Atlas Network's 2020 Asia Liberty Forum in Manila, Philippines!

We are proud to announce the 2020 Asia Liberty Forum in Manila, Philippines! #AsiaLF20 is sponsored by Atlas Network and co-hosted by the Foundation For Economic Freedom. Register today! 

Asia Liberty Forum brings together friends of the freedom movement across Asia to discuss challenges facing the region and to learn from one another how to most effectively advance free-market reforms.

You will learn from distinguished speakers and participate in interactive sessions to strengthen civil society efforts to move public policy in the direction of greater freedom. At the closing dinner, Atlas Network will announce the winner of its Regional Liberty Award, which celebrate the most successful projects by Atlas Network partners.    

Asia Liberty Forum will take place in Manila, Philippines on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13. Plan to arrive on March 11 as programming will begin early on March 12, 2020. The Asia Liberty Awards Dinner will take place on the evening of Thursday, March 12. 

Major sponsorship for Atlas Network's Regional Liberty Forums generously provided by the John Templeton Foundation, Smith Family Foundation, Freda Utley Foundation, Templeton Religion Trust, Rainbow@Atlas, Thomas W. Smith Foundation, Sarah Scaife Foundation, and the Montreal Economic Institute. 

Dress code

Dress is business casual for Asia Liberty Forum conference. Dress for the Asia Freedom Dinner on Thursday, March 12 is cocktail attire, traditional dress encouraged. 


The Asia Liberty Forum meeting will take place at the Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila.

Please note that the Philippines Immigration Bureau has temporarily blocked entry to travelers from and transiting through China, including from Hong Kong and Macao. The ban includes passengers who have been to said areas 14 days prior to arriving in Manila. We advise attendees to find alternative routes of travel that do not include layovers in China and its Special Administrative Regions. We also highly recommend avoiding South Korea as a point of transit as travel restricitons are subject to change at anytime. 

Given current evidence the conference events will proceed as planned but if there are any changes in the news that raise concerns we will make responsible decisions to protect our attendees. Please contact Chelsea Schick at if you have any questions    



Asia Liberty Forum Reservations

Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
30th Street, corner 5th Ave
1634 Metro Manila, Philippines
Learn more about the hotel here

The variable discounted rate at the Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila is $173 USD (single room) / $193 USD (double room). This rate is inclusive of a 12% VAT, 10% service charge, 0.45% local government tax, complimentary wifi, and a full buffet breakfast.

To make your room reservations, go here or please email the following information to

First Name:
Last Name:
Country of Residence: 
Check in Date & Time:
Check out Date & Time:
Room Type: Single or Double (If requesting Double, please provide # of guests and whether you will one one bed or two in the room.)



Travel to Manila

Wondering how you'll get to 2020 Asia Liberty Forum? Click here to view various transportation options to the Manila.


Airport & Transportation Information

Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA, formerly known and still commonly referred to as Manila International Airport (MNL) as well as its codename Nichols Field (Nichols), is the airport serving Manila and it is located about 6.5 kilometers (about 4.0 miles) from the Shangri-La Hotel. NAIA is the main international gateway for travelers to the Philippines.

Clark International Airport (CRK) is another international airport, but it is located about 103 km (about 64.0 miles) from the Shangri-La Hotel.

You may call or email the Shangri-La reservations team to book the airport transfers. The hotel trunkline is +63 8 8200888 or you can e-mail the reservations to or at least 24 hours in advance of your arrival in Manila. You will need to provide your scheduled arrival time, airline and flight number. Upon arrival, you should approach a hotel airport representative bearing the Shangri-La signage that will be stationed at the arrival area.

Cabs are available at the airport, but you should not get into a cab unless the driver turns on the meter. Uber does not operate in Manila, but Grab is an option. However, Grab will almost always require cash (in Philippine pesos – Php) and will not take credit cards. Under normal traffic conditions a typical fare from the airport to the hotel should be less than 1,000 Php.


Things to See and Do

Manila is a great city to visit, but it still has crime. Petty theft is the most common form of crime that tourists face. If you’re out at night, avoid unlit areas and always walk in groups. Avoid walking more than a block or two by hailing a marked cab. Don’t wear expensive jewelry or clothing. And if you wear a purse, wear it across your other shoulder so it’s not easily snatched from a passing motorbike.

Don’t drink the tap water. While the tap water is safe to locals, there is some bacteria in it that your system is likely not used to. You may also want to avoid ice from street vendors as well.



The average temperature in March is between 73°F and 90°F. Average rainfall for this time of year is about 10 mm (about 0.4 inches) with an average of 4 rainy days during the month of March. Average sunshine will be about 8 hours per day.


Local Currency

The Philippine peso (ISO currency code: PHP) is the official currency of the Philippines. The notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000. The peso is further divided into 100 centavos, however, you'll rarely deal with or encounter these fractional amounts.

Prices in Philippine pesos are denoted by the following symbols:

  • "₱" (official)
  • P
  • P$
  • PHP

Currency printed before 1967 has the English word "peso" on it. After 1967, the Filipino word "piso" (no, it isn't referring to the Spanish word for "floor") is used instead.

U.S. dollars are sometimes accepted as an alternative form of payment and work well as emergency cash. Carrying U.S. dollars while traveling in Asia is a good idea for emergencies. If paying a price quoted in dollars rather than pesos, know the current exchange rate.

While traveling in the Philippines, you'll end up with a pocketful of heavy coins, usually 1-peso, 5-peso, and 10-peso coins — keep them! Coins come in very handy for small tips.


Banks and ATMs

Using ATMs attached to banks is always the safest. You stand a much better chance of recovering a card if it is captured by the machine. Also, ATMs in lit areas near banks are less likely to have a card-skimming device installed by thieves. Identity theft is a growing problem in the Philippines.

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Banco de Oro (BDO), and MetroBank usually work best for foreign cards. Limits vary, but many ATMs will only dispense up to 10,000 pesos per transaction. You may be charged a fee of up to 200 pesos per transaction (around US $4), so take as much cash as possible during each transaction.


Credit Cards

MasterCard and Visa are the most accepted credit cards in the Philippines. For daily transactions, plan to depend on cash. Many businesses charge an extra commission of up to 10% when you pay with plastic.



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