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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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...
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.”
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.
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.
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" ...
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.
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.
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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