Philippines – the country which surprised me in many ways, and the Internet was one of them. Internet in the Philippines is very popular. Shopping centers are the ideal place to surf the net.
Flying to the Philippines, I was convinced that it was a little backward country, fairly primitive and underdeveloped. My ideas about certain areas were quickly verified. The very first day of my stay was the day dominated by the Internet. We landed around midnight and due to subjective reasons we have not been in the hotel and went with backpacks to one of the network’s restaurant, which is also known that in most of its locations have Wi-Fi. We verified our plans checking some things in Internet and we went to the Philippines capital, Manila. We traveled by bus, which had WiFi. WiFi on buses boards on popular routes is the norm. Maybe is not easy to work as it difficult to hit the keys, but you can read or listen to music or the radio.
Internet in the Philippines is very popular. Shopping centers are the ideal place to surf the net. In addition to individual stores or WiFi service points – these networks are usually protected by passwords – there are also free WiFi available to consumers.
Internet cafes offer the possibility to access the Internet at fairly reasonable prices. Usually it is 20 Philippine pesos per hour to use the network (US $ 1 = 40 Philippine pesos). In the touristic places prices for surfing the internet are 20-100 pesos per hour.
For a month and a half of my stay in the Philippines I slept only in places that offered the opportunity to use the Internet. In most cases I did not choose places for rest checking if they offer an access to the Internet or not. In El Nido, on Palawa, where electricity is off from 6 in the morning and on again at 14.30, I rented a house powered by solar energy – apparently the only one in El Nido – and even when the whole island was cut off from the energy, I could work.
The most absurd situation, at first glance, there was WiFi in the middle of a forest! Dumbfounded with my travel companion we checked whether it actually worked. The signal was very strong! This place is Mountain Tower at Siquijor. Our guide explained to us that in Holy Week celebrations are held there, which attract lot of tourists, and they like to have access to the Internet.
It’s a guest article of Dagmara Bausz.