You may love your city, but do you love it enough to want to tell the world about it? iReporter Elaine Baricante does.
Here she explains why Manila is her favorite city.
One of the most common questions you’ll hear a Filipino ask is “Kumain ka na?” (Have you eaten?) Eating is a central part of the Filipino culture and it shows in the variety of food that is available throughout the country.
There is street food like chicharon (deep fried pork rind), bituka (deep fried intestines), isaw (barbecued chicken or pork intestines), taho (soft tofu with syrup and sago) and balut (fertilized duck egg); more conventional food such as sisig, crispy pata (pork leg), inihaw; and Western food — pasta, pizza, burger and ribs. There’s definitely something that will satisfy everyone’s cravings.
Manila is awash with bars, clubs and other places that cater to a wide range of clientele.
Greenbelt or The Fort attracts the clubbing, wine-sipping and whiskey-swirling set while Saguijo or Casa Nami in Makati is preferred by the more laid-back, chilled crowd.
Or, for anyone in the mood for something totally different, there’s Hobbit House in Malate where all the staff are dwarfs.
They say that art feeds the soul, and Cubao X is a thriving arts hub in the heart of Cubao that embraces galleries, art shops and an authentic Italian restaurant with live music.
Cubao X is frequented by artists, photographers, writers and hippies.
For more art, there’s the Yuchengco Museum and the Ayala Museum in Makati. The UST Museum, which is located in the University of Santo Tomas campus (the oldest university in Asia, founded in 1611) is also worth checking out.
Intramuros is an old walled city in Manila. It has managed to keep its cobblestone paths and Spanish-style houses intact. You can even hire a horse-drawn carriage to take you around for an old-world experience.
Fort Santiago, located within Intramuros, was originally built as a proper fortress. Bullet holes and bomb damage from the war are still visible on the walls of the fort.
This is also where José Rizal, a 19th-century national hero, was imprisoned before his execution. Follow Rizal’s footsteps from Fort Santiago to where he was executed in Luneta for a feel of the the country’s tumultuous colonial history.
Watch the most awesome sunsets in the city from Manila Bay.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
-Ex VP Atiku Abubakar on Restructuring.
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