Alabang, Muntinlupa City
But not only during Christmas season that this bazaar is busy, it is all year-round.
The old Virra Mall in Greenhills which used to be the ideal shopping district of
San Juan City residents is now a better shopping hub to all types of people.
Manila, Pre-world war
The Philippines had been under the Spanish rule for more than 300 years. After Spain had given the Philippines its freedom through the United States, the old Manila was left with memories of the past. Eventhough it was not a good experience for most of the Filipinos during those times, we are still grateful for the beauty of what Spain had left behind through the magnificent edifices and structures that had made the Philippines known to the world as the first country in Asia to experience richness of modern civilization.
Baluarte De San Diego
The Manila Cathedral
With the American Soldiers during the war
American colonial period
World War II
The Fort today
Preserving the Fort
Around Fort Santiago
|This cross marks the mass grave of civilians|
and soldiers who died at Fort Santiago
during World War II.
|Fort Santiago's entrance and moat|
Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center
On October 13, 2007, the P313-million SM Science Discovery Center, the first of its kind in the world, was opened. SM Prime Holdings has partnered with US-based Leisure Entertainment Consultancy (LEC) for the SDC, it features a digital planetarium and a wide range of technology and science-themed exhibits.
In 2009, it was renamed into Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center after being bought by Nestlé Philippines.
The SMX Convention Center (formerly Maitrade Expo and Convention Center) (Project Name: MAITrade) is the Philippines' largest privately run exhibition and convention center. The 46,647-square meter building will have three floors and basement parking with a total leasable area of 19,800 square meters featuring large exhibition areas and function rooms. The convention center can fit approximately 6,000 people.
Rizal Park (also Luneta Park or colloquially Luneta; Filipino: Liwasang Rizal), is an historical urban park located along Roxas Boulevard, City of Manila, Philippines, adjacent to the old walled city of Intramuros. Since the Spanish Colonial Era, the Park has been a favourite leisure spot, and is frequented on Sundays and national holidays. It is one of the major tourist attractions of the City of Manila.
In popular culture
- The Amazing Race 5, the fifth installment of the American Reality TV show, featured the Rizal Monument on Leg 12 as Route Marker.
- The Port Malaya patch in Ragnarok Online, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMOPPG), features a replica of the Rizal Monument as one of the town's attractions
Points of interest
- Children's Playground, the section of the park built for kids, is located at the southeastern corner of the Rizal Park. The playground was also renovated in 2011.
- Chinese Garden. An ornate Chinese-style gate, carved with swirling dragons, leads you into this whimsical garden which looks like it has been transported from old Peking. Along the lagoon constructed to simulate a small lake, are pagodas and gazebos that are set off by red pillars and green-tiled roofs and decorated with a profusion of mythical figures.
- Concert at the Park at the Rizal Park Open-Air Auditorium are performances provided for free to the general public by the National Parks Development Committee, Department of Tourism and the National Broadcasting Network. Free entertainment are also provided elsewhere in the park. Featured shows are a mix of performances from dance,theatre, to musical performances by local and foreign artists.
- Diorama of Rizal's Martyrdom. On an area north of Rizal monument stands a set of statues depicting Rizal's execution, situated on the spot where he was actually martyred, contrary to popular belief that the monument is the spot where he was executed. In the evenings, a Light & Sound presentation titled "The Martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal", features a multimedia dramatization of the last poignant minutes of the life of the national hero.
- Filipino-Korean Soldier Monument. This monument of two Filipino soldiers aiding a Korean soldier is dedicated to the Filipino combat soldiers who fought with the Korean troops during the Korean War.
- Japanese Garden. The gardens were built to promote friendship between Japan and the Philippines. Inside is nice place for pleasant walks around the Japanese style gardens, lagoon and bridge.
- Lapu-Lapu Monument (or the Statue of the Sentinel of Freedom). The monument was a gift from the people of Korea as appreciation and to honor the memory of freedom-loving Filipinos who helped during the Korean War in the early 1950s (as inscribed in the plaque). Lapu-Lapu was a native Visayan chieftain in Mactan, Cebu and representative of the Sultan of Sulu, and is now known as the first native of the archipelago to resist Spanish colonization. He is retroactively regarded as the first national hero of the Philippines. On the morning of April 27, 1521, Lapu-Lapu and the men of Mactan, armed with spears and kampilan, faced Spanish soldiers led by Portuguese captain Ferdinand Magellan in what would later be known as theBattle of Mactan. Magellan and several of his men were killed.
- Manila Ocean Park is an oceanarium located in the westernmost part of Luneta behind the Quirino Grandstand and along Manila Bay. The complex opened on March 1, 2008.
- Manila Planetarium
- Museum of the Filipino People, on the building north of Agrifina Circle, are the Anthropology and Archeology collections of the National Museum of the Philippines.
- National Library of the Philippines is the country's premier public library. The library has a history of its own and its rich Filipiniana collections are maintained by the librarians to preserve the institution as the nations fountain of local knowledge and source of information for thousands of students and everyday users in their research and studies.
- National Museum of the Philippines, located on the northeastern tip of Rizal Park, is the natural history and ethnography museum of the Philippines.
- Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion, established in 1994, was a former parking lot developed into a one-hectare rainforest-like park. The Orchidarium showcases Philippines' rich collection of orchid species and butterflies. The pavilion is also a favorite venue for weddings.
- Relief map of the Philippines is a giant raised-relief map of the country, including the Scarborough Shoal, Kalayaan, and eastern part of Sabah, in the middle of a small man-made lake.
- Cultural Center of the Philippines
- Philippine International Convention Center
Facilities and services
Diamond Hotel has a variety of restaurants and bars specializing in different cuisines and diners are sure to have a remarkable dining experience. Function rooms are also available for memorable weddings and successful corporate events. Swimming pool and outdoor whirlpool, tennis court, Diamond Spa, LifeSpan Reflexology and Diamond Club gym facilities are perfect for recreational and fitness activities.
Monday to Thursday4:00pm onwards
Friday, Saturday & Sunday2:00pm onwards
Admission Fee Php 65.00
Entrance inside Star City only. Mid-way games, coin operated machines, rides, attractions, Snow World, Lazer Blaster, Zip Adventure, Scream Avenue and Walk on Water EXCLUDED.
3 Cheers Ticket Php 360.00
Three rides of your choice (Ride restrictions apply), EXCEPT mid-way games, coin operated machines, Snow World, Lazer Blaster, Zip Adventure, Scream Avenue and Walk on Water. Entrance fee included. (Ride restrictions apply)
Ride-All-You-Can (RAYC) Php 420.00
Unlimited access to
KIDDIE RIDES: Quack-Quack, Kiddie Wheel, Little Tykes, Tea Cup, Kiddie Bumper Car, Rodeo, and Ball Pool.
FAMILY RIDES: Grand Carousel, Happy Swing, Magic Forest Ride, Red Baron, Super TeleCombat, Dragon Express, Wacky Worm and Giant Star Wheel.
OLDER KID, TEEN AND ADULT RIDES: Bumper boat, Bumper Cars 1 and 2, Jumping Star, Tornado and Blizzard
EXTREME RIDES: Star Frisbee, Surf Dance, Jungle Splash, Star Flyer and Viking Ship
ATTRACTIONS: Land of the Giants, Peter Pan, Time Tunnel, Pirate Adventure, Dungeon and Gabi ng Lagim
Lazer Blaster Php 100.00
Good for 1 (one) game only.(Ride restrictions apply) Entrance fee excluded.
Snow World Php 130.00
Unlimited access. Jackets will be provided. (Attraction restrictions apply) Entrance fee excluded.
Scream Avenue Php 120.00
Good for 1 (one) film showing only.(Ride restrictions apply) Entrance fee excluded.
Zip Adventure Php 100.00
Good for 1 (one) Vortex, 3D photo area, animal robotics, and 1 (one) zipline ride (weight limit of 150 lbs).(Ride restrictions apply) Entrance fee excluded.
Gabi ng Lagim
On August 29, 1586, Governor General Santiago de Vera founded the District of Quiapo. The Franciscan Missionaries built the first church of Quiapo with Bamboo and Nipa materials. San Pedro Bautista, a Franciscan missionary at that time was one of the founders of the Quiapo church and several other churches in Metro Manila and Laguna city. The original church was burned in 1639 and was replaced by a stronger edifice. It was again partially destroyed by an earthquake of 1863. Under the supervision of Fathers Eusebio de Leon and Manuel Roxas, the third church was completed in 1899. Fr. Roxas raised an unprecedented amount of PHP 40,000.00 pesos from donations and lay contributions. On October 30, 1928, the church was caught in a fire which almost destroyed it. Dona Encarnacion Nakpil de Orense, head of the Parish Committee, raised funds for the reconstruction of the church. Filipino Artist and architect, Juan Nakpil also rebuilt the church.
Expansion of the Church and Recognition as Minor Basilica
Msgr. Jose Abriol appointed Filipino architect Jose Ma. Zaragoza and Engineer Eduardo Santiago to remold the church in 1984 allowing it to accommodate more devotees. Cardinal Jaime Sin blessed the parish on September 28, 1987. In 1988, the Quiapo Church was declared the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene. The Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Most Rev. Bruno Torpigliani, blessed the altar of San Lorenzo Ruiz on February 1, 1988.
Heritage Street Project
- Basilica Minore de San Sebastian
- Basilica Minore of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church)
- Ocampo Pagoda (Bilibid Viejo Street)
- Nakpil-Bautista House (Ariston Bautista Street), Masterpiece by Arcadio Arellano, Viennese Secession motifs, home of Julio Nakpil, musical composer of the Katipunan, and Gregoria de Jesus, organizer of the women's corps of theKatipunan.
- Boix House (beside Nakpil house), Beautiful 1890s house with Neo-Renaissance ornamentation.
- Paterno Mansion (F. R.-Hidalgo Street), Large mansion with Neoclassical details.
- Enriquez Mansion (formerly on Hidalgo Street, transferred to Bagac, Bataan), 1890s house with Ionic columns. Praised by Maria Morilla Norton in the 1910s as "the most beautiful house in the islands." Became the site of the School of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines.
- Ocampo Mansion (F. R.-Hidalgo Street), Home to Francisco Santiago, composer of the Ave Maria. Original site of the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music. Dignified example of early 1900s style.
- Zamora House (F. R.-Hidalgo Street), Residence of Manuel Zamora, inventor of 'tiki-tiki' for fighting beriberi. Superb sequence of inner courtyards.
- Padilla House (F. R.-Hidalgo Street)
- Don Jose Sulpicios Orpilla Mansion (F. R.-Hidalgo Street)
910 Plaza Miranda Quiapo
Minor Basilica Nazarene
Telephone: 733-4434 loc. 100
733-4945 loc. 100
- Amulets: Believe to give you powers and protection against dark energy. They're usually sold at a reasonable price, often around ₱20 and above.
- Herbal medicine: Alternative medicine, especially menstral and abortificents can be found in Plaza Miranda however they aren't approved by the Department of Health (DOH) and most of them might be scams and fakes.
- Statues: Statues either ceramic or wood are best buys as souvenirs, they're sold from ₱100 and above. They often are Sto. Ninos (Infant Jesus) and Santos (Saints, statues of holy people such as Virgin Mary and Jesus). Also sold are wardrobes of Infant Jesus icon of varying sizes.
- Army surplus: Items such as uniforms, bags, camping equipment, knives etc. are found in the Big Army Surplus Market. However you might find it hard to pass through customs as it is questionable for purchasing army surplus and sometimes Filipino authorities say that many shops operate illegally without the permission of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.
- Motorbikes & Helmets: located north of the Church, parked bikes share space with arrays of helmets display that may not be safely manufactured or prescribed, check for specifications.
- Video Games hardware appliance: also north of the Church just down Isetann Department Store, consoles of video games for commercial use spill out to the sidewalk.
- Flowers and candles: Flowers and candles are sold outside the church, in Plaza Miranda. Candles have significant meanings such as a Black candle is for foes etc. Sampaguita; Jasmine, is the national flower of the Philippines, they are often sold outside in churches at a very cheap price, the Jasmine represents purity of the soul and body and often are hanged around the Santo's neck as a gift etc.
- Cameras and camera accessories: Hidalgo street offers cheap prices for cameras as well as camera accessories such as tripods, DVDs, CDs, bags, camera lenses etc.
- Cycling Gear and Attires: offer road racing and mountain bikes, leisure bikes, as well as attires and the popular arm "leggings" sold at outlets at Quezon Blvd. east of the Church.
- Muslim Items: Muslim cooking ingredients, food, Southern Philippine style Nasi Lemak (Binalot in Tagalog - rice and spiced chicken wrapped in banana leaf), spices, whole barbequed tuna, and restaurants featuring Muslim Philippine cuisine are offered around Globo de Oro and the mosque.
- Fruits in Season on the north bound side of Quezon Avenue and just south of the Church Plaza-Atrium
- Native Cakes, same thing.