Manila is the the heart of the the Philippine islands. Metro manila has sixteen cities and one municipality where numerous bussiness establishments are located. Major cities would be Quezon city or also known as the entertainment capital . Marikina which is dubbed as the shoe capital of the Philippines.

Other attractions in Manila include various museums like the National Museum , childrens museum and a lot more.

Beside the Rizal Park is Manila’s tourist belt . Ermita , where one can have a unique antique collections, art galleries , souvenir shops on the other hand Malate provides a great hot spots for cafes , spas and other entertainment centers and venues.

Witness the spectacular view of Manila bay sunset along Roxas boulevard. One can have a breath-taking view of posh hotels and casinos and other tourist spots.

Manila is also home to a big gastronomic adventure. visit Malate or Treat yourself with exotic food at the Chinatown in Binondo Manila.

SHOPPING AND LEISURE IN MANILA

Manila is the capital and also  the trading center in the country. The most popular tourist destination in the national capital region. This is where you see a lot of establishments , museums and replica of spanish and american memories and a surviving trace of world war are located. Despite of changes and  development in the country, the Manila’s oldest district was restored and preserved to commemorate its natural and historic image. In Manila, you will see mixed communities of distinct and extreme differences. There is China town, the home of filipino chinese community. There are historic places in the city that include the busy and old commercial districts of Quiapo, Ermita,  Intramuros, Sta cruz and Sta Mesa. On the other hand, Rizal Park is a well known park that is open to the public, mostly it jammed pack with people during weekends. 

Manila never fails me when it comes to leisure walk and budget shopping . All of us have different weekend getaways and stuff. So right now , I strongly encourage you to join me and let’s start to do the walk…

Let’s go ahead and take a shopping tour in Manila.

For first timers, The most interesting thing you will ever learn and discover in the city of Manila’s shopping district is that it is segregated in different areas of town based on merchandise being sold. Jewelries can be found in one specific area , another sporting goods and gadgets and electronics stores in another area. Food and clothing stores were all grouped together in one place. 

Anyway, the streets in Manila are  busy as in super crowded with people on the go so when you have plans to go to  Manila, just try to wear a very comfortable clothes.

Everytime I visit the Manila China town, I always think of lucky charms, bright colored fruits, dragon dance, chinese food, chinese wok,  fortune cookies, hopia and a lot more.

This is One of my favorite districts in Manila , most specifically the Ongpin street.It is commonly known for its cheap gold jewelries. The street is named after a filipino chinese merchant and philantropist Roman Ongpin, the first dealer of art galleries and supplies in chinatown. The Manila china town is definitely the gold center because every other store has a jewelry shop and  with the others in between have a small restaurants and general merchandise store. Would you believe for only P1000.00 you can buy a gold bracelet or a pair of  ring or a necklace with pendant. There are also set of jewelries that cost at a reasonable price. See for yourself.

Chinatown is also all about heritage and culture. You can check out Bahay Tsinoy, the museum that tells the history of the Filipino Chinese from the old Hispanic times to the present. The collection of photographs and porcelain  are the most impressive  parts of the museum and also has the extensive collections of materials and interesting information about the chinese in the Philippines.

Another interesting things about the Chinatown is the selection of several pick your own meal restaurants . These restaurants have extensive collections of live sea creatures from live fish, lobsters and a lot more. Just point at something and they will cook it and serve it to you with a smile . I was thinking of eating something exotic at one of the restaurants but did not do it for I know I wont like it. Eating a frog legs perhaps. I will think about it. 

You will also love the Binondo church, its where the Patron Saint San Lorenzo Ruiz came from. I have tried the Oyster cake and its something new to me so I decided to experience the oyster fried and cooked with cassava flour.  I also tried the special tikoy and cakes at the Salazar bakeshop. I also bought something for my grandparents at one of the chinese drug stores out there. And on the sidewalks , figurines and all kinds of charms are available. 

Your Chinatown tour would not be complete with out passing by at the Eng Bee Tin, They have the famous hopia which is the red mongo. And if you are a frequent traveler and looking for travel backpacks just go to Juan luna Street. Believe me , the items they sell are very reasonable. And Have you seen the people selling puppies there? They are so cute.

Now, several blocks from the Chinatown there’s the Quiapo ilalim Market. There you will find all types of hand made handicrafts  and other souvenir items. Just try to work with your negotiation skills. There’s also  a section of town in Manila (Raon) that was all electronics and sporting goods. Yes , you read it right the entire block was full of ELECTRONIC STORES and SPORTING GOODS. 

Another city venue that started in budget shopping is the Divisoria which I believe it immediately created an impact on the Philippine retail industry by changing the Filipino shopping values and culture with modern principles. (Shop for affordability and convenience)

With my Manila shopping and leisure walk, Its really obvious that majority of the Filipinos are very practical and simple . Just walking through some of the areas  catering to my needs reshaped my opinions about value of money ( affordability and convenience). And in addition, the main value of a Filipino is being hospitable. Filipinos will definitely do anything just to make their visitors happy and comfortable. 

Now what are you waiting for , look for a cheap airline ticket  and explore one of the most progressive and beautiful cities in the world.-Manila 

♫Manila, ManilaI keep coming back to Manila

Simply no place like Manila

Manila, I’m coming home♫

 

 

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This is my entry to this month’s PTB Blog carnival hosted by Angel Juarez of Lakwatsero with the topic: “Manila In Focus”

    

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