Saturday, March 17, 2012

1000 Things To Do And See In The Philippines - Metro Manila 1-10

1. Symbolically start your journey at the Kilometer Zero Marker and check out the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park.

2. Walk along the walls of Intramuros and explore all the attractions within the walled city.  I suggest that you start on the side near the Immigration office where a Starbucks in now located. It will take you around passing by the Universities,  Historical Buildings. Bulwarks, Plaza, Entrances and Parks.  When you reach the side of San Agustin Complex, take the time to visist the church, museum, and the Casa Manila Complex, then walk your way towards Manila Cathedral and also explore Fort Santiago.  The best time to come would be on the founding date of Intramuros Administration since all entrance fee is waived and during the Grand Marian Procession during the first sunday of December where more than a hundred Marian Images from all over the country are paraded on the streets.

3. I would have to create a separate entry for San Agustin Church being one of UNESCO Heritage Churches since I intend to complete all those included from the Philippines.

4. Visit Malacanang Palace and Explore Old Quiapo and Dine at La Cocina de Tita Moning.

5. Visit the Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz (Binondo Church) and go on a food trip at Chinatown.  Don't miss the Hopia at Eng Bee Tin, The Pork Chop at Tasty Dumplings, Siomai and Noodles at Wai Ying, Fried Siopao, Kiampong, Asado, or might as well have a Lauriat dinnet at the President Restaurant.

6. Although not very tourist friendly, shopping in Divisoria is something I would recommend.  Just be prepared by dressing down and bringing just enough cash and leave the jewelries at home.
7. Try the Paluto restaurants at Seaside Seafood Market along Macapagal Blvd.  I would suggest that you visit Igmaan for their Halaan Ginger Soup among their many other seafood specialties.
8. Explore SM Mall of Asia and the activities on the Bay side.  If your lucky, you can catch a trade show or exhibit that would interest you at the SMX Convention Center.

9. Shop and Dine at Bonifacio High Street.

10. Catch the Sunset at Roxas Boulevard.

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