Manila has a few sites to...
Manila has a few sites to visit, some must sees are Luneta Park, Fort Santiago, and Manila Bay. The Philippines was under Spanish rule for 500 years and then after the Spanish/American war, was under the US. So there are lots of old churches and historic places to visit and a lot of newer ones too. A lot of things have changed from my last visit here. I almost didn't recognize it. Nothing looked familiar anymore. So to me it was like seeing Manila for the first time again.
The Spanish, who replaced the wooden buildings with stone, rebuilt the original Chinese settlement on this site as a fort in 1590. Gradually the area was expanded until it became a walled city containing 15 churches and six monasteries. The walls are 3km (1.8mi) long and 6m (20ft) high, and are about all that remains after WWII finished off what General Douglas MacArthur had started. MacArthur used Intramuros as his base, tearing down old buildings and widening the roads.
Unconventional Bass Player
The Philippine people love music and singing. Videoke is very popular. There was free entertainment at the festival inside Intramuros. I not sure everyone in the Philippines plays the bass like this though. He is not standing on a chair behind the bass but on the instrument itself! It is pretty impressive to be able to play while balancing like that.
Kakanin-Native Rice Cakes
Assorted Kakanin or native cakes.
In the Philippines, glutinous rice is known as malagkit (literally "sticky" in Tagalog), glutinous rice flour is known as galapong. The rice grains are treated with a solution of lye and then dried, then the grains are poured into a banana leaf cone or cocount leaf wrapper and steamed. It may be mixed with sugar, coconut milk, or other grains such as millet. Glutinous rice cooked in coconut leaf or banana leaves wrappers are steamed to produce "suman," of which there are many varieties depending on the region. Some of the common toppings are "bukayo", grated mature coconut cooked in sugar, coconut jam, and freshly grated coconut. Some regions eat suman as a snack with ripe mangoes or bananas.
A general term for sweet rice cake, "bibingka" mainly consists of glutinous rice cooked with coconut milk. Another traditional Filipino snack very similar to Japanese mochi is called "palitao."
Puto alone boggles the mind with its variety. It comes in all shapes—small round, big round, huge round, square, oval, tube, etc. Some puto are called by the place where they are made, among them Marilao, Biñan and Manapla. Suman is another general name for a kind of kakanin, more elongated in shape and wrapped in an assortment of leaves. All over the country, suman sa ibos is known by that name. It is made of steamed glutinous rice, wrapped in strips of nipa leaves that turn yellowish in color when cooked. Sapin sapin, bibingka, kalamay, biko, espasol, Bud Bud, Latik, Maja Blanca and a lot more!
Filipinos have a Sweet Tooth that is why there is a dizzying variety of sweet ricke cakes. you can but them anywhere in Manila specially at the food courts of department stores and supermarket. Price starts from
OOoooppppsss.... check your packing list!
make sure your luggage has tags and names on it for easy identifications!Depending on where your going to stay I suggest pack light. sun dresses! manila is tropic.. you'll need to wear loose clothing to allow your body to breathe.. *Sun screen Lotion! (very important for fair skin people)
* chop sticks
* Mosquito bite lotion (off )
* Some tummy medicine ( you might get bloating )
* travel pack facial wet wipes ( you will need it specially during summer season)
* Some citrus/ cologne spray (for easy refreshsing)
*womans vital toiletries
*some medicine (maidol, gasaid, tums, aleve) Anything (camera, video camera) portable or digital will do just fine. try to pack couple of swimming suit just in case :) Do your usual travel list and most of all have fun!