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Oldgrape
9/22/2019 18:47 EST

Howdy all. I have a question. Dou you all carry your passport with you all the time in case you get stopped by the police for anything?

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LarryKar
9/22/2019 18:58 EST

I have never had anyone ask to see my Passport with the exception of Immigration or opening a bank account. At a road block check point I handed the Officer my DL and ARC card. I could tell he had no clue what the ARC was and just handed it back. If you feel the need I would just make a copy of your main Passport page and most recent entry stamps. You really don't want some local cop walking off with your Passport.

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FrederickJS
9/22/2019 19:46 EST

I never carry my original passport outside the airport. I carry a copy of the main page (page with the pic and personal info) and a copy of the page which was stamped at the airport.

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Morgacj2004
9/22/2019 22:01 EST

I have never been stopped by the police. I would not carry a passport. The risk of theft or loss is to great. It simply is not necessary. Carry your national or state ID card if you are worried.

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surfingcebu
9/22/2019 23:14 EST

Morgac- plenty of road PNP and Army road stops on Negros . Many NPA on Negros .
Being polite and having a RP drivers license helps if they care to talk to you. Most expats are waved through.
The dragnet is for NPA or ABU. Sometimes they have stacks of guns and knives and other confiscated on the police truck at the road block, which is cool to look at .
PNP do their job well for the most part

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gypsyquokka
9/23/2019 04:13 EST

I have an SRRVisa and it comes with an ID card with photo. The ID card also has my passport number. I only carry the ID card when i am out shopping etc. Never carry the passport unless leaving the country.

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mactan64
9/23/2019 07:43 EST

In Davao there are heaps of checkpoints with PNP & Philipino Army.They are all armed to the teeth with many Scout Rangers veterens of the urban warfare in Maulie City.They don't hassle foreigners or inocent philipinos but aim to protect the population from ISIS,MILF,NPA & few more.

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mactan64
9/23/2019 07:43 EST

In Davao there are heaps of checkpoints with PNP & Philipino Army.They are all armed to the teeth with many Scout Rangers veterens of the urban warfare in Maulie City.They don't hassle foreigners or inocent philipinos but aim to protect the population from ISIS,MILF,NPA & few more.

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Goslig
9/23/2019 12:01 EST

Oldgrape I carry a photocopy with one side my identity page and the other side my valid visa.

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Goslig
9/23/2019 12:33 EST

mactan64 The MILF have disarmed after the BBL law was passed.

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surfingcebu
9/23/2019 22:55 EST

I think Fredrick is right . I never carry my passport , but I carry a photo copy of such on my pack-sac and a photo copy of any letters from the immigration department (BI department) . This has always been good enough at any road block or other . Some hotels will want to keep your actual passport- don’t let them . Copy only.
Many China Hotels these days want you to hand in your passport, again don’t let them . Copy only

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LarryKar
9/24/2019 04:22 EST

Surf just curious what hotels ask for a Passport. I've stayed in Manila and all over Luzon. Never did more than give them my Philippine Drivers License. No ulterior motive just want to know so I avoid staying there. Weird.

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Goslig
9/24/2019 05:37 EST

LarryKar The only time I get asked for my passport is when I board a plane though I have a Permanent Resident ACR card and a RP drivers license.

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Goslig
9/24/2019 05:40 EST

LarryKar My wife and I are going to be in Tacloban December 18 to the 23rd. We’re staying at the Summit Hotel just steps from Robinson’s Mall if you want to get together for a coffee.

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mattinnorfolk
9/24/2019 06:45 EST

Hi Larry, I will be in Tacloban for 4 days in November as a base to explore Samar and that part of Leyte a bit. You recommend the Summit Hotel as I was thinking an Airbnb. Thoughts group? Thanks.

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Goslig
9/24/2019 09:47 EST

mattinnorfolk I have stayed at the Summit Hotel. 20 feet from the entrance of Robinson’s Mall (new) with everything, restaurants, coffee houses, groceries, etc. Very convenient. Has a small, but nice pool. Great breakfast. A few cops hang out in the nice Lobby where there are computers to use.

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mattinnorfolk
9/24/2019 10:41 EST

Hello Gos, and thanks. I am showing 124 USA dollars for two nights and reviews are good.

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Goslig
9/24/2019 11:04 EST

mattinnorfolk Book directly with the hotel and save. Booking.com and Agoda have hidden charges. We’re staying 6 nights and I saved $25 and still got the free breakfast. There’s a nice beach in Palo about 13 minute drive from the Summit. You rent a Napia shack on the beach that has a table and benches (next to the Orient Hotel). Try the red coconut (fizzy) wine. The best Tuba in the Philippines. Pinoy’s put ice in their beer and eat with their hands. They mix the Tuba with RC Cola and ice. Very Filipino.

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mattinnorfolk
9/24/2019 11:08 EST

Thanks Gos, great advice as always and will check it out for sure. What is the general advice for my trip there for 25 days about using ice and drinking water through my travels.

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Goslig
9/24/2019 11:32 EST

mattinnorfolk We only drink bottled water. I make ice with it. I have had McDonalds pop with ice, but in restaurants, I go for mango or pineapple juice in a can. Try the Buko (coconut) water. Buko shakes are delicious. Buy a dragon fruit (red), peel & slice it. I eat leeches and mangoes too. The bakeries are generally real good. They have a smorg just at the entrance of Robinson’s for sampling different Filipino foods, seaweed and green muscles. Denico’s is a chain that I like. Beats food in the UK.

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mactan64
9/24/2019 17:34 EST

In 20yrs I've never once showed ID & I have travelled alot.

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Morgacj2004
9/24/2019 17:43 EST

I would suggest booking with hotels.com using the CapOne Venture card if u have it. 10tg night free plus 10 pls back per dollar spend. Trivago is also a great web site

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LarryKar
9/24/2019 19:04 EST

Gos thanks for the invite however Tacloban is still a distance from where we live on the far north coast. We pretty much blew our travel budget for this year in Hong Kong back in August. Maybe another time.

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Goslig
9/24/2019 20:13 EST

mactan64 In 8 years of living here, I have taken many domestic flights. I am required to show my passport upon entering the airport, at check in and prior to boarding.

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Morgacj2004
9/25/2019 13:49 EST

I recommend the BW Lex Hotel. Good price and great location

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TJorg
10/8/2019 23:12 EST

I am a beer drinker back home but have found that I enjoy a good dark Leyte tuba much more the any iced Red Horse.

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TJorg
10/8/2019 23:34 EST

In Tacloban, try the Ocho Seafood Grill near SavMor. Fresh (the clams are still spitting) seafood that you choose and the have it prepared as you desire. And by all means try the seaweed salad. So fresh and crunchy. The price is good too!

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TJorg
10/8/2019 23:34 EST

In Tacloban, try the Ocho Seafood Grill near SavMor. Fresh (the clams are still spitting) seafood that you choose and the have it prepared as you desire. And by all means try the seaweed salad. So fresh and crunchy. The price is good too!

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momlypeg
10/9/2019 01:39 EST

Passort is used for departure and entry to Philippines. I use my
DL, VA or military ID. Some hotels ask for my passport and i just hand them my ID instead. No need to only be robbed blut have ones Passport stolen as well, so not need to carry it.

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momlypeg
10/9/2019 01:50 EST

I take many local flights in the 16 years I have I have lived here and have NEVER used my passport at the airports. Id is all they need if it is local flight.

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Goslig
10/9/2019 04:07 EST

momlypeg that’s odd. I have taken many flights each year for 8 years and get asked for my passport on entering the airport, check in, and boarding. Are you a Filipino?

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momlypeg
10/9/2019 04:51 EST

Nothing odd here. I am US citizen, retired USN. Which airport are you using?

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momlypeg
10/9/2019 05:05 EST

I think airline tickets just say bring an "ID" when checking in and boarding. Any picture ID seems to work for me. If someone asked me for my passport, I show them any picture ID , but never my passport unless traveling outside the country.

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Goslig
10/9/2019 09:41 EST

momlypeg Not sure who you are directing your inquiry to, but the airport’s I have used in Ninoy International in Manila, domestic in Manila, Davao, Caticlan, Taglibaran and Tacloban airports.

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Goslig
10/9/2019 09:45 EST

momlypeg AGAIN at all the airports I have flown out of they ask for my “Passport” before entering, at the checkin counter and just prior to boarding at the gate. When I show them my Philippine Drivers License, I am told “no”, “we must see your passport please”.

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surfingcebu
10/10/2019 00:41 EST

personally I always show them my ID . Passport and RP drivers license . That gets me through the gate :)

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