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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07076 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0501 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0343 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.38842 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02496 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0343 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03854 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.59711 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03064 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00726 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 33.73757 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01927 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02536 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13218 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0632 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01927 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24952 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18446 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 385.7418 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03849 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02523 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01834 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.71927 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12196 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 55 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.83487 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01927 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.72909 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.39802 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.40713 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11676 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95896 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19576 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2451 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33786 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52447 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01566 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03882 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01381 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01383 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08486 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.90173 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 173.4682 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14135 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.95511 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15109 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45397 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11662 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24432 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.86975 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 264.79768 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06653 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25202 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.8131 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 726.26201 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91715 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.44817 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01361 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04193 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.94701 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.31502 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.72447 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.69364 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.34104 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.59788 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00577 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0158 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.21407 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 159.5183 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.01156 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.00482 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.52331 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23064 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05874 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01196 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02554 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17689 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31757 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.96012 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.78035 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 46.03083 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15554 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76301 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6368 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.74605 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35992 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07528 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23044 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.87861 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59692 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14861 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00301 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02669 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00742 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01927 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06293 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06089 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.12852 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06613 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.35838 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07013 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07303 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.108 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.24143 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07225 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14897 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25942 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34781 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15787 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02537 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01381 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42786 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 147.01348 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.88632 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 384.19653 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16859 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.92254 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23065 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60154 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0462 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04308 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0755 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12954 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56091 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.31406 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.50848 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 70.36609 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01927 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54624 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 156.45471 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 704.39304 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 438.59343 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01233 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0486 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.2763 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05202 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.2763 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.85954 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.81503 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23062 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.99036 Zambian Kwacha
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A paradise for bargain hunters

Photos taken with OPPO F5

In the Philippines, we say Mabuhay. But in Guam, one must always remember to say hafa adai (read: half a day).

But you need more than half-a-day if you your purpose of going to Guam is shopping.

Guam may be a remote island and rich in history, but it certainly doesn’t lag when it comes to shopping and high-end retail options. 

And to top it all off, shopping in Guam is duty-free.

Regina Nedlic, Marketing Manager for Philippines & Russia of the Guam Vistors Bureau (GVB) said shopping is best enjoyed in Guam.

“There’s variety—from luxury to bargain. We are tax free and most main brands are here,” Nedlic said, adding that they want to entice more businesses and bring in more brands.

Nedlic said the best time to go to Guam to shop in November, specifically the Thanksgiving weekend.

And if Guam is where America’s day starts, shopping in Guam, at times, is endless. (read: 24 hours)

Shopaholics will find a haven in Tumon, dubbed as Guam’s center of shopping and fashion. 

Along Pale San Vitores Road are branded shops—Louis Vuitton, Mark Jacobs, Rimowa, Tory Burch, Gucci, Prada, Hermes, Balenciaga. Name it, Guam has it.

Better check out the DFS Guam Galleria and Tumon Sands Plaza, where all the popular designer brands are. All-time favorite American brands are also available at marked down prices.

Established in Hong Kong in 1960, DFS’ network consists of duty free stores located in 18 major global airports, 14 downtown Galleria stores, as well as affiliate and resort locations. 

The Group is privately held and majority owned by the luxury conglomerate Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), alongside DFS co-founder and shareholder Robert Miller. DFS Group employs over 9,000 people. In 2012, over 200 million travellers visited DFS stores. DFS is headquartered in Hong Kong and has offices in Hawaii, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

In 1995, DFS opened the first downtown T Galleria in Guam.

Micronesia Mall, known to locals as Micro Mall, is Guam’s largest American style mall. Locals and tourists alike enjoy spending the day at Micro Mall—owned by tycoon Lucio Tan—whether hanging out in the coffee shops, like Coffee Beanery, Port of Mocha and Honolulu Coffee Shop or browsing the latest fashion trends. 

There is a wealth of American brand clothing stores available, including Macy’s.  There is also a large Pay-Less Supermarket attached to the mall which offers a good selection of organic, gluten-free, and other allergen-free foods.  

By the way, there’s also a Bench shop in Micronesia Mall.

Lucio Tan isn’t the only Filipino tycoon present in Guam.  Henry Sy of the SM brand also built Agana Shopping Center.  

Altough smaller compared to Micronesia Mall, Agana also has famous brands and 20 specialty stores including an SM outlet.

But if bargain is what you are looking for, then head off to Guam Premier Outlets.

Since 1997, GPO has offered with a fantastic selection of shopping, restaurants and entertainment for the entire family. With stores like Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, GPO helps you keep up with the latest fashions without breaking the bank. 

Put you best foot forward with the island’s largest selection of shoes for the whole family from Nine West and Famous Footwear. 

Shop for great deals on family clothing and housewares at GPO’s  anchor store, Ross Dress for Less, which also has a smaller branch at Micro Mall.

Since 1982, Ross’ focus has been on bringing customers a constant stream of high quality department and specialty store brands at extraordinary savings—20 to 60 percent lower than department stores—while providing an easy, fun and organized shopping experience.

So what’s their secret?  As USA’s largest off-price retail chain, Ross has a great deal of purchasing power.  Also, their buyers search the globe for the best brands and latest styles.  They work directly with manufacturers to negotiate the best deals.

What’s more surprising, Ross doesn’t believe in window displays or decorations in their stores.  This means they can pass more savings to the shoppers.

Ross Dress for Less has1,342 locations in 36 states in mainland US and 2 in Guam.  The GPO branch is open up to 2 in the morning.

Guam also has Kmart, the pioneer in five-and-dime concept and has changed the shopping landscape of US.  

The store that Sebastian Spering Kresge built a hundred years ago has evolved into an empire of more than 1,500 stores and an Internet presence that reaches millions of customers. The Kmart name has become a symbol of Americana, standing for quality products at low prices.

Kmart Guam is open 24 hours.  Yes, 24 hours.

Hungry from all the shopping? Guam also offers one-of-a-kind dining experiences.

Try to catch Tao Tao Tasi, a brand new Beach BBQ, dinner show and restaurant that opened in 2015. 

This incredible optional tour is set directly on the beach in Tumon next to the Nikko Hotel Guam and adjacent to the Beach Bar & Grill, Guam’s most popular and most highly recommended beach restaurant and nightspot for travelers, families, adults and children or all ages. 

Created by the world’s leading show creators including those who have worked with Cirque du Soleil in cooperation with Guam’s leading cultural experts, this dinner show presents Guam’s ancient Chamorro warriors and beautiful dancers from the islands of Tahiti and the exciting fire dancing of Samoa. 

Tao Tao Tasi is by far the largest dinner show on Guam with a cast of over thirty performers in an entirely original large production. 

At Churrasco, enjoy a classic Brazilian steakhouse experience, prepared the gaucho way:  simply seasoned to preserve the natural, bold flavor of their specialty cuts. 

A place of all you can eat meat, salad, soup and hot sides, Churrasco (barbecue in Portuguese) has its roots from the early 1800’s when cattle-herding cowboys, or “gauchos” in the Pampas of southern Brazil would gather after butchering a cow to cook large portions of meat over a wood burning fire in the open field. 

The meat was seasoned simply with coarse salt and slow-cooked in its own juices. Then, small slices were passed around until everyone was full, a tradition that led to “rodizio”, a dining style of continuous service.

At Churrasco, they’ve kept the gaucho tradition alive. 

Cuts of meat, seasoned with sea salt, are grilled over an open flame and served as in centuries of old, preserving the natural, rich flavor of each tender cut.


Cebu Pacific Air flies between Guam and Manila thrice weekly—every Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays—using the Airbus A320 aircraft with 180 seating capacity.  The lowest all-in year round fare is at P7,370.84 for Manila to Guam and P6,558.85 for Guam to Manila.  All-in fare per passenger, inclusive of terminal fee, web admin fee and country specific taxes (does not include PH tax).  Quoted rates may be different from the time of purchase due to currency fluctuation.


The OPPO F5, the latest from the selfie expert, features a 20MP front camera with an F2.0 aperture and a 16MB rear camera with F1.8 aperture. Compared with other competitors’ 13MP or 16MP camera in the same price range, the F5 has a higher resolution (2160x1080) and better photo quality. The cameras can deliver Bokeh effects and the front HDR solves any over-exposure issues.

The F5 is OPPO’s first 6.0-inch full-screen FHD+ display device, giving the user a vivid visual enjoyment without the need to increase the size of the phone. It features a high-resolution 2160 x 1080 dpi screen with 18:9 aspect ratio. 

The F5 follows OPPO’s streamlined design philosophy - the sleek unibody offers a visually slim appearance without any cut-offs, with a gracefully curved body that fits well in the palm, expressing a simple and elegant look. A user’s palm will not feel tired even after using the phone for a long time, either from playing games or chatting. The 0.4mm laser string is carved onto the phone – a delicate linear finish that adds detail to the phone body.

OPPO’s very first full-screen display smartphone is priced at P15,990 and is now available in all OPPO authorized dealers nationwide. 
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