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    The CCP Complex

    by asianbelle Updated May 26, 2008

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    Who would have thought that this sprawling piece of land was once part of Manila Bay? Yes, the entire CCP complex was land reclaimed from the bay, thanks to the ambitious project of then First Lady Imelda Marcos to introduce and bring the "Culture and Arts" to the Filipinos.

    In 1969, the Cultural Center of the Philippines was the first structure to rise in the area. Being the pioneer, the name stuck and the place became known as CCP Complex. CCP is the choice venue for ballet performances, classical concerts, and theatrical plays/musicals.

    In 1974, the Philippines hosted the Miss Universe pageant for the first time. For this purpose, another structure was built in the complex - the Folk Arts Theater which later was re-named Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas after a famous local poet - in a record speed of 77 days. Folk Arts is a popular venue for pop and rock concerts.

    In 1976, the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) was constructed within the complex for the IMF-World Bank meeting. The then state-of-the-art PICC became the first convention center in Asia. Since then, it has hosted several international trade exhibitions, conferences, concerts, corporate parties, commencement exercises, and other special events.

    Aside from these landmarks, the complex is also home to the following: Film Center of the Philippines, Design Center of the Philippines, Coconut Palace, Star City, Aliw Theater, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, and Harbor Center. Reclamation stretched farther to the south and with it, more buildings were added: World Trade Center, Philippine Trade Training Center, Senate of the Philippines.

    Presently, the CCP Complex is connected to the biggest mall in Asia - Mall of Asia - via Macapagal Boulevard. Incidentally, the boulevard as well as the mall are both standing on reclaimed land.

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    Nayong Pilipino near the airport

    by jumpingnorman Updated Jun 5, 2009

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    This is actually just a cultural park that has been beside the airport since I was a small boy. I remember seeing the mini-rice terraces here and I think it still has a small scale version of the Mayon Volcano. I also enjoyed watching the planes flying over the site --- I'd like to thank my parents for bringing me here often and making my imagination grow and want to see so many places!!! Sometimes, I think I've overdone it though, hehehe...

    It has a collection of mini-villages which will expose you to the different cultures in the Philippines -- from the thatched huts of the Ifugao village to even muslim mosques. Open 0600-2100 (but check if times have changed)

    On Sundays, there is an interesting dance number at the Mindanao Village. Don't tell anybody, but I did do a Minadanao-Ifugao Folk Dance number while I was in college (yikes, hehehe...and I also had to her the infamous ifugao g-string, surprising comfortable, hehehe)

    There is also a walk-through aviary but I don't think they have the famous Monkey-eating eagle...

    See me so small beside my Mom at Nayong Pilipino
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    Tagaytay City

    by Minnieg Written Jan 19, 2005

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    Tagaytay City, located 2,500 feet above sea level enjoys a cool and invigorating climate characterized by a relatively low temperature, low humidity, and abundant rainfall. Average temperature is 22.7 degrees Celsius. Tagaytay, considered as the country's second summer capital because of its crisp and cool climate all year around, is a treasure box of pleasure points in by itself. At nightfall, one sees the lake sparkle with the pinpoint lights of fishing boats. It is a perfect picnic spot. Tagaytay, however, is more than a picnic haunt. The place has given rise to many congregational houses and retreat centers. It is also conductive to spiritual meditation, that is earned yet another title for being the "Center of Spiritual Retreat."

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    Nice to look at.

    by planxty Written Jan 28, 2012

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    Readers of my other pages on VT will know that I like to research what I write carefully in order to give the best information I can, and sometimes this research leads to interesting discoveries. Such is the case with the Manila City Hall. I was looking at the attached website for information about the building and stumbled upon this quite wonderful quote,

    "Ready or not, some day it will come to an end.
    There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
    All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten,
    Will be passed to someone else.

    Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
    Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
    So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, to-do-list will expire.
    The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
    It won't matter where you came from,
    Or on what side of the tracks you live at the end.

    It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
    Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
    So what will matter?
    How will the value of your days be measured?
    What will matter is not what you bought,
    BUT HOW YOU BUILT.
    Not what you got,
    But WHAT YOU GAVE.

    What will matter is not your success, but YOUR SIGNIFICANCE.
    What will matter is not what you learned, but what YOU TAUGHT.
    What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage,
    Or sacrifice that will enrich, empower, or encourage others
    To emulate your example.

    What will matter is not your competence, but YOUR CHARACTER.
    What will matter is not how many people you knew.
    But how many will feel a LASTING LOSS WHEN YOU'RE GONE.
    What will matter is
    HOW LONG YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED,

    BY WHOM AND FOR WHAT.

    Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
    It's not a matter of circumstance but of CHOICE.
    Choose to live a life that matters.

    The capitals are not mine but I think that this stands as a very good description of the Philippines in general. A relatively new country in itself, and with what appears nto be a fairly young populace, it is looking to the future whilst remembering the past, specifically that of about 60 years ago.

    To the tip itself, the City Hall is an extremely busy place and I am of the impression that you cannot access it unless you have business there. Interestingly, at the side of the building I saw a number of people with folding tables and plastic chairs offering btheir services as "notaries", basically second class lawyers. It pleased me to see the parasitic group generically called lawyers cast out in the street here they belong. My hatred of the legal profession is long, abiding and well-documented.

    The building itself, even from the3 outside, is impressive and large, to the design of Antonio Toledo. Apparently, in it's early days, it was disliked by the local people but has now come t be much loved and a landmark in central Manila. It is certaqinly worth a look.

    The other images are of a memorial to the front of the building documenting the liberation of the city from the invading Japanese in the Second World War.

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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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    Flags Fluttering along United Nations Avenue

    by xuessium Written May 14, 2005

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    This is along the way towards Rizal Park & Intramuros if you walk. There is this whole avenue dedicated to all the members of the UN. See flags fluttering in groups (in no particular order) in the wind as you take a stroll through the neighbourhood. Hunt for your nation's flag!

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    Ayala Museum

    by littlegirl0130 Written Jan 18, 2005

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    Good visit to know more about the Filipino History, culture and creativity of Filipinos here and abroad in the field of arts...

    There's a minimum fee for the entrance...

    dress code of smart casual should be observed (no slippers and shorts)

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    Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Nature Center

    by limledi Updated Nov 8, 2007

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    An unmanicured park where you can spend an unhurried day playing with the kids, reading a book, or just communing with nature. There is a small lake surrounded by walkways, tables and benches where people come to picnic. A restaurant is also located nearby. Kids can have fun visiting the crocodile, Philippine eagle, Burmese python, parrots, peacocks, monkeys, deer and other animals at the mini zoo and wildlife rescue center.

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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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    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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    UST Library: Oldest Library in the Philippines

    by yellowcab Written Aug 3, 2007

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    One of Asia's premiere and oldest university also houses the oldest library in the Philippines.

    Started out in the 17th century by UST founders", Fr. Miguel de Benavides and Fr. Diego Soria , who collectively donated their private collections for a future college. Soon other Dominicans friars contributed books that made it the biggest collection of books mostly fror priesthood. As new faculties/colleges were opened in the University the collections widened to form a precious collection of rare books unique in the Philippines.

    This library was located in the old city of Intramuros for three hundred years until it was transferred to its present location now in Espana Ave, Manila. It was on October 29, 1989 when the UST Central Library Building was inaugurated to a new building.

    The Library contains a rich collection of books and periodicals, listing more than 300,000 volumes in its catalogue, with hundreds of new materials added regularly.

    Recently it has its renovation and this is how it looks now!

    Open to UST student and alumni.

    Visiting Hours:
    8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Monday to Saturdays.
    *All library services cease 15 minutes before closing time.

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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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    Patron of the Imposible

    by mikoykoy Written May 15, 2007

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    St. Jude is known as the Patron of the Impossible. Devotees of St. Jude flocks the church every Thursday to attend the novena mass. Petitions like partner in life, good grades in exams, for successful medical operation and simple thanksgiving are common prayer ask by the devotees.

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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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    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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