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Useful information about Iloilo & the Philippines

The Philippines is one of the world’s largest archipelago nations. It is situated in Southeast Asia in the Western Pacific Ocean. Its islands are classified into three main geographical areas – Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Because of its archipelagic nature, Philippines are a culturally diverse country. With its topography consisting of mountainous terrains, dense forests, plains, and coastal areas, the Philippines are rich in biodiversity. It is considered as one of the mega biodiversity countries in the world with a high percentage of flora and fauna endemism.


There are five types of climates in the Philippines: tropical rainforest, tropical savanna, tropical monsoon, humid subtropical and oceanic and two seasons - the wet season and the dry season.


Weather is tropical hot year-round with average temperature throughout the year is 24-32 degrees Celsius with relative high humidity.

Time Zone

The Philippines is UCT/GMY +08:00


The local currency in the Philippines is called the Philippine Peso.

1 $USD = PHP 51.09 as of July 22, 2019


Filipino, English

Visa Requirements

There is no VISA required for most countries so long as the passport has a validity of at least 6months and the traveler holds a return ticket.

For all travelers departing from the Philippines you are required to pay a ‘Travel Tax’ at the airport. This amounts to approximately USD $35.

About Iloilo


The City of Iloilo, Panay’s largest and highly urbanized city is located at the tip of the island. Also referred to as “the heart of the Philippines”, the city is the center of the Iloilo-Guimaras Metropolitan Area and the Western Visayas region.

Iloilo has kept its old charm and fascinating history while being a fast-growing modern city offering a buoyant nightlife and modern infrastructure. On top of that, Islets of Iloilo are filled with white sand beaches and tropical palms.

Contact Our Travel Partner


Tel: (+632) 816 6416 · 816 2201 · 815 2296 · 893 7294 · 893 4979 · 894 3372

Ark Travel Express is one of the largest travel and tourism companies the Philippines. We have been in business for over 32 years and are experts at making your trip memorable and enjoyable.

We can help with booking airfare, hotel, airport transfers and Bohol Tours and Excursions at competitive rates to meet your requirements. We will meet you at the airport and assist during your stay on Bohol, both for GFNY Philippines participants and non-cycling family and friends.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to provide you a quote for your trip to Bohol. We look forward to serving you and we wish all GFNY Philippines riders a great race!

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