Saturday, January 22, 2011

Tours and Special Interest Activities in Metro Manila

Metro Manila is well known as the center of entertainment and cultural activities. If you want to see excellent performances by local and international guest artists you need to visit the Cultural Center of the Philippines. because it is the premier venue of the performing arts. A glimpse of Philippine history and culture can be seen at the Museums in Manila and other parts of the country. Many leading and promising visual artists exhibit their works in the Art Galleries. For visitors who want your luck in the gaming zones, there are casinos in Metro Manila as well as in the cities of Angeles, Olongapo, Laoag, Bacolod, Tagaytay, Cebu and Bacolod.

Manila's night life is reflecting the Filipinos' love for music. You can find some night life activities in the Remedios Circle in Malate, Timog and Tomas Morato Avenues in Quezon City, Eastwood in Libis, Ortigas Center in Mandaluyong and Pasig Cities, Ayala Center, and the Fort at Bonifacio Global City in Makati. The Filipino bands and singers known for their exceptional musical talent. The Philippines' entertainment scene forms the concerts and stage plays of some artists. Clubs, music lounges, sing along bars and pubs are also available for entertainment. You can see the live musical entertainment in the De Luxe Hotels.

Big malls are located in the major cities of Metro Manila. If you want to go shopping with handicraft and antiques, check those product at Ermita District in Manila. Philippines is know for export quality items such as  south sea pearls, hand woven clothes, embroidered fineries, home accessories, fashionable ready to wear clothes, furnitures, gift items made of shell, wood and stone. Other interesting items are also available like pineapple fiber shirt, prehistoric jars, footwear, native handicrafts, etc.

English is widely spoken in the country because it is the business language. But, the national language is FILIPINO or tagalog.

The special way of discovering the Philippines and its wealth of culture is by vacation or tour. Special and interesting activities are trekking, spelunking, safari trip, golfing, game fishing, white-water rafting, and diving. Aquasports are recommended activities to enjoy the adventure.

Please try to read the following links for more information about Philippines:

How to get to Philippines?
Places to visit in Manila
About Philippines

And try to visit this for more interesting topic in Mindanao:
About Surigao City and the Mamanuas

Friday, January 21, 2011


Philippines is one of the countries in South East Asia. Many people from different parts of the world want to explore and discover something from my country. Our country is very beautiful with white beaches and virgin wild forests. Our climate here is tropical with hot and wet seasons. Typhoons always damage the mountainous parts of the country because of  floods and landslides and many families are affected of the said calamity. Aside from that, nothing is more dangerous than the typhoon.
Sometimes, volcanic eruption is also the one that people fear of because of the damage that has been done to the   small town. We call it lahar, a lava coming from the volcano which is also white in color  like the sand beach flown on the roads, high ways and most of the houses are buried  with lava. In fact, Pampanga and Zambalez are those places that suffered the Mount Pinatubo eruption in the 90's. Earthquake is popular in the country too but it is not often felt as the typhoon. It can be felt only twice or once a year. So, nothing to be worried about it.
When you look at the map of the Philippines, you can see many islands and islets in it. It is divided into 3 groups: the Luzon in northern part, Visayas at the middle and Mindanao in South. The people living in those 3 parts of lands have different dialects and ethnicities and cultures.

Metro Manila
The main capital of the Philippines is Manila. Metro Manila is part of Luzon in National Capital Region. Many places in Metro Manila have tourist attractions because many historical places can be found in there. Some of the places that people can visit  in Metro Manila are Valenzuela, Malabon, Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig City, Pasay, Makati, Paranaque City.  The most established cities are the Makati and Pasig where many big developed buildings and commercial companies can be seen. People from different provinces who want to have a great job in an established company seek a chance and opportunity on the said cities. Most of the jobs that people applied for are engineers, managers, call center agents, supervisors, marketing representatives, tutorials, etc.
Many tourist attractions that foreigners can visit for their educational trip, leisure time and vacation. The Luneta Park along Roxas Boulevard is the national park where Dr. Jose Rizal's monument is located with real person bodyguard standing there. The place said to be the one where Dr. Jose Rizal was shot during the Spanish time. Many families visit the park especially during Sunday as family day and it is said to be the best place to visit for their bonding moments. They bring food sometimes for their lunch or dinner or snacks. When Christmas or New Year's Eve arrives, the family get together in the park to witness the fireworks display. In ordinary days, others are prefer to stay in Roxas Boulevard during sunset to unwind and decide to have a jog during sunrise.
For those who want malling, shopping and bonding with friends in the club, a lot of places to visit. MOA or Mall Of Asia is the biggest mall in the entire Asia.Many people go there to have family get together, friends malling, shopping, dating, skating and playing for kids. Many shops of branded clothes, shoes and accessories in the MOA. A lot of people taking pictures of the view of the place because it can capture the entire scenario of a windy, well lighted and elegant mall. Some of the people living in a far place and can not visit the MOA, there are malls in their place too. In Ortigas, there is Robinson's Galleria, SM Megamall in Pasig, ShangriLa in Shaw Boulevard, Market-Market and Serendra in Taguig, SM North in Quezon City, Eastwood malls and other supermalls in  different branches.
In Manila, try to visit the China Town to experience the products and foods of chinese people. Many pure chinese families have their own business in China Town and decided to settle down in the Philippines. They knew already how to speak our native tongue because they lived in that place for many years.
                                           MANILA CATHEDRAL
 The historical Intramuros also has its own unique description because many couples want their wedding to be held in the said place. It is so beautiful with old historical view garden. Manila Church is their choice to have their wedding ceremony. It is the heart of Manila's history because it features the grand Manila Cathedral. The above picture is the Manila Cathedral during my escapade to China town. My sweetie and I just dropped by to check the inside of the church and found out that there was a wedding held at that time. The church has its detailed stone carvings and stained glass mosaic.
Many of the public transportations in Metro Manila are bus, tricycle, FX, taxi, rail way transit or the MRT/LRT, and the national transportation which is the jeepney. But, there is also a unique transportation found in Manila which is called the Kalesa. So, if you wanna have some fun try to use this stuff.

Manila is the heart and soul of the Philippines.It blends the oriental with the occidental, the mundane with the extra ordinary and modernity. If you want to visit the torture chambers and dungeons, no wonder Fort Santiago is so popular. Aside from Manila Cathedral as favorite wedding spot is the San Agustin Church.

Many popular cities in Metro Manila with their trade marks. Quezon City is the government center and entertainment hub of the Philippines; Paranaque City is known to their restaurants and dry goods and seafood markets; The shoe center of the Philippines is the Marikina City; The world's only bamboo organ at St. Joseph's Parish Church can be found at Las Pinas.

For the export processing center and destinations for leisure activities with day trips and over night get aways the CALABARZON are highly recommended. These provinces are only few hours away from Manila.

For educational trip, the National Museum can be found in the government belt within Luneta that features the Museum of Filipino People as well as the Department of Tourism building same as the Museum for the Natural Sciences.

Many tourists visit the Rizal Park but only a stone away are the districts of Malate and Ermita where people called these as Manila's Tourist Belt because of their antique, art galleries, music lounges, performance theaters and souvenir shops.

The Roxas Boulevard extends Paranaque City to Manila where you can view the Manila sunset along the bay area. It lined with hotels, casinos, lively night spots. In the Baywalk, along the boulevard, you can see nightly entertainment featuring the bars and restaurants.

For the food trip along Binondo Manila can be found the Chinese foods, while Spanish cuisine at Intramuros. Manila is one big food trip adventure. Many foods along side streets and also in centers for fusion and authentic cuisines.

What else are you looking for? Try to visit Manila now. Click the following links:
Manila - Philippines
Travel and Tour in Manila
Getting to Philippines

If you wanna learn about my hometown and Mamanua, just click the link below:
Mamanua - Surigao