If you have some time to spare take your child to this museum as it will be a wonderful learning opportunity as there are many educational displays, such as a tunnel maze of the human body.
At 100 peso entrance fee it is very affordable but unfortunately when i was there not many visitors seemed to be around.
Please look at the link below for more information.
It is fitting that the statue of this wonderful comedian stands outside of the Children's museum, by the intersection of Roxas Boulevard and South Boulevard. He died recently (2012) and the grand old age of 84, but at a young age he sold peanuts in the movie theaters and as a result he could watch the movies free. He also was a shoe shine boy, factory worker as well as working at the port. During the Japanese occupation he managed to get his first job on stage, then when he was 17 he was employed as a chorus dancer, and later he was given a part in his first movie when he was just 19. Since his first movie in 1946 he continued to star in many movies until 2010. you did not have to understand Tagalog to laugh at some of his parts. He was also known to help the poor and needy without the fanfare. and he was involved in helping set up the children's museum where the statue stands today.
At the western end of Rizal Park, not so far from Quirino Grandstand you can find an abandoned building which is situated in South Boulevard , a few meters from Roxas Boulevard. The building seems to have fallen into decay and is guarded by security guards but at one time it has been an impressive building with a garden and grand entrance. The sign in the garden informs us that it was the Hospice of San Jose, which was founded in 1810, but unfortunately i cannot find any reference to this particular building on the internet.
i do know that the Hospice of San Jose is the oldest Catholic welfare institute in the Philippines which helps young and old. Originally the Hospice was set up on a small island in the Pasig River and still exists today but is administered by the Daughters of Charity since 1865. They expanded there service and admit the mentally ill. From the early 1800's it was a safe haven for mothers who wanted to abandon their babies, rather than leaving them on the street.
You can learn more in the link below.
Elpidio Rivera Quirino (1890-1956) 6th President of the Philippines, was born in the historic city of Vigan, Ilocos Sur and studied law, and held government posts throughout his life, starting as member of House of Representatives, Senator, Vice President, then President.
When he was president after WWII he faced a big problem with the Communist Hukbalahap movement. The Huk, as they were known by, were originally an anti Japanese guerrilla army but the communists gradually gained control over the country's rulers and after talks between Quirino and the Huk leader, Luis Turac ended in stalemate Taruc announced that he was a communist and called for the overthrow of the leadership, but the insurrection was suppressed. Quirino could not solve the country's problems and there was widespread graft and corruption (he won the election in 1949 which was supposed to be the most corrupt ever), and lost the next election to Magsaysay who was largely responsible for placating the Huks.
His statue can be found near the entrance to Manila Ocean Park
On the second floor of Manila Ocean Park why not have your photo taken in a jeepney or by an old hawker's cart. 100 years ago hawkers would push their carts around offering noodles or other food for sale, but most people were inside their house so the hawker would bang a chopstick on a piece of bamboo making a toktok noise, or a bell that went klang klang, so the people would coming running from their house to buy their food. There is also a blue jeepney there, so climb in and have your photo taken---it's free.
Manila South Harbour can be viewed from the terrace on the second floor of the mall inside Manila Ocean Park. This is the main International Port of Manila which is protected by a low breakwater and also contains the customs house and several warehouses within the compound. Raw material arrive here and must be transported by container truck or barges as there is no railway line.
Manila Ocean Park is situated in Manila Bay, behind Quirino Grandstand near Rizal Park. Each day there are many shows and attractions including
3 Aquanot Voyage
4 Shark Encounter
5 Jellies Exhibit
6 Fish Spa
7 Glass Bottom Boatride
8 Funtasea Games and Rides
9 Back of the House
10 Birds of Prey Kingdom
All of which cost money, but the prices are clearly displayed at the ticket office where you have the choice of which attractions are included in the particular ticket you decide to purchase, ranging from 550 to 900 pesos
If you are in Manila during July there is now an annual travel convention that takes place in the SMX Convention Center near the Mall of Asia, just off of Roxas Boulevard. The convention will last for three days and entrance fee is less than 100 pesos. All the local airlines will be represented as well as many resorts, islands etc and there are many freebies to give away. I happened to pick up two maps that normally cost 100 pesos each. Many cheap tickets are available from the airlines as well as other bargains from resorts, hotels and suchlike. There are several hundred stalls. At the same time there will be a smaller display/exhibition in Robinsons , Malate.
A good time to take a walk along the Baywalk which is next to Roxas Boulevard would be late afternoon, just before it gets dark. There will be a lot of activity here with locals trying their luck at fishing, people jogging, some sitting on the seawall, homeless taking a bath or swim, homeless using the seawall as a kitchen as they cook their meal. along with a view of the ocean and the South Harbour. There will be several Kalesas (horse and carriage) that will be offered to you for a set fare, which should be displayed on the back of the carriage.
Note of caution---Many street people will be sleeping or hanging around the baywalk at night so keep your wits about you when it s dark.
Assassinated on his return to the country at the Manila airport in August 1983, you can see the popular man in Baywalk along the side of Roxas Boulevard. Benigno was incarcerated under the regime of President Marcos but was allowed to leave for the States some years later, but he was gunned down after he stepped on to the tarmac, so was the alleged assassin.
Later the airport was named after him, Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Near the corner of Pedro Gil and Roxas Boulevard you will see a statue of Jose Rizal, the President of the Philippines from 1943-45 under the Japanese administration. After the war he was accused of being a collaborator with the enemy, or even a traitor, but many years later it was decided that he had the interests of the Filipino people in his heart during very difficult times.
Walking along Roxas Boulevard you will reach the corner with Pedro Gil where a statue of Salvador 'Doy' Laurel (1928-2004) shows him with both hands raised high in the air. The inscription on the plaque informs us that he was a statesman, legislator, pioneer of free legal aid, writer, poet, nationalist and patriot. To back this up he held the position of vice president, senator among other. He was born just a few minutes walk from his statue in Paco.
Great walk on the Roxas Boulevard, visit Mall of Asia, visit Ocean Park, ancient city walls Intramuros, Rizal Park and many others as reason to visit this great Manila Bay ..
Especially in the evening, just before sun goes down, many locals and also tourists gather here to see the sea color turns from blue to red as hugging the last sunlights of the day ...
On the shore there are many cafes, restaurants, bars which some of them also offer live music later in the night.
Strongly advised to visit ... :)
Corregidor is a small rocky island in the Philippines about 48 kilometers west of Manila which is strategically located at the entrance of Manila Bay. This island fortress stands as a memorial for the courage, valor, and heroism of its Filipino and American defenders who bravely held their ground against the overwhelming number of invading Japanese forces during World War II.
Also known as "the Rock," it was a key bastion of the Allies during the war. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines in December 1941, the military force under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur carried out a delaying action at Bataan. Corregidor became the headquarters of the Allied forces and also the seat of the Philippine Commonwealth government. It was from Corregidor that Philippine President Manuel Quezon and General MacArthur left for Australia in February 1942, leaving behind Lt. Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright in command.
Although Bataan fell on April 9, 1942, the Philippine and American forces held out at Corregidor for 27 days against great odds. On May 6, 1942, their rations depleted, the Allied forces were forced to surrender Corregidor to Lt. Gen. Homma Masaharu of the Japanese Imperial Army after having successfully halted the Japanese advance on Australia. It was only two years and ten months later in March 1945 when the Allied forces under the command of General MacArthur recaptured Corregidor ... making good his promise to return to the Philippines.
The big guns of Corregidor are now silent and the ruins of buildings, structures, and tunnels in the island tell a very moving story of a war that has claimed so many lives. A visit to this former battleground is a memorable experience especially for those who cherish and value peace and freedom. In his speech delivered at the signing of the surrender of Japan aboard the U.S.S. Missouri at Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, General Douglas MacArthur said, "It is my earnest hope and indeed the hope of all mankind that a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past - a world founded upon faith and understanding, a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish for freedom, tolerance and justice."
this is one of the newest destinations in the Manila Bay Area. It is owned by the Owners of Singapore's Ocean World in Sentosa Island and also has a mini shopping mall and a boutique Hotel inside the Ocean park.
Manila Ocean Park is open from 10am – 9pm, Mondays through Sundays.
The Entrance Fee for adults is PHP400 (approximately US$10) and PHP350 (approximately US$9) for children.