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Manila Baywalk-Place to Unwind, Watch Sunset!
IF YOU'RE in Manila and in need of a nice, inexpensive place to while away a late afternoon or an early evening and really enjoy it, try The Baywalk. Manila Baywalk has done wonders to the city of Manila. It became a thriving, cosmopolitan, cool to be seen area. With crowds in excess of 200,000 on the weekends, Manila Baywalk has captured the Philippine capital's imagination with outdoor restaurants, open air bars, chic cafes and live bands.
The Manila Baywalk is a two kilometer stretch between the US Embassy and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) just past the Manila Yacht Club. The Manila Boardwalk or Baywalk follows the Roxas Boulevard. Baywalk Manila is also a popular venue at night with all the open-air cafes and where one can enjoy the local cuisines and watch the Manila sunset. There are lots of restaurants to choose where one would like to eat. All this is also accompanied with music that makes your night relaxing. Especially during Friday and Saturday nights the stages are built where the bands entertain the visitors.
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FUN FUN and MORE FUN for the FAMILY
Star City is located next to the CCP Complex and is probably the best amusement park in the city but unfortunately we arrived there on the Thursday to find it was closed for renovation and updating their rides. At the moment it is only open on Fri-Sat-Sun but according to the sign it will be open daily from September 2013.
The Ferris wheel should give you a good view over Manila bay and parts of the city. Altogether there are around 25 rides plus other attractions such as haunted house, ride simulators, boat rides, land of snow etc.
For more information and ticket prices see the link below.
- Family Travel
- Theme Park Trips
BOOM NA BOOM
Unfortunately when we visited Boom na Boom Park there was nothing taking place but sometimes concerts, sporting events, and exhibitions take place there. By the park there are a few restaurants. I would not bother going here unless you know of some event that is taking place
THE WORLD TRADE CANTER
The World Trade Center schedules many exhibitions and events each month that can be found on the link below. The building is more interesting to the drab buildings that surround it, and first opened its doors in 1996 and has since hosted many prestigious events including Asia Pacific Economic Conference, The National Womens Summit when Hillary Clinton was the guest of honour, and various other conventions.
BEWARE OF GHOSTS
The Manila Film Center hosts the Manila International Film Festival since 1982 but there was a tragic accident during its construction when part of the building collapsed and buried 169 workers under quick drying cement but the authorities did not allow ambulances or rescue workers on the site until 9 hours later (when an official statement was prepared.)
The building is supposed to be haunted as ghosts roam around trying to find a live body to possess and take over as their own. There was an earthquake in 1990 and the building was abandoned for 10 years until it was made safe again.
- Arts and Culture
ANOTHER DRAB BUILDING
The Philippine Convention Center was opened in 1976 and holds the yearly Filipino equivalent of the Oscars, but it was officially opened in '76 when it hosted the World Bank Meeting. It hosts meetings, exhibitions, events such as the 1994 Miss Universe Pageant. It recently updated its state of the arts equipment .
- Arts and Culture
TOO OSTENTATIOUS FOR THE POPE
The Coconut Palace was supposedly planned and built in 1981 for the Pope's visit according to Imelda Marcos who commissioned it but the architect stated that it was a showpiece for the versatility of the coconut and planned long before the Pope's visit. It is now the official home of the Vice President of the Philippines . Anyway the Pope refused to go there saying it was too ostentatious. It was built with coconut lumber, coconut shells, and hardwood and each of the suites on the second floor is named after a particular part of the Philippines displaying its handicrafts. Many of the country's guests have stayed here including Muammar Gaddafi and Brooke Shields. It is possible to visit the Palace but you must request this in advance.
TANGHALAN FRANCISCO BALAGTAS
Tanghalan Francisco Balagtas is the name of the Fol Arts Theatre which was opened in 1974 And commissioned by Imelda Marcos who hosted the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant. The building looks a bit old fashioned and seemed to be holding many religious events. It holds nearly 8,500 spectators in 10 sections and takes its name from Francisco Baltazar, one of the country's greatest poets. Leandro Locsin designed the building then built it in 77 days.
- Arts and Culture
- Theater Travel
A WIDE CHOICE OF RESTAURANTS
Harbour Square is near the Cultural Center and next to the Manila Yacht Club and one can experience a wonderful view of the yachts, and the sunset as many locals stroll around, cycle, jog or simply relax by the sea. There are many restaurants, shows, and live bands, also souvenir stalls in this picturesque area of the city. I counted at least 15 restaurants, Japanese, Chinese, Seafood, Filipino, BBQ, Fastfood to choose from.
You can get there by taxi or LRT to Vito Cruz, then there will be orange jeepneys that go past Harbour Square for 7 or 8 pesos.
WALK TO HARBOUR SQUARE AND SEE THE YACHTS
If you turn right after the Jose Andrada Naval Station, pass the Cultural Center of the Philippines and walk by the seawall towards Harbour Square you will see many yachts anchored in the area. It is particularly nice to do this early morning before it gets too hot.
SHOWCASE OF PHILIPPINE ARTS
The Cultural Center of the Philippines was founded in 1969 and has been staging dance, music, arts, theatre and literary events ever since then. There are also some resident companies including Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, UST Symphony Orchestra, Philippine Madrigal Singers and the National Music Competition for Young Artists Foundation (NAMCYA) present a regular season of productions, workshops and outreach performances.
The building itself looks rather drab and uninviting from the outside, but you cannot judge a book by its cover.
For more information regarding events please refer to the website below.
JOSE V ANDRADA NAVAL STATION
The Naval Station was named after Commodore Jose Andrada who was the 4th Filipino to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and also the first Filipino to reach the rank of Commodore. Outside the Naval Station you can see two helicopters,a tank and a gun---great for taking photos of the kids.
TO THE BRAVE NAVY FORCES
Outside the Jose V Andrada Naval station you will find a memorial to those members who bravely lost their lives protecting their country. The Naval Station is in Roxas Boulevard next to the yacht club
- Historical Travel
THE COUNTRY'S PREMIER YACHT CLUB
The Manila Yacht Club was formed in 1927 but was not operational during the Japanese Occupation. The club is basically for members only (they wouldn't even let me take a photo of the entrance) and is considered the jewel in the crown of the sporting community. Each year there are two regattas and the racing season is from September to May.
- Sailing and Boating
YOU COULD EASILY WALK BY AND MISS IT
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is located in Roxas Boulevard, almost opposite Manila Yacht Club and has some excellent exhibitions of early Philippine goldwork and pottery from over 1000 years ago, religious art and a fine exhibition by Hildago on permanent display. There is also a section Philippine Contemporary which has a wide range of exhibits.
The museum is partly subsidized by the Central Bank
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