|Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 - This photo only courtesy of wipedia's eternal oraeon.|
|NAIA check-in counters. This photo only courtesy of wikipedia's Sky Harbor.|
Most of Terminal 3 is operational 24 hours which means you can wait for long hours here and not feel like you're in some African desert. ATMS (about a dozen or so) are found all over especially at the arrival hall although there are no ATMs at the predeparture halls. Foreign exchange counters are also mostly open 24 hours except the one at the domestic predeparture hall (2AM - 6PM). Fast food chains are also open 24 hours: McDonalds, Jollibee, Dimsum and Dumplings, Yellow Cab, Wendy's, Seattle's Best, Kenny Rogers Roasters, Raiku Japanese Restaurant, Chubby China. Kenko Spa is also open 24 hours. Cowan Asian Restaurant is open until 10PM; Shakey's til 10PM and Coffee Bean until 2AM. 7-11 and Mini-Stop are open 24 hours - they have meals, phone loads, siopao and drinks, etc. A toy store at the 4th level near McDonalds called "Don't Forget About the Kids" is open 24 hours as well. Havaiannas, also at the 4th level, is open until 10PM. Krispy Kreme, at the domestic predeparture, near gate 33, is open from 2AM to 6PM. A Mister Donut stall is at the food court of 4th level and is open 24 hours as well. Army Navy is open until 6PM. Victoria Secret is operational from 2AN to 8PM. National Bookstore is open from 6AM to 6:30PM. The Duty Free Shops scattered all over the 4th floor and the new ones at the Arrival Hall near the entrance to the Covered Parking are open 24 hours.
GOOD NEWS: Major International Carriers Move to T3
(July 2014 Update)
Starting July 2014 , NAIA Terminal 3 will be accepting major international carriers: Delta, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Emirates, Singapore and Cathay. ANA has also been using this terminal a while back. This makes the terminal fully operational, which used to only operate a mere 50% of its facility and services. They've in fact opened the once-empty right wing. These new airline companies will also be posting shuttle bus services for its passengers with connecting flights to other terminals (1,2,4) - for free! Travel between these terminals usually take 30 to 45 minutes. These will give tourists arriving with these carriers a better impression and a more relaxed arrival in Manila. Three other carriers are slated to move from Terminals 1 and 2 to Terminal 3 in the coming months. This was made possible after the settling of the long-running court cases related to the construction of NAIA Terminal 3.
|Though T3 has lots of shops, there's only one Duty-Free Shop at the international arrival hall just before clearing immigration and customs. A few paces from here, you start queuing at the immigration to get stamped into the country.|
AVOID MARY GRACE CAFE
And just so you avoid delays, if you're taking a meal or snack at the Food Court, we feel we need this special mention. Avoid Mary Grace Cafe. The place is messy, the servers are inattentive and take forever to serve you and they forget orders.
|Arrival from an international flight, right after immigration formalities. Down below is where you secure your checked baggage.|
|Credit calls, coins can be used at these Terminal 3 phones. You can place calls anywhere in the world using Philippine coins or your international credit cards. These phones are placed at strategic areas of the terminal|
|If you have to be connected during your stay in the Philippines, you can avail of a mobile wifi at Roambuddy, located at the arrival hallway. You can rent a unit for PhP1,500 for a 3-day use. Charges apply for further use.|
PUBLIC BUSES AND AIRPORT SHUTTLES
|Public Commuter Buses can also be found just outside the arrival hall with published route posted below. Please DO NOT ask me more about this service as this is the only information I know about it.|
|Route of Public Commuter Bus|
|The view from the Arrival Hall as you exit the baggage claim area.|
|For foreign tourists, if you've arranged for a hotel pick-up, you'll see this "firing squad" line just after exiting the baggage claim area to your right. Look for your names written on boards.|
NAIA 3's facade and arrival area- the huge numbered posts is a numbered Bay Waiting Area which tourists can use as reference when meeting people.
St. Peter's Chapel, the toffee-colored church right across NAIA 3, is also home of St. Therese Columbarium. It is hard to miss and is always a welcome sight.
NAIA Terminal 3 Takes in Some Color - http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2014/10/naia-terminal-3-takes-in-some-color.html
For specific inquiries, here are some important telephone numbers and email addresses at T3:
|Asst. Terminal Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lost & Found||+63.2.877-7888 email@example.com|
|Bureau of Animal Industry||+63.2.877-7888 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bureau of Customs||+63.2.877-7888 email@example.com|
|Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources||+63.2.877-7888 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bureau of Immigration||+63.2.877-7888 email@example.com|
|Bureau of Plant Industry||+63.2.877-7888 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bureau of Quarantine||+63.2.877-7888 email@example.com|
|DENR Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit||+63.2.877-7888 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Philippine Overseas Employment Adminnistration||+63.2.877-7888 email@example.com|
|Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority||+63.2.877-7888 loc.8159|
|Customer Relations Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Passenger & Customer Relations||+63.2.877-7888 loc. email@example.com|
|Terminal Administration||+63.2.877-7888 loc. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Terminal Security & Safety||+63.2.877-7888 loc. email@example.com|