Tag Archives: Manila City

Manila Hotel: A Historical Landmark

General Douglas MacArthur, the Commander of the U.S. Armed Forces Far East (USAFFE), lived at the Manila Hotel. His comfortable stay was disrupted by the Japanese when it attacked Pearl Harbor on 8 December 1941, reaching the Philippines shortly thereafter. With the Philippine defenses crumbling, Gen. MacArthur retreated to Corregidor then to Australia in 1942, where he made his famous vow: “I shall return”. He surely had a real good reason to do that, but I figure he was also thinking of his luxurious home, the Manila Hotel. Continue reading Manila Hotel: A Historical Landmark

Exploring Fort Santiago and Rizal Shrine in Intramuros, Manila City

“You haven’t been to Fort Santiago?” And so my wife started chiding for not having visited Fort Santiago, like it’s a national sin. Last weekend I had my unplanned tour of Intramuros, particularly Fort Santiago. I made a quick stop to search for Kilometer 0 and to take photos of the Cory/Ninoy Aquino Shrine. Continue reading Exploring Fort Santiago and Rizal Shrine in Intramuros, Manila City

Cory Aquino Memorial Shrine and Ninoy Aquino Monument (Manila City)

Names are confusing. There’s a Cory Aquino Memorial Shrine located at the intersection of Roxas Boulevard and Padre Burgos Drive in Manila City. Beside the monument of Cory, within the same fenced premises, is the Ninoy Aquino Monument. Continue reading Cory Aquino Memorial Shrine and Ninoy Aquino Monument (Manila City)

Museong Pambata (Manila City)

It’s funny how parents would go far and wide just to bring their kids to some place magical. Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Splash Island in Binan, Laguna. Ocean Adventure in Subic Bay. But at the heart of Metro Manila, just beside the Manila Ocean Park and opposite the Luneta Park, is a place specifically created primarily for kids — the Museo Pambata. Continue reading Museong Pambata (Manila City)

Shopping in Divisoria (Manila)

There are many malls in Metro Manila where you could shop until you drop (figuratively and literally speaking). We have featured one Ayala Mall and two SM Malls. Malls come in different sizes and designs. They differ in crowd and prizes. There are malls which appear to cater more to the rich, than to the lower economic segments. Then there are “malls” that are frequented both by the rich and the poor alike because of one unifying factor — constant low prices. Continue reading Shopping in Divisoria (Manila)

Breathtaking Nature at Manila Ocean Park

The Manila Ocean Park is a seaworld, where kids and adults are treated with the sights of different marine animals (think of Ark Avilon Zoo, but all sea creatures). When you hear “seaworld,” you think of Seaworld in Orlando, Ocean Park in Hongkong and, in the Philippines, Ocean Adventure in Subic. Unlike those destinations, however, Manila Ocean Park is located in the heart of Metro Manila, so it should be easily accessible (rates are P400 for adults and P350 for kids). And unlike those destinations, the Manila Ocean Park has no shows like the whale and sea lion shows (although these shows may come later, as the Manila Ocean Park is still unfinished). There’s something, however, that makes up for that. [See also Trails to Antarctica, Penguin Exhibit and Snow Village, Manila Ocean Park] Continue reading Breathtaking Nature at Manila Ocean Park