SCHEDULES OF SHOPS and COUNTERS
As of February 17, 2015, first level has opened several bank counters and foreign exchange center. Land Bank forex is open from 8:30AM to 3PM for banking transactions, but their forex is open 24-hours. Philippine National Bank and Metro Bank are open 24 hours. The following have ATM machines at the arrival hall: PBB, BPI and PNB. There's a yellow-colored stand-alone Forex counter that's open 24 hours near one of the exits. Philtrust Bank is open for money exchange until 6PM.
Banco de Oro (BDO), one of the biggest banks of the country, has opened a counter at the arrival hall. They open at 8AM up to 12 midnight. Also, this was the only counter where a guard manning the counter did NOT want to answer a straight forward question, i.e. what time do they close. "Saan po kayo, sir? Para saan po yan?" he asked me before finally hesitating with a "12 midnight, sir." Geez. What's wrong with these BDO people. It's a simple and common question. You'd think they were operating an illegitimate business.
PBCom and PSBank also have their own ATM machines. RCBC has its own ATM at the departure hall, front. At the back, after check-in is a Citibank and Land Bank ATM. There is another Forex Counter just before getting into the pre-departure area (domestic and international) - and its open 24 hours.
Can you shop or dine during the wee hours? Of course. There are ATM machines and forex counters everywhere. Outside the pre-departure hall, most duty free shops are open, even the restaurants. A new shop called "Don't Forget About the Kids" (a toy shop) is open 24 hours. Coffee Bean closes at 2AM. The new McDonalds, Jollibee, Dimsum and Dumplings; Kenny Roger's Roasters, and Wendy's are open 24 hours. 7-11 is open 24 hours. Seattle's Best, near 7-11, is open 24 hours. Shakey's close at 10PM. The new Havaianna's store closes at 10PM (near McDo). Cowan Asian restaurant closes at 10PM. Kenko Spa, if you fancy a massage, is open 24 hours as well. Raiku Japanese Restaurant is open 24 hours - and so is Yellow Cab if you fancy a pizza or pasta. Chubby China restaurant at the arrival hall is open 24 hours. Burger King at the arrival hall closes at 12 midnight.
Pre-departure shops mostly close at 10PM and open at 2AM. Espressamente for your caffeine fix, closes at 8:30PM; Nescafe shop opens at 7:30AM and closes at 8PM. Victoria Secret at the domestic predeparture hall opens at 2AM and closes at 8PM. The one and only Foreign Exchange counter at the domestic predeparture opens from 2AM to 6PM only. Cafe France closes at 5PM. National Bookstore opens from 6AM and closes shop at 6:30PM. KR Express grocery opens from 2AM to 6PM. As of May 4, 2015, a CD-R King branch has opened just across Boarding Gate 20 at the domestic pre-departure area which is odd considering so many CD-R shops have folded all over Metro Manila.
Army Navy shop near gate 33 closes at 6PM. Krispy Kreme opens from 2AM to 6PM.
LAST CALL COUNTER (When you're running late)
These days (May 2015) most passengers have to allot at least 2 to 3 hours prior to flying (domestic or international) because the volume of passengers sing Terminal 3 has exponentially grown. This results to congestion at the check-in counters (bag drops included). I almost didn't make my Davao flight despite a web check-in and a 1.5 hour leeway to check-in because mere bag drop takes ages. BUT - 30 minutes before your gate closes, Cebu Pac personnel will be calling out passengers to proceed to the "Last Call Counter" for immediate check-in. They will assist you out of your queue and prioritize your check-in so you can run to the gates. Just be attentive when they call out your flight and destination - and call their attention.
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.
GOOD NEWS: International Carriers Moving 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 ans 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.
|Protectabag Counter for your packing needs.|
|OWWA and POEA Counters|
|Pay your travel tax here.|
|This left wing used to be empty, now its filling up.|
|RCBC and PNB ATM Machines at the Departure/Check-in Hallway. At the other side of the check-in hallway, there are 3 atms: PNB, Citibank and another one (either BPI or Chinabank).|
|Airphil Express Counter for the P1,500 rebooking fees. Many in the queue are those who didn't make their flights.|
|This is the Waiting Hall. several chairs are found in this area, when you have to wait for your check-in counters to open. At the front (corner) is a booth where Filipinos pay the travel tax (P1620) per person.|
Airport Chapel, Left Luggage and Viewing Gallery - http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2012/11/naia-terminal-3-part-6-blessed-john.html
Covered Parking - http://eye-in-the-blue-sky.blogspot.com/2014/09/naia-terminal-3-covered-parking.html
Important Telephone numbers and email addresses at the T3: for specific queries
|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|