What To Do in Manila?

I had the chance to do an itinerary on “What To Do in Manila” for my cousin and his friends. It was easier to think of out of town trips but in Manila? In which area should I start?

Of course, it has to start with Jose Rizal, so we went to Fort Santiago, Intramuros. I, myself, was educated once more.


DSCF2047For tourists, it’s best to hire a guide so you can learn even more about the historic avenue. We didn’t get one though because we had a minimal time to explore. LOL.


The steps of RIZAL when he was about to be persecuted.


Meet Paul, the Korean-American Christian. Ladies, he is still single.

Jose Rizal Museum.DSCF2059






I’m not sure why, but, I got an eerie feeling when I was there.





A closer look of Rizal while writing his novel


If that’s Rizal handwriting then calligraphy should be learned in school.
I’m a fan of men’s wear in the early 1880’s up until the ’50s. They all look so dapper.
The portrait of Josephine, as Rizal said “unhappy wife”. She was a beautiful woman || The KKK meeting de avanze.
Rizal’s portrait and his fencing attire
Good thing they also have a video shown to educate tourists, even I was refreshed by history.


The famous Noli Me Tangere.
Hashtag Pagasa ng Bayan
Hashtag Proud To Be Pinoy

Meet my cousin, Jonathan, who is also very much single. Yep, call me. I’ll screen you first. Kiddin. The only cousin I have on my father’s side. My dad and his mom’s the only offspring of my beautiful 奶奶 (Grammy) and 爷爷 (Grandpa).

As I was trying to enhance this photo, I am pissed by the building on the right side. Seriously of all the places to put up a building it has to be in the historical sites like Intramuros or Luneta.


I was asked by Jon if I’d like to have my own photo for the gram, he might have the sixth sense that I do want one, LOL. I was a bit hesitant because I AM TOO SHY. I think I need more confidence in asking to take one shot of me.

The famous Jeepney miniature. Sadly, they weren’t able to experience one ride.


The dungeon. It’s closed. The eerie moment no more.
Would you believe it rained when we were inside the museum? Praise GOD it became sunny after.
Souvenir cards bit expensive. HMMM.
You may also try KULTURA for more pasalubongs/gifts.

Lunchtime, they wanted to try ZUBUCHON. It’s a good thing they have now branches in Metro Manila! SO YUMMMM! Didn’t get to take a photo because we’re too hungry to do so. LOL. I just made a snapshot.


Later on, thought of heading to MIND MUSEUM… But then, I asked if they wanted to have coffee and dessert first. We went to Shangri-la Fort lobby for TOBY’s ESTATE of course. Also, we waited for Eric to arrive who wasn’t able to join us in the morning and lunch because he had an on-call work.


After a delightful merienda, we strolled around BGC, and since it’s already dinner time, we opted for MANAM (it’s nearer though, the other option was LOCAVORE – which I like better!)

Manam’s Famous Sisig! Wintermelon Soup, Bangus, Bagoong Rice – SO YUM.
We are complete!

Before heading home, I asked them if they wanted to have some drinks at one of the famous clubs opened on a Sunday and I realized it’s newly renovated as well as its name “The Island”. I am really digging the place. I love how cozy it is. And you could say they enjoyed it!!!

The wristband is your pass for drinks! Techie isn’t it?

The adventurous Paul just had to try – for the gram. LOL.


Would you believe it’s the second time I’ve been in this club (yep, first time at VALK and then this). I guess you could say I am so donewith the party scene. LOL.

Really enjoyed the night with these three!

Here’s the list on what you can do when you’re in Manila:

  1. Fort Santiago (You may also do Kalesa tour); En route to Luneta Park afterward as well as the historic churches around the area like Manila Cathedral and San Agustin. If you are heading there on weekdays, I suggest you also go to the National Museum.
  2. Eat LECHON or PARES. Well, if they like lechon – GO TO ZUBUCHON or RICO’s that is about to open soon in Metro Manila!!! It’s really yummy!!! Definitely a go-to. Or you might also want to try GOTO Pares. It would be a great start eating local.
  3. Dessert and Coffee Lovers – Well, I just recently found out PAMANA’s merienda buffet, they serve FILIPINO dishes like Bibingka and Palitaw! Go try it. Or if you just want to chill around the Metro, go to Shangri-la Fort and order a cup of TOBY’s coffee. You can stay there – – price around 200 pesos.
  4. Manam / Locavore – two favorite tourist restaurants. Also adding to that is Sarsa. Yep, choose one of the three or better tries them all. They’re all delicious and affordable. They have the BEST SISIG in town! Plus they have street food like Kwek Kwek too. I wanna add the “boodle fight” at Seafood Island which is a great place to experience.DSCF2178
  5. For a nightcap and a tita like me – I have a favorite wine place in Quezon City that is undergoing renovation so scratch it, LOL. May I suggest La Vie Parissiene or Le Petit Parissiene instead or go to Poblacion in Makati to drink and be merry. That’s where all the yuppies at.

Adding to my list that we weren’t able to do that day was the

 6. Legazpi Sunday Market or Salcedo Saturday Market – Definitely for a foodie like us!

So I hope you did learn something new from me? Comment down below if you also have something to add on the list, I would love to hear from you. Thank you! Posting my travel vlog next week! Toodles.

2 thoughts on “What To Do in Manila?

    1. Hey Jou!! Yes ang mahal diba? Hahaha! You can get it in Divisoria at a lower price. LOL. Thank you! Appreciate you dropping by.

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