Binondo

March 10th, 2010 @

Binondo

Located a cannon shot away from the old walled city of Intramuros, Binondo is where Buddhism is woven with Catholicism, tasty treats have been delivered for centuries by family-run restaurants, and where firecrackers and dragon dances inject life to festivals like Chinese New Year. Binondo‘s heydays as the former financial backbone of the Philippines might [...]

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Las Piñas Bamboo Organ

March 9th, 2010 @

Las Piñas Bamboo Organ

The bamboo organ of Las Piñas is only made of cheap materials—bamboo, wood, and metal pipes—yet its melodious sound and classic Spanish style have lured tourists from all over the globe, working much like the magic of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Almost every organist in the world is said to have heard about it. [...]

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Manila Ocean Park

March 9th, 2010 @

Manila Ocean Park

Ever wondered how it’s like to be under the sea? The Manila Ocean Park in capital Manila allows you to do just that: walk under the canopy of sharks, stingrays, and a rainbow of fish without having to strap on your wet suit or without getting wet at all. The 8,000-square-meter Manila Ocean Park is [...]

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Quiapo Church

March 9th, 2010 @

Quiapo Church

The home of the “miraculous” Black Nazarene is the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, a.k.a. Quiapo Church, a Roman Catholic church and one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Philippines. Nestled at the very center of capital Manila, the 400-year-old baroque church is not only a beehive of Catholics in Manila. It [...]

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Coconut Palace

March 9th, 2010 @

Coconut Palace

Hollywood actors Brooke Shields and George Hamilton are among the many guests who have stayed in the Coconut Palace or Tahanang Pilipino (Filipino Home), a palace originally built for Pope John Paul II’s 1981 visit. Although the pope declined to stay in the palace given the country’s poverty, it is considered as one of the [...]

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Mall of Asia

March 9th, 2010 @

Mall of Asia

The 42-hectare Mall of Asia (MOA) or SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City is the second biggest mall in the country and the fourth largest in the world. Situated in the southern end of EDSA at Bay City in Pasay City, the mall attracts at least 200,000 visitors daily for its IMAX theater, dining [...]

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La Mesa Watershed and Eco-Park

March 9th, 2010 @

La Mesa Watershed and Eco-Park

An eco-friendly playground in Quezon City, La Mesa Watershed and Eco-Park has one of the last forests inside Manila. Owned by the government, the 2700-hectare park is built around the La Mesa Dam, the drinking water reservoir of the whole metropolis. It is thus created to preserve the city’s most precious water tank. Because it [...]

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Cultural Center of the Philippines

March 8th, 2010 @

Cultural Center of the Philippines

Sited on a former nuclear testing site, the Cultural Center of the Philippines or CCP is a brainchild of former First Lady Imelda Marcos. The 88-hectare compound was opened in 1969 to promote Filipino culture and the arts by showcasing the live performances and artworks of both Filipino and international artists. Throughout its history, the [...]

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Ayala Museum

March 8th, 2010 @

Ayala Museum

Amid the prevalent commercialism in Ayala Center lies a structure built for the love of history and art. Beside Greenbelt 3 is Ayala Museum, an art and history gallery at the corner of Dela Rosa Street and Makati Avenue in Makati City. Established in 1967, the museum started as a repository of Philippine history and [...]

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Black Nazarene Procession

March 8th, 2010 @

Black Nazarene Procession

Every January 9, millions of devotees, barefooted and clad in maroon, gather around Quiapo Church in capital Manila in the hopes of getting a piece of the miracle being promised by touching the rope or garb of the Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno de Quiapo, more popularly called the Black Nazarene. Although chaotic and a culprit [...]

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