Pasig River Ferry

Posted on July 14, 2008

One of the most wonderful additions to the metropolis is the revival of the Pasig River Ferry which, since its inauguration in February 2007, leisurely takes passengers to and from the heart of Old Manila… through the Makati Central Business District… up to the outskirts of Pasig City, and eventually northwards to the shoe capital, Marikina City.  Sure, this may not be a trip down the Seine, but a cruise through the city’s first highway aboard these air-conditioned catamarans provides a uniqueRead More

Philippine National Railways (PNR)

Posted on July 1, 2008

The Light Railway Transits may be the preference of most commuters nowadays, but we mustn’t take for granted the granddaddy that started it all.  Although the present-day Philippine National Railways (PNR) started in 1964, the history of railway transport in the country dates back to 1875 when King Alfonso XII of Spain decreed that a railway system be constructed in the island of Luzon. In 1892, the Northrail (Ferrocaril de Manila-Dagupan) was opened. Well into 1940, the network continued to expandRead More

Tam-awan Village (Baguio City, Benguet)

Posted on June 20, 2008

At the northwest portion of Baguio City, one can enjoy a sneak peek of ethnic Cordilleran life amidst the lush greenery of Barangay Tam-awan, where on a clear day one can see the South China Sea in the distance, giving the place its name which literally means “vantage point.” With the aim of providing access to indigenous culture to those who have not had the chance to explore the Cordilleran interior, the managing Chanum Foundation, Inc. started this artists’ villageRead More

Burnham Park (Baguio City, Benguet)

Posted on June 10, 2008

Laid-back Baguio locals may wax nostalgic about their home city’s cooler temperatures and easy traffic along Session Road back in the 1980s and decades before, but Burnham Park–the heart of how I remember this century-old mountain city located 250 kilometers north of Manila–still retains much of its rusticity and charisma.  Named after American architect and urban planner, Daniel Hudson Burnham, who laid down the city plan, this sprawl of pine trees and weeping willows has a rectangular man-made lagoon of anRead More

La Mesa Ecopark

Posted on May 29, 2008

If the grassy lawns of Luneta or Paco fall short, urbanite tree huggers can scoot to the northern borders of La Mesa Ecopark for the much-needed therapy of nature-bonding. An excellent place for family picnics and school field trips, this resuscitated parkland delivered by from the destruction of rampant illegal logging and poaching in East Fairview, Quezon City welcomes flocks of city folk seeking respite and leisure in Manila’s last standing forest, especially during long weekends and holidays. This natureRead More

Bahay Nakpil-Bautista & Boix House (Quiapo, Manila)

Posted on May 19, 2008

On the tamer side of Quezon Boulevard, the echoes of colonial domesticity and fortune still linger within the old homes of Quiapo. While many have suffered the slow death of neglect and the doom of uncaring government-sanctioned demolitions, one domicile proves to be a heritage conservation success amidst the raucous of jeepneys, fruit vendors, political rhetoric and hawkers of bootlegged videos that clog the narrow streets that were once the most beautiful in all of Manila. The Bahay Nakpil-Bautista.  BuiltRead More