Manila bay is located to the west of the city, and is considered to be one of the best natural harbours in Southeast Asia. Take a Manila Bay dinner cruise and watch the lights of Roxas Boulevard as you savor a set dinner on board while a live musical performance promises to complete your memorable night.
Known as the oldest and the largest Chinatown in the world. Binondo offers scrumptious food from authentic Chinese restaurants. Also a place to get goods and knickknacks for the lowest price imaginable. It's great places check out, only if you don’t mind going through traffic.
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Watch the midget boxing
Find the little fighters at the Ringside Bar near the red light district in Makati City. You are either going to like it or hate it but it is something to see while you’re in Manila; you can watch on the side lines or be the referee. The drinks are $6.50 to 7 and the people that work there will do everything to hustle for drinks. All in all the whole show is quite entertaining and hilarious. They also have lady boxing but they are more known for the greasy midget boxing.
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Walk around Intramuros also known as “The Walled City”
Intramuros is protected by an impressive 64-hectare stone citadel, which we guess could tell plenty of tales of wars, invasions and natural disasters. Sadly, most of the city was destroyed during the Second World War, but plenty of interesting ruins and monuments remain today.
You can one of the coordinated tours of Intramuros to learn the history and significance of the area. One tour starts at Fort Santiago and visits the Rizal Shrine, honouring the country's National Hero Jose Rizal. After the tour, stay in Intramuros to sample some of the local cuisine; this district is home to many fantastic restaurants.
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This is the only intact building left over after the bombing by American forces in the Battle of Manila in WWII. This church was originally built in 1587 and was a monastery as well as a church. Today, it is still actively used and is very popular for weddings.
Walking into the walled city, or Intramuros, you feel a real sense of history. There are well laid out gardens ahead of you and whilst you can take the 'tranvia' (a kind of tram bus), through the park area and beyond, I think part of pleasure of visiting the Intramuros, is the ability to take your time and walk the length of the gardens and into the Fort Santiago.
There are some great opportunities for photos in the gardens, with full-size historic characters with a cut-out for you to put your face in.
Allow plenty of time to visit the fort and the other buildings, as there is a great deal to see here.
Dr Jose Rizal was a genuine Philippines hero, and he is remembered here, having been imprisoned and executed here.
Manila Zoo has a land area of 5.5 hectares.
This is the first time that I visited the zoo, with Jarrad1 from VT.
I am considering the Manila Zoo as one of the educational places that we can get our children with.
Manila Zoo Entrance Fee:
Children (4ft and above) Php40
Children (below 4 ft) Php20
If you are Manila resident Php20 (Just present valid ID like barangay ID, Driver’s License, TIN ID, School ID, SSS ID)
Manila Zoo Schedule:
It is open everyday including holidays from 8am to 6pm.
The fort was named after Saint James the Great (Santiago in Spanish), the patron saint of Spain, whose relief adorns the façade of the front gate. It is located at the mouth of the Pasig River and served as the premier defense fortress of the Spanish Government during their rule of the country. It became a main fort for the spice trade to the Americas and Europe for 333 years. The Manila Galleon trade to Acapulco, Mexico began from the Fuerza de Santiago----wikipedia*
When I first visited Intramuros, it flashed in my mind the ambiance of my hometown, Vigan City.
Intramuros is the oldest district and historic core of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Known as the Walled City, the original fortified city of Manila was the seat of the Spanish government during the Spanish colonial period. The walled part of Manila was called intramuros, which is Latin for "within the walls"; districts beyond the walls were referred as the extramuros of Manila, meaning "outside the walls".
Construction of the defensive walls was started by the Spaniards in the late 16th century to protect the city from foreign invasions. The 0.67-square-kilometre (0.26 sq mi) walled city was originally located along the shores of the Manila Bay, south of the entrance to Pasig River. The reclamations during the early 20th-century obscured the walls from the bay. Guarding the old city is Fort Santiago, its citadel located at the mouth of the river.----Wikipedia*
The MOA eye is the largest ferris wheel in the Philippines, standing 160 feet in the city of Pasay, Metro Manila. It is located along the Manila Bay and beside the SM Mall of Asia. The ride was fantastic since we got a great 360 degrees view from the top! It has a total of 36 gondolas, 6 of which are the VIP gondolas. I believe both are convenient since all are air-conditioned and can occupy up to 6 people; it's just that the VIP gondolas have these leather seats with tinted windows.
There's also a souvenir booth near the ticket booth. You can get a souvenir photo with your family or friends with the background of the MOA eye. As much as I can remember its around 200-300 added amount on the entrance fee.
Entrance fees: 150/head for Regular Gondola and 250/head for VIP gondola
I believe that the best time to ride is at night having that luminous effect of the surrounding.
If you wish to relax or have a walk around the vicinity of Taguig City, Fort Bonifacio High Street is for you. There are trendy/luxury shops (Nike, United Colors of Benetton, The Body Shop, etc.) and restaurants (T.G.I.F., Krispy Kreme, Brother's Burger, Starbucks, Seattle's Best, Italliani's, etc.) along the street.
It’s kinda like the Greenbelt in Makati City but less crowded. Also, the lush greens of nature will lighten up your day! It's the only street that is not passable by any kind of transportation vehicle.
Also there’s an open field area nearby where we watched the Concert of Rihanna and Chrisbrown, I think it was 2008… but nowadays, it’s not the preferred venue for concerts since, I heard that the residents living in the condominiums here are complaining of the noise.
A few blocks away, you’ll get to a mall called Market! Market! where you can buy stuffs at low prices.
Resorts World Manila is the 3rd tourist hub built in Asia, after the Resorts World Genting in Malaysia and Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. I have been in these 3 resorts and I can say that these resorts have their own way entertaining guests. RW Genting is unique due to its location on the mountain peak; RW Sentosa has its Universal Studios while RW Manila has its Newport City which has a mall, cinemas, gaming facilities, restaurants, Performing Arts Theater and cinemas all in one! We got to experience one of the Newport cinemas where we enjoyed watching the movie while lying on a La-Z-Boy with unlimited popcorn. You just have to press the buzzer mounted on the wall (surrounding the chair) so that the staffs will get to you and give you the snacks. The ticket is pricey for 1 movie costs 520Php, around 12USD. (good thing was.. we had it for free;)
RWM is located across the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 and adjacent to the Villamor Golf Course. RWM boasts of its 3 grand hotels- Marriot Hotel, Remington Hotel and Maxims Hotel. Marriot Hotel links to the Newport City and I observed that before you can get to the Newport City from the Marriot Hotel, you will have to pass through these luxurious stores like Kate Spade, Lacoste, etc. which will actually try to get your attention. Casinos are also everywhere. Marriot hotel also has function halls where business meetings are held.
RWM has it all! There’s also a Catholic church nearby which is very visible when you’re infront of the NAIA terminal 3. But what I love here is the Newport’s Mcdonald’s! Nothing beats the French fries!!!!
For locals, this place is kinda out of way especially when you live far from Pasay City and when you don’t have your own wheels but metered taxis are everywhere so you won’t have any difficulty going to this place. Commuting through public vehicles like jeepneys or buses will be hard because you’ll be making many transfers just to get here so I don’t recommend it.
The LRT link to the airport is still a proposal. You can take the airport shuttle to the bus station at the back of SOGO hotel which is only a few meters away from the MRT-LRT (Pasay Rotonda). If you take the LRT it can bring you to Manila proper, get off at UN Avenue station. Few meters would be LUNETA park, from Luneta you could take a horse carriage ride towards INTRAMUROS (walled city). It is historical and is at the University belt so expect many college students walking by. Another choice, take LRT Pasay Rotonda get off at Vito Cruz and take a jeep to CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines). This is the Manila Bay area where there would be many open bars at the side of the Bay at night. People stroll and listen to the music or dine which can be crowded specially during weekends. Note that its lively at night only and at day time only few people are there either exercising or fishing. You can visit historical Manila at daytime and night many restaurants have live bands. Check our SM mall of Asia which is actually near the LRT- MRT link. You can always take a taxi towards MOA (Mall of Asia)just ask the driver to take ROXAS blvd route (less traffic) the same blvd leads to Manila bay and Intramuros. Hope this helps.
>University of Santo Tomas or just to give its complete name: The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, the Catholic University of the Philippines ((in Spanish: A La Real y Pontificia Universidad de Santo Tomas de Aquino Universidad Catolica de Filipinas) is a private university founded on April 28, 1611 by Father Miguel de Benavides, a Spanish Dominican.
UST is one of the world’s largest Catholic university in one campus, the oldest university in Asia, the only university visited by 2 popes: Pope Paul VI and 2x by Pop Paul II.. it has its many firsts.
Actually, this is where most of my family and I were sent here to study and the moments we spent here were the ones we can't ever forget!
We used to call our university, UST or USTe (in Filipino) since the original name's very long.
UST was recently declared a national historical landmark since it is celebrating its 400th founding anniversary in the year of 2011.
Back from my college days, we used to have our classes in the main building which the other students were jealous of! (they really must feel that way!)
Father Benavides has his monument standing infront of the main building which another prominent landmark of the university.
The university just celebrated its 400 years in 2011 and still counting.
On March 9, 2011, the university got the Guinness World Records to form a human cross of students to which my sister participated and very proud of.
A grand celebration was celebrated in the entire year of 2011 then at the start of 2012, a closing celebration of the Quadricentennial year was held.
Luneta, formerly called Bagumbayan is where the country's national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, was executed for rebellion during the Spanish colonization.
In honor of the patriotism showed by Rizal, Luneta was then designed to make it as a park where his remains lie and the monument of the patriotic Filipino hero stands in the middle of the city.
Today, Luneta Park or Rizal Park is a favorite place where most of Filipino families gather together every weekend to have a picnic or just try to relax.
No admission fee. There are food and souvenir stalls that can be found inside the park.
There are also roaming photographers asking around if you want them to take some pictures of yours. I think this is only applicable for people/tourists who weren’t able to bring their cameras or their cameras might have ran out of battery but I’m not sure how much the photographers charge their customers. You can also try to ride the carriage and at the same time have a tour around the park. There’s a fee ofcourse, I think around 100Php maybe.
It is easy to locate this park if you’ll be taking the jeepney or the UV express service. There are public vehicles that will pass by Luneta making it easily accessible.
If you wish to take the train, you can take the LRT 1, (from Baclaran-Monumento route) get out at UN Avenue station, walk straight ahead, it will take about 15 minutes to arrive in the park.
If taking the LRT1 (from Monumento-Baclaran route), get out at UN Avenue Station, just cross the street then have a walk straight ahead, it will take about 15 minutes to arrive in the park.
The Rizal Park is near the Quirino Grandstand stadium where some public ceremonies, marathons, soccer games, etc. are usually held. Also, about 20 minutes walk from the park is where you’ll find the Manila Ocean Park, adjacent to the Quirino Grandstand stadium.
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