City of Manila Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by machomikemd
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by machomikemd
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by machomikemd

City of Manila Off The Beaten Path

  • Markets and Street Scenes

    Manila Off The Beaten Path

    Try and pop down to the Pasig River in Manila and see the poor people with their bamboo rafts scooping floating plastic bottles out of the river for recycling. At the recycling depots they will get a few pesos per kilo for their endeavors. Best place to see them are at the bridges crossing the river near Chinatown.

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  • Tagaytay and Taal

    Manila Off The Beaten Path

    Taal Lake lies in the crater of an extinct volcano on Luzon Island, about 56 km (about 35 miles) south of Manila. The lake is the 3rd largest lake in the Philippines covering an area of 240 sq km (94 sq miles).

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  • Corregidor

    Manila Off The Beaten Path

    If you have a day where you want to explore something different, ride a ferry to to Corregidor! This is just a short 2-3 hour ferry ride that leaves daily at 0730 from the wharf which is close to the Cultural Center of the Philippines. What will you see? Cannons! This place has a rich history, very important in how the shipping was controlled in...

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  • In the Visayas

    Manila Off The Beaten Path

    Sumilon Island off Dumaguete in Negros Oriental used to be a marine sanctuary managed by Silliman University. When we took this trip in 1994, it was no longer a marine sanctuary but a resort being leased by a Japanese company. The marine life was spectacular and the island was beautiful. The cottages were on top of the cliff overlooking clear blue...

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  • Catholic Church in Chinatown

    I have always had a fascination with the architectural designs of churches. I thought I have seen all the old churches of Manila. When we went to Chinatown last Chinese New Year's eve, I expected to see a big Chinese temple, but was pleasantly surprised to see a Catholic Church in the heart of Binondo. The church is so beautiful, I especially...

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  • The Billboards- The Trees of Manila

    Do you notice billboards? Well, guess what? They're the trees of Manila. Like any Philippine city, very creative billboards dominate the skyline. But it's even more true for Manila, which has the most billboards in the country. Here, the billboards dominate even an entire avenue! The ads in the billboards can be really colorful, creative and eye...

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  • Corregidor Island

    Corregidor is a small rocky island in the Philippines about 48 kilometers west of Manila which is stragetically 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...

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  • A Hundred Years Old Spanish House

    So remotely-looking, depressing but the people who live here are probably the most optimistic, the happiest people on earth.

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  • Picturesque Sunset

    I saw this beautiful sunset when I was just lazing around at home on a Sunday afternoon. I saw the sun slowly changing its color into golden yellow and the sky turned orange in color. Then I suddenly remember my camera, grabbed it and captured this beautiful sun setting in the horizon.

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  • Major Attractions around Manila

    Major attractions around Manila are as follows:- Tagaytay, Taal Volcano and Lake (please visit my VT Tagaytay and Talisay pages)- Villa Escudero (please visit my VT Quezon Province page)- Corregidor Island (Historical island of World War 2)- Mount Pinatubo (Famous volcano with violent eruption in 1991)- Subic Bay (Former US military base area)-...

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  • Villa Escudero

    This is a very lovely theme park of the Philippine culture and landscape, and is located on a coconut plantation about 3 hours drive from Manila. I spent 2 days there and really enjoyed it very much, there are lots of things to do and see such as cultural dance, rafting in Labasin River, lunch at Labasin Waterfalls, Carabao (water buffalo ride),...

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  • Tagaytay, Taal Volcano & Lake

    Tagaytay together with Taal Volcano and lake are one of the major attractions near to Manila (about 1-2 hours drive south, depending on traffic). The views of the Taal Lake and Volcano are fantastic, and I would recommend that you go across the lake to the volcano island, where you can either walk up to the crater or take a horse ride. Details and...

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  • Corregidor: An Island Fortress

    Corregidor Island is a day trip from Manila that World War II buffs would enjoy. An hour cruise down Manila Bay (across Cultural Center of the Philippines) will bring you to Corregidor Island. Aboard a tranvia, a guided tour will allow you to see barracks, gun placements and other war relics Please see my Corregidor page

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  • Baguio: City of Pines

    Baguio is some 5 hours by land or less than an hour's plane ride (Asian Spirit) from Manila. It is located in the northern province of the Phlippines. If you go there during the peak summer season (end of March-April), expect that your trip will be more than 5 hours. During monsoon season, some landslides could occur. But everything is a minor...

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  • Shop and relax on a Saturday Market

    The newly-renovated Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village in Makati City is now the venue of small entrepreneurs peddling a wide array of delectable food, fresh fruits & vegetables, fine flora, organic food and other hard-to-find goods.The market organizers also impose a strict regulation to limit the sell to food and plants in order to prevent...

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  • wanna know your future

    whether u wanna try it for fun or you really believe in in, fortune telling is quite an experience. in front of the quiapo church, there are many fortune tellers that are eager to tell you what lies aheadquiapo church is located in quiapo, manila.

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  • the procession of the Black Nazarene

    the Black Nazarene is a life-sized statue of Christ that a priest bought in Mexico and brought to Manila in 1606. Since 1787 the statue has been housed at Saint John the Baptist Church in Quiapo. every year, the statue is brought out and paraded around the area. be prepared as thousands of devotees jostle to help carry this image. the black...

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  • Early Morning Church

    Well amazingly enough I went to an early morning church service. It was a catholic Church in Barcalaran. Just the ride on jeepneys was so cool,the day was just breaking, and many early risers were on board- in all their Sunday clothes and finest perfumes. If anybody wants to see the real philippina. this is the time of day to observe. What I...

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  • On the bus

    Was driving through San Juan in La Union on the way look at some property when a local crazy guy decided to throw a rock at the windscreen while we were moving at 50 km/h. Luckily no-one was hurt. On the bus to Dagupan to pick up the repaired car at Calasiao. Beautiful bus trip along the coastline (only about US$1.10 for a 3 hour ride). Clean,...

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