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Manila, Manila. I Keep Coming Back to Manila.

A December 2004 trip to Manila by ext212

Manila, Manila. I Keep Coming Back to Manila.  Photo, Manila, Philippines More Photos
Quote: I grew up in Manila and look forward to every return to the Philippines. To my heartbreak in 2004, I realized that Manila is not my home anymore.

Manila, Manila. I Keep Coming Back to Manila.

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Manila, Manila. I Keep Coming Back to Manila.  Photo, Manila, Philippines
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Manila, Manila / I keep coming back to Manila / Simply no place like Manila / Manila, I'm coming home--Hotdog Hotdog was a rock n' roll band that brought Filipino songwriting to another level during the 1970s. The song Manila is about the vibrant spirit of the capital of the Philippines. Even though the singer has "walked the streets of San Francisco" and "dated a million girls in Sydney," he sings he'll always come back to the place he calls home. I grew up in Manila and look forward to every return trip to the Philippines. After opting for ...Read More

Gerry's

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Restaurant

Gerry's Photo, Makati City, Philippines
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When in the Philippines, eat Filipino food. And that means eating a lot of pork. We Filipinos love our "other white meat," and we add it in almost everything, from sautéed dishes to saucy stews to hot broths.It was only a few years ago that eating Filipino food outside your home became cool. Thankfully, it did, and Filipinos and tourists alike finally have the chance to eat even the most laborious Filipino dish imaginable. Gerry's is one of those restaurants that can boast delicious home-cooked Filipino meals without lying. As much as I tried to crave other cuisines while I was in Manila, I always ended up at Gerry's to eat lunch or dinner. Perhaps it is because Filipin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 27, 2005

Gerry's
Inside Alabang Town Center
Makati City

Spa

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Attraction | "The Spa"

Spa Photo, Manila, Philippines
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In New York City, I can only dream of getting a massage once in a blue moon because prices are so steep. After a peso-to-dollar conversion, a 1-hour deep-tissue massage at The Spa for non-members set me back $15! Believe me, I was paying for a massage every chance I had. I've also made appointments for several manicures and pedicures. My friend signed up for a head and neck massage and a foot spa—your feet spoiled and pampered in a basin of water with tropical flowers, stones, and oils, which helps even the most hardcore marathoners. The Spa is inside the Town Center mall in Alabang, but don't fret, almost everything in Manila is inside a mall. Once you walk in, however, you're take...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 27, 2005

Spa
E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue
Manila, Philippines 1110
+63 2 634 2848