MOA is one of the newest SM malls in a string of them scattered all over the country. Two other SM branches also made it into the list of 10 biggest malls in the world: SM Mega Mall in Pasig is 6th and SM North EDSA in Quezon City is 10th. With one SM branch in all major cities in the country from Santa Rosa, Laguna to Davao city in Mindanao, SM has changed the lifestyle of millions of Filipinos. Family time, national holidays and weekends are not complete without a visit to an SM mall. The construction of SM Mall of Asia is a landmark achievement that seems to emphasize the point that indeed life in the Philippines cannot be the same without SM. [Read more…]
A City at its Best in Manila, Philippines
A cultural and historical destination by day and a bustling and vibrant scene when the sun goes down, the city of Manila, Philippines provides quite an experience to everyone that visits it. Manila is at the center of a country that underwent and overcame multiple foreign occupations in the past centuries bringing forth numerous influences that continue to thrive to this modern day and age.
Old Spanish architecture is a true feast for the eyes and Kalesa or horse carriage rides surely aim to impress. Manila, Philippines is also home to a number of museums, heritage parks, and monuments that are perfect for an educational day trip.
Aside from its historical and cultural elements, Manila, Philippines is also known for being a bustling city center. Local offices and international firms can be seen left and right while racing jeepneys strategically maneuver themselves in and out of traffic as they pick up passengers from curb to curb. Tricycles also line the streets easily transporting people to nearby destinations.
When a short food break is in order, nothing beats the treats from local street food vendors. Simple, tasty, and amazingly affordable, these offerings will surely fill you up. Whether it is indulging in a cup of steaming hot taho (local soy-based dessert) or picking fish, squid, and chicken balls from standby food carts, there truly are plenty of great experiences that the city of Manila, Philippines has to offer provided that people know where to look.
Colonized for centuries, destroyed by war, and reborn to the bustling metropolis that it is today, the city of Manila, Philippines is a sight for sore eyes. From the amazing historical sites to the enjoyable and engaging nightlife, the city offers a one-of-a-kind experience to the people who are adventurous enough to give it a go.
Almost every country in the world has a Chinatown, and in the Philippines, Chinatown is simply referred to as Ongpin, which is the street that runs through Chinatown located in Binondo, Manila. Ongpin is not very clean, rather hot, fairly smelly, and not nearly as convenient as modern malls, yet people can’t resist coming here. To every Metro Manila resident, Chinatown in Ongpin, Binondo means busy bazaars, cheap shops, crowded streets, authentic Chinese foods, and exotic herbal medicines.
Ongpin is famous for the winding rows of cheap jewelry shops that sell real Chinese gold, hardware shops, and Chinese drugstores that sell herbal medicines regularly shipped from mainland China. Filipinos man the herbal shops but only the elderly Chinese merchant can prepare concoctions of rare and strange-looking herbs, which sometimes include exotic concoctions like freshly-squeezed cobra bile. [Read more…]
Ayala Museum is one of the most important and most visited private museums in the Philippines. Located at the heart of the Ayala business district in Makati, Ayala Museum showcases a number of exhibits that cannot be found elsewhere in the country. It opened in 1974 and moved to its present location on the corner of De La Rosa Street on September 28, 2004 during Ayala Corporation’s 170th anniversary.
Here are exciting reasons why you should check out this world-class museum of art and history:
Sixty beautifully handcrafted dioramas. The museum’s main attraction is a collection of dioramas showing 60 of the country’s significant historical events dating back from prehistoric times to the recognition of Philippine independence in 1946. A recent addition is a multimedia presentation of the 1986 People’s [Read more…]
In the Philippines, when you say “Ayala” the name, you are pertaining to one of the richest families in the country; when you say Ayala Avenue, you are pertaining to the country’s equivalent of Wall Street; and when you say Ayala Center, Makati, you are pertaining to high-end shopping, fun and mall hopping.
The Ayala Center in Makati is one of the hippest places you can go to for shopping, recreation, dining and entertainment. The center includes a number of malls, shopping centers, restaurants, arcades, cinemas, hotels, and a museum. In the Philippines, mall hopping is not just a pastime: it’s a way of life. Filipinos call it “malling”. And malling in Ayala Center is quite an experience because of what the place has to offer. [Read more…]
Manila is a romantic city. Its many monuments and Baroque-style cathedrals as well as the promenade along Manila Bay suggest romance in the air. The loveliest sunsets are seen over Manila Bay and what lovelier dining experience than to have it on board Manila Bay Dinner Cruise?
After touring the busy streets of metro Manila under humid climate conditions, take the Manila Bay Dinner Cruise on board a dinner yacht and enjoy the natural beauty of Manila Bay. Some consider it the most picturesque bay in all of Southeast Asia. The cruise begins at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex along Roxas Avenue, near Manila Yacht Club. The CCP is hard to miss. Its ramp entrance and fountain are familiar to almost every metro Manila resident. [Read more…]
Binondo Church (Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz) is one of the less-celebrated Catholic churches located at the heart of Manila for two reasons. It was primarily built for the Chinese-Filipino Catholic community, and it is located in an area in Manila that is more popular for shopping.
Binondo Church was built in the 16th century primarily to give Chinese converts a place to practice their new faith. Chinese-Filipinos were banned from entering the Intramuros and so they could not go to the famous San Agustin Church, the Manila Cathedral or any of the other Catholic churches inside the walled city, which was then the center of Catholicism in the Philippines. Owing to this and many other restrictions segregating them from the rest of Manila’s population, the Chinese-Filipinos established their community north of the Pasig River. As more Chinese converted to Catholicism, they soon built their own cathedral. The original structure was founded by Dominican priests in 1596, but was destroyed by invading British forces in 1762. [Read more…]