Planning a Visit?

Traveling and Recruiting in the Philippines

Planning a visit to International School Manila? Below you will find some logistical and helpful information to help you plan your visit.

ISM typically hosts up to 150 US colleges and universities all year along with occasional visits from post-secondary institutions in Canada, Australia, the UK, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Switzerland. We encourage any college or university from any country that would like to visit us to contact our office to schedule an appropriate day and time. If you would like to schedule a visit, kindly email Ms. Kim Cheah (cheahk@ismanila.org) or visit Repvisits link.

Below is an up to date calendar of planned visits by admissions representatives. Please feel free to use to assist you in your planning.

Please see our school calendar (which includes public and school holidays) directly below.

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Location:

International School Manila is located on University Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Bonifacio Global City is a modern, financial district complete with lots of shopping and eating establishments. Please click here to see the ISM map.

Nuts and Bolts:

College and University reps normally visit our school and meet with our students during lunch time, which is from 11:25 am – 12:05 pm. Yo can potentially visit two to three schools per day. Many university reps also choose to visit Brent International School, located about an hour’s drive from ISM, and the British School just across the street from ISM. Some university reps also visit other schools in the area, whose contact information can be found here.

How to get around in Manila: Metro Manila is made up of thirteen cities. ISM is located in Fort Bonifacio Global City and borders on the main central business district of Makati, the most modern city in the metro area.

Taxis are easy and cheap. Taxis off the street will cost you $2-3 to get from the hotel to ISM, more to Brent. Hotel taxis offer very reliable and great service although cost a bit more. We also have Grab Taxi Philippines here to help you as depending on the time of day, getting a taxi right off the street may prove challenging during busy times.

You can also arrange to hire a hotel taxi for the entire day at affordable rates ($20- 30). We recommend giving yourselves plenty of time for travel due to traffic congestion in Metro Manila.

Arriving at ISM:

You need to pass through Gate 3 when visiting the campus. If you are driving a private vehicle or traveling by a private bus, please email the vehicle type, color and plate number to Arni Supan at supanm@ismanila.org or at hsguidance@ismanila.org  so we can provide this information to the Security Office in advance, facilitating an easier entry to campus. School security personnel will assist you in finding a parking space and direct you to the High School Counseling Center.

Advice for travellers:

Hotels:

Shangri-La Makati Hotel, Peninsula Manila Hotel New World Makati HotelRaffles Makati and InterContinental Manila Hotel are excellent 5-star hotels that are in nearby Makati (20-25 minute drive to the school). The Dusit Thani Manila (4-star) is a bit more economical. All offer great accommodations and services, are in the central business district and in close proximity to ISM.

Those wishing to stay nearer to the airport may elect the Manila Marriott Hotel (5-star), which also provides an easy commute to both Brent and ISM.

If you wish to stay in Bonifacio Global City (the neighbourhood of our school), we recommend Seda BGC hotel and F1 Hotel Manila (both 4-star hotels). Seda BGC is the closest physically to our school (within walking distance).

Eating:

There is a wide range of eating choices in each hotel and also within walking distance of each. Food is safe. Water in most modern restaurants is safe. Otherwise drink bottled water.

If you’re looking for a few traditional dishes, have a look here for some delicious ideas.

Do you want a challenge while you’re here? Something to check off in terms of a Filipino “bucket list”. How about trying a very common Filipino street food called Balut? Definitely NOT for the faint of heart.

Weather:

Weather is generally hot and humid all year. Temperature ranges from 25-38 C: t-shirt and shorts weather all the time! The rainy season is from June through September, the “cool” season from December through February, and the hot season from March through May.

Extra time?

The Makati hotels are all located 2-5 minutes from a major mall and from the Greenbelt area, which has many modern shops and restaurants. If you’re looking to get out of Manila, you can make inexpensive trips by day (Tagaytay – Lake Taal) or for the weekend (Boracay, Palawan, etc.). For everything you need to know about tourism in the Philippines, please visit Wikitravel Philippines.

Tired from travelling? Need a Spa? You have to have a traditional Philippine Hilo massage before you head on to your next destination. While your hotel will no doubt offer spa services, one of the more well know massage service is The Spa. Located in both Bonifacio Global City and Makati, there will be one near your hotel.

While there are lots of places to pick up a souvenir from the Philippines, we realize you generally do not have a lot of time when you visit. If you are in a rush but want to pick something up as a memento from the Philippines, try Kultura. It may be a little more expensive than other shops you could come across however it is a convenient one stop shop for “all things Filipino” if you are pressed for time.  There is one located in SM Aura Premier Mall (BGC) and SM Makati (near Greenbelt).

We would be happy to answer any other logistical questions you may have prior to your arrival. Please contact Kim Cheah via email at cheahk@ismanila.org if you have any other inquiries.

Mabuhay! And we look forward to seeing you on our beautiful campus.

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