Monday, September 8, 2014

Rediscover Manila

If you think you know your neighborhood very well because you have lived there all you life, you are mistaken. A city evolves, grows and changes just like the people living in it. In the spirit of adventure, my office mates and I explored Manila once more and experienced the rich culture and sights this awesome capital city.

Rizal Park

First stop: the famous Rizal Park. This park is frequented by local and foreign tourists for its history. Locally known as Luneta, Rizal Park's history goes way back in the Spanish Colonial times when Paseo de Luneta was built in 1820s. Since then it has evolved, gradually adding features like the Rizal Monument in the early 20th century. The latest addition is the photo-bomber building that sticks like a sore thumb.
The famous Rizal Monument, Flag and the scene-stealing photobomber building
Photo bombers
Alvin enjoys biking at the park
...so does Hubert


Tamaraw sculpture at Kilometer Zero




Intramuros

Next stop: Intramuros, the oldest district in Manila. Its history goes way before the Spanish Colonization period when native traders exchange goods with Chinese and Malay merchants. We visited Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church while we are inside Intramuros

Entering the Walled City
Historic Manila Cathedral

Worm's eye view
San Agustin Church
San Agustin Convent

Binondo

To top off our adventure, we went to Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in the world. Here, we explored Ongpin Street, where the CNN-must-visit Cafe Mezzanine is located. We stopped to eat and savored Maki-mi, a noodle plus meat treat smothered in thick soup.

The oldest Chinatown in the world... for real man!

Maki mi

So, explore Manila and rediscover the rich history and cuisine it offers. We will be back next time!



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