Malate District, together with the Ermita District, is the main tourist districts of the City of Manila and both districts have their seedier and sleazy areas as this are the main tourists areas and are like a mini Bangkok or Bali. Malate District also houses some of the famous Colleges and Universities in the Philippines such as St. Scholastica's College, De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, De La Salle University, the Philippine Christian University, the Philippine Women's University, St. Paul's College and some attractions here include the Malate Church, Remedios Circle, Manila Bay, Rajah Sulayman Park, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, the Manila Zoo and the Country's first Mall, Harrison's Plaza.
I could hardly believe my eyes when i noticed the Scottish Rite Temple as the MRT train sped by, so on my next journey i was ready with my camera and although i have not yet visited it, i have done some research and discovered a little of its history.
During the early years of the Masonic Societies in the Philippines it was next to impossible for a Filipino to join any of the lodges as they were all founded by foreigners and established for social purposes. Jose Rizal and Marcelo Del Pilar conceived the idea of Freemasonry in the Philippines and as a result Nilad Lodge number 144 was founded in 1891.
The full name is the Scottish Rite Temple, Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepetd Scottish Rite of the Philippines
The Court of Appeals is the second highest judicial establishment in the country and consist of one presiding justice and 68 associate justices. It came into being in 1936 and the present building can be found near the intersection of Taft Avenue and Padre Faura Street.
Manila Zoo and Botanical Gardens has been in operation since 1959 and you will find it in the Malate area bordering Harrison Road and near Adriatico Street. Just look for the concrete elephant and the car park, you will spot the entrance to the small 6 hectare park. There are more than 800 animals for your kids to see, a wildlife rescue center and also you can take a boat on the lagoon. There are quite a few playgrounds for the kids, food stalls, souvenir shops and rest areas.
The zoo is open from 7 am to 6 pm daily and the entrance fee is only 10 pesos.
We were lucky enough to be serenaded by a piano player while shopping in Robinson's Mall, Ermita. There is a program that can be seen on the link below, so you can organize your shopping trips to co-inside with the free entertainment that is on offer. It ranges from dancing displays, musical events, sports competitions and fashion shows plus more.
When the British occupied Manila during 1762-63 they seeked refuge in this church after their attack on Intramuros, damaging it slightly.
Malate Church is just a block away from Remedios Circle in Malate, in the direction of the sea. A statue of Lady Remedios (1624, from Spain) stands at the alter. Originally built in the 16th century it was one of the oldest churches in the country that was not built in the old Spanish area of Intramuros. in 1868 the church had to be rebuilt after a typhoon.
From 1762-64 British forces briefly occupied Manila and the Port of Cavite
The plaza is considered to be one of the best areas to watch the sunset over Manila Bay and the plaza is surrounded by some good restaurants , particularly the Aristocrat which is famous for its seafood. The Plaza is just a by Roxas Boulevard bur years ago it was next to the beach before the land was reclaimed from the sea. The whole square was redeveloped about 10 years ago and a fountain is the main attraction along with the Rajah's Statue. He was the Muslim Rajah of Manila in the 16th century and occupied the are by the mouth of the Pasig River.
The Rajah died in the Battle of Bankusai fighting the Spanish Colonists.
By the Rizal Monument there is a marker (kilometer zero) where all the distances from Manila are calculated, that is how importantly the country's number one hero is rated.
The Mausoleum at the bottom and the bronze statue of Rizal are guarded 24 hours a day by guards so unfortunately the monument is cordoned off and it is impossible to get near it, but there is a plaque on a pedestal which says ' To the memory of Jose Rizal, patriot and martyr, executed on Bagumbayan Field December thirteenth 1896, This monument is dedicated by the people of the Philippine Islands'.
The guards are known as knights of Rizal.
Remedios Circle can be found along Adriatico Street and is quite a large area that so far has not sold out to the big shopping malls or hotel developers. Wander down here at night and there are several good restaurants, bars, and discos. Some of the restaurants here are the best in Manila and the discos offer various types of music from different decades. After dinner you can watch stand up comedy or just hang around in one of the nearby bars. Throughout the year concerts and beauty pageants are held here, but during the day there is nothing special to go there for.
In the center of the circle is a monument to Marcelo Del Pilar, which used to be situated in front of Manila Zoo.
Since 1945 the buildings of the Supreme Court can be seen at the intersection of Padre Faura and Taft Avenue, only a minute's walk from the exit of Robinson's Mall. There are a total of 14 justices plus the chief justice who have jurisdiction over every court in the country. You can see the building which comes under heavy security and the large sign outside on Padre Faura.
Originally the area was the campus of the University of the Philippines until 1945 when the law makers moved in.
JOSEFA LLANES ESCODA is on the front of the new 1000 peso bill but who was she? Well you can see a statue of her in Padre Faura Street in front of the Headquarters of the girl Scouts of the Philippines. She was born in 1998 and excelled at school, worked for the American Red Cross, worked in the USA for the Women's League of Peace, while earning a degree in sociology. She studied Girl Scouting in the USA and returned to Philippines and started the Girl Scout Movement here in 1940. Unfortunately she was taken prisoner in Fort Santiago by the Japanese and later held in the Far Eastern University where it is assumed she was executed as she was never heard of again.
Malate is good place for a "place to be painted red". Lots of bars and entertainment to choose,from local to international,disco to comedy..name it and you got it.But this place is not good for the children and for the unfaithful husbands,specially for the foreigners,lol.Lots of night-working-girls are hanging around the streets wearing skimpy clothes(not for the children) and trying to attracts men(unfaithful husbands).Although this is a no.1 place for adults to hang-out at night.There are lots of hotels from 1-5 stars in here too.A good place to stay because is near to Pasay where the airports are.Near to Manila Oceanpark,Baywalk,Luneta Park,manila Zoo,Star city,Baclaran(for bargain shopping),Robinson's Ermita (shopping & eating),a 5 mins.taxi ride to Mall of Asia.If you are a gambler this is a good place for you too,Hyatt Hotel and Casino can be found here.
The entertainment area of Manila.Here you will see poverty,beggers,conmen,sleazy bars,sleazy men,sleazy women,dirt,pollution and hustle and bustle but you can also find affordable accomodation,some decent bars,eateries etc and in my opinion the best mall in Manila ie;Robinsons.
Not for the faint hearted but still a place you can enjoy.....if your careful....
I stayed here for one night and I regret it. It's dirty and not much to see outside of Robinsons Mall. Loads of hostess bars targeting Japanese or Korean men.
Skip Malate, believe me, you aren't missing anything.
If war memorials interest you, check Malate's Pieta. It's definitely not as famous as its Italian counterpart and World War II memorials in the Philippines like the American cemetery and Corregidor Island are much celebrated for a reason. But this humble, artful and emotional statue captures so well the sorrow of Manila when it lost its civilians to American-Japanese aggression in the 'opened' city.