City Walking Tours

DIY Walking Tour – Davao City

Posted on June 14, 2014

Location: Poblacion, Davao City Starting Point: Museo Dabawenyo End Point: Magsaysay Park  Distance: 4 km Duration: 7 hours Emerging from a small riverside trading settlement of Bagobo tribes in southeastern Mindanao, the area we now call Davao City was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1844 in opposition to the Sultan of Maguindanao, followed by the official colonization of the region in 1848. In the early 20th century, Japanese settlers thrived in the city working in abaca plantations so muchRead More

DIY Walking Tour – Roxas City

Posted on January 25, 2012

Location: Roxas City, Capiz Starting Point: Manuel Roxas Shrine End Point: Roxas City Museum (Panublion Museum) Distance: 1.5 km Duration: 2 hours Though much father from famed Boracay Island – four hours, to be exact – the city of Roxas in Capiz province makes for a much more pleasant, laid-back gateway to Western Visayas, compared to neighboring Kalibo in Aklan or even industrialized Iloilo City. Roxas City (formerly Capiz town) was established when Captain Diego de Artieda, who was sent by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi from Cebu, movedRead More

DIY Walking Tour – Vigan City

Posted on January 10, 2012

  Location: Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Starting Point: Crisologo Museum End Point: Crisologo Street Distance: 3 km Duration: 8 hours   Along cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages clip-clop through beautifully weathered mansions finished with terracotta roofs, capiz shell windows and wrought-iron grillwork. No other town in the Philippines evokes old-world allure better than the provincial capital of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, 408 km north of Manila.   Chinese merchants frequented this trading post, strategically located on the mouth of the Abra River, long before the Spanish Crown,Read More

DIY Walking Tour – Cotabato City & Datu Odin Sinsuat (Maguindanao)

Posted on December 5, 2011

Location: Cotabato City & Datu Odin Sinsuat (Maguindanao) Starting Point: Old Cotabato City Hall, Cotabato City End Point: Lourdes Grotto, Datu Odin Sinsuat Distance: 10 km Duration: 8 hours While not part of the region, Cotabato City is the administrative center of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Geographically located at the heart of Maguindanao province, which it is politically independent from, it sits on the river delta of the Rio Grande de Mindanao, the second largest river systemRead More

DIY Walking Tour – Zamboanga City

Posted on November 22, 2011

Location: Zamboanga City (Downtown) Starting Point: Rio Hondo End Point: Cawa-Cawa Boulevard Distance: 2 km Duration: 3 hours Owing to its prominent Spanish heritage, the city of Zamboanga in Western Mindanao is dubbed “Asia’s Latin City”. A significant aspect is the Spanish creole called Chabacano spoken primarily by the Christianized population. However, the city is cultural crossroad shaped by centuries of immigration and colonization. The settlement was established as early as the 12th century, with the earliest inhabitants being theRead More

DIY Walking Tour – Intramuros

Posted on July 5, 2010

Location: Intramuros, Manila Starting Point: Plaza Mexico Ferry Station End Point: Starbucks Distance: 3 km Duration: 7 to 8 hours Coming from the Latin word for “within the walls”, Intramuros was a Spanish riverside walled city- surrounded by moat- built on the site of a fortified Malay Islamic settlement called “Maynila”, a name referring to the nila mangrove plant (Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea) that once thrived along Manila Bay. City planning was commenced by Miguel López de Legazpi, the conquistador who establishedRead More