3.7 Shopping and entertainment
Times Plaza, a small shopping centre, is located along U.N. Avenue corner Taft Avenue and within walking distance of the Regional Office. It has restaurants and specialty stores.
In the vicinity of the Regional Office is the Ermita "tourist belt" (Mabini and Del Pilar Streets), with many local handicraft and antique shops. Robinson's Place, a shopping mall within walking distance of the Regional Office, has a large variety of shops, boutiques, gift shops, restaurants and specialty stores.
Roxas Boulevard is well known for its large number of restaurants and night clubs. Many large hotels as well as the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Folk Arts Theatre and the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) are located on Roxas Boulevard.
There are modern shopping centres in Makati and Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, which are located about 30 to 45 minutes by car or taxi from the Regional Office. These commercial centres have a large number of restaurants, modern air-conditioned cinemas, food and department stores and assorted outlets for electrical equipment and appliances, furniture, clothing, pharmaceuticals, jewellery, books, etc. The stores are generally open from 10 a.m. to 7 or 8 p.m.
3.8 Credit cards
International credit cards are accepted by the majority of tourist establishments.
A 10% service charge and 10.75% prevailing government tax are added to most hotel bills. Accommodation rates quoted by the hotels used by WHO are net; restaurant bills generally include approximately 11% sales tax on food and 13% sales tax on beverages. Additional tipping is optional. Bellboys or porters may be tipped anything from P10 to P30 depending on how much luggage you have.