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 […]
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. […]