For a single traveler, what is the best way to spend 3 or 4 days in the Philippines?

Cheap hotels in Mactan Cebu

If you want to be in the country, then get out of the city ! Leave Manila as quickly as possible and head to Cebu, where you are close to Diving and related activities and also close to Cebu City.

I suggest that Mactan would be a good place to be and good clean, cheap hotels can be found for $ 20.

00 per night ! Some might even provide Breakfast !

Hotel near Airport Manila

unfortunately, cheap and safe dont go hand in hand with hotels near out airport.

If youre ok with affordable, Remington Hotel located inside the Resort World complex across Terminal 3 is your best bet.

Because of its affiliation with Resort World, security is ok, with amenities suitable to your perceived budget.

Bai Hotel to Mactan Airport

There are several places developing in Cebu which can be considered u201ctrendyu201d or u201ccool to live atu201d and these usually revolve around commercial centres and easy access to everything.

This is based on my observation after living almost 3 years in this island.

In no particular order:,Banilad - the business district of Mandaue particularly along AS Fortuna Street.

Several condo developments such as Midpoint, Midori and the upcoming Astral.

Several malls and business districts such as Oakridge, Jmall, Banilad Town Centre, Gaisano Country Mall.

Lots of coffee shops, Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Tealeaf, Namoo, A plus Coffee, etc.

The traffic is always heavy at this area and when it rains some portion become heavily flooded otherwise this is a convenient area where you can have access to most things.

,Cebu IT Park - It took many years but careful planning and development made this area almost not like Philippines as this place has first world standards eg wide sidewalks, proper sized roads, accessibility to PWD.

A lot of commercial centres, coffee shops, restaurants and condos and upcoming mall.

The home of BPO industry and call centres open 24hours.

It also has several coworking spaces and fast internet.

If you venture outside, there are more restaurants, massage places, malls (eg JY Square) and cool social scenes such as La Vie Parsienne.

,Parkmall - the area where you can locate Bai hotel, the trendy Mandani Bay condo development, Northdrive and City Times Square.

There are 2 affordable coworking spaces here offering fast internet: one at Northdrive and one beside Parkmall the Workplace Cafe.

There are several coffee shops and plenty of restaurants to choose from.

This place has most everything youu2019ll need or want including easy access to good hospitals such as Chong Hua and UC Med.

,Fuente-Jones-Capitol - the original nightlife of Cebu and the red light district along Mango Ave - though looks old and unkempt but still offers plenty for everybody.

There are new condos sprouting up eg Horizons 101, Baseline.

Thereu2019s a public city library which is free and open up to midnight.

And the best hospitals are in this area (Chong Hua and Cebu Doctoru2019s University Hospital).

,SRP or South Road Property - although far but easily accessible via SM Mybus.

This is where the SM Seaside is located - 3rd largest mall of the Philippines.

Condo developments include City Di Mare and San Remo Oasis.

Newly opened mall: Il Corso Lifestyle Mall and soon to open: Cebu Ocean Park which will be the largest in the Philippines.

Once the third bridge is finished, it can easily be accessed from the Lapu-Lapu island.

,In Lapu-Lapu, the upcoming trendy areas are Pusok where Marina Mall is, close to the airport; Mactan Newtown, Tamiya and City Times Square of Lapu-Lapu, although I kind of avoid going here during weekdays due to the insane traffic here.

,Hope that helps.

Waterfront Hotel Cebu Airport

Several projects are scheduled to take place these upcoming years in the Philippines.

The projects are said to boost the Philippines u2019 economy up to middle income and theres a chance that the Philippines could reach above income within a few years.

Some of the projects listed below are either finished or in progress.

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The Mandani Bay will be 20 hectares with leisure and recreation activities being the main focus.

In the area, there will also be restaurants, retail outlets, space for cultural activities, and apartments.

The buildings being built will be Grade A, meaning that it is the highest of quality.

It is also going to be the very first 4-star landmark in the Visayas region.

ISLA DELA VICTORIA:Cost:u20b125 billionStatus: In constructionLocation: Cebu PhilippinesPlanned completion Date:2021Information: Isla Dela Victoria, once constructed, will be a world-class Casino/Resort.

This is one of the impressive buildings you will find in the Philippines.

It is 5 stars rated and will have lavish designs incorporated into the buildings.

Yachts and other water vessels will be able to be parked at the waterfront.

The Casino/Resort can accommodate over 2,000 people.

It will also have a theatre, top-notch restaurants, a mall, and a park,u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014--AIRPORTSu2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014-,SANGLEY POINT INTERNATIONAL:Cost: USD$50 billionStatus: In constructionLocation: Cavite City PhilippinesInformation: The Sangley point International Airport will serve around 130 million travelers a year.

The airport will be built on 2,500 hectares of reclaimed land.

However, The only controversial part of the project is its name.

Sangley is a term used to describe Filipinos of Chinese ancestry or Chinese who arrived on the archipelago before Spanish rule.

Some Filipinos are already upset about the name because there have been cases where Chinese owners wouldnu2019t let Filipinos inside their business simply because they were Filipino.


5 billionStatus: Design stageLocation: Bulakan PhilippinesPlanned completion Date: 2026,Information: San Miguel Corp.

(A beer company) Proposed the idea of Building the New Manila Airport to President Duterte, to add to his BUILD! BUILD! BUILD! program.

The program is designed to help build infrastructures in hopes to raise the Philippines u2019 economy.

They also hope to make Aquino International airport less busy so that there is less traffic in and Around Aquino Airport and its Terminalu2014u2014u2014u2014u2014-u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014-TERMINALSu2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014-,CLARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (Construction of terminals)Cost: USD $9.

6 millionStatus: Complete with a few constructions in progressLocation: Pampanga PhilippinesPlanned completion Date:2025Information: Although the airport has already opened since 1996, the government is constructing 4 new terminals.

By building the 4 new terminals, the capacity of the airport will have the ability to hold 110 million people year-round.

Each Terminal is said to hold 8 million travelers.

They are currently undergoing phase 2 of the project expansion.

The roof was designed to represent the Philippinesu2019 mountain tops, such as mount Ariat, which is located in the same region as the Airport.

MACTAN-CEBU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (construction of terminals)Cost: USD $6 millionStatus: CompletedLocation: Mactan PhilippinesPlanned Completion Date: [ Completed ],Information: Since Clark International Airportu2019s roofs are symbolic of the mountains in the area, it was only fair that the Mactan-Cebu Airport had their roofs represent the ocean waves.

The Mactan-Cebu international airport won recognition as one of the best airports in Asia.

It was second place to the Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore.

The airport is also becoming a popular tourist spot within and outside of the province.

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Measuring around 3.

7 kilometers in distance.

It is set to connect the cities of Tangub and Tobad in the northern part of Mindinao.

Before the bridge, travelers would have to drive around 2 hours and 30 minutes, but once the bridge is complete, it will only take 7 minutes to get from one point to the other.

The Philippines has partnered with South Korean construction companies to build the Panguil Bay Bridge, construction started in February of 2020.

CEBU CARDOVA LINK EXPRESSWAY:Cost:$USD 622 millionStatus: In constructionLocation: Cebu PhilippinesPlanned Completion Date: (2023)Information: The Cebuu2013Cordova Link Expressway, is a toll bridge expressway that can be located in Metro Cebu, Philippines.

The bridge will link Cebu City and the municipality of Cordova.

The bridge is spans 27,887 in total length.

It will have a total of 4 lanes on both the right and left sides.

The toll road facilities will be built on an artificial island as well.

u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014MEGA CITIESu2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014-u2014u2014u2014u2014u2014NEW CLARK CITY:Cost:USD $14 BillionStatus: In constructionLocation: Tarlac PhilippinesPlanned Completion Date: [ Completed ],Information: The city accommodates more than 1.

2 million people.

With a 1st class stadium located in the City, that is ready to host the 2030 SEA games and buildings where athletes can train and prepare before the games.

New Clark City is hoping to become highly industrialized and hopefully become a hub for high tech electronics and inventions.

PEARL CITY :Cost: (Unknown)Status: In constructionLocation: Manila PhilippinesPlanned Completion Date: 2035Information: The project alone is going to be the biggest smart city in the world.

It is self-sufficient and will be the second biggest reclaimed land project in history.

It will use solar, tidal, and wind energy to power up the megacity.

With subways that go into and out of the city for transportation, residents can enjoy malls, theatres, parks, recreational buildings, and so much more.

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The resort will be facing towards the 40 hectares of mangroves.

The Philippines will build its very first coastal boardwalk there on the resort.

Shops and restaurants will be scattered around with many activities that are said to be included within the resort.

NAUTILUS RESORT:Cost: ( unknown)Status: Design stageLocation: Palawan PhilippinesPlanned completion Date:(Unknown)Information: The resort will run on renewable energy.

Everything that will be used to make the resort from its walls to their utensils will be bio-degradable and made from reused materials.

The whole resort is also designed to be self-efficient with science, and environmental labs stationed at the very center of, the building complex.

The place is mainly focused on preserving nature, thus the eco-friendly design and materials that are planned to be used once construction starts,For more information about finished and upcoming projects that I wasnu2019t able to mention in this article, the link below is a youtube channel that goes more in-depth about the constructions that are taking place in the Philippines.

So feel free to check them out.

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