Getting to the Philippeans
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Philippine Airlines (800-435-9725; www.philippineair.com) flies directly from Los Angeles to Manila for about $868 round-trip; airfare from New York is about $1,031 round-trip. Expect to pay about $140 for one-way in-country flights.
Visas: Americans can stay up to 21 days in the Philippines without a visa. Fifty-nine-day visas cost $30 and are available at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., or at consulates in Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.