleeved shirt and tie without a coat is common and acceptable. However, for formal meetings, either a two-piece suit or the native "barong tagalog" (a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt worn without a tie) is the popular attire. Light suits and dresses are appropriate for women.

Currency

PHP (Philippino Peso)

Custom Rules and Regulations

Tobacco Products: 200 cigarettes (double for residents) or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco.

Alcoholic Beverages: 2 bottles of wine and 2 bottles of liquor.

Entry Requirements

All visitors to the Philippines must have a valid passport for a period of not less than six months beyond the intended period of stay. Visas are required for all visitors except: 1) transit passengers; 2) foreign tourists and business travelers, provided that their length of stay does not exceed 21 days, passports are valid, and they have return or onward tickets; 3) citizens of Hong Kong, British and Macau are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay of not exceeding seven days. Visitors can get visa extensions by visiting the Bureau of Immigration in downtown Manila, though the process can take up most of a day. Many travel agencies can handle the task for you for a fee of about 500 pesos.

Health Risks

Among the most common diseases in the Philippines are dengue hemorrhagic fever, hepatitis and cholera. Wear long sleeves or bring plenty of insect repellant when visiting rural areas. Drink bottled water.

 

 

Language

Pilipino is the national language. English is widely spoken and is extensively used in business and government, making the Philippines the third-largest English-speaking country in the world. Chinese and Spanish are other major languages spoken by some groups, aside from about 100 regional dialects.

Local Climate

The city is protected from extreme weather conditions by the hills of the Eastern Cordillera to the east and by the mountains of Bataan Peninsula, which lies west of Manila Bay. The tropical climate is characterized by a wet season that lasts from June to November and by a dry season lasting from December to May. High humidity and thunderstorms are common in July, August, and September, when more rain is received than in other months.

Name of Airport

Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It is about 9 kilometers from the Makati business district, but the ride can take up to two hours in rush hour traffic or heavy rains. An airport tax of 550 pesos is charged upon departure. For general information call tel: 877-1109; for flight information, tel: 833-8135.

Phone adaptors

Power adaptors


Tipping

The standard practice is to add 10% of the total bill in restaurants. However, some establishments already include a 10% service charge, making additional tipping optional. For cabs, it is customary to round off the fare.

Useful Links

Philippines - Department of Tourism - OnLine
CIA -- The World Factbook -- Philippines

Useful Numbers

Call 117 for Police assistance
Flight Information: 877-1100; 833-8135
Visa Card hotline: 1-800-1111-9015
MasterCard hotline: 1-800-1111-0061

Voltage

220V

 

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