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Private Half-Day Tour of Old Manila
"Manila’s city tour starts with a visit to Rizal Park named in honor of the country’s national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. After a brief picture stop proceed to the Walled City of Intramuros to visit the remnants of Spain’s conquistadores. Stop at Fort Santiago an old Spanish fortress located at the mouth of Pasig River where great moments in Philippine history occurred. Travel through the cobbled streets to San Agustin Church the country’s oldest stone church
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Private Half-Day Manila Tour by Jeepney
"Travel through the financial district of Makati passing down Ayala Avenue where gleaming skyscrapers stand cheek by jowl with less than distinguished-looking structures. As we approach the bustling metropolis of Manila drive past the cultural Center of the Philippines and on to Roxas Boulevard. Stop at Rizal Park named after the country’s nationalist hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Then proceed to the Walled City of Intramuros which was the nucleus of the old Spanish town. Venture into Fort Santiago in its strategic location overlooking the Pasig River and Manila Bay and stroll along its ramparts where once stood th Rajah Sulayman. Continue on to San Agustin Church the only church built within Intramuros that has survived the collective onslaught of numerous calamities including fire and war. Beside the church is a museum that houses a collection of manuscripts
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Private Half-Day Manila City Tour
"Commence the tour from the financial district of Makati including Fort Bonifacio and the American Cemetery then move on to the city of Manila the country’s capital. Arrive at Rizal Park named in honour of the country’s national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. After a brief picture stop proceed to the historic Walled City of Intramuros. Travel through the cobbled streets of San Agustin Church the country’s oldest stone church and view its wide collection of ecclesiastical icons
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Excellente Ham, the best hams in Manila

always buzzing with patrons!

Excellente Ham is an institution in Quiapo District of Manila as it is known as one of the Pioneers of The Chinese Style of Cured and Smoked Salty and Sweet Ham in the Philippines. They were making chinese style ham since the 1930's and this only branch still rakes in the crowds, specially during the christmas season as filipinos are fond of hams (whatever variety) for christmas and new year holidays. Their regular 1 to 2 kilos (2 to 4 pound) hams here cost 980 pesos a kilo! I know it's expensive than the regular hams you buy at supermarkets but since they are the pioneers, and their hams are really that good, they command that premium price. they also offer other pork products as well like sliced ham at 900 pesos a kilo, ham scraps at 700 pesos a kilo, meatloaf with cheese at 850 pesos per kilo, bacon at 880 pesos a kilo and assorted sausages.

opens: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday

address: 155-157 Carlos Palanca Street, Quiapo District, City of Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

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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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Oct 24, 2013

Markets in manila

The two main markets in Manila are the Baclaran market near the end of EDSA and Divisoria market on the other side of the city near Quiapo.
Divisoria has already been posted here , and I agree it is the best and largest market with many shops, stalls, and buildings, low prices, bustling crowds and great value. After the market, especially on a Sunday , take a taxi to the Quiapo church where there , around the Church of the Black Nazerene is another street market with all the usual things but also a large amount of traditional herbs and medicines- quite interesting.
Baclaran is best on Sundays and Wednesdays but is operating all days, is a street market and many side streets and shops off the road. Prices are also good, less bustling as it is out doors.
Baclaran is easier to get to as its on the rail line and closer to Makati, Mall of Asia, Airport and so on. The huge Baclaran Church next door is in full swing on Wednesdays and Sundays for mass.
The main items on sale at both markets are clothing, bags and electricals.

May 26, 2010

daily dog show at salcedo park

if you don't have anything better to do on a sunday morning or afternoon, or even on an ordinary weekday, you might want to drop by the salcedo park in salcedo village, makati. everyday around 8am-9am and 4pm-6pm, all kinds of dogs are being walked by their owners or yayas. from siberian huskies to fox terriers to beagles to british bulldogs...its like watching a dog show!
for those who aren't so fond of dogs, don't fret. salcedo park is still a nice park to go to if you want to relax. they've got lots of trees and shade with benches strewn all over the place, a nice, big playground for kids and a jogging path for walking or jogging. coffee shops are also located around the park if you want something to drink. and every sunday they've got an open air market where you can buy fresh produce and other products.

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Jun 11, 2007
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Purple Firetruck

When visiting Binondo church, I am sure you would not miss seeing the violet firetruck parked beside the church. You would be wondering of all colors why violet.

Maybe the firetruck is donated or ownde by the owner of Eng Bee Tin who is famous for its hopia, tikoy and other chinese delicacies. The theme color of the store itsel is also purple.

There are two purple firetruck parked along Ongpin Street. The fire brigade who are all volunteers are always ready to respond whenever their services is needed.

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May 08, 2007

Pasig River

The Pasig River taken from the back side of Fort Santiago. I didn't see any boat rides being offered which might be kind of cool. The other side of the river is Binondo which is one of my favorite parts of Manila!

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Dec 17, 2002

Try local food along the street

Why not trying local food along the street? price is cheap! Filipinos loves eating some little snacks. These is very common in Manila... Barbeque in the street, you have choices of pork, beef, hotdog and chicken. Chicken barbeque sold the most with it's assortiment of legs, head or intestine, so rare? perhaps Filipinos like it.

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Sep 07, 2002


The DIVISORIA MARKET off C.M. Recto, Manila, sells everything under the sun for up to 50% less. A real bargain-hunters' paradise, although you may have to bear with the crowds and the traffic. And, if you have enough courage, patience, and good humor to venture out to Manila's most famous mercado, you'll get to experience a slice of Filipino life very few foreign visitors have had the opportunity to see. Don't bring too much money (you'll get by fabulously on very little), don't wear any jewelry, watch your bags, and wear decent shoes!

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Enroute back to Manila

A little town enroute back to Manila, complete with Josies-II 'sing a long restaurant'. Just a short stop off to see a jeepney seller and buy some light refreshment.

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Aug 15, 2003

Go up to Antipolo (East of...

Go up to Antipolo (East of Manila) and see a great birds-eye view of Manila, but only on a clear day ie, after a heavy downpour.

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Aug 26, 2002

The Center of the Manila...

The Center of the Manila Community
Multilane streets is crowded with cars, buses, and people at the center of the Manila community.

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Aug 26, 2002

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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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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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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 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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