TRAVEL Spots in the Philippines
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: email@example.com 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: 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: […]
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.
Museo Pambata was founded purposely for child welfare to promote education and guarantee children’s right to life. There are seven rooms in the place with different themes: “environment”, “Manila in the past”, “children of the world”, “I love the earth”, “future work”, “market” and my body. Events such as the “Ukiyo-e Exhibition” also take place. Other facilities such as library, gift shop, and multi-purpose hall are also available. ① Children are enjoying their fire fighter dress up =② Children acting as “tinderas” in a sari-sari store
It’s holiday! The perfect time for outings. Manila Ocean Park is one if the right spots to bond with your family. It is a large oceanarium overlooking fishes in different species but they also offer other amusements such as the sea lion show, jellyfish exhibit, Penguin, fish spa, and facilities such as restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops. ①a wonderful jellyfish show making a space like atmosphere ② the perfect outing spot for your family
SM skating rink is located at the center of the Mall of Asia (MOA). With its full-fledged rink that has been designed based on the international Olympic standard, one can surely enjoy skating all day. Furthermore, assistance for beginners is also accessible. They also offer package services for those who want to take skating lessons. Artificial snow also falls from the ceiling making children and even adults more excited.
There are many accessible places in MOA that one will surely enjoy. One of it is the SM cinema. It is known to have the largest IMAX theatre and plenty of seats with a total of 590. They are also popular for using the latest 3D technology. There is also a small theatre of 30 seats, a private cinema called the Director’s club. There is what they call the 8-kan digital theatre having 450 seats where the latest movies are screened.
If you want to see the city’s wonderful view, MOA is one place to go. it has a large Ferris wheel, about 55 m from the ground, where one can view the sea and the city. During the approximately 10 minute tour, you can enjoy a wonderful view with the use of the 360 panorama. You can also see the famous Manila Bay Sunset. It is recommended for couples especially those romantic ones. The 36 gondola cars are also air conditioned, boarding a maximum of 6 people.
The Selecta Kids Universe is a 5-storey high-end play area for children. It somehow lives up to the “universe” part because it is probably the most gigantic playground for kids. There a lot of interactive games, learning and playing things for children of all ages! The gaming and playing equipment is quite extensive! There is also a snack area where kids can take a break. They can eat ice creams at The Creamery which is sponsored by Selecta. They also have shops inside to buy toys! The parents can safely leave their kids here for awhile while they go shopping or buy groceries. The staff will take care and look […]
With enhanced facilities, a variety of exhibitions, game corners, a museum shop, and cafe, The Mind Museum will surely satisfy the intellectual curiosity of children and adults alike. The robot Aedi (Idea spelled backwards) welcomes you to The Mind Museum The Mind Museum is a world class Science museum in Manila that provides extraordinary educational experience and engage children to be more interactive. The Mind Museum consists of five galleries: the Story of Atom, Earth, Life, Universe and Technology. The 250 interactive exhibits are designed to enrich people’s knowledge. The tour around the area will take you to an amazing journey about science discovery. The museum area is 5,000 sqm. […]
Active Fun is one of the best amusement parks in Fort Bonifacio where children and parents could bond. There are a lot of other playgrounds for children here in the Philippines; but it is said that the scale here is different. A lot of parents say that it is like having an indoor playground for their children. The place is very spacious where many children can move and play around. The park can also be used as a party place for your children’s birthday. Various package services that includes meals are also available. Active Fun is truly a place where children can be active and at the same time have […]
Networld Hotel is only 15 minutes away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Makati Business District, SMX Convention Center, Philippine International Convention Center, and World Trade Center. They guarantee high-speed internet connection and excellent phone signals. It is like a one-stop shop where you can access everything you need. Charm your taste buds with pastries and coffee from Le Amoretto Café and Bar; relish the flavors of authentic Japanese cuisine at the Kaishu Restaurant; calm your senses at the SM Kenko Spa; and have a blast at Networld Casino – a world-class casino open to gamers 24/7. ROYAL ROOM Suit yourself from its spacious Royal Room that can accommodate two-man […]