When traveling to most parts of the Philippines, it all starts at Manila, an international getaway city and one of Asia’s premier cities.
A way in getting there and the most convenient way are by air. The best way is through the NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) in Manila for international travelers.
The NAIA is served by more than 30 airlines, which fly to different cities throughout the world.
The national carrier is Philippine Airlines. Other Major International carriers are Air France, British Airways, Canadian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Gulf Air, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Quantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and United Airlines.
The NAIA in Manila has sufficient resources such as duty-free centers, tourist information counters, car rentals, banks and ATMs, foreign exchange facilities, chartered flight services, travel agency, and baggage deposit area.
The port area in Manila is called Pier Port. They are divided in two main areas called the South and the North Harbor. International Cruise ship dock at the South Harbor, while all domestic and cargo vessels dock at the North Harbor. There are very few facilities in the Manila Port. Small food and drink stalls and a seating area are the only facility you can find.
Some international shipping lines that dock at the port of Manila are Evergreen Lines, Lloyd Triestino and Far Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO).
However, the Batangas International Port, despite the “International” in its name is still primarily a domestic port. The seaport is better known for being a gateway to Puerto Galera.
My opinion, the best and appropriate way to travel to Manila is taking the airplane.
Most of the beach resorts and hotels in Batangas are 1.5 to 2 hours drive from NAIA. Travelers can rent a car or van to their Batangas destination. Avis, Hertz, National, and Nissan Rent A Car have desks at the airport.
And if you are in a very tight budget you can take the bus or FX.
Major bus companies that ply the Batangas route have bus terminals in Buendia and Taft Ave., Araneta Center in Cubao and in EDSA in Pasay City. You can ride the following air-conditioned buses namely Tritran, JAM, Batangas Express Liner, and ALPS to your Batangas destinations.
Another means of transportation from Manila to Batangas is the FX, and gaining popularity as an alternative to the bus. The FX gets to your destination faster because it spends less time to leave the terminals, with a maximum of ten passengers. Batangas bound FX terminals are located in Cubao, Buendia, Crossing in Mandaluyong and Alabang.