48 Hours In Manila

Manila has the infamous reputation of just being a stop over. Foreign tourists who has no business in Manila opt to stay for a night to rest and fly out first thing the following day. Most traveler thinks that Manila is some sterile place where you got nothing to do, nothing to see and nothing to taste or experience.

The metropolis can be a bit too western for some people. Even some Youtubers that I follow say that a lot of places in Manila remind them of their own countries. Some say that Manila’s food taste very much like the west (for western food) giving them a homey feel. Some just find the metropolis a good place to party, well it is.

But beyond that there’s a lot more to see in Manila, specially the city it self. Here are some reasons why you should include Manila in your itinerary more than just a stop over.

Here’s A quick itinerary to help you get to know Manila a bit better

Intramuros

The city inside the walls during the Spanish colonial times offers a glimpse of what city life was during the time of the first colonizers. They built this walled city to protect them from attacks of Moros and making sure the Chinese settlers are checked in. The city used to host about 8 churches with only one spared from World War 2. The Manila Cathedral on the other hand was rebuilt after the war making it one of the 2 churches standing inside the walls.

National Museum of Fine Arts &  Natural History

With the national government opening up the National Museums throughout the country to a greater audience by providing them free access, museums have now become a go to place for many people. Aside from the National Museum of Fine Arts that is housed in the beautiful Old Congress building, the newly renovated former tourism building now houses the National Museum for Natural History.

 

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Sta. Cruz – Binondo

Fine I am biased, I freaking love this district. This section of Manila hosts to the oldest china town in the world across the river from the old Spanish walled city of Intramuros. Go on a food adventure with Chinese cuisines some staying true to its origins while others adapting to the Filipino palate.

Bonifacio Global City

The newest district in the Metropolis, The Bonifacio Global City or BGC as many call it, is a world of its own. The entire district was a former military base that was redeveloped to become a premier business district. Coming to BGC simply makes you feel being instantly transported to another world. If you are a westerner and you feel a bit home sick, this is the perfect place to gain back your sanity.

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The Malls

Metro Manila actually is a great place to shop. The metropolis has a plethora of malls that have become as a communal space for the community to gather. Malls not only have shops but also churches, playgrounds and other activities to spend time with people.

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Up Town Manila

Visit the Cultural Center of the Philippines at the Up Town area of Manila. The center which is a complex of theaters was built during the Marcos era to showcase the richness of the Filipino culture. Like what its founder’s words are, the center is the home of Filipinos Culture. Watch plays and art exhibits or just be amazed at the beautiful architecture of the buildings in the complex.

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Also found in the Up Town district is the Luneta Park. The biggest park in Southeast Asia is actually patterned after the Mall in Washington DC. The park was part of the city’s former chief architect, Daniel Burnham’s City Beautiful projects around the world. source

 

Aside from these there are a host of food destinations around the metro if you’d like to have a taste of what the usual metropolitan food is in Manila. There are other off the beaten path destinations in the city but these are probably the basic destinations that may give you a good grasp of how life in Manila is.

 

Have you ever been in Manila? What’s your favorite thing to do in the city?

Manila Flights Cancelled and Adjusted

Due to an upcoming radar maintenance in Tagaytay city.Advisories from airlines with flights going to and from Manila are slowly coming in. Although not all flights are cancelled some are have been readjusted as work around.

Here are the announcements per Airline Company

Air Asia

 

Philippine Airlines 

  

Cebu Pacific Air

CEB Advisory – Cancelled Flights due to Tagaytay Radar Maintenance as of February 20, 2017; 11:30AM (Philippine time; GMT +8)

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) released a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) enforcing a temporary shutdown of the air traffic radar in Tagaytay for its maintenance and upgrade. The temporary closure, scheduled from March 6, 6AM to March 11, 6AM, will result in a reduction of flights in conjunction with other carriers.

In line with this, the following Cebu Pacific and Cebgo flights have been cancelled on these dates:

March 6, 2017 (Monday)

Cebu Pacific Flights
5J 487/488 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 397/398 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 885/886 Manila – Cotabato – Manila
5J 953/954 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J 997/998 Manila – Gensan – Manila
5J 457/458 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J 339/340 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
5J 325/326 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
5J 639/640 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 855/856 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila
5J 857/858 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila

Cebgo Flights
DG 6245/6246 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
DG 6026/6027 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6317/6318 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6323/6324 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6193/6194 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6195/6196 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6117/6118 Manila – Naga – Manila

March 7, 2017 (Tuesday)

Cebu Pacific Flights
5J 483/484 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 487/488 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 379/380 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 397/398 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 399/400 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 567/568 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J 572/571 Cebu – Manila – Cebu
5J 891/892 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
5J 339/340 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
5J 327/328 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
5J 639/640 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 617/618 Manila – Tagbilaran – Manila
5J 506/507 Manila – Tuguegarao – Manila

Cebgo Flights
DG 6245/6246 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
DG 6024/6025 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6026/6027 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6317/6318 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6323/6324 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6195/6196 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6113/6114 Manila – Naga – Manila
DG 6117/6118 Manila – Naga – Manila

March 8, 2017 (Wednesday)

Cebu Pacific Flights
5J 483/484 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 485/486 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 487/488 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 555/578 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J 565/566 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J 977/978 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J 995/996 Manila – Gensan – Manila
5J 339/340 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
5J 639/640 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 649/650 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
5J 855/856 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila

Cebgo Flights
DG 6245/6246 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
DG 6024/6025 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6317/6318 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6323/6324 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6193/6194 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6195/6196 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6111/6112 Manila – Naga – Manila
DG 6113/6114 Manila – Naga – Manila

March 9, 2017 (Thursday)

Cebu Pacific Flights
5J 481/482 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 483/484 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 397/398 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 565/566 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J 647/648 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 649/650 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
5J 617/618 Manila – Tagbilaran – Manila
5J 506/507 Manila – Tuguegarao – Manila
5J 853/854 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila

Cebgo Flights
DG 6245/6246 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
DG 6026/6027 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6323/6324 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6193/6194 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6195/6196 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6113/6114 Manila – Naga – Manila
DG 6117/6118 Manila – Naga – Manila

March 10, 2017 (Friday)

Cebu Pacific Flights
5J 483/484 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 487/488 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 383/384 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 391/392 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 969/972 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J 977/978 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J 627/628 Manila – Dumaguete – Manila
5J 445/446 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J 457/458 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J 339/340 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
5J 635/636 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 639/640 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 649/650 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
5J 855/856 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila
5J 859/860 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila

Cebgo Flights
DG 6245/6246 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
DG 6024/6025 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6026/6027 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6317/6318 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6323/6324 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6195/6196 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6111/6112 Manila – Naga – Manila
DG 6117/6118 Manila – Naga – Manila

Meanwhile, passengers of the cancelled flights may avail any of the following options without penalties:

• Rebook their flights for travel within 30 days from original departure date; or
• Opt for full refund or travel fund.

For complete details, please check CEB’s official advisory http://bit.ly/2lB5dBe

 

Please note that changes may still occur so please do stay in touch with your airline carrier for updated details.

 

5 Places To Visit In Manila On Rainy Days

Satisfying your wanderlust can be a bit frustrating when it rains, when you can’t really climb mountains or enjoy a good day at the beach. Here are a few things/places that you can do or visit when Mr. Sunshine decides not to come out.

1. National Museum of the Filipino People (National Museum)
Location: Taft Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
Prices: Free on Sundays, Php 120 (Adult) Closed on Mondays
Website: www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph

Photosource: Wikipedia

Sometimes overlooked by locals, The National Museum – formally known as The National Museum of the Filipino People- has massively improved over the last decade. Not only does it houses national treasures of gold and priceless artifacts, it is also now expanding to the Filipino’s Natural History and the acquisition of new buildings.

2. Trampoline Park
Location: Greenfields District, Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City
Prices: Starts at 320
Website: www.trampolinepark.ph

Photosource: www.trampolinepark.ph

Go back to your childhood with all the jumping that you did. Well you can’t jump on your bed anymore or else you’d break it, but your can jump all you want at the first and only trampoline park in the Philippines.

3. Malling
Location: Everywhere
Prices: Free to shopping spree

Photosource: Wikipedia

Probably something mundane for the a Metro Manila local, but if you are a tourist the Mall is a tourist spot that you should check out on your visit in city. Manila hosts some of the biggest malls in the world, yep you read that right, boasting thousands of square meters of mixed retail, entertainment, sports, cultural and even spritual centers all in one roof. Being a tropical country, the mall has become the Philippine’s sort of town center where people converge and commune for most cities as it provides comfort with its climate controlled environment. Top Malls to visit are

Mega Mall

SM North EDSA

Robinsons Galleria

SM Mall of Asia

TriNoMa

Sharila Plaza Mall

4. DreamPlay
Location: City Of Dreams Aseana Business Park, Paranaque City
Prices: Starts at Php 380 for kids and Php 210 for adults
Website: www.cityofdreams.com.ph

Probably the closest that you can get to that Disneyland and Universal Studios feel here in the Philippines. Dreamscape’s Dreamland showcases attraction from Dreamscape’s movie franchises such as Shrek and Kung Fu Panda.

5. Mystery Manila
Location: Unit 9A 2/F JW Plaza Bldg., E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon City
Prices: Minimum of two players (Max of 5) at Php 400 – Php 500 per pax.

Remember those games that you play on your PC where you try to solve mysteries through a series of clues? Well this game just got real! Enter different rooms with mysteries to be solved just the same way as you would on your computer, if you are challenged by these type of games virtually we are pretty sure that you’d enjoy it even better in person.

See rainy days don’t have to be that boring. You just need to know what to do and where to go. Manila is full of life only that sometimes these pockets of fun are hidden within the nooks and cranny of the metro and we are more than happy to help you find them!

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