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    Plaza de Roma

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Jun 19, 2014

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    In this lovely square, in the heart of Intramuros, you will find a statue devoted to the Spanish king Carlos IV, who, as you can read in the first picture annexed, helped the Philippines with the introduction of the smallpox vaccine, thus saving many lives of Filipinos.

    The Plaque The statue of King Carlos IV The Square
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    Philip II in Intramuros

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Jun 19, 2014

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    This statue is located within Intramuros premises. It makes justice to the history of Philippines, since the name Philippines derives from the king Felipe II of Spain. We call the islands Filipinas in Spanish. Ths statue is nice. There are more statues devoted to Spanish kings in Intramuros, but this one is the most impressive.

    Felipe II of Spain
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    Monument to José Rizal

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Jun 15, 2014

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    It is located in La Luneta. You pay a small fee and will learn to history of José Rizal, national hero en Philippines and a great man, a writer and a doctor.
    Some statues represent the way he was fired. It is a very didactic place if you are interested in the history of Philippines, I greatly recommend it.

    Mi ��ltimo adi��s
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    OBSERVE THE BARGES ON THE PASIG RIVER

    by davidjo Written Mar 21, 2014

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    Quite a few barges are tugged up and down the Pasig River, usually transporting fuel to different depots. Oil spills have occurred on the river which is already heavy polluted, so think twice about throwing your cigarette butt in the water. From the bridge behind the Immigration department i saw around 20 barges, more than i saw on previous trips.

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    Jeepney

    by Madasabull Written Feb 5, 2014

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    Take a ride on a Jeepney, they are cheap and really cheerful. These trucks where leftover American army vehicles from World War 2, and where soon put to good use by the locals.

    They are not just used as buses following a set route, the are also used as private vehicles too for family use. When they are used like this, you will likely see a sign on them stating that they are not for hire. It might say Family Use or Private on the back of somewhere else.

    I am told they have become a symbol of the culture here, and it is easy to see how that has happened. They are decorated in all kinds of ways, including chrome and metallic paints, and some really fancy trim and accessories. Like a teenager who would make his car look more than it actually was.

    London has a Black Cab and Double Decker Bus, New York the Yellow Cab, and the Philippines has the Jeepney.

    They can carry as many as 18 people, more probably, and are cheap. There are said to be around 50.000 Jeepney's in use on a daily basis in Manila, but production is said to have dropped a lot, as the heavy cost of repairs and maintenance, as well as fuel is taking it's toll, and cheaper vehicles are being used more to ferry people around. Sad really, but they are still there, like the UK's Double Decker Bus, they will be around for a very long time.

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    Manila a really modern city.

    by Madasabull Written Feb 4, 2014

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    This was not the small city I was imagining before the trip. I was expecting a fair sized city, with poverty and luxury kept far from each other. But this is not what I found.

    I found an amazingly modern city, with all the things and places you would get in any modern city, with no sign of poverty being kept separate and hidden.

    The heart of the city had huge paved area with no access for cars, lined with bars and restaurants, and statues and sculptures, water features and gardens.

    Manila is modern, and from what I am told, is developing at super speeds.

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    The poorer areas.

    by Madasabull Written Feb 4, 2014

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    Amongst the wealth of the city, are patches of houses were the people who generally service the city live. Sure, these are poorer areas, but no where near as poor as I thought I might see.

    In fact, most of these area's looked really quite nice, and people seemed to take a real pride in their homes and streets.

    I like getting in these area's, and I really enjoyed these area's here in Manila. I like to see how it really is away from the Malls, high priced restaurants and bars, and everywhere we went people were smiling and letting on to us.

    So from what I experience, don't be afraid to get away from all the tourist attraction, and get out amongst it with the locals.

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    SM Mega Mall of Asia, in Manila

    by Madasabull Written Feb 4, 2014

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    No doubt about it, this Mall was huge, and believe me I know, my wife has dragged me around enough of them, and this place was my worst nightmare.

    The biggest Mall in the Philippines, and said to be the 11th biggest Mall in the world. It's big, and roomy too. It wasn't at all busy when we were there, but the most impressive thing for me, was toilet's, there was a free shoe shine machine in there, and I was glad I didn't have my flipflops on.

    Basically, it's a Mall, a big Mall, but a Mall all the same. Love them or hate them, I hate them, my wife loves them.

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    Luneta (Rizal Park)

    by machomikemd Written Nov 6, 2013

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    Luneta is now known as Rizal Park and formerly as bagumbayan during the Spanish Times and this is the area where the National Hero, Jose Rizal, was exucuted by the Spaniards in 1896 and it now bears his name. Rizal Park is the Main Tourist attraction besides Intramuros as it hosts the Grave of the National hero and the largest Philippine Flag in the country and hosts kilometer zero of the Highway system. There are various activities around the park and during weekends and sundays, you would see hordes of people having picnics around the park. the part is just withing walking distance of the other attractions in Manila like Intramuros, Manila Ocean park, the US Embassy, etc.

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    Quiapo District

    by machomikemd Written Nov 6, 2013

    Quiapo District is the old shopping area of Manila, way before progress and the ginormous malls began sprouting around the Metropolis. Quiapo District is home of the Hawkers, street stalls, street markets, counterfeit DVD and CD sellers, Photography shops, religious and mystical shops and more, plus the Catholic and Islamic Heritage of the Philippines as the Roman Catholic Quiapo Church and the Golden Mosque are just a stone's throw away. If you want to experience Philippine folk art and culture, you must go to Quiapo.

    according to wikipedia:

    Quiapo is a district and a primary city square of Manila. It derives its name from the water cabbage (Pistia stratiotes), which is named Quiapo or Kiapo in the Tagalog language. Referred to as the "Old Downtown of Manila", Quiapo is home to the Quiapo Church, where the feast of the Black Nazarene is held with millions of people attending annually. Quiapo has also made a name for itself as a place for marketplace bargain hunting.

    Plaza Miranda, in the heart of the Quiapo district, is a town square named after Jose Sandino y Miranda, who served as secretary of the treasury of the Philippines from 1853 to 1863.[2] It is located in front of the Quiapo Church, and has become a popular site of political rallies. On August 21, 1971, while the Liberal Party held their Miting de Avance in the plaza, a bomb exploded, killing nine and injuring almost 100 civilians.

    The Quiapo district is also home to a sizable Muslim population in Manila. The Golden Mosque and Green Mosque are located there.

    A veritable army of fortune tellers and stores offering herbal products surround the Quiapo church. Ongoing sales of pirated goods and thievery are prevalent in the district.

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    World Trade Center

    by machomikemd Written Nov 6, 2013

    The World Trade Center, located in Pasay City, near the Sofitel Hotel Manila is the primary venue for exhibitions, road shows and trade fairs both local and international. this huge area also is the primary hub of auto shows in the Philippines with different themes at different dates around the year and I sometimes go to these car shows if I am here in the country.

    according to their website:

    The Pioneer and Standard for Exhibition Venues in the Philippines

    A member of the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) of New York, World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) is the first exhibition venue in the Philippines listed by the Union des Foires Internationales or UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry.

    Opened in October 1996, WTCMM is a pioneer in the provision of a world class exhibition venue in the country. Its management and staff have unparalleled expertise and experience in delivering efficient service

    WTCMM is the venue of many of the major exhibitions and trade shows that are participated in by foreign delegations and buyers from different parts of the world. World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) offers a fully equipped facility in a strategic location that offers excellent visitor mileage and accessibility to the international airport and seaports, entertainment and cultural facilities, five-star hotel accommodations as well as to Makati, the main central business district in the Philippines.

    WTCMM has more than 16,500 sqm of gross floor area , consisting of 11,300 sqm of contiguous indoor space at ground level and 21,000 sqm outdoor space. WTCMM has very user-friendly features, ensuring not only ease in build-up, but also reduction in the cost of staging exhibitions and events requiring large, unobstructed space and sophisticated setting.

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    DRIVING LICENSE, DEGREES, BIRTH CERTIFICATES

    by davidjo Written Oct 26, 2013

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    Recto Avenue is located in Binondo ( the nearest MRT stop is Recto Avenue or Doreteo Jose ) and the street is lined with countless stalls selling fake I D s, ranging from simple Identity Cards to University Diplomas, Police Clearances, Land Titles etc.... Fake documents are available from 80 pesos and upwards. The sellers sit on the sidewalk with bulletin boards openly showing their work. I cannot understand why the authorities don't close them down as several people have been caught working as doctors, lawyers and school teachers with these false documents.

    amazing that the authorities do nothing

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    THE GROUNDS OF BACLARAN CHURCH

    by davidjo Written Oct 25, 2013

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    Wander around the grounds of the church and you will see a plaque commemorating Pope John Paul II visit in 1981. Also by the entrance there are many people selling souvenirs and icons. In the garden there is a statue of the Virgin Mary that devotees flock towards, just to touch the statue.

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    BACLARAN CHURCH

    by davidjo Written Oct 25, 2013

    Baclaran Church is crowded every Wednesday as 100,000 devotees come to make the Perpetual Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. The novena began back in 1948 and has continued since then. The church is a Redemptorist Church and the priests have been there since 1932.
    For more information read the link below
    http://baclaranovena.org/About_the%20Shrine/The_Baclaran_Phenomenon.html

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    DON't MISS THE OLDEST SIKH TEMPLE IN THE COUNTRY

    by davidjo Written Oct 22, 2013

    The Sikh Temple, Khalsa Diwan is the oldest Indian Temple in the country and visitors are made welcome by the Sikhs on duty and will gladly show you around. The temple was built in 1829 so Sikhs had a place to worship while they were away from their own country. after viewing the temple you may have the opportunity of eating a free meal in the langar (kitchen) which occupies the ground floor. When entering the temple you must remove shoes,socks, stockings and have your hair covered by a handkerchief (provided for you if you need one). There is also a faucet before you go upstairs to the main worship hall, and it is appreciated if you wash your hands and feet. Upstairs there are no icons but you will see the holy book in the main altar which is covered by a linen cloth, as you are not allowed to touch it accept for the high priest.

    the temple sign inside the entrance, donations welcome the worship room upstairs the altar with the holy book under the linen the room to leave your shoes

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