Naia Centennial Terminal 2, Manila, Philippines
Everytime we travel we begin at an Airport and end at an Airport. So I will be now featuring airports as a part of my blog. I will begin with the airport I frequently use, the Naia Centennial Terminal 2.
The Naia Centennial Terminal 2 is used exclusively by Philippine Airlines for their domestic and international operations. It was built in August 1999 through the ODA of the Japanese Government. The Centennial Terminal is much smaller than the Terminal 1 and 3. But it is the more cozier of the 3. The airport is french designed. It makes use of a lot of glass and by using a lot of glass natural light gets in and which makes it more energy efficient than Terminal 1 and 2.
Upon entering bags will be xrayed and passengers subject to body search. After payment of terminal fee of P750 and clearance from immigration, bags again will be xrayed and another body search with the removal of shoes.
For passengers going to the US and Australia they will be subject to a 3rd Xray, Examination of Bags, Body search and removal of shoes.
The building is very easy to navigate. You probably have a very low iq if you get lost. All gates are just in a straight row. There are not too many gates so no long walking is necessary.
There is a Mabuhay Lounge here for Business Class Passengers and Mabuhay Elite Card Holders.
Food stalls which can be found here are Deli France, Vin Vin Kiosk, Goldilocks among others. There is also a cigar shop, magazine stand and souvenir shop. There is also a duty free area, though very small. There was an Old Chang Kee Kiosk here before but now it is empty.
There are laptop stations scattered in the terminal. Internet Stations are also available. A massage shop can be found at one end of the terminal offering massage from 600 to 1200.
There are pocket gardens scattered in different areas. At the end there is a mini fall with carps. These add that softer touch to the otherwise streamlined white building.
Toilets are few. And they all need an upgrade!!
Capiz windows with a plant box can be seen everywhere. They add that filipino touch to the otherwise very foreign architecture.
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