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I booked a flight from Cairns, Australia to London via Manila. I paid a very low price for the airfare but unfortunately the cost was transiting through Manila Airport terminal 2 for 8 hours on the way to London and 3 hours on the way back. What a woeful experience. The terminal feels more like a dirty bus depot than an airport. I had to queue in the longest line to use the toilet and although there was a bathroom cleaner/attendant ushering people in and out of the cubicles, the toilet looked dirty and smelled awful. Not nearly enough toilets for the volume of people using the terminal. The selection of food and drinks was appalling, nasty and overpriced rubbish food with only the Deli France cafe making a semi reasonable western style coffee. Also, be aware that they only accept pesos so make sure that you have some local money as the food outlets do not have credit card facilities. There are no flight indicator boards which caused me some confusion as my boarding pass issued in London said that my flight to Cairns was from gate 3 but in fact it was gate 9, I discovered this by accident not long before boarding and if I had of been preoccupied reading or resting I may not have made the flight as flight announcements for gate 9 can't be heard from the area where gate 3 is located. The seating is cold, hard metal benches and depending on where you sit you will either be hot or have a column style air con unit blasting you with cold air. The whole terminal is bustling with employees including cleaners but goodness knows what they actually do there as the floors, benches, toilets and surfaces in this terminal look and feel grotty. Compared to the airports in other places in Asia such as Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc, this place is a national embarrassment. I will be avoiding this airport in future, it is a dirty, unorganised and depressing place to spend in transit. The only saving grace was that the wifi worked.