This location was the location of the palace of the last local King beofe the arrival of the Spanish.
Fort Santiago was erected here and becomes the center of mghty Spanish colonial rule for the next 300 years.
Then it briefly taken by British forces for 2 years in the 18th century.
And then by the Americans when Spain ceded Philippines in 1898.
It was destroyed in World War II, but restored in 1950 as "Shrine of Freedom".
While driving in Manila area, this disused airplane converted into a restaurant caught my eye and my camera.
Did not have time to stop to try the food on board. But it is one of the interesting places that I remember here and would like to go there if it is still around.
The other restaurant in Manila that I went was the singing restaurant where the chefs, receptionist and waiters and waitresses will sing to the diners with their pots and pans.
For Malaysians, do not a visa to stay as tourist up to 21 days.
Check this website to see if your country is this list of visa free up to 21 days.
"Nationals from countries listed below who are traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding twenty-one (21) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay. However, Immigration Officers at ports of entry may exercise their discretion to admit holders of passports valid for at least sixty (60) days beyond the intended period of stay."
Being the Philippines' national fruit, it is said by many that the mangoes grown & picked here are definitely sweeter & much juicier.
Mangoes come here in different colors - yellow ones, the green and small ones called indian mangoes, the green & red ones which somehow tastes of wine. Try them all!
Fondest memory: Amongst the local restaurants, the green mango shakes are a favorite. Though these refreshing drinks are the best thirst-quenchers during the summer, these are served all year round.
Favorite thing: It is chopped and comes on a stick. Sometimes marinated or simply they spread sauce on it before grilling. This is usually the finger food of most Filipinos when having a drink. They usually start to sell this in the afternoon before dusk.
In case you are in Manila on Chinese New Year, try to experience going to Binondo, Manila's Chinatown. You will be in for an exciting experience as you watch the dragon & lion dance on the streets, buy lucky fuits and Chinese lucky charms peddled on the streets, taste authentic Chinese Cuisine, buy Chinese delicacies like tikoy & hopia, buy Chinese jewelry & house display items, and observe how the Filipino & Chinese cultures blend to offer hospitality to tourists on that festive day..
Fondest memory: I will never forget the excitement of chasing the dragons and lions as they swiftly run dancing on the streets, just to take some souvenir shots. I will also forever cherish my visit to the very beautiful Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz, with its awesome fresco paintings on the ceilings.
Ortigas Center is known to be the second-most important commercial and business district after Makati. Ortigas Center has numerous high-rise corporate edifices, residential condominiums, and commercial establishments. This 2007, there are three highlights awaiting its visitors: a unique Filipino- themed shopping center, an exciting event for the arts, and the continued popularity of an Ortigas hotel that has proven itself a truly relaxing place to stay.
Flanking Ortigas Center are the streets of EDSA to its west, Ortigas Avenue to its north, Meralco Avenue to its east and Shaw Boulevard to the south.
Fondest memory: Tiendesitas, a novelty shopping village. For serious Filipiniana collectors on the look-out for that special find, Tiendesitas, a sprawling Pasig City shopping center just a few minutes away from Ortigas Center, is the place to visit. This 30,000-square meter area shopping complex in Pasig City is home to 450 shops selling specialty products from all over the country, from home-made suman (rice cakes) to vintage Filipino comics. The shops at this shopping mall in Pasig City are grouped, according to their wares, into shopping pavilions called villages,' with each village boasting of charming Maranaw-inspired architecture. Tiendesitas is located on Ortigas Avenue corner E. Rodriguez Avenue, Pasig City.
Arts and Music Festival at SM Megatrade. Running from August 23-26 at the Megatrade 3 Hall, SM Megamall shopping center in Ortigas Center, Third Backdoor Ventures’ Arts and Music Festival and Trade Fair is a unique venue for celebrating arts and music, as well as the lifestyle or subculture that inspires the artists from all walks of life to cultivate further their respective crafts. This annual event in Ortigas fuses the expansive world of arts and music with the world of commerce and business in a one-stop-shop trade exposition for buyers and sellers. The entrance fee to the Third Backdoor Ventures’ Arts and Music Festival and Trade Fair is Php100.
Astoria Plaza, a truly popular Ortigas Hotel. The Astoria Plaza is a 35-storey luxury Ortigas hotel that pampers its local and foreign guests alike with Zen-inspired surroundings, giving its Guests a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of Ortigas Center. The one- and two-bedroom suites at the Astoria Plaza Hotel in Ortigas Center are tastefully decorated with contemporary furnishings. To ensure total guest comfort and satisfaction, each suite of this Ortigas hotel comes with a spacious living room, dining area and kitchen. Astoria Plaza is located at 15 J. Escriva Drive, Ortigas Business District, Pasig City.
Favorite thing: I was lucky to catch very good bird'e eye view of Manila on the plane when I was departing the city. Essentially the city is located along the Manila Bay on the south-western portion of Luzon Island of the Philippines. The land is relatively flat but there are a few nearby volcanoes, including the famous Mount Pinabuto and Taal Volcano.
Favorite thing: When you are at Fort Santiago, you will notice that there are footsteps on the ground. These footsteps traced that of Dr Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines, when he was imprisoned by the Spanish here.
Favorite thing: While at Manila Cathedral, I managed to see the preparation of a wedding within this famous cathedral as well as the local men wearing the traditional Barong Tagalog outside the cathedral. The barong tagalog is the national attire of Filipino men. The cloth are usually made of banana fiber which is called jusi or the more luxurious pineapple fiber called pina.The shirt is normally hand embroidered and is usually white but may come in different colors and designs.
I liked Manila pretty much. I found the city very exciting, and dynamic, and was prleased to experience interesting mixture of culture. I loved the kind people there,a d also loved the fact that I can communica with a lot of people since they speak good english. beautiful churches, and parks, and funny zeepneys, nice food and beautiful sunset over looked from manila bay. ok this is the beautiful manila. but there were some ugly manila, too. the kids begging for money, people trying to over charge, and people trying to steal things. some flirty men checking on you, and.. beautiful park full of trash.. I took a picture. it has both beauty and the beast manila. nice kind people, and the park with trash.
the great thing is that, the beast part of manila can be improved with a little bit of care. hopefully next time I visit there, i can see the beautiful manila only...
Favorite thing: One of my fondest memories of Manila is the great view of the skyscrapers of the Makati from my hotel room at Renaissance Makati City Hotel. I stayed on the 10th floor facing the city and the photos are taken from my hotel room (lucky to have clear blue sky after a few days of rainy weather in late November 2007).
Favorite thing: One of my fondest memory is arrival at Manila by plane. Before arriving, all I could see was the blue sea and suddenly I could see land approach on a clear day followed by good view of the city and suburbs before finally landing at the Ninoy Aquino airport which is at the Pasay area in the city's southern portion.
Favorite thing: One of my fondest memories of Manila was that I managed to get a guard at Fort Santiago to pose together with me for a photograph shoot. There is no communication problem as most Filipinos can communicate in English and they are generally friendly people.
Here are some very useful tips when going to Metro Manila:
1. Most places will only take cash, so take money with you but be careful how you carry it. Buy a money belt, put your wallet in the front pocket, and for the ladies hold on to your purse/bag very tightly.
Only a few places take credit cards, and if they do sometimes the machine doesn't work and you'd have to end up paying cash anyways. Only the "rich" places would take credit cards like Greenbelt Shops and SM.
2. Taxi's are probably the safest and most convenient way to get around. Always ask before going into the taxi if the driver has a meter in the taxi. If not, just walk away!!
3. Cellphones: unless you have a GSM/World phone, you have to learn how to use the celphone system of the philippines. You have to buy a SIM card from any of the major cellphone carriers and put a "Load" of minutes/money into your account. You can load from a few pesos to anywhere P500 and more. It can be difficult at first, but the more you use it, the more you'll get used to the system.
Fondest memory: Makati and Greenbelt are the best places to shop and dine. There's Glorietta and SM which are all connected by covered walkways. most shops are cheap, except the high-end stores like Gucci, Prada, etc.
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