City Scene, Manila
This 16th-century church still has its original stone walls. Erected in 1596, Binondo Church is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in the Philippines, but over the centuries the original edifice has sustained considerable damage from earthquakes and other natural disasters. Today the octagonal bell tower is all that remains of the 16th century construction. The upkeep of the present church is largely funded by the Catholic Chinese community, many of whom reside or operate businesses in neighboring Chinatown. The first Philippine saint, Lorenzo Ruiz, started here as an altar boy. Open: Daily 6AM-7PM.
An enjoyable place for the young ones, as well as the young once, Museo Pambata at the north end of Roxas Blvd. is an enjoyable place that excites and stirs my kids' inquisitive minds. Combiming history and "Science-at-Work", the 2-storey museum would surely make any kid to wanna stay longer once in.
A must-see for children 10years and below.
No need to take off your shoes, wear special clothing, or pay an entrance fee. Sorry, but I don't have detailed information about this, except that it is in the Ermita district, near Malate, not so far from the American Embassy on Rojas Blvd., which is on Manila Bay. Looking across the street from the bay, it would be a few blocks in, and to the right. If anybody has the exact address, please post it for the readers. It is a small temple, and quite pretty. Payment by donation.
A must-see when in Metro Manila on Christmas season.
Policarpio St in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila is where the most-lighted houses (numbering about 4) in the country come Xmas season. The about 150m street is closed to vehicular traffic on weekends beginning late November till early January every year to give way to the big crowd flocking the place to get a glimpse of these enchanting houses as if the electricity bill doesnt matter.
Visitors would have to park their vehicles in the adjacent streets and walk down through Policarpio St. to experience the event named "Pasko-Pasko sa Policarpio". Keep those cameras clicking for that cool combination of starry lights.
Lots of thing to do in Manila! If you like rallies, go to EDSA Shrine and shout 'Erap Resign', or you can go to Enchanted Kingdom and have some other kind of fun. Like in filipino politics there are rollercoasters here, too...
Might not be the best amusement park in the world, but it's the best in the Philippines. The rollercoaster is the best feature. 3 loops, then the same way backwards!
If you're into golfing, the area in and around Manila is a Mecca! There are from good, to world class golfcourses. Doesn't matter if you're Tiger Woods or a little pussycat, if you pay, you play! There are cheap courses, and really expencive ones where you need to be or know a member.
Browsing through some Philippine VT pages, I noticed that women NOT typical of the ordinary Pinay or Filipina are presented as enticements for the male traveler to visit the Philippines. I propose to show what the typical Pinay really is - not just a pretty face, but a woman of substance equal or maybe even better than her counterparts elsewhere. I renamed my Babes of Manila travelogue to "Babes of the Philippines" because they are not just here in Manila, they're everywhere! The typical "babe" I know is beautiful, brainy, a fine friend, a loyal partner, a great mom or an exciting single (well, the moms are equally exciting), independent, fun, a lot of other superlatives that escapes me at the moment, and most definitely not the cheap variety depicted by others.
Check out the Babes of the Philippines travelogue for yourself, and see the difference. I'm proud to know these ladies.
I took the photo through the windshield just as we were going down the bridge into the university belt of Manila.
Under the bridge there's an open air market that's also a must see if you want to shop for flowers and native handicraft.
Play golf! This is Fairways and Bluewater in Boracay.
Golf is a very popular sport in the Philippines. Most cities have them and even in the heart of busy Manila, there are several courses to choose from. What makes golfing in the Philippines special, though, is the fact that it wouldn't be uncommon to find umbrella girls (to carry umbrellas for you so you don't suffer from heatstroke), ball boys (to fetch your ball if it goes out of bounds), beer boys (make sure that the beer in the coolers are always ice cold), and of course your caddy, who will carry your golf bag for you.
This lady must have been part of the wedding entourage judging from the way she was dressed.
I love weddings...they're a great excuse to get all dressed up and looking beautiful.