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    Public Markets in Manila!

    by machomikemd Written Jul 22, 2007

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    Going to a public market in the Philippines is a unique experience, locally called the pamilihang bayan. Public markets are often divided into two, the dry goods section and the wet goods section. Commerce in these public markets are in full swing, especially in the early morning and you will find a dizzying array of foodstuffs, cloths, fruits, vegetables and merchandise. Although Public Markets have a Generic Feel in Asia, an Advantage here unlike in other Asian Nations like hong kong or china or thailand or vietnam, most sellers understand and SPEAK ENGLISH!

    Filipinos usually wear their most threadbare clothes to market unlike Frenchwomen who dress up in capri pants, cute flats, and logo t-shirts when going marketing. The French even put on makeup to haggle with the fishmonger. That is not the case here where women wear shapeless dusters and rubber slippers. But recent developments are changing the Philippine wet market experience.

    A visit to a market will not be complete without having a meal!

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    Corregidor Island "The Rock"

    by machomikemd Written Jul 6, 2007

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    Corregidor is an island in the entrance of the Philippines' Manila Bay. Because of its rocky landscape and the fortifications of Fort Mills, the island was also known as "the Rock".
    During the Battle of the Philippines (1941–42), General Douglas MacArthur used Corregidor as Allied headquarters until March 11, 1942. Between December 24, 1941 and February 19, 1942, it was also the temporary location of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines — on December 30, 1941, outside the Malinta Tunnel, President Manuel L. Quezon and Vice-President Sergio Osmeña were inaugurated for a second term. The Voice of Freedom, the radio station of the USAFFE (United States Army Forces in the Far East) broadcast from Corregidor, including the famous announcement of the fall of Bataan. Japanese troops forced a surrender of the remaining American and Filipino forces on Corregidor on May 6 after the Battle of Corregidor
    After the War, many people, most of them veterans, visited the island because of its history. Today, Corregidor is a historic monument as well as a tourist destination. Many travel companies offer day tours on the island featuring military installations used during World War II. Most of the war ravaged buildings have not been restored, but have instead been left in reverence to the Filipino and American soldiers who died there. Standing on the highest part of Corregidor's west side is the Pacific War Memorial, which was built by the United States Government to honor the Filipino and American soldiers who participated in World War II. It was completed in 1968 at the cost of three million dollars.
    The Malinta Tunnel, which is the last stronghold of the joint Philippine and American military prior to the Japanese takeover during the last world war, is now home to an audio-visual presentation of the events that took place on the island, including the reluctant departure of General Douglas MacArthur and Philippine president Manuel L. Quezon and his family to exile in the United States.

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    Kawit, Cavite = Total Tranquility outside Manila

    by roel121479 Written Nov 30, 2006

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    Kawit Cavite is just 35 minutes away from Manila. It is a place where the First President of the Philippines was born. Stay at Cherry's Pavilion & Resort(total tranquility, cheap rates and clean). Friendly people. Great food. It is a place where you can find real hospitality of the Filipino People. On Christmas Eve, floats are on parade interpreting the Nativity of CHrist.

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    Monsaterio de Sta. Clara

    by joysweet Written Aug 21, 2006

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    I normally offer eggs to St. Clare before any major trip I go to. They say that this offering will ensure that there will be good weather on your trip.

    To get there: The monstery is a short walk from the Katipunan LRT Station

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    Sonya's Garden Restaurant

    by muddybok Updated Aug 2, 2006

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    My dive buddy (bkoon) and i visited Sonya's Garden after watching the low clouds hanging on top of Taal Volcano. The trip hasn't been nice since morning bus ride, misty view of volcano, being conned by motor-taxi. While i was still angry about automatic-inflation system by the motor-taxi guy, i suggest we have a cup of coffee at the restaurant.

    While entering, we see families and couples eating a storm like hundred plates and bowls on their tables and we figure the bill will cost a bomb too. While waiting for restaurant maids to take our "coffee order", things start to be served. So, we figure may be we can use some dishes and worry about the bill later. Before long, we start sensing our dishes just as many as those guys around us & i think it must be set lunch kind of thing.

    True enough, they only have one menu for the lunch and a different menu for dinner. In other words, all customers for lunch or dinner eat the same food. (i learn this much later... after i settled the bill)

    We are especially excited and worry when they start serving spaghetti with salmon belly, nice sources and all. Now I am worry about no having enough money to pay for our meal and we start discussing whether they will accept credit cards.


    The moment of truth:
    Price per head is PHP500 (or about USD 10) for adults and half for kids.

    I almost fell off my chair when the bill is only PHP1000 for two, and it really spare my credit card too.

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    Intramuros - Not the Common Tourist Spots

    by whvcebu Updated Aug 2, 2005

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    Walk through Intramuros and see the hidden treasures of the old Spanish center.
    It takes a bit of sweat if you walk on a sunny day, but it is healthy and you may loose 1 kilo or 2.

    On the picture is the old building of the Destilleria Limcaco (Chinese name)

    See my Travelogue with the same subject.

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    A breath of fresh air

    by Tijavi Updated Jul 19, 2005

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    For a breath of fresh air (literally and figuratively!), visit the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, some 45 minutes north of downtown Manila. Stroll UP's acacia-lined avenues, and visit the Lagoon area for a refreshing vista.

    To add more substance to your visit, discuss the hot issues of the day (or almost about anything) with the well-read students of the University.

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    Subic Bay

    by wreckloose Written Jun 28, 2005

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    So there I was, staying with fam, and I wanted to go to the beach. Unfortunately, it didn't feel right going to Boracay without bringing as many of them as possible so I opted for the most cost effective way... rent a jeepney and drive to Subic. Be warned, the drive is NOT fun. It's hot and just generally uncomfortable the entire way down, however, once you get to the beach all of that can be forgotten. Bring some meats, a cooler of San Mig and your swimming gear and be ready to party all night and day.

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    Forbes Park

    by ahoerner Written Jun 13, 2005

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    Forbes Park, as the name may imply, is the most exclusive part of Manila, where many embassies and mansions of prominent Filipinos are.

    A nice boulevard divides this park, leading to the American Cemetery and Memorial.

    Manila is full of constrasts indeed...

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    DARE: Try a Balut!

    by xuessium Updated Mar 31, 2005

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    This is an unhatched duck egg - a local delicacy and reputated aphrodisiac. Not easily found - you need the help of a local. The locals (usually the guys) consume it by cracking a hole in the eggshell, add a dash of pepper and salt and gulp the content down in a few swallows, feathers, bird, yolk sac and all! (Be warned - it smells really bad, like dead carcass or a choked sewer pipe)

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    Pigeon-Feeding

    by anne_vdns Written Feb 10, 2005

    On our way to Fort Santiago, Jane & I saw a priest feeding the pigeons from a window of the San Agustin church, I fumbled over my camera to capture a moment but was too late. Luckily, an hour and a half after when we went inside Fr. Blanco's Garden, we was a priest doing exactly the same. The pigeons flocked to him as he was throwing the food. This happened sometime between 2:00 to 3:00 pm. We stayed to watch him as he feeds the pigoens & the pigeons as they feasted on their food.

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    Ducks!!!

    by anne_vdns Written Feb 10, 2005

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    Inside the Fort Santiago is a lake in front of the Arch towards Jose Rizal's Shrine. Used to be that lilies were the only living thing floating in the water, I was amazed to find these ducks swimming. My friend Jane & I stayed a while inspite of the sun's heat to watch them gilde from one side to another.

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    San Guillermo Parish Church

    by wreckloose Written Feb 13, 2004

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    In Pampanga... this church was named after the town's Patron Saint, San Guillermo. Constructed by the Augustinian Friars in 1576 (which was also the town's founding), Fr. Diego De Ochoa was the first parish priest. In 1880, the church was destroyed by an earthquake but was rebuilt by Fr. Eugenio Alvarez in 1886. On September 3, 1995, lahar flow from Mt. Pinatubo (which erupted on June 15, 1991) buried the church at half its 12 meter height resulting in the evacuation of the more than 50 000 town residents to safer settlement grounds.

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    Neighborhood Fiestas

    by Ric Updated Dec 7, 2003

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    Every neighborhood (barangay/barrio) has a street FIESTA related to its patron saint. Check the church calendar for fiesta days and ask any parish priest for advice and directions. If you show some willingness to participate rather than just gawk and take pictures, people are usually happy to have you there. In Manila most fiestas take place on the weekends. Participation includes paying respects at the chapel (where decorated icons are on display) and leaving a modest contribution (P40). Beware: at Fiesta San Juan Bautista (John the Baptist) celebrants throw water on anyone passing by!

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    LET'S GO TO THE BRIGHT SIDE OF MANILA

    by mlt_t Written Oct 2, 2002

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    The setting sun is like a ball of fire on the horizon. These scene is always an attraction.
    The lovely Manila Bay sunset is another enchanting wonder of the country. Foreign authors and tourist unanimously hail it as “ the most beautiful sunset in the world.”

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