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    NATIONAL MUSEUM

    by davidjo Updated Sep 12, 2012

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    The museum is located at one end of Rizal Park in Manila an is well worth a visit. It is a building with four floors with a courtyard in the middle so it is limited for the amount of displays that it can show. However a visit will be extremely beneficial as what is on offer is of a good quality.
    Sunday is a good day to visit as entrance is free, the rest of the week i think the entrance fee is between 100 and 200 pesos.

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    STATUE OF LAPU LAPU

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

    Lapu lapu is a delicious red fish that can be eaten at Philippine restaurants but the more famous Lapu Lapu was the ruler of Mactan Island , next to Cebu, who was famous for being the first native to resist the Spanish colonisation. He fought in the Battle of Mactan where Magellan and several of his men were killed. It is widely accepted that Lapu Lapu himself killed the Spanish leader. You can see his statue in Rizal Park.

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    PHILIPPINE ISLANDS

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

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    In Rizal Park you will find a pond containing all the islands of the Philippines, but unfortunately viewed from the surrounding area is not so good. You will really get a good view from the train on the LRT line which passes by the island pond, map.

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    FORT SANTIAGO----PART 2

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

    You will find many interesting paintings but flash photography is not allowed. There are also some old canons as well as beautiful carriages to transport you around. I believe prices start at a hefty 350 pesos for 30 minutes.

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    FORT SANTIAGO

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

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    Fort Santiago can be found in Intramuros, by the side of the river. It is renowned for the prison cell that held Jose Rizal before he was executed. Recently they placed bronze footprints on the ground where he took his last walk before he met his maker. You will enter a small park after you have paid the 75 pesos entrance fee, where you will find a fountain and some interesting statues, as well as a small carriage to transport tourists around.

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    OLD TREASURY BUILDING

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

    You will find the burnt out shell of the Treasury Building next to Immigration, but it was destroyed by fire in 1972. Surprised that nothing has been built on this lot, the real estate must be worth a fortune.

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    ADOLFO LOPEZ MATEOS

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

    Near the Immigration Office you will find a small square where there is a statue of the Mexican President and a plaque commemorating 400 years since the expedition by boat from Mexico arrived in the Philippines. 1564-1964

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    GENERAL POST OFFICE

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

    The GPO is near Intramuros and Immigration, rather an imposing building which can be seen from the Jones Bridge. Notice the Pasig River which is rather dirty, but passenger boats do use the river, but the nearby terminal was closed temporarily when i was there recently. You can cross teh Jones Bridge and you will be in Chinatown.

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    local market

    by davidjo Updated Sep 8, 2012

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    One of the closest markets to visit will be under the train lines and surrounding area at Carriedo LRT Station, which is a few stops from Ermita area. it is crowded so be careful of pick-pockets. Clothes, bags, tools, electronics and a multitude of other items are to be found here.

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    LIVING WITH THE DEAD-MANILA NORTH CEMETERY

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

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    We visited here on our recent trip to Manila after seeing a program on TV ( either DONT TELL YOUR MOTHER or ROADS LESS TRAVELLED) . It is reported that up to 15,000 people live in the cemetery,: they say they are caretakers but they are squatters and they are happy to sleep in the mausoleums and set up their kitchen or bed on top of a tomb. The cemetery is located near Abad Santos LRT Station and is perhaps 1km walk or tricycle. We were told by the owner of the guest house where we were staying that it would be dangerous to visit but we went ahead anyway. We spoke to many residents and i never felt threatened. The people were very pleased to talk to us and we met one old lady who looked after her 5 grandchildren and another who had resided there for 10 years. Some will return to their island now and again, but will normally come back to their home with the dead.
    We found out later that foreigners need a permit to visit but i entered with my Filipino wife, chatted to the guard who never mentioned a permit, perhaps he thought we were visiting a family grave.

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    CHINESE CEMETERY

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

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    Having lived in Philippines for 20 years i was searching for somewhere new to visit on a recent trip to Manila and was not disappointed when i chose the Chinese Cemetery. The gate is guarded by security officials and the area is patrolled to keep out squatters. The Chinese have built huge mausoleums for their dead, usually lavishly decorated and lots of marble. They accept any faith in this cemetery, and to fully enjoy the place you can employ a guide to show you around, IT IS FREE!!! and well worth it.

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    RIZAL PARK

    by davidjo Written Mar 23, 2012

    Rizal Park is located between Ermita and Intramuros which can easily be seen in an hour. There are many statues to the country's local heroes, Quirino Grandstand where they swear in new Presidents and a giant map of the Philippines. At one side of the park you can also see the Japanese Gardens, Chinese Gardens and the Chess Plaza. Early morning and early evening you will see many locals jogging and hanging around in the park.

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    TOUR BY KALESA

    by davidjo Written Mar 23, 2012

    You will find Kalesa's hanging around the vicinity of Rizal Park and near the entrances to Intramuros and also across the river from Intramuros in Chinatown. A kalesa is a horse drawn carriage designed to take two or four people and is fun to ride around in but bargain hard as the owners are used to tourists with lots of money.

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    Halo-Halo, a famous Philippine Dessert

    by machomikemd Updated Mar 19, 2012

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    Halo Halo is the quintissential Filiino Cold Dessert and is the philippine version of the Singaporean Ais Kacang, the Indonesian Chendol and is the favorite dessert and snack during summer time.

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    Go Shopping in Divisoria

    by monina_c Updated Feb 21, 2012

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    Divisoria or Divi as it is fondly called by locals, is a noisy, stinky and confusing giant market located on both sides of Claro M. Recto Ave., in Manila. It's been a popular destination for shoppers who want to make each centavo count for decades. Its warren-like structures boast of the widest array of goods, from textile, toys to fresh produce! Shoppers descend to Divisoria in droves especially during the months nearing christmas season and before the school year starts each June.

    The best time to go shopping in Divi is in the mornings during weekdays. You have an edge over the others if you get to be the first costumer for the day because the shop-keepers will give you good bargain because you are "buena mano" which literally means "good hands". Your money will be waved on the goods they sell because they believe you will bring in luck and more sales.

    The trick is to window shop in the regular stores first so that you can gauge the amount that you can shave off when you go to Divisoria where you are expected to haggle. The last time I went there to buy fabrics/accesories (November 2011) I was able to get some fabrics at 50% lower price than if i got them outside Divi. Just ask the shop-keepers for their best price and then ask for 30% discount. Keep a poker face while haggling! Go crow over your purchases when you are home!!!

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