One last enclave of green in the urban jungle of Manila is the University of the Philippines' main campus in Diliman, Quezon City. Quite a departure from all the concrete and pollution. I spent 17 years of my school life at the UP...and visit every time I get the chance (which is almost every day, since I live only 10 minutes away), just to see the trees!
I had the pleasure of teaching at the Colegio de San Sebastian Recoletos, which is beside one of my favorite churches, the Parish Church of San Sebastian (Plaza del Carmen, C.M. Recto, Quiapo, Manila). Built in the 1880's, the Church of San Sebastian is a Neo-gothic masterpiece, having the distinction of being one of the few churches in the world made entirely out of steel.
After the earthquakes of 1863 and 1880 irreparably damaged the original Recollect church of San Sebastian, the friars commissioned a government engineer, Genaro Palacios (who is said to have been helped by Gustav Eiffel), to build a church which would be capable of withstanding the ravages of earthquakes and fires. Palacios drafted plans and then sent them to Belgium, where the parts of the church were pre-fabricated and then shipped to Manila on ten steamships. The parts where then assembled, creating a church in the Gothic Revivalist style which covers a 704 square meter area, with towers 32 meters high from floor to tip and a nave 12 meters high.
The décor is typically Neo-gothic, but has been ingeniously adapted to hide the steel indelicate steel façade. Using Grisaille paintings, rose windows, stained glass, fan vaults, and lancet arches, as well as an interior painted to resemble faux marble, San Sebastian is a fine example of classical design matched with technology.
The interior also offers paintings by Lorenzo Rocha, sculpture by Eusebio Garcia, and gilded and wrought altars done in the Neo-gothic style.
This picture was taken from a small waterfall about a 15 min. drive from Montemar in Bataan. I don't even remember if it had a name...I'm sure it did, but the fresh water was a cool change from the warm, salty waters of the beach.
Get out of the city and drive 3.5 hours to Montemar Beach Club in Bataan. This picture was taken from a friend's house on the cliff that we stayed at for 5 days when I was in college...uhmmm...13 years ago more or less, but the landscape hasn't changed...
Montemar holds wonderful memories of cold beer and great food with friends while playing charades by the light of our cars' headlights and a bonfire.
If in some of these pages you see magazine clippings or labels, it is because I pulled out these pictures from my scrapbook.
9 Waves is a water park in Marikina I take about 30 people there when I go lots of fun wave pool bar b q's day and night swimming also has a small hotel if you want to spend the night.
Meditation on the nearest shore in the metro. It may not be the top spots but still if you need to take your mind away from things, just stare at the waters of manila bay.
Constructed by the Sy family (owner of the SM Malls) as a thanksgiving for the blessing they have received. I think this project was spearheaded by Mrs. Felicidad "Mollie" Sy, a big Catholic devotee.
Located in Malate Manila, right across Baywalk. Home to our Lady of Remedies, hosts the annual St. Francis feast day animal blessings.
UAAP is one of the major collegiate leagues in the Philippines. Try to catch a basketball game (starts sometime July) or the annual cheerdancing competition (sometime august)
Everytime one enters The San Agustin, one is ensured to witness a wedding taking place. Don't forget to catch one!
Didn't really do much here, but my uncle is the mayor so we had everything at our disposal. Visit Sarkys.
You can find these cannons along the northern wall of Fort Santiago. They were the main form of Protection of the entrance to the Pasig River!!
The Abus Ayaff Muslim Group - terrorizing 'hot spots' like Davao and Palawan. KEEP POSTED and KEEP AWAY unless you like that kind of excitement!
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