Quiapo

March 5th, 2010 @

Quiapo

Quiapo used to be the toast of the elite, the center of art, fashion, and higher learning in Manila, together with its neighbors Binondo, Avenida, Escolta and Sta. Cruz. However, since the Carriedo Station of LRT Line 1 was constructed on the site, the dirt and grime of the train’s passing has settled in the [...]

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University of Santo Tomas

March 5th, 2010 @

University of Santo Tomas

Straddling along the University Belt, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) is the oldest university and the only pontifical university in Asia. It is also the largest university in Manila and one of the biggest in the world in terms of enrollment. In terms of student population, the school is the biggest Catholic single-campus university [...]

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The National Museum of the Philippines

March 5th, 2010 @

The National Museum of the Philippines

Established in 1901, the National Museum of the Philippines or the National Museum of the Filipino People is the guardian and repository of the natural and cultural heritage of the Philippines. Located in Luneta Park at the capital Manila, the ethnography and natural history museum was designed in 1918 by the American architect Daniel Burnham, [...]

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Luneta Park

March 4th, 2010 @

Luneta Park

Right into the heart of the capital Manila lies Luneta Park or Rizal Park, which marks the Kilometer Zero of the Philippines and the northern tip of Roxas Boulevard, overlooking Manila Bay. Built in the early 1700s, the park was the site of some of the turning points in Philippine history such as the execution [...]

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Manila Cathedral

March 4th, 2010 @

Manila Cathedral

The baroque Manila Cathedral has been declared a minor basilica by Pope John Paul II. It lies at the heart of Intramuros in the capital Manila and is the seat of the Archbishop of Manila. Like St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Manila Cathedral is the interment place of several Filipino archbishops. It has also [...]

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Fort Santiago

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Originally built in 1571 for Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, Fort Santiago or Fuerza de Santiago is the oldest Spanish fortress in the Philippines and one of the major attractions inside Intramuros in capital Manila. The landmark appeared as a pit stop in Amazing Race Asia 2. History The fort used to be the [...]

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San Agustin Church

March 4th, 2010 @

San Agustin Church

The oldest existing church in the Philippines is San Agustin Church, an Augustinian Roman Catholic church completed in 1607. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Agustin Church is a fine example of medieval baroque and High-Renaissance architecture in the Philippines. It is an exact reproduction of the Puebla Cathedral in Mexico and it contains artifacts [...]

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Intramuros

March 4th, 2010 @

Intramuros

At the southern tail of the Pasig River lies Intramuros, capital Manila’s oldest district built in the 16th century by the Spaniards. Intramuros is Latin for “walled city,” since the area is enclosed by thick, high walls with moats and a fortress. Inside Intramuros is a golf course, a medieval baroque church, Manila Cathedral; the [...]

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