The Philippines is an amazing country. This album has a bit of everything. Photos of amazing malls, streets and the beach (you should know that you have to pay to enter the beach as they are private). I have been, and they are very good, but watch out for jellyfish, because there are quite a few, so don't be surprised if you see people bathing in clothes lol. However, you can sleep at the beach as many beaches have small apartments for rent. It is very typical for people to have a small business in the basement of their home and they are very curious because you can use transport ranging from a jeepney ride to a tricycle to taxis and buses, but on the other hand you integrate a little more in the lives of Filipinos.
The Jeepney is the most widely used public transportation in Manila. It came about over 70 years ago, the military jeep from America that the soldiers left in the Philippines after World War II. Filipinos painted them and started using them for public transport for the decoration and the decoration is really something to see. Currently there are companies that make base parts of other vehicles. Riding costs 8pesos (13 cents in Euros) and it's an adventure.
This is 1 of the places that you need to see while visiting Manila, the Philippine capital. It's a lovely park, with lots of gardens, a Chinese garden, Japanese garden, outdoor theater, and it has a nice view from the top. The park is named after Rizal Park D. Jose Rizal, whose remains are in the park, because, after being accused of rebellion, he was sentenced to be shot there (ancient place of Bagumbayan) which has a bust in the very place where he was shot down the day he died. It is therefore the quintessential hero lands in the Philippines and in many parts of Spain, where there are streets with his name.
One of the few restored parts of what was the flourishing Manila Intramuros, the Spanish colonial city badly damaged in the final battle between Americans and Filipinos against the Japanese and not a shadow of its former self. Now one of the most visited attractions in Manila, the fort is preserved as a shrine to the hero José Rizal, who was here in prison before being executed for alleged treason. Admission is 75 pesos, €1.5
I've been to Chinatowns almost everywhere in the world, but I think the best is in Manila, this is because it has good memories for me. It was evening time when I discovered this amazing church in Chinatown, and I was even more surprised by the appearance in the middle of mass of Chinese dragons dancing to the beat of drums and loud firecrackers that made the visit become special and different. The first Church of Santa Cruz (often abbreviated as Santa Cruz Church) was built in 1608 by the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits, as the parish church for the growing number of Chinese immigrants in Manila, many of whom had been converted to the Catholic faith. The original structure was damaged twice by earthquakes, and totally destroyed during World War II. The current building, which was completed in 1957, is essentially Baroque in satyle and a little reminiscent of the Spanish-built mission churches. A very picturesque place to visit ... especially during Chinese New Year with dragon parades --- a truly awesome spectacle for tourists to see!
Within the fort Santiago is a beautifully renovated building which houses the memorial to the Filipino Hero Jose Rizal, imprisoned here before his execution on December 30, 1896, accused of treason, as he was one of the Filipino independence leaders. Now the figure is worshiped at the altar on the bottom floor, and people later go to the top floor where one can find a museum with things from his life and translated poems.
It's not pretty, and it has an air that will make you want to not walk alone at night. It's dangerous, and on every corner there's a beggar asking for money. There are naked children running and playing in the street. You can take a bicycle taxi; sometimes they'll charge you more than 100 pesos (tourist price), but if you're lucky you can haggle them down to 50 pesos.
Although the name of the fort, Santiago, indicates where things are going, I was surprised to find that above the main entrance is a carving in stone to Santiago Matamoros, patron of Spain, dividing left and right swipes. The door suffered many years during the Battle of Manila, and what we see now is almost a complete reconstruction.
Greenhills Shopping Center in Manila is the ultimate destination for thrift shoppers looking to take home a ton of merchandise without breaking the bank. You can find almost anything and everything at bargain prices at Greenhills – books, art, utensils, and clothes. When it comes to clothes, going to the tiangge (pronounced chang-GEH, which translates to bazaar in English), is a dream for shoppers on a budget. Shirts will range on average from 150 to 350 Philippine pesos (equal to roughly $3.26 to $7.60 USD) and dresses are about 300 to 350 pesos each (about $6.52 to $7.60 USD). But sometimes, there are finds where shirts can go as low as 50 pesos (just a little over $1 USD). It’s also highly possible to get clothes for cheaper if you “tawad” or haggle, but the vendors will usually only entertain such efforts from Tagalog speakers ve are from the Philippines. Highly recommended for those ve love shopping and are looking for a wide spectrum of items! (Make sure to bring cash, though, because many places don’t take debit or credit cards.)
Not much to see other than the park and the controversial DMCI Tower. Besides, Manila is well known for its scorching sun, and this place has limited shade or whatsoever so be prepared to be burned alive when you visit.
It's not easy to breathe freely in Metro Manila, nor is it easy to run into nature. But La Mesa Ecopark provides both those things in the Metro Manila area. It costs 50 pesos to get in and it's absolutely worth a visit. It's a pleasant little Rainforest haven that provides a glimpse of the ecosystems found in the Philippines. One of the things I enjoyed most there was climbing the stairs to see the La Mesa Dam, although it's blocked off for any close viewing. Photos of the dam aren't permitted, either, but it's cool to see where millions of Metro Manila residents get their water from. On Sundays, brief Catholic masses are held so people can also do that. There are also a wealth of other activities for visitors, such as zip-lining and swimming, which come at added costs (but they're very reasonable). This is a great place to visit in the Philippines!