Philippines Information

This page contains practical information about trips to the Philippines to see a Psychic Surgeon with a Group or Individual trip.

As Psychic Surgery is mainly practiced in the towns of Baguio or San Fernando, these are the places I will concentrate on.

Philippines Map

The Philippines

  • A large coastal country with 7,107 islands
  • Three separate regions with Mindanao in the south, Visayas in the middle and Luzon in the north
  • Manila is the capital.

About 100 millions inhabitants.

An increase in population of 45% occurred between 1990 and 2008 making the Philippines the twelfth most populated country in the world. 

It is not unusual to see large families with a dozen children in the islands. These are often from poor parents, and few receive an education that leads to rewarding jobs.

Most Filipinos are gentle people. Young or old, male or female, will frequently smile at you in the streets.

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Flying to the Philippines

The drive from Manila to Baguio or Bauang can take between 5 and 6 hours in a private car and 9 hours in a bus.

For this reason, if coming on an individual trip, I strongly advise that you fly to Clark International Airport (code CRK) as the drive to your destination will only take four hours from this airport.

Qatar airline is an airline I would recommend. Their service and maintenance on the planes are first class.

Traveling from Manila to the Psychic Surgeon

During the week, the journey from Manila can take 9 hours by bus.

Traveling with us in private transport is not so bad, it takes about 5-6 hours. Only 4 hours if you land at Clark International Airport.

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Transport in the Philippines

JeepneyA Jeepney
TrikeA trike
Motorbike as a cheap mean of transport..Cheap transport

Taxis are common in big cities.

Taxis in Manila unfortunately often refuse to set their meters and request an inflated fixed price for the journey. This is not the case at Manila airport that is strictly regulated.

Jeepneys are frequent and a cheap mean of transport. You must try them at least once on your trip.

Trikes are reasonably priced and they will take you anywhere locally. 

I would not recommend going on a motorcycle as these can be overcrowded...

Buses and private cars are the only transport available between Manila and the healers. No operational airport is currently close to your destination. 

Buses are often in the news in the Philippines as many of their drivers take too many risks overtaking in bends or on top of a hill. It is a dangerous mean of transport.

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The Roads

Out of the 203,025 kilometers (126,154 miles) of roads in the Philippines, only around 20% of the total is properly paved.

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Pollution

Pollution from a bus - too often seen in the Philippines

Pollution in the Philippines can be horrendous.

Many Jeepneys, buses and some cars spew a black smoke when accelerating.

Bad news for the lungs.

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Internet

This is available in all the hotels we use on our trips. Many internet cafes may be found in towns.

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Languages

An amazing 171 dialects are spoken in the Philippines. The main language is Tagalog.

English is spoken in all hotels and restaurants we use.

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Religion

90% Christians with 80% Catholics and 10% Protestant

Mindanao in the south has a concentration of Muslims and you may have seen negative News reports about this. We stay in the north and there is no problem.

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Health Care

Many doctors have trained in the USA.

It is easy to receive general medical care in the towns we visit.

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Food

Vegetables are plenty in the Philippines but not on all menus.

My own diet forces me to eat healthily. If you come on one of my group trips, I will take you to the better restaurants.

Few restaurants specialize in health food. 

There is a huge choice of different sea food, chicken, beef and pork in most restaurants. 

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Weather

Wheather Informaion

You can see Psychic Surgeons any time of the year in the Philippines. The less busy times are during the rainy season from June to mid-October.

If you don't like hot weather, come between the middle of October to the end of February. The surgeons are often very busy at that time so book early.

Temperatures are high between the end of March and the end of June.

Most catastrophes linked to bad weather occur in the south or mid part of the Philippines. The furthest north tip of the island of Luzon is also often hit.

The town of Tacloban that was hit by typhon Yolanda in November 2013 is situated in the center East of the Philippines. We are in the north. 

If you come between the end of June and September, I recommend that your bring an umbrella.

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Money

Check this web page for up to date Customs, Currency & Airport tax regulation details.

The taking in and bringing out of Philippines of Philippine currency in excess of PhP10,000 is strictly prohibited.

Foreign currency in excess of US$10,000 carried by the traveler must be declared at the Bureau of Customs Desk in the airport.

My information may be out of date so please make sure that you check this web page.

Traveler's' cheques are almost impossible to cash.

If you are coming to see Psychic Surgeon Jun Labo or Laurence Cacteng, make sure you get some Euros prior to leaving your country. Jun currently charges 100 Euros per treatment and Laurence 70 Euros. Ten treatments are needed for a complete body clean up.

My advice would be to bring cash with you and store it in the hotel safe.

The local currency in the Philippines is the pesos (Php).

Credit cards are not accepted everywhere.

ATM machines where you can collect cash with a credit or debit cards are plenty.

Getting cash with a credit card in a bank can be difficult.

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Accommodation

There are numerous good hotels in the Philippines. Here is a selection for Manila:

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Cost of Living

Hotel prices will vary between 2,000 and 7,500 pesos depending on your choice.

A meal will set you back between 300 and 500 pesos depending on your choice of foods.

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Safety

Same rules as in any other country:

  • Avoid going out at night unless you know the area is safe.
  • Do not accept lifts from people you do not know.
  • Do not flash your money around. Keep it hidden in a pocket or body bag. 
  • I would not recommend that you carry a handbag with you.
  • Avoid cheap hotels.

The hotels we use on our trips all have a safe where you can store passport, money and other valuables.

Emergency number in the Philippines: 911.

Complaints: 8888

You may have heard stories about kidnapping and insecurity in the Philippines. All happened in the southern island of Mindanao where groups of Muslim operate. I have not heard of such incidents happening in Luzon where we stay. 

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Electricity

Plug used in the Philippines

Many islands only received electricity at the turn of this century.

Current is 220-240 Volts.

Plugs are similar to those used in the USA (see picture).

You can purchase plug adapters at most airports.

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Mosquitoes

I recommend you purchase a cream or spray from a local health food shop prior to your departure. I do not recommend products with Deet in it as it is toxic.

Mosquito feeding time is mainly at sunset and sunrise.. They usually leave you alone during the day.

If you are unwell, do not delay.

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