Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Top 30 Favorite Spots in the Philippines: 22. Manila

Noisy, crowded, and with a tiny respectable breathing space, I find something oddly cathartic living in this city with million other people. This place throbs with human spirit -- in the busy metroway, roads, and even along the narrowest alleys, people thrives with grit for survival. In a place where more than half of the population lives below poverty level, there is very little room to be meek and still. It is a must to move and do something to eke out a living; to be courageous to live well for another day. And this constant human movement and energy around me makes me long for and appreciate silence and solitude a little bit more. 

But more than the many stories of poverty and survival, Manila is a great place to explore (even on foot). As the capital city and one of the oldest cities in the country, Manila is home to many historical landmarks (Malacanang Palace, Fort Santiago, Intramuros), churches (San Agustin Church, Manila Cathedral, San Sebastain Church, Malate Church, Binondo Church,  Quiapo Church), museums (National Museum, Museo Pambata) and parks (Rizal Park, Paco Park). And one of my favorite things to do in Manila is to sit by the bay waiting for the unobstructed and stunning sunset at Manila Bay while eating kwek kwek or a cup of taho. 

Oh yes, there's a lot to see and do in Manila. Check it here.  

The Manila Metropolitan Theater


  1. Ooh... Medyo unexpected that Manila is included in the list. Well, for historical and cultural relevance, pasok din talaga. :)

  2. Che, I like this series! Though a newcomer here in Manila, I find this place so historic and truly Filipino! :)

  3. I had a theatrical " MARIA " Broadway show in the 80's There. I remembered the original name is Manila Metropolitan Theater before. The inside interior as I can remembered is a combination of Art Deco / Contemporary Design and also my memories of school classmates, school mates, we were there for 3 days of non-stopped work and a whole week dry run practice for perfection is PRICELESS :)) !


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