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The Philippines, a country here in Asia, is known for its cool and amazing tourist attractions. The country is a small archipelago composed of over 7,000 islands with 3 major islands – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Every place in the country has its own pride and if you will visit all the beautiful places in the country, you would probably spend more than a year because there are so many locations to go.
In Luzon alone, there are more than a hundred tourist destinations. What more if you will include Visayas and Mindanao. However, among all these attractions, there is one place that already earned prominence in and out of the country – the Island of Boracay!
If you will travel 200 miles south of Manila, you will see and experience the captivating beauty of Boracay. Boracay is one of the Philippine’s pride because of its natural beauty. This is the reason why it is carefully maintained under the administration of the country’s tourism authority. Long before the Island of Boracay became a major tourist attraction, Ati tribe inhabited the island.
The island’s name was derived from separate Ati words bora and bukay which means bubble and white sand respectively. Later on, it was called the Island of Boracay and was transformed into a place that accommodates over a million tourists every year.
Based on experiences by people who have been in the Island of Boracay, the sight is really fascinating and the beach is really great. Most of the people are enthralled by the fine sand along with the cool and clear sea water. There are also a lot of activities that you can do when you are in Boracay Island, Philippines especially if you are with your friends and family.
You can take a boat and go island hopping where you will be able to visit caves and other beautiful beaches. You can also do an underwater exploration with scuba diving or reef walking. Other activities include kite boarding, banana boat and flying fish riding, windsurfing and kayaking but the simplest yet most pleasurable activity that you can engage in is just enjoying the water and walking on the sand.
During the night, there are bars and restaurants that serve food and drinks all night. You will be able to see and meet a lot of people enjoying all night partying at the Island of Boracay. The food is great and the ambiance is cool – what else can you wish for?
You can visit the Island of Boracay anytime of the year. Hotels and resorts are all line up at the island. There are stylish accommodations provided by five star hotels as well as reasonable priced rooms for people who want to keep their budget at the minimum.
The Island of Boracay has already caught the attention of so many tourists, foreigners and locals alike. The place was even featured in prominent leisure magazines and has received awards of excellence from various organizations. There are also some individuals who totally fell in love with the place that they promise to return every year. There are also others who already found their permanent life in the island. Why waste your time looking at magazine pictures when you can experience the luxury yourself?
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the Philippines’ international entry passage going to Manila, Philippines. This has been a very important structure for the country because there are thousands of people who go in and out of the country as well as others who also go to local provinces by plane.
Because of so many passengers, slowly, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA is already getting a big volume of passengers and is starting to be crowded with so many flights. In view of this fact, the NAIA management authorities have proposed the construction of NAIA 3.
NAIA 3 is already the third terminal which was constructed in 1997. It is designed as the biggest terminal in the NAIA complex with so many big controversies as well. The opening of the NAIA 3 was delayed so many times because of so many technical and safety concerns. Besides that, there was an issue that the project was mismanaged by the Estrada government. However, it was just recently opened to the public and began its partial operations on July 22, 2008.
On the first day of operations, there were 16 inbound and outbound domestic flights accommodated by the airport. These flights were from Philippine Airlines’ PAL Express, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines. After two days, NAIA 3 is already fully operating and it was on August 1, 2008 when all Cebu Pacific flights, including international operations were transferred to the terminal. Currently, the operations here are smoothly ongoing for the flights accommodated by the airport.
Terminal 3 Structure Details
With the total area of 182,500 square meters, terminal 3 is built on the 63.5-hectare land on Villamor Air Base. NAIA terminal 3 is connected to a parking building that can accommodate 2,000 cars and this is separated from the outdoor parking area which could house additional 1,200 cars. Being the biggest terminal, it is intended to be of service to 33,000 passengers everyday or 6,000 passengers per hour at the most. For better service, NAIA 3 was constructed with an adjoining four level mall.
Tourism analysts predict that more airlines would fly to the Philippines especially now that the terminal 3 is fully operating. This is a good sign for the economy of the country because income from tourism will increase. Nonetheless, there are still limitations because the airport only has one runway which has been speculated to reach the full capacity by year 2010. Furthermore, the government has also started a relocation plan for most of international operations. The proposed development would be transferred to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Pampanga.
The NAIA 3 is built for the convenience of passengers, foreigners and locals alike. It has been designed perfectly with an area of 147,400 square meters. There are also 34 air bridges and 20 contact gates. This functionality allows the terminal to accommodate 28 planes anytime. Flight display monitors can be found all over the terminal so there is no way that a passenger will be left wondering when his flight would leave.
In addition to that, the passenger security and protection is guaranteed by the management of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.