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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.