I spent 4 years of my life wandering in the city of Maynila when I was in college. Seeing my grandmother’s photograph in Escolta and browsing blogs about that place amazed me. I feel like a lot of people take Maynila for granted. It’s completely different from how it was back then but to me, its charm still remained.
One of my all time favorites is the National Museum. I love it there! I learned so many things about our history. The art pieces created by our national heroes really shows how intellectual and worldly they are. Spoliarium or Spolaryum as most people say gave me goosebumps. I remember seeing it on my history books and it’s more fascinating in real life. Students can get in for free! You just need to show your ID but for others, you need to pay 150 PHP. For all of you who are really stingy like me, you can get in for free on Sundays. More money for food!
Maynila is a very walkable city. If you’re down to rough it up, you can visit National Museum, Manila City Hall, Quezon Bridge, Intramuros, and China Town by foot. I’ve tried it myself, it’s not that bad at all. .
I really like Quezon Bridge especially during sunsets. I took some photos when I was there and got really excited. But some random guy killed my mood when he said “Tawa tawa kayo diyan maraming holdaper dito!” So, instead of staying there a little longer, we power walked to Quiapo thinking that we might get held up lol.
I googled graffitis located in Maynila and one of the images popped on my screen is this Zebra artwork. This is in Manila Zoo and definitely one of my favorites. Do you know how the animals are treated there? Let me know if they’re happy and healthy, I’d love to visit!
Recently I went to Metropolitan Theater(MET) with my friend. This building is gorgeous! From what I know, this is one of Imelda Marcos’ project back in the 70s. According to Carlos Celdran, this building is going to be restored which is a good thing! I’ve always wanted to see what’s inside to satisfy my horror fantasies.
The opposite side of the street of MET is the Manila Post Office. Isn’t beautiful?
I’ve been here so many times but I’ll never get tired of it. Go visit Maynila! Try something different. And I’m sure you’ll get why this old city is enticing.
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