walking tour

DIY Walking Tour – Manila Chinatown

Posted on July 4, 2010

Location: Binondo, Manila Starting Point: Carriedo LRT End Point: Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz Distance: 2 km Duration: 2 to 3 hours Covering an area of only a few square kilometers, Manila Chinatown is jam-packed with history, cultural quirks, bustling commerce and, of course, gastronomic delights. Since the Sung Dynasty (A.D. 960-1279) centuries before the arrival of Spanish conquistadores, this riverside area has long been a trading post between native Filipinos and visiting Chinese. Officially established in 1594 when the SpaniardsRead More

DIY Walking Tour – Quiapo

Posted on July 2, 2010

Location: Quiapo, Manila Starting Point: Legarda LRT End Point: Carriedo LRT Distance: 1.7 km Duration: 1 to 2 hours   Named after the kiapo or water lettuce that once thrived along Pasig River, Quiapo is one of Manila’s old districts packed with colorful market stalls, colonial churches and rundown Spanish-period houses. Since the 1970s, business establishments began to move out to other cities leaving much of the area to deteriorate. However, people still flock here to pay homage to theRead More

The Labyrinth Called Manila

Posted on October 19, 2008

This article was first published in the premiere issue of ROAM, a Manila-based magazine for alternative travel and outdoor enthusiasts.  While the mere thought of skipping leisurely through Old Manila’s thoroughfares might seem daunting or perhaps even frightening to the uninitiated, such an experience provides an invaluable insight into the history, culture and culinary landscape of one of the most vibrant capitals in the world. (Well, the 69th in Lonely Planet’s The Cities Book. Still not bad, out of 200).   The grind ofRead More