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    Basilica San Sebastian

    by lotharscheer Updated Oct 3, 2013

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    San Sebastian Basilica is a neo gothic church prefabricated in Belgium entirerly made of steel. After several previose churches where destroyed by fire and earthquakes Genaro Palacios built it after a concept of Gustave Eiffel, finished in 1890. The stained glass windows are from the German company Oidtmann.

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    THE MINOR BASILICA OF THE BLACK NAZARENE

    by davidjo Written Jul 23, 2013

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    Otherwise known as Saint John the Baptist Parish, and more commonly known as Quiapo Church is famous for the statue of Jesus Christ showing him to be black, and reputed to have miraculous powers. Unfortunately this famous church located in Quiapo does not allow photography inside without a permit, but when i visited on a Friday afternoon the building had quite a few followers inside.
    Originally the church was constructed from native materials in 1586, burnt down in 1639, rebuilt and destroyed by an earthquake in 1863, rebuilt in 1899, partly destroyed by fire in 1928 and rebuilt once again and still stands today. Nowadays thousands of followers attend mass every day but on January 9th millions celebrate the black Nazarene's transfer to the church.

    enter but no photography outside the church
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    Solaire Resort and Casino

    by machomikemd Written Apr 2, 2013

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    The Sprawling 120 hectare Enttertainment City in the Manila Bay Area near the huge SM Mall of Asia Complex is the Philippine's answer to the Casino COmplexes of Las Vegas, Macau and and the Resorts World Sentosa & Marina Bay Sands of Singapore. among the first to opened this year in march is the Bloombery Resort groupand their Showpiece called Solaire Resort and Casino, the second las vegas type huge entairtanment complex cum casino in the philippines after the Resorts World Casino Complex near the NAIA Terminal 3 airport. Solaire Resort and Casino is patterned after the huge las vegas megacomplex casino and entetainment complexes and boast of a total of 8.3 hectares and on the first phase, will house a 5-star hotel with 500 rooms and a 1,000-seat grand ballroom. The area has 18,500 square metres gaming area containing 1,200 slot machines and 300 gaming tables which are connected to the main lobby area and integrated with the restaurants and bars inside like the dragon bar, finestra restaurant, yakumi japanese restaurant, strip steakhouse and more. Plus like in las vegas, they offer free drinks and bottled water to casino patrons. they even has private gaming rooms for the high rollers as this casino complex is geared for the high rollers across asia and is a direct competitor of the macau and singapore and the genting highland casinos of malaysia.

    They also have a rewards card with free memberships which is similar to the comps card of las vegas and atlantic city where you get room upgrades, free games, free meals and more once you accumulated enouigh points while gambling. They also have free parking in their multi level parking building just beside the complex and with elevator acess to the casinos.

    a basic room here will cost 12,000 pesos a night.

    outside parking gaming tables food court playing the slot machines hehehe
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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.

    MUSICAL INSTRUMENT, kalintangan MYTHICAL CREATURE, Borak BUTUAN BOAT IFUGAO HOUSE
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    STATUE OF LAPU LAPU

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

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    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.

    old canon the park JOSE'S Prison cell statue on a bench beautiful carriages
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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.

    the park main entrance to the fort view from back wall of fort Rizal's last walk
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    OLD TREASURY BUILDING

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

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    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.

    burnt out treasury building

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    ADOLFO LOPEZ MATEOS

    by davidjo Written Sep 8, 2012

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    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

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    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.

    view from Jones Bridge Main Post Office

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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.

    View fro Carriedo Station Under the railway

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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.

    Tombs stacked high typical tomb Jose Rizal was buried here Many famous people and presidents were laid to res flashy tomb

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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.

    main gate like a street memorial to Japanese and Chinese killed in the war tomb like a house

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    RIZAL PARK

    by davidjo Written Mar 23, 2012

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    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.

    PARK TOURIST OFFICE (if i remember correctly)

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