Seven thousand and more islands, spread over a vast water of teeming marine life, built carefully by an artist’s hands, blessed with nature’s best, unparalleled and beyond compare!
You may be passing by her everyday. She, who was a victim and managed to survive the war. She, who was a witness to the bombings, powerful calamities, and countless demonstrations. She, who stood still amid the ever changing cityscape of Manila. She, who was neglected and forgotten. The classic and beautiful Manila Metropolitan Theater. A landmark on her own right, the Manila Metropolitan Theater or simply the MET was designed by the great Filipino architect Juan Arellano, the same man who designed the Manila…Continue Reading “A Glimpse of Manila Metropolitan Theater”
Metro Manila While on a night ride in and around the Metropolis, I was utterly awed by the bright lights along my route. The lighted trees of Plaza Roma, in front Manila Cathedral, Intramuros Manila; the beautifully designed Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City; the lovely and picturesque skyline of Rockwell in Makati City; and the lively streets of Policarpio in Mandaluyong. Aaaaah! Never the bright lights of the Holidays has failed me. Christmas is already here! Images are taken using Nikon J1
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust Couch Surfing Manila Summer Scramble 2012 Every year, Couch Surfing Manila organizes an adventure race within the Metropolis. Dubbed as CS Manila Summer Scramble, this year’s edition, held on the second Saturday of May, was by far the toughest on the four-year history of the race. The unbelievable twists, physically challenging tasks and unfriendly stops proved that Manila Summer Scramble is not for the weak. There…Continue Reading “The Forgotten Jewels of Northern Manila: Artex Compound, Isla Pulo and Smokey Mountain”
In the heart of the City of Manila is a small and old circular park which used to be a municipal cemetery for Spanish aristocrats of the old walled city of Intramuros – the Paco Park and Cemetery. Situated in the western boundary of the district of Paco (San Fernando de Dilao district during the Spanish era) and in the eastern end of Padre Faura Street, Paco Park and Cemetery was completed and opened to public in 1822 as a burial ground for victims of…Continue Reading “Paco Park and the Old Cemetery”
The Cemetery In the northernmost district of Sta.Cruz, on the city boundary with Caloocan, sits Manila’s oldest Catholic cemetery, the La Loma Catholic Cemetery or Campo Santo de La Loma. It opened in 1884 and was known as Cementerio de Binondo back then where it was exclusively used as burial ground for Catholics during the Spanish colonial period. It was also an important battleground during the Philippine-American war and served as execution site by the Japanese during World War II. Today, the cemetery is one…Continue Reading “Campo Santo de La Loma and its “Lumang Simbahan””