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    A Walk along Greenbelt Park

    by nixca316 Updated Jan 29, 2007

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    For a minute (or a little while longer) you'll forget that you're in the middle of the city...it's a place for everyone (lovers, families, religious folks and others). At the Makati Avenue side, there's a Zen like garden, trees, flowers, greens and so much more....near the church of Sto. Nino de Paz there are ponds filled with fish and some ducks waddling around ;p. Near the bridges are beautiful orchids. It's so peaceful...yes, serene. It's a glorious feeling walking around there (most especially when there are fewer people)

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    THE WISH STONE --- MAKE YOUR DREAM COME TRUE

    by davidjo Written Mar 20, 2014

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    Nearby the entrance to Greenbelt shopping mall there is a small park called Washington Sycip Park and inside there is a wish stone, which is in the form of a slab of rock which has a small inkwell which is full of water. Next to it is a small brush which you dip in the well and then you write your wish n the surface of the slab, then hope for the best. On a hot day the letters will evaporate from the heat before you complete writing your wish, but don't let that discourage you!!!.
    Impy Pilapil whose name appears on the nearby instruction plaque is a famous glass, metal and stone sculptor, who was born in nearby Cavite in 1948, her real name is Imelda and later won a scholarship at the Accademia Italiana in Rome. She is on the list of 100 most outstanding Filipina women.

    the stone follow the instructions
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    Manicure and Pedicure at CANS

    by KookieDough Updated Aug 29, 2006

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    I love going to CANS (California Advanced Nail & Skincare) branch in Legaspi Village for manicure and pedicure. Attendants are really careful with your hands and feet.

    Their rates are more affordable, too, compared to other nail salons. You can get a pedicure that already includes a brief foot scrub and massage below 200 PHP. They also have a Spa Pedicure - as what is implied by the name, it is a pedicure with foot spa - which costs about 350 PHP.

    By the way, call for appointment. They can be fully booked any day, especially from 5pm onwards.

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    War Memorial maintained by Philippines and USA

    by whvcebu Written Nov 24, 2003

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    The cleanliness and the craftsmanship of the mosaic pictures of the various battles during WW II are unique.

    Furthermore, the quietness in this park like environment with fire trees during late summer are so magnificent - it is a must to see and keep silent for a while....

    World War II Memorial
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    CONQUER CORRIGIDOR TOUR

    by LoriPori Written Jan 31, 2012

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    Sunday, January 9, 2012
    VT Friend I_S_A offered to take us on a tour to the Island of Corregidor. We were thrilled with the idea, so we made plans to visit this historical island. VT Friend planxty - Fergy - also came along with us. Isa picked us up at our Hotel at 6:00 a.m. by taxi and we went to the Ferry Terminal. Fergy joined us with us there.
    We signed up for the CONQUER CORREGIDOR TOUR. Sun Cruises provide 2 fast ferries to cater to the daily round trip transfer to and from Coregidor Island -- Baycruiser II is a 145-seater fast ferry: Suncruiser II, the one we went on, can accomodate as many as 285 passengers and has bathroom facilities and snack bar. Both are docked at the CCP Bay Terminal A, inside the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) complex.
    Schedule:
    Check In - 7:00 a.m. - Tickets purchased and ID tag with seat number handed out
    Boarding: 7:30 a.m.
    Departure: 8:00 a.m.
    Arrival on the island: 9:15 a.m.
    Guided Tour
    Departure: 2:30 p.m.
    Arrival to Terminal: 3:45 p.m.

    Cost of tour -- 1999 Pesos (I_S_A got us a price of 1900 Pesos each)
    Tour includes round trip ferry - guided island tour on a trolly - buffet lunch at La Playa

    For more information see my Corrigidor page.
    Also I want to take this opportunity to thank I_S_A for arranging this wonderful day.

    Map of Corregidor Suncruiser II Ferry Boat Our Trolly #5 Ruins of Barracks Battery Way

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    VISIT INTRAMUROS

    by LoriPori Written Feb 2, 2012

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    Thursday, January 12, 2012
    The oldest district and historic core of Manila, INTRAMUROS is also known as the "Walled City". Guarding the Old City is Fort Santiago, a citadel located at the mouth of the Pasig River. Construction of the thick defensive walls were started by the Spaniards in the late 16th century to protect it from foreign invasions (e.g. British and Dutch) and raiding Chinese sea pirates.
    Inside the walled city of Intramuros, some of the sites that we visited are Plaza de Roma, Manila Cathedral, Governor's Palace, San Augustin Church and Barbara' s Restaurant. where our VT Dinner Meet was held.
    So pleased that we had the opportunity to visit Intramuros, thanks to friends Chelli, Jun, Claus and all the local Philippine Members who put all this together. You're all wonderful.

    Manila Cathedral Fort Santiago San Augustin Church Governor Plaza de Roma & Manila Cathedral

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    Stroll in this Urban Oasis - Greenbelt

    by yellowbell Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    You can stroll in this green oasis, dine in the posh restaurants, sip your favorite espresso, listen to acoustic music on weekend nights, watch your Hollywood blockblusters in its cineplex and shop in exclusive stores.

    You can also seek solace in the Sto. Niño De Paz Chapel, known to Makati office workers as the Greenbelt chapel. The chapel is surrounded by a koi pond and tall trees.

    A stone throw away is the Ayala Museum.

    Greenbelt Chapel
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    Oldest fortification - Fort Santiago

    by airasia Written Jul 1, 2006

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    This historical fort is recommended for most tourist visiting makati/ manila. This fort is a 16th century military base defense structure over looking the city river. Inside here you may find the Rizal shrine, the memorial cross which is the final resting place for approx 600 filipinos & americans who were victim to the atrocities during the last days of Feb 1945, dungeons, media naranja and etc.

    Preservations work has been done towards this fort in order to maintain it's century old structure. Still the fort do provide a understanding on the political, cultural, religious & commerical centre of Spain's empire in the east.

    Open from 8am till 6pm.

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    Manila American Cemetery and Memorial

    by yellowbell Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Another memorial for World War II soldiers is the Manila American Cemetery, located just a few minutes away from Makati. With the manicured lawns, tall trees, vast plateau and numerous headstones, I momentarily forgot all my worries away.

    Amidst the 17,206 crosses, stands the tallest structure in the cemetery which serves as the chapel. There are large mosaic maps about the achievements of soldiers assigned in the Pacific, India, Burma during World War II. Names of 36,282 missing soldiers were inscribed in limestone piers that form two large terrace of hemicycles.

    Cemetery is open from 9am-5pm.

    Chapel in the American Cemetery One of the hemicycles
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    GET TO KNOW THE TREES

    by davidjo Written Apr 2, 2014

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    Washington Sycip Park, just by the entrance to Greenbelt 5 is a marvelous place to study the trees as they are all marked with their name and also informs us if the wood is used for furniture, electrical posts etc. The park is open from early morning until late evening (6am -10 pm), then it is locked up for the night to prevent vagrants from sleeping there. Security Guards patrol the park at night. Besides the many tropical trees there are benches, gazebos and a pond where you can find Koi fish.

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    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME EXERCISE????

    by davidjo Written Mar 21, 2014

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    If so, visit Legaspi Active Park, not far from Greenbelt in Makati. You can jog along the paths and between the trees and you will not really notice that you are surrounded by skyscrapers. There is also a small playground and a small stage but the park really gets busy from 5 am onwards as local residents emerge from their apartments for some exercise. Entrance is free but be careful about photography as the security guards may not allow picture taking.

    jog,jog, jog!! you have arrived playground
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    Yuchengco Museum

    by stamporama Written Mar 24, 2009

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    It houses the art collection of Alfonso Yuchengco that includes the works of noted Filipino painters like Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo and Botong Francisco.

    Entrance fee is 100 pesos for adults, 50 for students (age 15 and above), 25 for children and senior citizens. Wheelchair-accessible. Paid parking available.

    Museum facade at night
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    China town

    by airasia Written Jul 1, 2006

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    I can't really tell if the folks here are chinese. But yes makati do have a china town like most country. Here is a shoppers delight with lotsa stores selling variety items range from jewelery, herbs, clothing, chinese food/ restaurant and other chinese stuffs.

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    Watch a stage play

    by yellowbell Updated Nov 22, 2008

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    For artsy intellectuals, you can watch a stage play (in English) at Onstage Greenbelt. There are matinee shows at 3 pm and evening performances at 8 pm on Fridays-Saturdays. Tickets usually range from P300-700.

    It's Onstage where local artists perform and it's also the house of Repertory Philippines.

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    Best Swedish Massage at The Spa

    by KookieDough Written Aug 29, 2006

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    I get a body and/or foot massage almost every week and of all the spas I have been to, I got the best Swedish massage every time at The Spa. The therapists here applies the right rhythm and pressure that makes you truly relaxed and rejuvenated afterwards.

    One thing, though. Not all staff are friendly and helpful, compared to other spas. I think the aura is even a bit snobbish here. I don't know if they really intend to make it their appeal, but I still prefer a spa that does that personal and friendly touch that makes you feel at home.

    One of the more expensive spas, not including those inside hotels. A basic Swedish massage costs about 900+.

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