samreshwas absolutely blown away by Carlos Celdran's tour. Definitely was the highlight of my trip (and yes, i was in Boracray for a few days). I am a novice history buff and was wanted to know the history of Manila/Phillipines. Tried reading about it in Lonely Planet, but not the same. Carlos's tour was very informative, entertaining and emotional. I would DEFINITELY recommend taking his tour. The guy is hilarous and clearly takes his history and culture seriously.The only issue is getting a taxi back home. A bit hard to find and as his tour ends at dusk, the area get a bit shady, so try to arrange for someone to pick you up - just in case.
samreshI went to visit Fort Santiago because I was in the old town and it was ranked so highly on TripAdvisor. It was 75 pesos to enter and all I saw was construction work being done. You can only walk down one main path which is also littered with horse carts asking to give you a 'tour'. When you finally reach the top part of the fort... It's drenched in this awful smell from the nearby polluted river. Definitely a pass until they can clean it up.
samreshThe original cathedral of Manila was comprehensively destroyed during WWII. The current cathedral was built after the war to replace it, but obviously couldn't be expected to be of the same build-quality. It's nice enough, but just doesn't have that same colonial aura to it.
Today, there are plenty of hotel options. Unfortunately, having plenty of options does not necessarily make it easier for you to choose which hotels you would be temporarily residing in, particularly if they have similar offers with one another—much like the several hotels in Makati that have comparable amenities.
For indecisive people, the first step in the choosing process is to narrow down the area of preference. From that point on, you should compare and contrast the services, rates, and amenities of these hotels. While doing so, make sure to consider which one fits your requirements as a hotel guest. By doing this, you are initially guaranteeing your satisfaction as customer since the money that you will be shelling out for the stay will be spent on amenities and services that you fancy.
Despite the various amenities that hotels offer, on some occasions, there will still be instances wherein you will find nothing to do inside the hotel. Children are especially bored if a hotel does not have a pool and tend to throw tantrums while their mothers are relaxing in the hotel’s spa.
In case you are checked-in a hotel in Makati and need some suggestions for activities, then read on.
This article will list down traditional and unusual activities that can be done both by children and adults inside a hotel.
For those who are interested in booking a room at a hotel in Makati, a little trivia about the hotels in the area are included.
My family enjoyed walking through the hallways and different rooms of Casa Manila. It gave us a glimpse of how the rich Spanish-Filipino families lived during the olden times. The bedrooms had ornate wooden beds and nice wooden furniture. The dining area had a big dining table and heavy wooden chairs. It even had giant fabric fans above (pulled on the side by helpers) to cool the guests and to shoo away flies. The kitchen showed the utensils used for extensive cooking. The restroom had matching chairs/toilets so that the master of the house could converse with a person while they were both doing their business. We also noticed the alleyways on the side of the house where the helpers called aliping sagigilid would pass to go around the house.!!!
If you want to have an indepth knowledge of Philippine-Spanish history, this is a must see. This place brings you back in time. You get this eerie feeling that they're still there. But that's just me, haha.
Anyway, once outside you will enjoy the different gourmet restaurants serving authentic Filipino food. And if you're the curious type, there are vendors selling unique products.
If you're in Manila, make sure to set aside some time to visit Fort Santiago. And if you have more time, you can take a ride in the caritela (horse-drawn coach) and go around the place. People are very friendly as well.!!!
Café Laguna began as a labor of love. Started by Lita Urbina, who comes from a family of culinary enthusiasts, the first restaurant in 1991 was her way of sharing her authentic Filipino dishes with everyone. With the help and encouragement of her family, she served carefully prepared home-cooked meals made with goodness and love, meals which brought back childhood memories of her mother's kitchen and the countless hours spent indulging at the dinner table. When Café Laguna first opened its doors in an unassuming space in Lahug, Cebu City in 1991, the small restaurant became an overnight success simply through word of mouth.
From that first restaurant more than 25 years ago, Café Laguna is now a household name synonymous with great Filipino food and warm Filipino hospitality perfect for playing catch-up with friends, family gatherings and milestone celebrations.
Entertainment City, Philippines--- The country’s iconic leisure destination bolsters its commitment to implement industry-leading health and safety measures through “I’m OK at Okada,” which is an upgrade of the integrated resort’s 3T (True Safe. True Clean. True Heart) Campaign.
True to its goal to keep its guests and team members safe in the new normal, Okada Manila continuously implements safety protocols as mandated by IATF and the DOT. “These days, everyone prioritizes their health and safety. With “I’m OK at Okada,” we’d like to show everyone how we here at Manila’s iconic integrated resort is doing our best to create an environment that’s safe and welcoming. We implement safety measures such as thorough and frequent disinfection across the property, among many others. There’s also a vaccination program for our team members, so they can be protected from the virus. Having them get the jab also reassures guests that they’ll be interacting with people who care about their safety too. Guests can also show that they are doing their part to beat COVID by availing of our special perks for those who are fully vaccinated,” shares President and COO Byron Yip.
In parallel with “I’m OK at Okada,” the integrated resort’s vaccination program, “Vaxta sama sama, panalo,” also comes with an incentive program for patrons. They can present their fully accomplished vaccination card and get exciting treats! Guests can truly say “I’m OK at Okada,” because aside from being protected, they’ll get five-star perks for playing their part in helping curb the spread of COVID-19.
I think I will never outgrow my love for Korean food. Although I am not a die-hard K-drama or K-Pop fan, I have a distinct love for the freshness and quality of Korean BBQ and Banchan. I like how the meat selections are seasoned and conveniently prepared for grilling, and how the vegetable sides complement and balance these. Unlike other cuisines, it doesn’t tire my palate easily. Hence, this leads me to trying out different Samgyupsal restaurants and figuring out my best choices.
If you're looking for something familiar and European in the town of Coron, this is your place to be.
Personally love the place's warm rustic wide windows ambiance with different paintings hung around the restaurant's walls and even the painter's corner in one spot.
Their Quattro Formaggio pizza is probably the star for me which is a thin crust pizza with a bursting taste of different types of cheese.
Ate here after a recommendation from a tour guide, and it did not let us down. Fantastic freshly cooked food at a fantastic price. Felt like an authentic locals restaurant in the Binondo area with plenty of locals eating there. Nice cold San Miguel beer available to wash down the delicious food. So glad we went here.
Tucked in the hustle of Binondo, this Chinese tea house restaurant serves authentic Chinese cuisine. The menu has a very good varieties of food to choose from and the price is very reasonable. I true awesome Binondo style Chinese restaurant experience. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Found this place after watching a beautiful sunset by the water, the pizzas were large and delicious, probably the best I've had in the phillipines, as i didn't leave feeling super bloated! The service was friendly perhaps a little too polite if anything. Only beg is that we visited around 8pm on a Wednesday and were the only people in the restaurant, perhaps due to a large group having a private party in the hotel.
The restaurant is located on the 3rd floor in the Bayleaf hotel. The prices are high compared to other places in the region, but you pay for good quality food, good service an..