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Iloilo

History
Iloilo is a province located in the region of Western Visayas in the Philippines. Iloilo occupies a major southeast portion of the Visayan island of Panay and is bordered by the province of Antique to the west, Capiz to the north, the Jintotolo Channel to the northeast, the Guimaras Strait to the east, and the Iloilo Strait and Panay Gulf to the southwest.Just off Iloilo's southeast coast is the island province of Guimaras, once part of Iloilo but now an independent province. Across the Panay Gulf and Guimaras Strait is Negros Occidental, occupying the northwestern half of the larger island of Negros. Iloilo's capital is Iloilo City, though the city itself is independent and not governed by the provincial government. According to the 2015 census, the population of the province (excluding Iloilo City) is 1,936,423. If Iloilo City is included, the population is 2,361,042 in total.
Transportation
If one arrived in Iloilo from the airport, aside from the train, there are also shuttle services that will get one to the city. The other modes of Iloilo transportation available to the visitor are jeepneys, tricycles, taxis and buses. The taxi costs about Php170 if one is traveling from the airport to the city. If one has been to Iloilo before and knows where to find a particular place, then the jeepney or the tricycle for short distances is an affordable option. For those who have never been here before but are looking for adventure, then by all means try out the public Iloilo transportation and because the locals are very friendly and accommodating, it’s not a problem to ask about routes.
Weather
The Iloilo City lies on 5m above sea level The climate is tropical in Iloilo City. Most months of the year are marked by significant rainfall. The short dry season has little impact. This location is classified as Am by Köppen and Geiger. In Iloilo City, the average annual temperature is 27.1 °C. Precipitation here averages 2083 mm.
People & Culture
Spanish architecture can be seen in old buildings in downtown Iloilo. Ancient Indonesians, Malaysians and Vietnamese, and later the Indian, Arab, Chinese, Korean and Japanese merchants were already trading with the Ilonggos, long before the arrival of the Mexicans, Spaniards and other Europeans. The ruling Spanish government encouraged these foreign merchants to trade in Iloilo but they were not given privileges like ownership of land. Foreign merchants and Spaniards intermarried with the locals, and the Mestizo class was eventually born from their union. The Mestizo offspring of the local nobilities later emerged as the ruling class of the Ilonggos.
Food
Iloilo is a province that pleases the senses, and for many people it is a province that pleases the sense of taste the most. Throughout the ages, Iloilo cuisine has left a lasting mark on Filipino culture with its delicious array of innovative dishes that may just as well be the reason why people keep coming back here for more.The definition of every society is not only best described by its history and culture. The prevailing culinary art and food preferences of its people are essential components that can explain the evolution of such society since food is always associated with historical struggles and cultural development. This presentation is an attempt to educate every traveler who chooses Iloilo City as a destination, of the multitude of great gastronomic recipes and mastery of the kitchen art which are remarkably an illustration of the indigenous Ilonggo culture.

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Columbia

90 days can be extended for another 90 days

Taiwan

14 days (extended until July 31, 2020)

Viet Nam

21 days. Single entry eVisa is valid for 30 days

Myanmar

14 days visa free, need to apply for eVisa for 28 days stay, visa holders, must arrive via Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw or Mandalay airports

USA

General Requirements

  1. DS-160 Online Visa Electronic Application
  2. Original Old and Valid Passport( 6 months Valid)
  3. 2 pcs picture 2×2  colored with white Background
  4. Proof of Funds (Original passbook with bank certificate, Original 6 months Bank Statement, Time Deposit Certificate(if any) and 3 months credit card Billing Statement)
  5. Proof of Assets (Original Land Title Certificate, Car Registration and any property documents)
  6. PSA Marriage Certificate (If traveling with spouse)
  7. PSA Birth Certificate(If traveling with Family)

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment
  2.  Approved leave of absence

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy DTI or SEC Registration
  3. Copy of Income Tax Return

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Copy of Registration Form

IF RETIREE:

  1. Retirement Documents or Copy of Senior Citizen I.D

IF INVITED:

    1. Invitation Letter
    2. Copy of Sponsors Passport
    3. Proof of Relationship
United Kingdom

General Requirements

  1. Original valid passport
  2. 2 passport size colored with white background
  3. Completed online  application form  
  4. Latest Income Tax Return 
  5. Bank Certificate, last 6 months bank statement and last 6 months credit card statement 
  6. PSA Birth Certificate
  7. PSA Marriage Certificate – for married) 
  8. Proof of assets such as; Land Title, Car Registration, or any property documents
  9. Previous passports (within 10 years) 

– All documents submitted should be original and with one (1) set of photocopy. 

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Employment Certificate
  2. Approved Leave of Absence
  3. Last 6 months payslips

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Business documents such as; Mayor’s Permit, DTI/SEC

IF STUDENT:

  1. Proof of Enrollment and School Certificate

IF RETIREE:

    1. Copy of Senior Card or Retirement Documents
    2. Copy of Pension
Schengen Countries

General Requirements

  1. Schengen Application Form (A4 Size)
  2. Old and Valid Passport (6 months Valid)
  3. 2 pcs 2×2 size colored with white background
  4. Cover letter stating the purpose of visit and Itinerary
  5. Flight Booking
  6. Proof of accomodation
  7. Travel Insurance confirmation of minimum 30,000 Euro coverage entire Schengen Area
  8. Proof of sufficient Financial means  (Bank Certificate, Bank Statement and Passbook)
  9.  Day to day itinerary with transfers
  10. Copy of credit card (just the front), land title, car registration (if applicable)

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment showing Date Hired, Position, Compensation.
  2. Approved Certificate of Leave of Absence

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Full Copy of SEC
  2. Copy of Financial Statement
  3. Copy of General Information Sheet (GIS)

IF STUDENT:

  1. Proof of Enrollment and School Certificate

IF RETIREE:

    1. Copy of Senior Card or Retirement Documents
    2. Copy of Pension
New Zealand

General Requirements

  1. Original, valid and old passports
  2. 2 pcs passport size pictures, colored with white background
  3. Photocopy of Income Tax Return
  4. Original bank certificate
  5. Original latest 6 months bank statement

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment
  2. Original approved leave of absence

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy DTI or SEC Registration

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Copy of School ID

IF INVITED:

  1. Invitation letter if invited
  2. Copy of passport with visa of inviter
South Korea

General Requirements

  1. Application Form
  2. 1 pc. Passport size colored picture
  3. Passport Original(6 months Valid)
  4. Copy of Passport First Page
  5. Original & copy of valid visa and arrival stamps
  6. Original Bank Certificate
  7. Original Bank Statement 
  8. Copy of Income Tax Return
  9. Copy of PRC or IBP Card (If applicable only)
  10. Birth Certificate (If traveling with family)
  11. Marriage Certificate (If traveling with spouse)

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy DTI or SEC Registration

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Copy of School ID

IF RETIREE:

  1. Retirement Documents or Copy of Senior Citizen I.D

If personally invited by Korean: Invitation Letter & Copy of Inviter’s Passport

If invited by Company in Korea: Invitation letter & Copy of Korean Company Business Permit

Japan

General Requirements

  1. Application Form (A4 Size)
  2. Old and Valid Passport (6 months Valid)
  3. 2 pcs Picture 2×2 size colored with white background
  4. Latest Income Tax Return
  5. Original Bank Certificate
  6. PSA Authenticated Birth Certificate (Issued within a year)
  7. PSA Marriage Contract (Issued within a year, if married)
  8. Authorization Letter (for Visa Filling and Pick-up)
  9. Daily Schedule in Japan
  10. Original Letter of guarantee with passport copy of sponsor (If the applicant sponsor by other person)

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy DTI or SEC Registration

IF STUDENT:

  1. Photocopy of School I.D
  2. Original Affidavit of Support of parents/Guardian

IF RETIREE:

    1. Copy of Senior Card or Retirement Documents
    2. Original Marriage Certificate (if traveling w/ Spouse)
    3. Affidavit of Support if Senior is dependent.
China

General Requirements

  1. Application Form (Form V.2013A)
  2. Old and Valid Passport (6 months Valid)
  3. 2 pcs passport size colored with white background
  4. Flight Booking
  5. Hotel Voucher

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment
  2. Copy of Company I.D

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy  DTI or SEC Registration

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Copy of School I.D

IF RETIREE:

  1. Copy of Senior Citizen I.D or Retirement Documents

IF SPONSORED:

  1. Sponsorship Letter of Affidavit of Support
  2. Marriage Certificate for Spouse
  3. Birth Certificate for Children
Canada

General Requirements

  1. Completed Filled out set of Application Form
  2. Original Old and Valid Passport
  3. 2 pcs Passport size colored w/ white background
  4. Bank Certificate
  5. Copy of Income Tax Return
  6. Original PSA Birth Certificate
  7. Original PSA Marriage Certificate

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy  DTI and SEC Registration

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate

IF INVITED:

    1. Invitation Letter from Canada
    2. Copy of Sponsors Passport
Australia

General Requirements

  1. Application Form ( Form 1419 and Form 956)
  2. 2pcs Passport size w/ with background
  3. Copy of Passport (6 months Valid)
  4. Proof of Funds (Original passbook with bank certificate, Original 3 months Bank Statement, Time Deposit Certificate (if any) and 3 months credit card Billing Statement)
  5. Proof of Assets (Original Land Title Certificate, Car Registration and any property documents)
  6. PSA Marriage Certificate (If traveling with Spouse)
  7. PSA Birth Certificate (If traveling with Family)
  8. Copy of PRC or IBP I.D (If applicable only)

Specific Requirements

IF EMPLOYED:

  1. Original Certificate of Employment
  2. Approved leave of Absence
  3. Copy of Company I.D.
  4. Copy of Income Tax Return

IF BUSINESS:

  1. Copy Business or Mayor’s Permit
  2. Copy DTI or SEC Registration
  3. Copy of Income Tax Return

IF STUDENT:

  1. Original School Certificate
  2. Copy of School ID
  3. Copy of Registration Form

IF RETIREE:

  1. Copy of Senior Citizen ID
  2. Retirement Certificate for early retiree.

IF INVITED:

    1. Invitation Letter
    2. Copy of Sponsors Passport
    3. Proof of Relationship
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