A food crawl unlike any other Chinatown may be small, but it is a hub for some of the best Chinese restaurants in the country. If you want to sample the best, then The Big Binondo Food Wok is for you. The tour starts with registration and taking of attendance at Binondo Church. You’ll then move to Ramada Hotel where you can take your last pee break. After a brief and humor-laced account of Binondo’s past, you’ll then be taken on a food crawl through 5 Binondo restaurants. The restaurants change from one tour to the next; this means you won’t visit the same restaurant twice, even if […]
Tour guide and culture advocate Carlos Celdran offers a tour like no other with his Walk This Way Tour where he brings tourists along for a walk while explaining in detail the essential things that they ought to know in Intramuros. The tour takes as long as 3 hours. Some may raise their eyebrows at the seeming information overload but Carlos Celdran’s prosody and storytelling ability allows tourists to absorb and appreciate 400 years of history for almost 3 hours without a problem or any hint of boredom. He presents history in an animated way and you can’t help but feel wrapped up in it. The tour ends with […]
See Manila’s oldest district, the known “walled city” of Intramuros, as you go on an exciting tour through Bambike Ecotours. As a well-known tourist attraction in Manila, many people flock to Intramuros, the historical city where one can learn of the beauty and story of the Spanish conquest in the Hispanic period. With the emergence of ecotourism activity in the place, more guests are now keen in seeing more of this great place which tells more of the country’s history. As part of promoting ecotourism, Bambike was born. Bambike is a “socio-ecological enterprise that hand-makes bamboo bikes. These bikes are made by Gawad Kalinga, a community development organization […]
Art galleries are usually a dime a dozen in major cities; however, with Manila having so many malls and high rise hotels, it’s easy for these symbols of art and culture to become lost within the concrete jungle. For art enthusiasts, however, these gems are not hard to find. A DEFINITE DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH. 1335 Mabini is your space for contemporary art. (Photo via Malate on WordPress) Take 1335Mabini for example. Located along A. Mabini Street in Ermita, 1335Mabini is one of the newer art spaces in the city of Manila. Found inside Casa Tesoro, it has turned the heritage house into one of the city’s prime […]
If there’s one place that can unite all the fun-loving people here in the Philippines, it would be amusement park. As one of the most popular amusement parks in the country, Star City takes you on an adrenaline-pumping experience you’ll never forget. STAR CITY. Experience a great fun adventure in the metro! Photo grabbed from Star City’s Facebook page Star City is a well-known amusement park that has catered to many kids and kids-at-heart who have gone to see and experience the attractions and rides it provides. Starting out as an annual Toy and Gifts Fair, it evolved to become the park that it is now, still crafting […]
Museum poster outside Walk around the museum and follow the light and sound. As the name suggests, the museum uses full visual and sound effects, and exhibits of life-size wax dolls, showing the major historical events in the Philippines – from the pre-colonial times to the life and death of Dr. Jose Rizal. Introduction of the Philippine heroes Life-size dioramas of indigenous people The show costs around P1000, so better come here with a bunch of friends. This museum is 1,800 square meter huge, making it the largest within Intramuros. Rate is P150/person (minimum of 10 persons).
The Binondo Church has been an iconic place in Chinatown since it was built in 1596. It was constructed for Chinese settlers who converted to Christianity. Its patron saint is San Lorenzo Ruiz, a Filipino martyr of Chinese descent. Mass in this church is usually held in English, Tagalog and Chinese. The church is also known as Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz.
One of the shops located at the 400-year-old chamber inside The Fort Santiago is The Manila Collectible Co. Opened in 2013, this souvenir shop offers a wide range of unique items which are from indigenous groups, Filipino artists and local brands. The shop also promotes Philippine history as the staff can give a quick tour of the store, explaining the history of the various items for sale. *Fort Santiago. Inside is a wide range of retail items from different local brands that promote 100% Philippine-made products. Some items available here are replicas of Philippine artifacts.
If you walk down southeast of General Luna Street from San Agustin Church, you will find a 3-storey souvenir shop which is the largest in Intramuros. The Silahis Center offers a wide variety of Philippine-made products– from largefurniture and decors to small accessories and other personal items. The shop aims not only to promote Filipino lifestyle and culture through indigenousitems but also the Filipino craftsmanship as most products are handmade.
The Fort Santiago is one of the oldest forts and historic sites in Manila. It was heavily fortified and used as a defence fortress during the Spanish Colonial period. Originally built in 1571, a year after Manila became the capital of the Philippines, Fort Santiago was only a structure of palm logs and earth until it was destroyed during an attack by Chinese Pirates. The fort was then rebuilt and was made of thick and high stonewalls. A moat was also used to stop invaders from accessing the fort. This lasted until the Battle of Manila in 1945. Entrance fee for adults is Php 75 and P40 for students and […]
A bastion that was built by the Spanish army in order to fight back against its enemies. The stone path creates historical ambiance as you enter the historic garden entrance. The beautiful garden is located at the very south end of Intramuros. However, it was destroyed by the invasion of the British army in 1762. Although the bastion has been restored, the ruins of the fortress that was built during the period of Spanish rule still remain. The garden is now a landscape of beautiful flowers and greenery, and you can have a view of the skyscrapers of Manila from the fortress on the hill. It can be a perfect spot to relax as well. […]
Experience the beauty of Manila Bay from another perspective with Prestige Cruises as it offers a stunning view of the golden sunset, a skyline to behold and a mesmerizing evening cruise that will surely be a feast for the eyes. The cruise will navigate the stretch of Manila Bay. It’s recommended to schedule the cruise before sunset to anticipate the picturesque scene of the sun setting on the horizon. The breathtaking experience is more than worth the P250 per person rate. There is also is the dinner cruise at P650 per person completing your cruise enjoyment. Children below four years old are free of charge. Get your reservations in advance […]
A nation that values its history and culture is well-positioned to face its future. The National Museum of the Philippines is the institution that is mandated by the government to ensure the proper preservation and fostering of the country’s history and heritage. The Philippines’ eventful and colorful past, from pre-historic times to recent as well as the people’s rich culture are the very foundations of the country’s identity and direction. Indeed, museums prove to be more than simply a depot of all things historic and ethnic, but a dynamic core where dreams, lessons, and inspiration emanate from. www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph Its Mandate The National Museum, a Trust of the Government, is an […]
Enjoy a world class service at The Pan Pacific Manila— a five star hotel nestled in the urban metropolis in Malate. The modern elegance of Pan Pacific refreshes the senses of the guests making them feel rejuvenated. The hotel is strategically located among historical landmarks in Manila making the exploration a breeze. Those looking to shop and experience the urban setting can go to Mall of Asia just a 10-minute drive away from Pan Pacific. Those who prefer to stay inside the Pan Pacific won’t have to worry with a myriad of things offered. Guests can dine at the Pacific Lounge– located at the 21st floor offering guests breathtaking views […]
Strategically located in the heart of Manila is New World Manila Bay Hotel— a world class hotel offering a magnificent view of Manila Bay’s golden sunrise. New World houses three award-winning restaurants: Market Café, Li Li and the Fireplace ensuring guests that they not only get a world-class accommodation service but also a world-class dining experience. A stay at New World will start at PHP5,000 per night. There is no need to get out of the city to experience relaxation because New World is itself a sanctuary within the city. – New World Manila Bay Address: Pedro Gil cor. M.H. Del Pilar Manila Telephone Number: (02) 252 6888 Website: www.manilabay.newworldhotels.com […]
Experience old Manila once more inside Luneta Hotel—a historical six-storey boutique hotel inspired by French elegance with roofs and windows reminiscent of the French Renaissance. Its charming Parisian-styled façade and exquisite interiors make it stand out in today’s modern cityscape. Tucked inside is Café Yano—an elegant restaurant that fuses the elements of the old and new resulting in an enchanting ambiance perfect for romantic dates and quiet conversations. Guests can indulge themselves with the American, Spanish, and Filipino cuisine offered. Plan your stay at Luneta Hotel and experience history in style with an impeccable service. – Luneta Hotel Address: 414 T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila Telephone Number: (02) 875 8921 […]
Bask in the magnificent view of sunrise and sunset of Manila Bay in the 5-star Diamond Hotel Philippines—a luxury hotel that has sterling years of consistent unparalleled service. The hotel has an ample number of restaurants and bars offering diverse choices that will surely satiate the cravings of guests. It also has well-equipped fitness and sports facilities and so those looking to stretch their muscles can have a game or two at the tennis court or hit the gym to work up some sweat. Booking rates start at a minimum of PHP6, 000 per night. Tuck in under the soft sheets and fluffy pillows accompanied by beautiful indoor lighting. Those […]
The premier hotel in the Philippines, Manila Hotel is a 5-star hotel that embodies sophistication and luxury making it the primary choice for hosting historical events. It has also housed world leaders and famous personalities from all over the world throughout its illustrious decades of operation. Manila Hotel has four dedicated restaurants all conducive to holding meetings. Dine in at Café Ilang-Ilang for a chic casual dining. For those seeking a royal-like ambiance, there’s the Champagne Room famed for its grand interiors and impeccable service. Those craving for Chinese cuisine can proceed to the Mabuhay Palace where guests can experience what a lavish Chinese dining experience is truly like. For […]
Explore 400 years of history in Intramuros and take refuge after a long day in The Bayleaf Hotel nestled within Intramuros itself. The boutique hotel offers tranquil experience for its guests with 5-star quality beddings, room amenities and spacious bedroom. A night will cost guests a minimum of PHP4000 that can go up to PHP20000 depending on the room preference. Guests are entitled to a breakfast buffet plus a complimentary WiFi enabling guests to stay connected to the happenings outside the Walled City. Never go hungry with the three dining options offered inside the hotel. Guests can opt for an All Dining experience at 9 Spoons serving heritage dishes. Those […]
Explore the 400 years of history in Intramuros with electric chariots offered exclusively by White Knight Tours. Those who want to explore Intramuros in the least time possible can opt for the 30 minute budget tour that will cost Php500 per person with a minimum of 4 per group. But those looking to experience the rich history of Intramuros fully may opt for the Grand Intramuros Tour that will span for an hour and will cost Php1000 per person with a minimum of 4 per group. There are 9 sights in store in the tour such as the famous San Agustin Church, Clam Shell, and the Muralla Wall. Book your […]
Waterfront Pavilion Hotel & Casino Manila is a hotel and casino destination in Manila offering world-class accommodation and amusement facilities to local and foreign travellers staying for either business or leisure. This 4-star hotel and casino blends deluxe amenities, state-of-the-art features, and remarkable service to bring about a stay unlike any other. (Photo from Waterfront Pavilion Manila) While recently renovated, the hotel has maintained the plush, welcoming ambience it has been renowned for throughout the years. Its highly-trained staff provides a congenial, extra-mile service that makes the hotel the illustrious residence that guests find a home in. Services are well-rounded and the facilities well-appointed bringing more than comfort but pleasure above […]
A haven in the heart of the busy capital, the UP Manila Museum of a History of Ideas chronicles the past of the national university in a modern way. Emerging from the throes of centuries of Spanish rule and years of Philippine-American war, the University of the Philippines was born in 1908 to be at the forefront of progressive idea generation, testing, and application. In 7 creatively-curated sections, the museum presents the history of UP through the ideas that it fostered throughout the years. An enlarged image of Vibrio cholerae, the bacterium that causes cholera, welcomes guests to the museum. A partiality to UP’s contribution to medicine and affiliated fields […]
When we think of a tourist spot in Manila, Intramuros is often the first thing that comes to our mind. It is Manila’s oldest district, offering an enjoyable and educational trip that brings us back to history – from riding a kalesa or viewing of antique houses from 18th century to visiting old churches like San Agustin Church and The Manila Cathedral, which became more popular due to the recent Papal Visit. But just a jeepney ride away from Intramuros is another oasis in Manila – the Paco Park and Cemetery. The Paco Park was declared as a National Park in 1966 and was dubbed as the most beautiful park […]
Residing at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra is the country’s leading symphony orchestra. A European tour was carried out in 2001 and was invited by the Association of Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002 where they performed and participated in Asia Orchestra Week at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall.
Established in 1926, Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is said to be the first symphony orchestra in Asia which actively plays in the Philippines. Separated in 1989, the orchestra was formed in 2011, with a total of 60 members. MSO collaborates with UUU Orchestra, a Japanese orchestra. Address: Unit 1602 Marbella Manila, Roxas Blvd, Metro Manila Telephone: 5235712 Web: www.manilasymphony.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Chinese museum with a touch of Filipino heritage, Bahay Tsinoy shows the relation of Chinese and Filipino during the early times from their first visit up to World War II. Life-size diorama worth seeing Their collections consist of Ching Ban Lee Porcelain Gallery (Chinese ceramics found in the Philippines), Ang Siu Cham Collection of 19th Century prints and photographs (rare prints and photographs showing the Chinese living the Filipino way), and other interesting artifacts. Famous Filipino personalities with Chinese heritage Century-old photos of China town Address: KAISA-ANGELO KING HERITAGE CENTER, 32 Anda cor. Cabildo St., Intramuros, Manila Telephone: 02-526-6796/02-482-0512 Business: Tuesday to Sunday, 1:00pm to 5:00pm Holiday: Monday Admission: […]
The Rizal Shrine in Fort Santiago was built in honor of the Philippine’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Fort Santiago in Intramuros used to be a Spanish military fortress that imprisoned many Filipinos and Americans during the Spanish Colonial Period and World War II. The most famous prisoner was Rizal. The museum was built in 1953 and was modernized in 2013. In the Rizal Shrine, memorabilia such as Rizal’s books, medical instruments, coat, hat, even business cards and many more are displayed. Left: the trial of Rizal, Right: Rizal’s calling cards in Hong Kong Left: Rizal’s coat, hat and other belongings, Right: Rizal’s fencing uniform, sword and a photograph of […]
This museum is adjacent to the San Agustin Church, known as the Philippine’s oldest church. The entrance to the museum is on the right side of the church It is a treasury of religious art pieces. The church was built in 1571 but was destroyed by a fire twice. The current building was reconstructed in 1587. Large paintings and statues line the 1st floor hallways In 1973, the monastery was converted into the museum. The hallways are lined with large paintings of saints, approximately 2 meters in height, and the rooms, which used to be the sleeping quarters of the friars, have various statues and other art pieces on display. […]