Hi! Just to give you an idea about the city of Manila- according to google, Manila is the capital region of the Philippines and is the most densely populated city in the world. It was the first chartered city by virtue of the Philippine Commission Act 183 on July 31, 1901 and gained autonomy with the passage of republic Act No.409 or “The Revised Charter of the city of Manila” on June 18, 1949.
It is home to many of the Philippines’ firsts including first university, water system, hotel, electricity, oceanarium, stock exchange, flyover, zoo, pedestrian underpass, city run university, city run hospital and also considered as the first LRT sytem in Southeast Asia.
Also, it is made up of 16 cities- the city of Manila, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati,Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela, Navotas and the country’s most populous, the Quezon City.
So for today’s post, I will be sharing with all of you a short wrap up of our trip in Manila. It was 11:00 pm when my buddy and I decided to go at the victory liner here in Baguio. We were advised by one of the drivers to take the 1:00 am trip that was bound to Pasay. So there, we informed the driver to drop us off in Muñoz Quezon city and we arrived there at exactly 6:30 am.
I remember one of my friends who kept on telling me that Manila is a huge, intimidating place for first timers. I was even reminded by her to be very careful about our belongings because pickpockets are everywhere. Actually, it was my third time to be in Manila but I’m not yet familiar with the places there. The first thing we did was, we requested a cab via grab taxi (it is a new smartphone application that seeks to help commuters find cabs and cab drivers find passengers). Then after 6 minutes, the cab we requested has arrived. So we told him to accompany us in Project 8 Muñoz, Quezon City. I heard many times before that cab drivers in Manila are arrogant but I can say that not all. Some of them are friendly and you can feel that you are safe to them just like the driver that we had (I forgot his name). Then when we were already in Project 8 Moñuz, we decided to have a breakfast first and had some rest in the nearest Mcdonald.
To cut the long story short, It was 4:00 pm when we were finally done so we decided to come back here in Baguio. But before that, we went first in Makati (did a little sightseeing) and back again in Quezon. Again, we are not familiar with the places in Manila so one of the residences in Quezon told us to take an LRT from Roosevelt to Monumento. So that’s what we did. When we were in Monumento, we did a little shopping and I bought a very cute push up bra for 100 pesos. We were supposed to roam around but we were so tired and sleepy so we instead went directly at the victory liner and bought tickets for two (bound to Baguio). So we arrived here in the city of Pines at around 12:30 am.
Within that one day of staying in Manila, I realized that you have to focus so much on your safety. However, with all the bad comments that I’ve been reading about Manila, I can say that people there are warm and hospitable. I was even observing their lifestyle and I concluded that Manila has a vibrant lifestyle. This is maybe one of the main reasons why some foreigners have fallen in love with the city and have chosen to live as permanent residents.
P.s, Some of the photos here was grabbed from Google. All credit goes to its respective owners.
That’s all for today and thank you for reading.