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TAXIS

TAXIS – there are two types of taxis operating in Manila: the yellow taxis (which charge P70 for the first 500 meters of travel, P4 for every 300 meters after), and White taxis (P40 for first 500 meters of travel, P3.50 for every 300 meters after). Compared to other international metropolises, Manila’s taxi rates are […]

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JEEPNEY

JEEPNEY – these colorful long-wheel-base jeeps (reminiscent of rainbow-colored buses in Colombia) are an alternative means of transportation in Manila. Even though they post their destinations on their windshields, jeepney drivers tend to go whichever direction they see fit (depending on where the other passengers are going as well). For this reason, only the more […]

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BUSES

BUSES – there are various private bus lines that negotiate their way through the chaotic traffic in Manila, running on major roads like Taft Avenue, but also into less familiar parts of Manila. For this reason, visitors prefer either the rail line (since they run on a fixed set of destinations), or taxis (for more […]

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Villa Escudero Museum

Villa Escudero Museum (AH26, Quezon) – for those interested in seeing Rights outsider of Manila, this museum is not a bad start. Located two hours southeast of Manila via car, an historic colonial plantation, displaying rural life as it was in the 1800’s. Villa Escudero is set amidst beautiful scenery with volcanic mountains, rows of […]

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Iglesia de San Agustín

San Agustin Church (General Luna St, Manila, Intramuros, Metro Manila) – this Roman Catholic church (located in the Spanish colonial Intramuros district) was originally built in 1571 (with bamboo and nipa), but fell victim to fires in 1574 & 1583. The Augustinians that ran this church then rebuilt it with stone in 1586 (along with […]

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Santuario Rizal

Rizal Shrine (Santa Clara Street, Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila) — the restored shrine inside Fort Santiago (a former Spanish colonial barracks) houses Rizaliana items in memory of the Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal spent his last few days here before he was executed on December 30, 1896. Among the objects exhibited are various books […]

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Rizal Park

Rizal Park (Roxas Boulevard, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila) – this 60-hectare park is a tribute to Filipino national hero Jose Rizal, a doctor and novelist who was shot by firing squad at this site on December 20, 1896 (over charges of fomenting rebellion against Spanish rule in the Philippines). A shrine was also built in […]

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Quezon Memorial Circle

Quezon Memorial Circle (Elliptical Rd, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila) — is a national park and shrine in Manila, dedicated to the second president of the Philippines, Manual Quezon. At night, the three vertical towers light up in blues, purples, and pinks, acting as a beacon. In the center of the Quezon Memorial Circle is […]

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Quiapo Church

Quiapo Church (910 Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Metro Manila) – this church is named alter the district that it is in, and is home to “the Black Nazarene” (a much venerated statue of Jesus Christ which many people believe has miraculous attributes). Quiapo Church was originally built in 1586 by Franciscan missionaries, and since previous versions […]

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National Museum of the Philippines

National Museum of the Philippines (Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila) – this museum contains exhibits of the country’s history – going back to the Spanish colonial era, as well as periods before then. One exhibit shows the skullcap of the “Tabon Man” (dated at 24,000 BC, that individual is reputed to be the […]