Airport Transfers

Upon arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA (Terminal 1, 2 or 3) proceed to the public taxi station located upon exit. Please check the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninoy_Aquino_International_Airport for information on the terminal location of your flights.

Please take a yellow taxi cab to your accommodation and ask the driver to flag down the meter. Yellow cab taxi’s flag down meter is Php 70.00 pesos and Php 4.00pesos for every 100 meters. The trip will approximately cost Php 400 to 700. Taxi fare will be at the higher end during peak period (from 5pm to 9pm).

Another option is to take a coupon taxi with desks inside the terminals. Coupon taxis will charge a flat rate to a certain destination and will cost more than the yellow meter taxi.

Please show the address and the map of the hotel to the taxi driver (attached). Do not entertain airport porters that will ask to carry your luggage or help you as they charge for their services. Tipping is optional. It is up to you if you want to tip your taxi driver. If you do, a 10% tip is already considered generous.

If you encounter any problem at the airport or along the way, please contact any of our Philippine staff at these numbers:

 

JOSEPH PURUGGANAN +63 922 829 9450

MARY ANN MANAHAN +63 906 298 3206

LYN DELA CRUZ  +63 915 885 1844

Accommodation

We have booked our BOARD, STAFF and GUESTS at :

 

COCOON BOTIQUE HOTEL ( All Focus board member)
#61 Scout Tobias corner Scout Rallos Streets,
Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City.
Phone : +63 2 921-2706

 

HIVE HOTEL & CONVENTION PLACE ( staff and guest)
#68 Scout Tuazon corner Scout Madrinan Street,
Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City
1103 Philippines.
Phone: +63 2 998 3117 / +63 2 806-1004
Mobile : +63 922 810 4692/+63 922 814248

 

FERSAL HOTEL (guests)
#130 Kalayaan Avenue, Diliman
Quezon City
Phone : +63 2 911 2161

The room rate is inclusive of breakfast. Phone calls, mini bar , and other personal expenses shall be on the account of the guests/participants.

Room amenities include coffee and tea maker in room, Satellite TV, Hot & Food bar service 24/7, in room safe, direct dial telephone, and free in-room internet Wifi.

About the Conference and Other Schedules

International Conference – August 13-14

The venue is at BALAY KALINAW (House of Peace) located inside the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman. Lunch, snacks (buffet) and free flowing coffee will be served at the venue. Vegetarian/halal meals options are available.

For Staff and Guests at HIVE HOTEL and COCOON BOTIQUE HOTEL, a transport pick up has been arranged for you. Assembly time at the hotel lobby is at 8.00 AM. There are number of restaurants, convenient stores, and bars located near your area. When you decide to go out at night, please go out in groups. Never walk alone late at night.

 

Solidarity Night – August 14 

After the conference, a party-celebration for Focus’ 20 year anniversary will be held at CONSPIRACY GARDEN CAFÉ. Celebration will start at 7:30pm. Transportation will be arranged from Balay Kalinaw to the party venue.

Address : #59 Visayas Avenue, Quezon City

 

Currency Exchange

Currency exchange is available at the NAIA airport. We suggest you to exchange some money upon arrival in order to cover the taxi fare. The exchange rate is now pegged at Php roughly 45 to 1 USD. See http://www.bsp.gov.ph/statistics/keystat/day99.htm for the current exchange rates.

Weather

August is monsoon season for the Philippines. Expect the weather to be hot and humid in the morning and raining in the afternoon. Temperature for August is between 24-34 degrees Celsius with an average humidity of 70 percent. For the Conference’s schedule, there is no forecast of typhoon yet.

For clothing, wear light and comfortable clothes and shoes. The Conference’s attire is casual. Please bring an umbrella or raincoat, too.

For more information about the weather in the Metro Manila, visit http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/

About Quezon City

(more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quezon_City and the official site of the local government: http://www.quezoncity.gov.ph/)

Quezon City is one of the cities of Metro Manila, an amalgamation of 14 cities in the national capital region. It is the center/hub of both government and civil society offices. Focus’s office is located at 19 Maginhawa St. UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City. The neighborhood is part of the University of the Philippines (UP) Village area and is home to numerous NGO offices, hole-in-the wall restaurants, shops, and eating places. It has a vibe of easy, chill, bohemian and relax neighborhood, where its main residents are mostly of middle class stature but also urban poor communities. However, the mushrooming of restaurants in the last couple of years has led to traffic jams and commercialization of the area, which is slowly gentrifying the neighborhood.

Focus’ office is very near the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman, which is the premier state university’s flagship campus. UP is also the country’s national university covering 493 hectares of land, home to 100 year old acacia trees, and bastion of student activism since the 1960s. August is the start of the first semester of the academic calendar year so expect a lot of students in the campus. The Diliman campus has several sites including museums and performances spaces. The campus is also good for running and biking.

For more information about UP Diliman, visit: http://upd.edu.ph/visitUPD.html

Security

Metro Manila and Quezon City pose some personal security risks. Pick pockets and robbers are common. They target local bystanders and commuters, and foreigners. It is not advisable to walk late at night alone. Be very mindful of your belongings and valuables. Taking cabs are generally easy and safe but robbery inside the taxis is unfortunately becoming more prevalent now. Please exercise caution when riding taxis and walking in the streets at night