Business hours are from 8.00am to 5.00pm or 9.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday and some private companies are open on Saturday from 9.00am till noon.

Shopping malls are open daily from 10.00am to 9.00pm, with some movie theatres running a main feature beginning as late as midnight. Supermarkets are open from 9.00am to 7.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Some pharmacies and drugstores are open 24 hours a day.

Public Holidays

January 1 – New Year’s Day
February 25 – EDSA Revolution Day
April 2 – Maundy Thursday
April 3 – Good Friday
April 9 – Day of Valor
May 1 – Labour Day
June 12 – Independence Day
August 31 – National Heroes Day
November 30 – Bonifacio Day
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 30 – Rizal Day
December 31 – Last day of the year


The Philippines is a tropical country with the average humidity being 77 per cent. March to May is hot and dry, with temperatures ranging from 22°C to 32°C. June to October is rainy and November to February is cool with temperatures ranging from 22°C to 28°C.

For weather details in Market, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.


Oanda currency converter

The official currency in market is Philippine Peso.


Banks are open from 9.00am to 3.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Time zones and time differences

The Philippines is two hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

To find out the current time in Market capital, view the World Clock.

Dialling Codes

The Philippines’ country code is +63.

For calls to the Philippines from Australia dial: 0011 + 63 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from the Philippines to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

The Philippines’s power supply is 220 volts, 60Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 3, 4 wires. The European two-pin plugs are the most common.

Links and resources

Travel and Tourism

Philippine Department of Tourism  

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