Taguig is located at the southern section of Metro Manila and the northwestern shore of Laguna de Bay. It is easily accessible via taxi or public transportation.
During the Spanish colonial period from the 1500s to 1800s, Intramuros was the seat of Philippine government. The historic walled city remains replete with sterling examples of the colonial lifestyle and Spanish architecture, including the Manila Cathedral, the region’s oldest church. Intramuros is best visited during the day; various tours are available at the Fort Santiago visitors’ center.
Just two hours south of Manila is the world’s smallest active volcano, which features Vulcan Point, an island within Crater Lake, which is on Volcano Island, within Taal Lake. It is not only well worth seeing, but an adventure to approach, since the peak is accessible by boat, horse, or hike. Overnight and day tour packages are available onsite.
The Philippines has a tropical climate, with heavy rainfall from June to August, cooler temperatures from late November to early February, and very sunny summers from March to May. Regardless of the season, it tends to be humid all year round, so lightweight clothes and especially cotton are recommended.
GMT +8, or Hong Kong time
Local currency is the Philippine peso. Money changers abound, especially in shopping malls or commercial buildings in the business districts. Credit cards, particularly VISA and Mastercard, are widely accepted.