Manila – Philippines

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Manila – Philippines

Travel to Philippines. Besides the beautiful city of Manila there are many sea beaches in the Philippines. The Philippines consists of more than 7,000 islands and it’s not possible to explore Philippines in a lifetime. each one of the islands offer a rich biodiversity ranging from tropical rain forests, mangroves, and coral reefs to mountain ranges, world-class beaches, beautiful islands and a diverse range of flora and fauna. Conservation International identified it as one of 17 megadiverse countries in 1998. The country also offers one of the longest white sand coastlines in the world, one of its many tourist attractions. So, if you’re looking for a tropical getaway and still don’t have a destination in mind, odds are you’ll find something you like in the Philippines. So it is worth exploring Philippines, you should visit Philippines atleast once in a lifetime.

Philipines is a Christian country with a lot of churches and it’s an English speaking country. I travelled for business but for tourists there is no issue at all with language and food. You can go to any island and enjoy your holidays without food and language problems. You can plan and book through my “Travel Recommendations” page also, there are many good option and incredible ideas. There are many things to do in the Philippines like Rafting, cruises, visit waterfalls, Underground river day trip and many more. It’s a country to enjoy and explore. Food is never a problem in Manila. There are many restaurants offering good food and Filipino beer. Manila also has a vibrant night life. Manila has good night clubs, pubs, dance bars, Karaoke etc.

Definitely visit good sea beaches in Philippine. Boracay beach, El Nido beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Samal Island, Davao City, Panglao Island, Bohol, Coron Island, Palawan, Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Mactan Island, Cebu are some of the most spectacular beaches in the Philippines where you will get to see beautiful and exotic sceneries and you will get eternal bliss.

In Manila there are many churches, art galleries and museums which you should visit. The city is very clean and beautiful and most comparable with Singapore. Philippines was the most advance country once in the Asian region. My friend in the Philippines said Manila, Philippines was the first city in South East Asia to have a shopping mall, the Landmark shopping mall. Although now there are many shopping malls and its a shopper’s paradise. I personally liked the Landmark shopping mall in Manila. It’s huge with many floors. On the top floor they have a huge section dedicated for handicrafts. So it’s a heaven for people like me who have a passion to collect arts and handicrafts. Philippines is very famous for their handicrafts. They have many beautiful arts and handicrafts made of different materials and most innovative. You can find a wide range of decorative items made from sea shell, wood, paper pulp, metals etc. You can even find art objects made from volcano ashes. Really unbelievable stuffs…

Both in Philippines and Thailand I liked buying clothes. Because they make themselves, very high quality fabric and good designs. And of course most price competitive. Besides Landmark there are many other shopping malls for good shopping experience like SM Megamall, Gateway Mall, Trinoma, SM Mall of Asia are some of the finest shopping malls in Philippines. Manila in particular embodies the shopping mall lifestyle better than any other city with outstanding facilities catering for self-confessed shopping addicts and first time buyers alike.

One most important thing of manila are the Jeepneys. As Tuk Tuk resembles Thailand and Hand pulled rickshaws resemble Kolkata. So do Jeepneys represent Philippines and it’s an icon of the Philippines. Jeepneys are the most popular mode of public transport in Manila. People use it very widely as it is very cheap & they are very well decorated with vibrant colours and design.  Well it has a history too. During the World War II most of the vehicles for public transport were destroyed due to bombing. When American troops began to leave the Philippines at the end of World War II, hundreds of surplus Jeeps were sold or given to the Filipinos. An American soldier named Harry Stonehill was involved in the disposal of military surplus, and reportedly created a black market for the surplus including jeeps. The Jeeps were stripped down and altered locally: metal roofs were added for shade; and the vehicles decorated in vibrant colours with chrome-plated ornaments on the sides and hood. The back saloon was reconfigured with two long parallel benches with passengers facing each other to accommodate more passengers. The size, length and passenger capacity has increased as it evolved through the years. These were classified as passenger-type jeeps. The non-extended, original-seat configuration jeeps were labeled owners, short for owner-type jeeps, and are used non-commercially. The original Jeepneys were refurbished military Jeeps by Willys and Ford. Modern jeepneys are now produced with surplus engines and other parts coming from Japan.

The jeepney rapidly emerged as a popular and creative way to re-establish inexpensive public transportation, much of which had been destroyed during World War II. Recognizing the widespread use of these vehicles, the Philippine government began to regulate their use. Drivers now must have specialized driver’s licenses. Routes are regulated and prices are fixed fares. Illegal (unfranchised) operators are officially referred to as “colorum” operations, from the colour of the vehicle plate, which denotes a private rather than public registration

Important Caution – Never smoke or drink in Public or in your hotel room. If caught you will be fined 5,000 Pesos. There are designated places for smoking and you should smoke there only.

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Here are some photographs from my Philippines visit.

  Beautiful sea beaches of Philippines

Manila Ocean Park   Manila City at night  Fort Santiago

Manila

The Landmark shopping mall of Manila

The famous Jeepneys of Manila

The Manila City

          Local Filipino Beer

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