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History, culture, etc. in Manila

A November 2005 trip to Manila by marseilles

Quote: A tour of some of the most interesting districts of and around metropolitan Manila.

History, culture, etc. in Manila

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Overview

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What most people call "Manila" actually refers to Metropolitan Manila, the primary metropolis of the Philippines comprised of 17 adjacent cities and municipalities, including the city of Manila, the nation's capital. Within its borders can be found the main business districts of the Philippines, industrial areas, the buildings that house the seats of national government, many of the Philippines' best colleges and universities, and 10 million residents, most of whose families originally hail from other parts of the country. As a major metropolis, Manila has all the conveniences that any traveler needs: a working (though sometimes chaotic) transportation system, banks and ATMs, a plethora of m...Read More

Casa Manila Museum

Attraction | "Casa Manila"

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This charming museum is in Intramuros, the original 500-year old city that was the nation's capital during during the 300-year-long Spanish colonization of the Philippines. Amid the preserved cobblestones and centuries-old houses is this house, whose owners transformed into a museum by reconstructing it to what it must have looked like 200 years ago. Walk through this authentic colonial-period house to see how the upper-class lived, slept, entertained, and ate during the Spanish colonial times. The walk through takes about an hour, and the entrance fee is less than a $1. It's a good place to include in your larger Intramuros sightseeing trip.

 

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2005

Casa Manila Museum
Calle Real del Palacio (Gen. Luna Street)
Manila, Philippines 1002
+63 2 527 4084

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Ivan Dy specializes in Chinatown walking tours. A native of Chinatown, he provides homegrown insight into the nooks, crannies, lifestyle, and history of this colorful part of Manila. Interested parties can found out more information at his blog, http://www.oldmanilawalks.blogspot.com/. Tours are in English.

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Ivan Dy's Walking Tours

Manila, Philippines

Corregidor Island Tour

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A short, fast boat ride away from Manila is the fascinating island of Corregidor. This is one of the most important historical spots in the Philippines as the site first of the headquarters of the Allied forces and the Commonwealth Government after Manila had been flattened by bombing, then as the site of the last stand of Filipino and American forces against the Japanese during the Second World War. On Corregidor Island the ruins of the war still remain. Commonwealth headquarter buildings, tunnels and barracks, and even an official government vehicle remain on the island where they were when the war ended in 1945. The full guided tour is rewarding, educational, moving, and worth every cent....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2005

Corregidor Island Tour
Roxas Boulevard (tour Is 25 Miles West Of Manila)
Corregidor Island, Philippines 1004
+63 2 524 8410

Windsurfing

Attraction | "Windsurfing around Manila"

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Manila itself does not have windsurfing spots, but the windsurfer itching for some action needs only to drive 2 to 3 hours away. The four top windsurfing spots around Manila are Lake Caliraya in Laguna, Anilao Beach in Batangas, Taal Lake in Tagaytay, and Subic Bay in Zambales. The northeasterlies (amihan) blow from November to March in the Philippines and bring winds of 10 to 20 knots to Lake Caliraya and Taal Lake. Anilao Beach and Subic Bay are windsurfing destinations during the habagat season from June to September, when the southwesterly winds blow. The windsurfing community in the Philippines is small and friendly, and interested parties can Google "Philippines windsurfing" to...Read More

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Windsurfing
Caliraya, Anilao, Taal, Subic
Manila, Philippines

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Children will enjoy Museo Pambata, a small museum with interactive educational exhibits. There are exhibits on Philippine history, Philippine culture, biology, physics, and ecology. Children will enjoy manipulating the exhibits in this completely interactive environment. Allot about 2 to 3 hours to go through the entire museum. Entrance is about $1.

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Children's Museum (Museo Pambata)
Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive
Manila, Philippines 1000
+63 2 523 1797

Celdran Walking Tours

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Attraction | "Carlos Celdran's Walking Tours"

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My husband and I decided to go on a Carlos Celdran walking tour last December. It was a lovely day for a walk, breezy and not too hot; we'd purposely planned to do this in December for the more pleasant weather, but we actually needn't have worried about that, because we ended up walking less than we'd expected (compared with walking tours we'd done in England).The 3-hour Intramuros tour took us from Fort Santiago to the facade of Manila Cathedral, to San Agustin Church and Father Blanco's Garden, and finally, to Casa Manila (all just a few blocks away from one another). Of course, being a native of Metro Manila, I'd been to all those places before a number of times, but what made the tour a...Read More

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Celdran Walking Tours

Manila
+63 2 484 4945

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Manila really is the place to pamper yourself silly! For starters, get yourself a luxurious massage as often as you like! Getting a massage is something of a hobby for Manila residents. The more expensive spas charge about US$20 for an hour-long full body massage and free use of their facilities (which typically include saunas, steam baths, and Jacuzzis). Locals, however, can tell you where to find good spas that offer hour-long massages for as low as US$5. (Specify that you are looking for a Health & Wellness spa, as some prostitution rings work under the guise of providing massages as well.) This is also the place to get your hair done: haircuts and shampoos cost US$3 on average, though the...Read More