|Jeepney: a smash up of a Jeep and a Jitney. It’s the best way to get around Manila at about 8 pesos (20 cents) per ride!|
As I mentioned before, I really like Manila. It is a relatively safe city, most everybody speaks English, and it’s easy to get around. There are lots of malls here. Like LOTS of them. I stayed in Makati which is the main financial district of Manila and from my hotel I am barely a 10 minute walk from five different malls. That’s insane! What I want to know is who is shopping at these malls? I’ve seen brands here I wouldn’t imagine being here such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Bon Chon, Krispy Kreme, Seattle’s Best Coffee. It’s consumerism to the nth degree! Which makes me want to open up a franchise here..
Though Manila is more than its shopping centers! Here are some highlights:
|St. Augustin Church|
|Heading to Fort Santiago|
Intramuros is the historic part of Manila and I learned it is also the oldest. The architecture is very Spanish-influenced. There are cobblestone pathways and horse buggies still. And what was once a formidable Fort protecting the city, is not a tourist park. There’s a small entrance fee to Fort Santiago (100 pesos or $2.50). It’s such a nice place to walk around and soak up some history. There are two churches within the area: St. Augustin Church and Manila Cathedral. Make sure you get to go inside St. Augstin! It was so gorgeous. Unfortunately, the Manila Cathedral was under renovation so we did not get a chance to see it.
Day trip to Corregidor Island
If you are a history buff, Correigdor Island is worth a day trip. The U.S. and the Philippines share an interesting history. The buildings that remain on the island are remnants from WWII when the island was bombed and taken over by the Japanese. It is part eerie and part fascinating.
More pictures to come. I am off to NY 🙂 Happy Friday.