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Metro Manila: Rail Cruisin’ From Blue to Yellow Line

   For A Day, We decided to visit the major malls in metro manila and other landmarks.  For us not to get lost, we just followed the MRT 3 stops and took the LRT 1 line going back to central station. It was a nice experience getting lost in the big city. Good thing we did not experience heavy traffic when we were there.

First Stop: Baclaran 

This is the Baclaran Redemptorist Church. It is located at the center of the very busy Baclaran district. When visiting the vicinity, always be alert and be aware of pickpockets.

We took a stroll going up to Baclaran MRT station, and poof!, the journey begins!

Second Stop: Ayala Station                                                              Glorietta

Greenbelt

Makati is indeed a nice place to shop, window shop, or simply strolling.  You will see a lot businessmen here..

Third Stop:  Ortigas

SM Megamall   

 Cream Puffs anyone?!

Fourth Stop:  North Edsa                                                                           TriNoMa (Triangle of North Manila)  

SM North Edsa   

 Chow! =)

North Edsa is our last stop for MRT.  This time, we are going to take the yellow line, which is the older one.

From Roosevelt Station we headed straight to Central Station.   Manila City hall is one of the landmarks you can see near the central station. From Manila, we took FX back to get some rest. We ran out of time that day so we decided to visit our next itinerary the next day.

Next Destination:  Mall Of Asia   

Experiencing the MOA eye  

 MOA eye gives you a stunning bird’s eye view of the metropolis.

 Trip highlight: Julie Anne San Jose.. heheh..

 Dinner time at last!

Last Stop: Resorts World Manila  

We really had the time of our lives wandering the big city. It is also nice to explore a concrete jungle sometimes. You might be lucky enough to find something useful.

Get up, Stand up! On your feet now!

Choose Manila, Choose Philippines!

The Manila Ocean Park

 The Manila Ocean Park is the ultimate destination for individuals, couples, groups, or families who love to seek marine life adventures and education with entertainment in one place.  It draws tourists because of its ideal location.  It is located right at the heart of Manila, adjacent to Quirino Grandstand and Luneta Park.  It is owned and operated by China Oceanis Philippines and opened to public in 2008.

How To Get There:  From NAIA, you can just simply take a cab going to the Manila Ocean Park.  It is just walking distance from the Port Area (Eva Macapagal Wharf).  You can just easily locate the park since it is just beside Quirino Grandstand. The nearest MRT station is MRT 3 UN ave station.  If you are planning to check in a hotel within Metro Manila and visit Ocean Park, I suggest you look for a hotel within Manila central district area.

Activities & Amenities:

The Oceanarium  

Giant Aripaima

Philippine Crocodile

Red Pacu

                         Seahorses (doin some lovin’)

Butterfly fish

Horn Fish

And All other Fishes:

The Jellies Exhibit

The Musical Fountain Show  

Penguin Talk Show  

Trails to Antarctica  (real life penguins)

Snow Village  

You can actually experience snow here in the Philippines.. 🙂

Sea Lion Show  

All Star Bird Show  

There are still a lot of activities that we have not tried like Shark Encounter where you actually swim with the sharks, aquanaut, and glass bottom boat ride.  You can also find Bazaars, souvenir shops, and other establishments inside Manila Ocean Park.  They have food stalls, restaurants, fastfoods, and more.                                               

Does watching the photos of this entry entice you to visit The Manila Ocean Park?  Then obey it!  You can actually get good deals through Metrodeal and through different agents who deal promos for Ocean Park! I actually bought our tickets through Metrodeal.

Choose The Manila Ocean Park, Choose Philippines!

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Philippine’s Kilometer Zero: Luneta, the living witness of Rizal’s Heroism

Luneta or Rizal Park is considered as the mother of all Philippine Parks.  It is located at the heart of the city of Manila just adjacent to Intramuros, the old city of Manila.  Many historical events happened here in Luneta or Bagumbayan, way back Spanish colonial era.  The park was named after the national hero, Jose Rizal, who was executed in the park thus later on resulted an eruption of the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish colonizers.  This place is very significant to every Filipino.  It is nice to spend few hours just strolling around the park or just simply spending time with your loved ones.  It is best visited at dusk and take a walk to Roxas Blvd would be great.

How To Get There:  It is easy to get to Rizal park since it is located at the center of Manila’s civilization.  From the airport or any hotel you can just always take a cab.  It is better that you stay in a hotel within Manila vicinity.  It is near LRT1 UN ave station or central station.

Attractions:

Watch the dancing fountain show for free.

Taking a stroll with your loved ones would be great!

                                                  Rizal’s execution site..

                                            You will also see statues of different native heroes..

Whenever you are in Manila, you should not miss visiting Rizal Park and Roxas Boulevard.  You will just find them within the vicinity of central Manila area – Near Manila Ocean Park, Intramuros, Quirino Grandstand, and Manila City Hall.

Enjoy!

Intramuros: The Walled City of Manila

Intramuros is a walled city found at mouth of Pasig River in Manila.  It was built in the 16th century by the Spanish Conquistadores.  The walls serves as a protection from moro invasions.  Up until today, several Spanish structures are still standing and the government are making efforts in preserving these treasures.  It was destroyed by the Japanese invasion but repaired in 1952.

Places To Visit:

Metropolitan Theatre

Just outside the gates of Intramuros (near LRT central station) you will find the Metropolitan theatre.

Central Post Office Building

You will also find this structure just outside the gates of Intramuros.

Within the Gates of Intramuros:

Memorare

Palacio Del Sana

San Agustin Church

The Manila Cathedral

Palacio Del Gubernador

Fort Santiago

Rajah Sulayman Theatre

Rizal Shrine

HOw to get There:

From NAIA:  You can take a Cab and tell the taxi to take you to Intramuros.

From South Harbor:  You can take a cab, FX, or jeepney.  Just ask the people around on what route to take.

TIP:  Bring your umbrella if you just intend to walk around the walled city, otherwise you can just have a Calesa Tour for 350php per hour if you want to savor the moment.

Intramuros is a great place for a day stroll.. But of course, it is best experienced if you are with your loved one.

Enjoy your Day!

Tagaytay City: A City on Top of the Mountain

Tagaytay City is a mountain city located south of Metro Manila.  It is easily accessed through the South Luzon express way, Coastal road, or CavitEx, and then through Aguinaldo Highway.  It is 1-1/2 hour drive from the Metro.  Due to its proximity to the big city, it attracts local and foreign tourist to escape the humid weather in the metro.  Tagaytay has cooler weather at anytime of the day because of its elevation, just like of Baguio’s, but Tagaytay is more accessible.

How To Get There:  By Land you can ride a Bus or Van to Tagaytay from Pasay City, or near the Baclaran LRT station.  From Batangas, you can also easily access Tagaytay through Talisay-Tagaytay road.

Activities/Attractions:

Tagaytay Picnic Grove

Zipline and Cable Car

There are a lot of things to do in Tagaytay.  Or you can just have a day for picnic with the family.  It’s up to you.

Tagaytay City is the place where you can get the perfect overlooking view of the Taal Lake in Batangas.  Imagine, down the foot of Tagaytay is already part of Batangas. We travelled two places in one time.  Isn’t that amazing?

You can also find houses of popular people in Tagaytay as it is really an ideal place to live in.

Derek Ramsay’s House in Tagaytay

if you are planning to visit Manila, or if you happen to have a business trip to manila, you should not bother sparing some time visiting Tagaytay.  A day in Tagaytay would be great.  You do not want to miss its view and its fresh fruits.