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    Remedios Circle

    by machomikemd Written Nov 6, 2013

    The Remedios Circle is located in the Malate District of Manila and was once the center of nightlife activity in the district, with chic restaurants, bars, nite spots,dining areas and lively al fresco party scene during saturday nights. It still has some good restaurants standing like Guernica's and the iconic Cafe Adriatico, but the active nightlife is now gone as the area is now eclipsed by the nearby SM Mall of Asia and San Miguel by The Bay areas in Manila Bay. at present, the Remedios Circle is like a big parking lot there are lots of informal settlers hanging around.

    address is: Remedios Circle, bounded by Remedios Street, Adriatico Street and J. Bacobo Street.

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    Cavite, Manila, Philippines ....

    by TrendsetterME Updated Jun 22, 2013

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    Cavite is a province of the Philippines located on the southern shores of Manila Bay in the CALABARZON region in Luzon, just 30 kilometers south of Manila. Cavite is surrounded by Laguna to the east, Metro Manila to the northeast, and Batangas to the south. To the west lies the South China Sea.

    Caviteños are very proud of their majestic and interesting cuture and traditions. Aside from the celebrations of town fiestas, the province of Cavite celebrates festivals as forms of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and in honor of its patron saints. Some of these festivals are also observed in honor of the historical legacies passed from one generation to another generation. In fact, the province fetes the renowned Kalayaan Festival which is given a great social importance in commemoration of the heroism of its people.

    The main languages spoken are Tagalog, Chabacano and English. Chabacano, sometimes spelled as Chavacano, is a creole originally spoken by majority of the Caviteños that lived in Cavite City and Ternate after the arrival of the Spaniards three centuries ago. Around 30000 Caviteños speak Chabacano. Due to Cavite's proximity to Metro Manila a large number of people have moved from farther provinces, resulting in a significant usage of Bikol, Cebuano and Ilokano.

    I've been there many times by car in about one and a half hour, but there r also buses departing on regular basis from EDSA and also ferry services to Cavite City from SM Mall of Asia in Pasay are available ...

    On my opinion, nice option for an "escape" from Manila big city crowd on daily basis to Cavite, or even to stay for a night and enjoy the perfect and silent beaches ... :)

    Matindi ko pinapayo mong bisitahin ang "Cavite" ...

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    Manila View by Air

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 1, 2012

    if you are approaching Manila from the air via any airlines that goes to and from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and have an ultra zoom camera like a nikon coolpix 810 or a canon powershot SX 40 or Olympus SX and other powerful ultrazoom cameras, be ready to shoot and zoom the assorted views of manila and you can also video the landing and take off from the airport. That is you must know the landmarks that you re taking videos or pictures. This is a free activity to do and you can shoot many pictures and videos you like with only the size of your memory card as the limitation.

    you can also do these videos and pictures from the air in other locations that you will visit.

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    University Belt

    by machomikemd Written Mar 21, 2012

    The University Belt Area of Manila is a big area around the Districts of San Miguel; Quiapo, Santa Cruz and Sampaloc Area where there is the highest concentration of various Public and Private Schools mainly of the College and University Level with a smattering of Grade School and middle (high school) schools. There are other University Areas in other areas but again this particular area has the highest concentration of Schools. Generally, it includes the western end of España Boulevard, Nicanor Reyes St. (formerly Morayta St.), the eastern end of Claro M. Recto Avenue (formerly Azcarraga), Legarda Avenue, Mendiola Street, and the different side streets. Each of the colleges and universities found here are at a short walking distance of each other. The area also houses the Main Professional Licensing Agency, the PRC, which regulates all occupations in the philippines that needs board certifying exams like physicians, dentists, optpmetrists, nurses and more.

    Among the Schools in the university belt are:

    Arellano University
    Centro Escolar University
    College of the Holy Spirit
    De Ocampo Memorial College
    Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology
    Far Eastern University
    FEATI University
    College of the Holy Spirit
    La Consolacion College Manila
    Manuel L. Quezon University
    National Teachers College
    National University (Philippines)
    Perpetual Help College of Manila
    Philippine School of Business Administration
    PMI Colleges formerly Philippine Maritime Institute
    San Beda College
    San Sebastian College – Recoletos de Manila
    Philippine College of Health Sciences, Inc.
    Polytechnic University of the Philippines
    Technological Institute of the Philippines
    University of the East
    University of Manila
    University of Santo Tomas

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    Visit A Hospital

    by machomikemd Updated Mar 21, 2012

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    The Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center is a government owned teaching hospital located in the Santa Cruz District of Manila. If you want to immerse yourself in the experience knowing how a government hospital in a developing country operates, then this is an off the beaten path activity. You can the the LRT line 1 from Manila to Tayuman Station then walk along Rizal Avenue and viola, the hospital is in front of you.

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    A sad little memorial.

    by planxty Updated Jan 10, 2012

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    The very fact that I am putting this tip on the off the beaten path section saddens me.

    I was wandering about in Manila, as is my wont, and purely by chance came upon this monument in a fairly shabby corner of a park with litter strewn around and generally ignored by everyone passing by. Curious as to what it was, I stopped to have a look and was appalled in more ways than one. I was appalled to be reminded yet again of the brutality of the Japanese in World War 2, forcing women into sexual slavery and I was also appalled by the apparently ignored nature of the memorial myself.

    I may be being unkind here, perhaps there is a more fitting memorial elsewhere and this is just a local thing. I seriously hope so. I would also ask why it took the best part of 60 years to erect it. Was it perhaps that such things were taboo and not much spoken of? I really couldn't say.

    Should you wish to visit, go South over the bridge at the nautical ferry and look in the small park on the left, it is adjacent to the wall at the roadside just before the police outpost.

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    Golf lover, Intramuros golf course

    by Xdrive Written Oct 20, 2008

    This is good golf course, 18 hole (par 66, 4,326 yards). Day and night golf course. I tried the night golf, but the light is too dim for night course. It is situated along Bonifacio Drive before the Del Pan bridge on the south bank of the Pasig River. From Downtown Manila, travel time is about 20 minutes by taxi

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    Grand Marian Procession, Intramuros, Manila

    by the1andtheonly1 Written Aug 9, 2008

    The annual procession of images of The Virgin Mary is held every 1st Sunday of December in Intramuros.
    This tradition was only begun in 1980, when the most beautiful statues of Mary from all over the country were taken in procession through the streets of Intramuros
    In honor of the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mother, thousands of devout Catholics join a grand procession in which more than 100 images and statues of the Blessed Virgin are paraded through the streets of Old Manila
    Where: Intramuros. The parade starts in front of the Manila Cathedral and finds its way inside the small streets of the walled city. Be there at around 5 pm. The parade last for several hours
    When: Every first Sunday of December.

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    Sampaguita Lounge Naia Terminal 1

    by machomikemd Written Jul 26, 2008

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    Caveat: you should be a departing pasenger for international travel to go there. the fee is 400 pesos( $ 9.30) and you can have unlimited free internet, a small buffett of finger foods and lots of comfortable chairs and lounges and even sleep!. you can even read newspapers and magazines or for an extra charge, have a body massage or unlimited open bar. (even putt in a mini golf lounge)

    4/F West Wing NAIA Terminal I, open daily from 3:00AM to 12:00MN.

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    Attend A Wedding

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 18, 2008

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    If you are invited to a wedding here, please attend since wedding in the philippines are family, clan and friend filled affairs and are very lively (plus here, it's the groom's family who picks the tab! unlike in other countries wherethe bride's family who pick the tab)

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    The Beatles in Manila!

    by ajmacnab Updated Jun 14, 2008

    Find yourself with nothing to do in Manila? If you are a fan of the Beatles you might want to check out some of the sights in Manila associated with the Beatles' visit on July 4, 1966. Their visit to the Philippines was a significant event in their history...not necessarily in a good way!

    Having just played a series of controversial concerts in the sacred Budokon in Tokyo, the Fab Four arrived in Manila as part of their World Tour in the summer of the 1966. If the 1960's wasn't already in turmoil enough....it was even worse in the Philippines under the strict control of the Marcos' gov't. What possessed Brian Epstein to book them into the Philippines at that time still is a wonder to this day! After landing at the airport, the four lads were wisked away and brought to the Manila Yacht Club and put on a private boat. It was the 1st time they had ever been separated from their manager and the Beatles were quite shaken by this. The Yacht Club is still there and pretty much looks the same as it did in the 1960's. It is located on Roxas Blvd.

    The Beatles stayed at the Manila Hotel just down the road from the Yacht Club. From the information I have obtained on the internet it is not 100% clear which rooms they stayed in. The Hotel itself has undergone major changes since then...with a major addition in 1976 of the "tower". The room numbers were changed in the old section of the hotel to accommodate the new addition. The Hotel itself has no records of room occupancy dating back that far but from what I understand they stayed on the 4th floor of the old section....possibly in adjoining suites 401-403-405 and 407. Paul McCartney did manage to sneak out of the hotel at one point and hopped in a taxi to tour the dowtown area.

    The Beatles gave two concerts that day...one in the afternoon and one in the evening. According to the contracts signed, there were only supposed to be about 30,000 tickets sold for each event. The local promoters were greedy of course and managed to sell over 80,000 tickets for each show. The tickets sold for about $3 on average. The concert took part at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. It is still there and is pretty much unchanged from the way it looked in the 1960's. I asked the guards at the front entrance if I could go inside to look and they nicely obliged. The stage was set up in the far field with 80,000 onlookers in the field and in the football stands. Although the shows were terribly crowded and slightly unsafe, the two shows went off without any major problems. The football stadium is located in Pasay City right across the street from Harrison Shopping Plaza.

    The next day the Beatles had a sceduled day off to relax before boarding their British Airways flight to London. They had planned to relax and stay in their hotel room. Without their prior knowledge, the President and First wife Mr. & Mrs. Marcos had gone ahead and planned a reception at the Presidential palace in honour of the Beatles. Apparently, their manager Brian Epstein was informed but politely declined the offer but the presidential office insisted. The Beatles were not even informed of the request so they obviously were not going to show up. The next morning, they woke up to a flurry of phone calls from the Press. They wanted to know why they had "snubbed" the first family! It was all over the tv news and in the newspapers. It was at this time that their manager made last minute arrangements to fly out of Manila. They packed up their stuff but they were not granted a police motorcade like they usually have arranged on these kinds of trip. They had to wait in the lobby of the Manila Hotel for a taxi! Now, the lobby has changed somewhat since then. The grand lobby as seen today was added in the mid-1970's along with the tower. The lobby in July of 1966 was the immediate part of the lobby as soon as you enter the hotel. It was just a long stretch of lobby back then that extended out to the right and to your left. It is still intact today and can be seen upon entering the hotel itself. The Beatles waited there and finally got a few taxis to take them and their entourage to the airport.

    They never were paid for these shows. The authorities refused to let their plane leave the ground until they returned the money. This was a significant part of the Beatles history because it was after this incident that they decided to quit touring altogether! This was the final date of the Asian leg of the tour. The Beatles went on to North America from there and vowed to themselves to never tour again and to concentrate strictly on making studio albums. Their last concert live concert was one month later in San Francisco, California. None of the Beatles ever returned to the Philippines again.

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    Forgotten parts of history

    by asianbelle Updated Apr 20, 2008

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    Aduana is the ruins of an old building in Intramuros. Often overlooked, little did we know that this used to be the Philippine's central post office.

    Aduana is just one among the many ruins that can be found within the walled city. During our walking tour, we were surprised to find monuments, dungeons, and old buildings that figured prominently in our history. The initiative of the Intramuros Administration to put up brief explanation on each site contributes in drumming up the locals' (as well as foreign tourists) interest on Philippine history.

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    Cherry's Pavilion and Resort in Cavite

    by roel121479 Written Nov 23, 2007

    About half and an hour drive from Manila. Very private place. They offer great packages for Foreigners and Balikbayans. I had a very relaxing reflex therapy massage for only Php500 for an hour. Great Swimming Pool and good choices of foods. I love their Dessert at Tropical Cafe. It's the best place for Foreigners who would like to avoid to much crowd. It's safe because the resort is in a private subdivision. For only USD$375, they offer 5days 4nights stay w/ Breakfast. IT also includes Manila and Cavite Tour for two person. We had Lunch outside the resort. The Resort is just a 10 minute walk to Aguinaldo Shrine which is a spanish inspired building housed by the First President of the Philippines "Emilio Aguinaldo".

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    Ghost Hunt around Manila!

    by michaelxxx Updated Oct 14, 2007

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    If you have nothing much to do, and you want to add some thrills on your travels,
    YOU could simply GHOST HUNT around Manila.

    From what I heard, Manila's city is filled with ghost, due to the japanese war. But this here out the popular sites were in people claim to here footsteps, voices and even apparitions.

    1: Intramuros- A very popular spot for the supernatural, ranking as #1. Due to the japanese
    war bombings which cause a lot of deaths.

    2: Balete Drive- A popular tale here is the one were in a teenage woman got rape and killed.
    Her body was thrown somewhere in the balete area. A popular spot to find
    a white lady or apparitions.

    3: Manila's Film Theather- Long ago, the first lady Imelda hurried the building process of the
    Film Theather for a show. During the show, the theather collapsed
    hence killing more than a thousand people. It is said that more than
    a thousand bodies are said to be buried here. A popular spot for
    ghost indeed!

    4: Ozone Disco- This used to be a lively disco before until it got caught on fire, due to the
    panic of the people, only few of a hundred survived. The very spot the disco
    burned is said to be very haunted. People here screaming, and the smell of
    smoke. A spot for the supernatural indeed.

    So is you want a thrill, simply ask for the location of this places and go there!

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    Ugu Bigyan Restaurant & Pottery!

    by machomikemd Written Sep 17, 2007

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    Augusto "Ugu" Bigyan is a ceramics artist. He in the 1990s had opened his pottery workshop in Tiaong, Quezon to the public, serving lunch amid a cluster of nipa huts in a garden. Ugu produces dinnerware sets, decorative tiles, also plates and bowls, lamps and décor items, some combined with bamboo (such as in cup handles) and rattan vines and in combinations of glazed and unglazed finishes, accent pieces for finishing walls and flooring and they are not chaep!. He enjoys great patronage from well-known individuals, up-scale hotels and posh resorts such as Amanpulo, Campo Travieza, Casa Patricia, El Nido, Hidden Valley and Villa Escudero. His residence cum workshop is LOCATED at Barangay LUSACAN, Tiaong Town, Quezon Province. It is part of the Famed "Viaje del Sol" or drive around southern luzon which consisist of bed and breakfast places & restaurants & potterries & blacksmiths & resorts & Spas.

    The food itself was not bad at all. We started with soup, a salad of pako (native fern) and salted eggs, a vegetable dish of banana heart, fish in sweet-sour sauce, prawns, calamari and lechon kawali. We washed down the food with coconut juice and finished it off with dessert of fresh fruits and almond jelly and is around 450 pesos per person, you must call them in advance for the reservation (RSVP only) number is listed below!

    Aside from artistically displayed clayware, Ugu's workshop/showcase offers quaint huts with which one can relax and leisurely enjoy a lush garden trimmed with terracotta chimes, fountains and koi ponds. Meals are served but must be arranged in advance.

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