TRAVEL Spots in the Philippines
Here’s an exciting news for our mommies and daddies out there: there’s a new indoor playground in town! A popular children’s playhouse in Japan, Kidzoona, has opened its first branch in the country at Robinsons Galleria in Mandaluyong. The name Kidzoona is combination of the words “kid” and “kizuna“, a Japanese word that means the bond between a parent and a child. This awesome fantasy park is both educational and entertaining.. It boasts a safe and fun-filled environment. It is divided into 6 areas: The Role Play Town, Air Track, Ball Pool, Cyber Wheel, Toy Corner, and the Parent and Guardian Lounge. Ball Pool – Let your kids dive and […]
Last summer, we decided to visit a place in the north called Bolinao. This peaceful town is located in the province of Pangasinan. Most of the tourists have probably heard about another town, Alaminos, where the magnificent Hundred Islands is located. Maybe only few would go for a 5 to 6 hour land-travel from Manila to Bolinao. However, I have read so much about this old-fashioned borough; I felt an itch to pay a visit. So without even making any hotel reservation or preparing an itinerary, I, together with my s.o., packed our bags and took a spontaneous 4-day trip to discover the marvels of Bolinao! Our first stop was in […]
The weekend is looming, reminding me of one of the places from my travel list: Tagaytay. Located between the provinces of Cavite, Laguna and Batangas, Tagaytay is a two-hour drive from Manila, traffic considered. If you have time to spare, spending the weekend in this nippy place is advisable. However, Tagaytay is the perfect escape after a tiring day from work, and spending the day there is also worthwhile. I had the opportunity to do this last April with my Finnish and Swedish friend. We explored Tagaytay from a different angle, far from the usual visits to the Picnic Grove or the Sky Ranch. We hiked going to the crater […]
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.
Pinto Art Museum (PAM) is the newest structure located at Silangan Gardens and it is owned by DR. Joven Cuanang. The museums interior resembles colonial Spanish architecture with a touch of Mediterranean. Numerous artworks that the owner collected from 1986 up to present was displayed in PAM. Staired exhibition room which also has a ramp Overflowing green at the site Modern art as the theme of the paintings Address: Silangan Gardens, 1 Sierra Madre Sreet, Greenheights Antipolo City Telephone: (02) 697 – 1015 Business Hours: Tue – Sun: 09:00 – 18:00 Admission: Adult P150, Senior and PWD (with ID) P120, student P75 (required ID) Facebook: www.facebook.com/Pinto-Art-Museum
Focusing on modern and contemporary art, Now Gallery displays portraits that capture the expression of people whom the owner met while travelling around the Philippines. The gallery is active in planning original event including “Live Painting” that an artist produces in the gallery. The gallery also purchases artworks that delights the owner and hold them up for an auction. Mr. Henri Lamy and his work High ceiling of an exhibit space After consultation, clients can pick and purchase the painting that he/she likes Address: Unit G05 1F, Ecoplaza Bldg.,2305 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati Telephone: (02) 555 0683 Business Hours: Tue – Sat: 11:00am – 7:00pm Admission: None Web: http://www.nowgallery.net/ […]
Sip & Gogh is the first paint studio in Manila that offers painting activities with socialization. Here you can paint while you enjoy your favorite beverage. Everyone can appreciate art with family and friends, whether first-timers or not. Sip & Gogh provides their clients with the painting utensils they need, including the apron. The sessions vary from different painting workshops including Acrylic Painting Workshop as well as For Dating Couples. Adult and child, everyone can enjoy art Beginners are working under instructors when enrolled in the regular session The shop prepares the canvas and paint Menu list are posted on the bottles of wine Address: 1F 1 Capitol Hills Drive, […]
Nova Gallery is a 2-storey exhibition structure where one can enjoy and appreciate the exhibits organized by local and international artists and collectors. NOVA Gallery Manila is open to partnerships which offer new projects that can help in extending knowledge about art for both the artist and collector. Address: Warehouse 12 A La Fuerza Plaza Compound, Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City Telephone: (02) 392-7797 Business Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11AM – 7PM with special appointments on Mondays Admission: None Web: www.novagallerymanila.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/NOVAGALLERY
Nemiranda Arthouse (The House of Myth and Legends) was created by Nemesio B. Miranda, or Nemiranda himself. He is famous for bringing in a form of art called “Imaginative Figurism” or the drawing of the human form from pure imagination. This art house showcases Angono’s mystic charms as well as the sculptured Filipino myths and legends, one of which is “Si Malakas at Si Maganda”. Mr. Nemesio Miranda, the owner of Nemiranda and a renowned painter Address: 10 Doña Elena St. Doña Justa Village I Angono, Rizal Business Hours: Mon – Sunday from 8:00 to 17:00 Admission: P50/head
Located in the Philippines’ central business district, the Ayala Museum is 4-storey gallery that presents a wide collection of archeological artifacts, dioramas and chronological exhibition of the major events in the Philippine history and a display of the finest artworks from the leading Filipino artists. The Ground Floor Gallery is a space used to showcase contemporary exhibitions: from the retrospectives of leading Filipino artists to international art in various media such as large-scale paintings, installation works and videos. It is a cxhanging exhibition just like the Third Floor Gallery and the Zobel multi-purpose hall where Philippine art from the 18th century to the contemporary are displayed. The Second Floor Gallery […]
Founded in the 1980’s, Finale File Art is considered to be a well-established gallery. Finale moved to its new place at La Fuerza Compound after organizing their exhibits at their twin galleries located at SM Megamall and Lao Center in Makati for the past 20 years. Finale is also a home for upcoming young artists, which many of them did their debut. Address: Warehouse 17, La Fuerza, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati Telephone: (02) 813 2310, (02) 812 5034 Business Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10AM to 7PM Web: finaleartfile.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/finaleartfilegallery
The art center with the longest history in the Philippines, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) contains various venues such as galleries, exhibition halls and the National Arts Center. Many Filipino artists have performed here and showcased their talents. The blockbuster musical “Miss Saigon” which starred the world renowned Filipino singer, Lea Salonga, was staged at CCP, and the CINEMALAYA (festival for independent Filipino filmmakers) is being held here yearly. Address: CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Metro Manila Telephone: (02) 832-3681 / (02) 832-3878 / (02) 551-7930 / (02) 832-1125 local 1800 to 1807 Business Hours: Regular Tour Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00am–12noon and 1:00pm-5:00pm. Admission: Student P20, General […]
Balaw-Balaw Restaurant and Folk Art Gallery, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Perdigon Vocalan, is a restaurant-art gallery found in the Art Capital of the Philippines, Angono in Rizal. Mrs. Luzvimin Vocalan, owner Balaw-balaw is the name of the dipping sauce from Angono that is made of fermented rice, shrimps, and bamboo shoots. It offers authentic Filipino cooking as well as popular exotic foods, which many customers have tried. Aside from that, they also display a wide collection of paintings, sculptures and paper mache. This restaurant-gallery has been feature in various local and international shows, including Bizarre Food hosted by Andrew Zimmern. Address: 16 Doña Justa Subd. Ph. I Angono, Rizal […]
A modern art gallery that handles and stores client’s art pieces, Silverlens Gallery does collaborations for overseas art festivals such as Singaporean Art Museum, Contemporary Art of New York and Aichi Triennale and Busan Biennale. Address: 2F YMC Bldg 2, 2320 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City 1231, Philippines Telephone: (02) 816 0044 / 0917 587-40-11 Business Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm | Sat 1-6pm Admission: None Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.silverlensgalleries.com
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: email@example.com
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: […]
Blanco Family Museum was built in 1980 after a successful family exhibit held by the Blanco family themselves at the National Museum in 1978. This museum comprises of paintings mounted on sawali or weaved bamboo slate. Their works showcases the Filipino culture and tradition in the form of realism. Giant paper mache carabaos greet the guests at the lobby while a hanging bamboo bridge can be walked on by the brave guests. Next to the garden is the museum’s Audio Visual Room that can be used for lecturing and meeting. Address: 312 Ibanez St., Brgy. San Vincente, Angono, Rizal Telephone: (02) 651-0048/ (02) 651-3230 / 0926-673-0805 Business Hours: Tue – […]
Though it is not part of my official bucket list, I am adding and crossing it out at the same time: “Travel luxuriously once in your life.” Where on earth can one spend summer in the month of November? Most people will say, “Only in the Philippines!” Boracay has placed the Philippines in the world map. It is a popular tourist destination that doesn’t need any more introductions. I’ve been to Boracay many times, but my trip last weekend is my favourite. I like to describe it as “Living the life of Riley” in Boracay. I took advantage of the long break, so I boarded a plane going to Kalibo, […]
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 […]
While shopping for cheap household goods in Chinatown, you may also purchase fresh fruits harvested from Davao in the Magsaysay Fruit Market. The Magsaysay Fruit Market faces the opposite side of Chinatown’s entrance. The durian (P 90/kg), one of Davao’s specialties, is said to “smell like hell but taste like heaven.” One of the vendors selling Durian added that cutting Durian is also hard.
I am heavily into Instagram and Facebook and lately, I’ve been seeing photos of my friends with a black background and a question mark with them holding cardboards saying “Mystery Solved” or “Mystery Fail”. I decided to join the bandwagon today. Mystery Manila is the newest break from our usual coffee and tea time bonding with our buddies. Challenging people since last May 2014, Mystery Manila aims to change how we see obstacles and competition by unleashing the inner Sherlock Holmes in all the room gamers. Mystery Manila got its concept of live escape game room from the first ones in Japan.You will be locked in a room for 60 […]
I learned how my Php 500 can bring me to places and experience life. Some of my friends would even ask me how I can afford all the traveling. Some would assume that I earn “like a boss”. But the truth is, travelling can be inexpensive. How? Here’s a few things I learned about travelling based on my experiences: Budget traveling is the key. If you want to know more about this, try reading 100 Days of Journey, a blog about traveling around the beautiful islands of the Philippines without spending a lot of money. In the travel blogging world, it is impossible not to know Journeying James. He authored 100 […]
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. […]
Papemelroti has plenty of miscellaneous goods, ranging from the girly accessories, gift boxes, stationery, and other items that came from different rustic places. Unearth your favorite items Souvenirs! There is a lot of merchandise with ‘Philippine’ logo on them Moreover, the prices are reasonable! You can get a memo pad for only Php 22.00 Papemelroti is the place for you to find a suitable gift for your friends or simply for yourself. “Papemelroti” is the combination of the initial of the owner’s wife’s name and his children. This shop also handles made-to-order accessories, welcome board, wedding items, etc. ♦ ♦ ♦ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/papemelroti Website: http://www.papemelroti.com/ Branches: Korben Place (Main Branch) […]
A museum made to look like a typical upper class house during the turn of the 19th century. It was built in the Plaza San Luis Complex in the 1980’s, and the façade is made to look like a house that was built in the 1850’s in San Nicolas. The 2-storey house is divided into rooms such as the sala, despacho, comedor, cuartos, cocina, baño etc. Each of the rooms are decorated with turn of the 19th century furniture, tableware, and books, all donated from various sources. Guests are not allowed to touch the displays, and can only walk on the red carpet. Photography is also prohibited. However, guests can […]
The Philippines is rich in many resources and beautiful places. Once you travel here, you will surely enjoy its food, wonderful culture, etc. and of course, on every vacation, souvenirs are always on the list. That’s why a new souvenir to remember the country is finally here. It is called raw cookies, a rare type of moist cookies with lots of fruits on it. It is now a popular souvenir especially to Japanese tourists. The raw cookie was born in Hokkaido and was collaborated in the Philippines. In the Philippines, it is called Premium fruit cookies. A lot of tropical fruits that can be found in the country are used […]
KITAYAMA is a meat shop where you can choose not only the part of beef that you want (such as sirloin, tenderloin, and T-bone), but also the type of beef that you fancy. It is said that before, it offered its services to the public, a Japanese expert first taught its staff how to properly cut meat. This meat shop uses crossbreed Japanese beef cattle sold not only in the Philippines but also to some famous restaurants in Japan. KITAYAMA got its name from Mindanao Island’s Mt. Kitanglad, where its farm is located. 2292 Chino Roces Ave., Makati 02-887-5848 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Baguio City Public Market was redeveloped, making it easier for tourists to walk around the area. We can say that this market is “The Market of the Philippines” because customers can buy local specialties from all over the Philippines here. Other than fresh vegetables, Baguio City Public Market also has strawberries (around P200/1 kg) which are grown in Baguio.
Alice Blue is a local brand that offers high-quality, beautifully crafted scented candles. (Small: Php 189) Alice Blue candles are handmade from soy-based wax which is more environmentally friendly as they are bio-degradable. What you need to know about soy wax candles is that it burns much cleaner and longer than the regular ones. It is safer for the health and the environment! Promo Alert: You can get discount on one flavor of candle during rainy season! As for this month’s flavor, it’s Lemongrass! You better check this out. (Large: Php 489) Some of the candles are inspired from the scents of different places in the Philippines. One example is […]
If you want to watch inimitable performances or musicals, Newport Performing Arts Theatre (NPAT) will be a wonderful place for you. It is one of the Philippines’ best theatres known for its latest equipment for video and lighting. With a price of 1,500 pesos, you will enjoy a Broadway quality performance. They already performed different pieces such as “The Sound of Music”, “The King and I”, “Cinderella” and many more that children and adults will surely enjoy.