Don't be alarmed when walking around Manila when you see many security guards on duty outside shopping malls, banks and businesses. You will see handguns, pistols, shotguns, automatic guns etc. Manila is full of guns and the crime rate involving guns is higher than the provinces, as guns are easy to get hold of legally and illegally.
The Philippines seem to have a great many baklas, the term given to a man who has feminine mannerisms and quite often dresses up like a woman, make up and all. Most TV shows will have a bakla in them, and there are many working in shops and other businesses, and are accepted widely by most of the population. Many work in beauty salons and hairdressers. A bakla is considered to be a third sex and normally they will grow their hair long, take hormones or have breast implants but very few will undergo a sex change operation. I think nearly every town holds a gay pageant each year.
The Philippine Carabao Mango is the world's sweetest and juiciest mango as certified by the guiness book of world records in 1995, specifically in the Zambales province. The meat is not fibrous or pulpy unlike the Tommy Atkins of florida or the the Ataulfo Mango of Mexico (which was cross bred from carabao mangoes coming from the philippines during the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade in the 18th century) of the Alphonso Mango of India. you can buy philippine mangoes and their derivatives like mango ice cream or Mango Tarts and Pies everywhere.
calamares (deep-fried breaded squid), was an invention of Spain which was adapted by filipinos since we were once a colony of spain. This is popular but expensive snack here wherein squid rings are de skinned and deep fried into vegetable oil then vacuum packed. it cost about 120 pesos a 100 gram pack. great with local vinegar or honey mustard sauce as dip. you can buy it at groceries, supermarkets and convenience stores. They also available on restaurants, bars and even as street food.
Tipping is expected for many services. The standard practice is 10% of the total bill here in the philippines. Tipping is optional on bills that already include a 10% service charge but if you're A foreigner, you could tip from 50 to 100 pesos extra for excellent service of the establishment where you are eating.
Although this dish is full of Transfats and triglycerides, I Still love it although rarely do I eat it due to it's Fatty Content. This dish is made by slow cooking beef knuckes in it's broth by 4 to 6 hours to ensure tenderness then adding onions, garlic, pepper, chili and then cooking for another 1 hour and viola, it's done! it is eaten with plain fluffy rice and you can add patis (fish sauce) and Kalamansi (philippine lime juice). There are many variations of bulalo like the nilagang bulalo, bulalo steak, Bulalo Pata and is similar to the italian Osso bucco.
Yes. I am 95% sure there is a Storage Facility. There are lockers available at the domestic airport. I just forgot how the charges applies but I encountered this scenario where I have to leave some luggage. As far as I remember, the luggage is charges 125.00 per day per luggage. This is a outsource facility so it is not managed by the Airport administration itself but a company storage which officially operates inside the terminal. Just make sure not leave any valuable items.
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Every Saturday at 8am, we would feed the poor of the poorest children in the heart of Manila which is called TONDO. We feed children from 1 year old till 15 years old. Many of which come with little clothes as they can't afford to buy even under clothes. So, we contact friends and friends of friends to donate clothes and some money and out of that collection we have a cook that cooks two dishes, a soup hefty dish with meat mix, vegetables and rice. These with the help of volunteers we all gather to feed them. Normally we would have four to six security police to call in order. Every Wednesday, we do have doctors that too is a volunteer work for the medical help and they do couple of thousands check ups, dental, immunization shots, cataract surgery and other light surgeries done. It is a very good satisfactory feeling doing these for the poorest children and my husband and I feel very happy giving to the poor children.
The Philippines really seem to have a thing with malls.
There are dozens of them in Manila and they are all packed.
My guess is that because of the heat in Manila people prefer to go shopping and dining in a place where there is air condition.
Need to call back to home to say hello to your mum. You can use the pay phone in the airport.
Local call P1/min, cellphone charges P8/min, international call start from P10/min. This machine takes credit card. ( of course, a bit expensive ), but just in case you need it....
If you use your cellphone, you can buy phone card with storage value. You can buy in the small shops, the newspaper stand or this machine in the big shopping centre or airport
Cards can be either 100P or 300P.
Lechon is popular Philippine’s local food. Basically, it is just a roast pork. The skin is tasty and crispy, generally, the meat is tender and juicy. Often served with liver-based sauce. However, I prefer the BBQ pork and roast duck I eat in Hong Kong or Singapore.
The Lighter on Calories Version of San Miguel Pale Pilsen, brewed by the San Miguel Brewing Group and is being gulped by 90% of Beer Drinkers in the Philippines. also popular in Hong Kong and China and is sold in Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia. A Regional Competitor of Tiger beer!
A Bottle costs 20 pesos (330 ml) amd aluminum can is 23 pesos (330 ml), the alcohol content is 5.5% (Pale pilsen is just 3.5%) and has 1/3 less the calories of Pale Pilsen. available everywhere!
the Multinational beer, brewed by the San Miguel Brewing Group and is being gulped by 90% of Beer Drinkers in the Philippines. also popular in Hong Kong and China and is sold in Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia. A Regional Competitor of Tiger beer!
A Bottle costs 20 pesos (330 ml) amd aluminum can is 23 pesos (330 ml), the alcohol content is 3.5%, available everywhere!
The Flores de Mayo celebrates the beauty of youth... in flowers and in beautiful young people. barangay or local neighborhood has its own version of the celebration with a large presence of 33 major districts converging on the Greenbelt/Glorietta Mall on May (this year).
The parade of young women and their male escorts also can double as a beauty contest or have other competitions. In Barangay Bel-Air , there was a beauty contest and a dance contest from the local clubs.
But regardless of the content, the dress trends towards the formal and ornate, which means long gowns for the ladies and high end barong tagalog for the men
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