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Manila Layover Tour: Overnight City sightseeing with Round-Trip Airport Transfer
"Immerse yourself in Manila’s past and present with this semi-independent tour including your choice of overnight accommodation in Makati with breakfast. Relax in the serene and tranquil ambience of the Y2 Residence Hotel amid dramatic black-and-white decor. Or upgrade to the 5-star luxury Fairmont Makati for a more spacious accomm"""Stay overnight in Manila in your choice of standard studio or deluxe accommodation and explore Makati and Old Manila on a half-day sightseeing tour. Meet your private guide in the morning or afternoon and receive an overview of Philippine history as you travel by air-conditioned vehicle to sites like Fort Santiago and the UNESCO-listed you can enjoy the flexibility of exploring at your own pace. This semi-independent experience includes breakfast and round-trip airport transfers."title=HL&1=Semi-independent+overnight+tour+with+hotel+accommodation+in+Manila&2=Hear+informative+commentary+from+a+professional+guide+on+a+morning+or+afternoon+half-day+tour&3=Enjoy+sightseeing+in+Manila+and+the+City+of+Makati+by+private+vehicle&4=Drive+t
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Manila Old and New: Sightseeing Tour Including Intramuros and Fort Santiago
"After pickup from your Manila hotel at your selected departure time embark on a fully guided sightseeing tour beginning in the heart of the country’s financial center -- Makati. Travel aboard an air-conditioned vehicle and drive along Ayala Boulevard stopping briefly at Nielson Tower home to the Filipinas Heritage Library. Then drive past Forbes Park an exclusive residential enclave dubbed ‘Millionaire's Row’ on your way to visit the American Cemetery and Memorial to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of World War II.Continue to Old Manila via the scenic Roxas Boulevard
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Manila Super Saver: Manila Sightseeing plus Tagaytay Tour with Taal Volcano
"Morning: Tagaytay TourAfter pickup from your Manila hotel your guide will take you on 1-hour drive to the picturesque city of Tagaytay located on a ridge 2250 feet (686 meters) above sea level.When you arrive visit Palace in the Sky the ‘rest house’ of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Admire gorgeous panoramic views of Taal Lake which surrounds Taal Volcano
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Dieties Keep You Safe in Taxis

Favorite thing One of the scariest things you can do on this planet is take a taxi ride in Manila. So it follows that one of the riskiest jobs anywhere would be to drive taxis in Manila -- especially that holding such a job must be contingent on averaging a certain number of traffic violations per minute! Therefore, it is not surprising that almost every taxi driver has a shrine on his dashboard. Most of them have Jesus and Mary, but if I were them that wouldn't be enough -- I'd have every possible diety I could think of from Jesus to Buddha to Pele to that Hindu god with 20 arms. Only then would you feel truly protected.
I am not exaggerating to say that we almost averaged two accidents per taxi trip. Our drivers went up one way roads the wrong way against gobs of traffic and jittneys, took lefts from the right hand lane, blew through red lights and even went airborne occassionally. All this while trying to get a commission for selling us on going to some strip bar. This was adventure tourism!
Everytime I saw one of these dasboard religious displays, I thought of the Rolling Stones song "The Girl with the Far Away Eyes" where Mick Jagger tells about the radio preacher who said "You know you always have the Lord by your Side" so he ran 20 red lights in his honor. In Manila, we ran more than 20 red lights!

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AKtravelers
Apr 30, 2006

Walking the streets of Manila

Fondest memory Do you know what makes Manila? It's the people. I'm not a huge fan of Manila as a city as I generally find the traffic horrible. However, I took a wander down some of the side streets and had a great time. Of course basketball, the true religion there, was being played everywhere. I think that I got an offer to play at every game. They must know that white men can't jump!

It was funny how much attention that I got in some of the more run down areas. I guess not many foreigners walk down those paths. Every 15 seconds I got a, "Hey Joe!" One of the best moments was when a girl runs up to me, looks at my shoes, and says, "Hey man! I made your shoes!" Pretty funny.

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Blatherwick
Mar 10, 2006

Connecting to family and friends (cheaply!)

Favorite thing When in Manila, keep your own city's SIM card. If your phone is GSM-compatible, get a local prepaid SIM card from any of the three cellular phone operators - Globe, Smart, Sun - costing less than US$4. Calls through your new SIM card should be cheaper than when you use your home city's global roaming service - US$0.40/minute for IDD calls, and about US$0.15 for local calls. Catch is, calls are charged on a per-minute pulse rate basis, rather than the more equitable 6-second pulse rate in most cities around the world.

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Tijavi
Jan 22, 2006

We have two seasons

Favorite thing the dry season and the rest of the year are sodden with
heavy rain. The dry season starts from December to May. From June to
November you might find yourself in a typhoon. The best time to visit Manila
and our beaches are around February to April. The summer time or dry season
is the best time for you to have some relaxation, cooling time and vacation
you need.

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mlt_t
Sep 17, 2004
 
 
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When to Go

Favorite thing With maximum temperatures hovering above 30°C (86°F), Manila isn't the place to go to cool off. There are two seasons: the dry season lasts from December to May; the rest of the year is sodden with heavy rain. From June to November you might find yourself in a typhoon. The best time to visit Manila and surrounds is February to April. If you like some cool places for SWIMMING, SCUBA DIVING, MOUNTAIN CLIMBING, SURFING, BIKINI WATCHING and more go to our beautiful beaches in our country. You will never regret it ‘coz we have also the finest and beautiful beaches.

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mlt_t
Sep 17, 2004

Manila is a massive modern City

Favorite thing Manila is a massive modern city, which plays host to just about all the attraction you’d expect to find in a major metropolis. Not only is it a highly cultured town with a varied program of events, including opera, ballet, concerts and recitals by local and foreign artists, but its various theatres also offer English and Tagalog plays, dances and musicals. In fact music is the main form of entertainment in Manila and some unusual groups can be seen, such as the Pangwat Kawayan bamboo orchestra and the Rondalla group. But there is much more than music.
If quiet away from the town, then remember that the Philippines have the world’s longest coastline and are rich in superb beaches.

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mlt_t
Sep 17, 2004

Fact and about Manila

Favorite thing Capital of the Philippines and home to 12 million people, Manila is a massive modern city, which plays host to just about all the attraction you’d expect to find in a major metropolis. Not only is it a highly cultured town with a varied program of events, including opera, ballet, concerts and recitals by local and foreign artists, but its various theatres also offer English and Tagalog plays, dances and musicals. In fact music is the main form of entertainment in Manila and some unusual groups can be seen, such as the Pangwat Kawayan bamboo orchestra and the Rondalla group. But there is much more than music. Manila is a paradise for those who like to shop. If quiet away from the town, then remember that the Philippines have the world’s longest coastline and are rich in superb beaches.

Metro Manila, the country's business, trade, industrial and government center, sits in the heart of Luzon. Manila, the nation's premier city of 12 million residents, is as urban, teeming and raucous as any major city in the world.

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mlt_t
Sep 02, 2004

walking around

Fondest memory walking around... enjoying the chaos and noise and all the little dramas played out on the crowded streets. little children are devils, the street vendors always have stories to tell. there is a way of taking in the ugliness of everything and finding it beautiful. silence and order are horrible in their own way, you know? walking through the dark and dingy markets with lightbulbs swinging, buying food from the street stalls...

miromi
Jan 10, 2004
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"Mabuhay, Welcome to Manila!"
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"Manila, love or hate"
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"Capital of the Philippines"
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"Aliwan Fiesta 2011: Ilonggo's Pride and Victory"
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"Love It Or Leave It..."
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Rain ain't stopping them

Favorite thing The simple things make Filipinos happy.

Rainy days don't mean no fun. Kids happily play together, some guys are fishing, others sit on the benches with their umbrellas...

All these...for free...

:-)

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syllybabe
Aug 15, 2003

Rainy Sunday at Manila Bay

Favorite thing Along Roxas Blvd. there are now restaurants and cabanas and swings where people can sit around and wait for the sunset or hang out after a morning jog.

This pic was taken on my way to the airport to go home to Bacolod one Sunday morning during the monsoon season.

It's a great place to spend time with the family after mass at the Malate Church across the street or you can take a stroll after lunch at the Aristocrat.

The area can have very busy traffic during the week because Roxas Blvd. is a main thoroughfare and the US Embassy and many hotels are along this road but take advantage of quiet Sundays, early mornings, and beautiful sunsets.

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syllybabe
Aug 15, 2003

Celebrating Independence Day

Favorite thing A public fireworks display is now traditional every June 12 - Philippine Independence Day. There are two venues - one at The Fort, just across EDSA from Makati, and the other one at the Manila Bay breakwater. I chose the Fort this year.

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D._Pepper
Jun 13, 2003

Pasig River

Fondest memory Pasig river is flowing just in the heart of Manila connecting Laguna de Bay and Manila Bay then out to China sea. Some people called these 'dying river' due to flooded garbage in the past years and polluted water. However, the Philippine government have a strong project and campaign for these river since the past few years to clean up the water and whole area.

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kylian74
Sep 20, 2002

Things to Do Near Manila

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Luneta - Rizal Park

Japanese Gardens in Luneta Park. Entrance Fee is only PhP 10 or $ 0.23 (2014). Small but nice view. The place is peaceful. Good ambiance. Lots of amazing views. Good for picture-taking. Children can...
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Intramuros

This building stands out like a sore thumb in the Spanish historic walled city of Intramuros and the developer should be shot. It is called BF Condominium and is situated next to the ruins of the...
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Pasig River

the ferry service is now closed as of 2011 Tired of the traffic and the gridlock? Take the river. It’s faster, cheaper and yes, cooler. The ferry service, a revival of the Starcraft ferry which had...
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Chinatown

Just near the Goodwill Gate you will come across this Feng Shui Store which is a popular place for the local Chinese to buy their Feng Shui items and Yin Yang Charms. The store is packed to the...
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Malate

Malate District, together with the Ermita District, is the main tourist districts of the City of Manila and both districts have their seedier and sleazy areas as this are the main tourists areas and...
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Museo Pambata

An enjoyable place for the young ones, as well as the young once, Museo Pambata at the north end of Roxas Blvd. is an enjoyable place that excites and stirs my kids' inquisitive minds. Combiming...
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