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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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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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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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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