Collected by Stephanie Johnson
Baclaran, Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines
I come to Manila several times a year for work, which has given me the fortune of developing a great group of friends that have helped me experience the Philippines from the pure and honest perspective that only locals can offer, starting with...
San Antonio, Pasig, Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines
Wow! Our fruit basket at home is filled with a variety of special tropical fruits which I eagerly await its harvest season every year. I'm always excited when the summer season (March to May for the Philippines) arrives, not just because it's...
666 Behind Quirino Grandstand, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines
Take the kids here for a nice break, especially when it's really hot outside. There are many different sealife-based attractions and shows, including this exhibit that makes you almost feel like you're swimming along! (My favorite was the Jellies...
62 Gen. Luna St. Intramuros, Manil, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
In the oldest area of Manila, known as the Intramuros district, history can be felt through its weathered buildings. There is a makeshift sign indicating the garden is closed, but you'll likely see curious travelers taking a peek beyond this...
Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
Located in Intramuros (the Walled City), the oldest part of Manila, this is the oldest stone church in the Philippines. Construction began in 1586 and was completed in 1607. I truly consider this to be a miracle church after all it has been...
D.Jorge, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines
If you want to see real life in Manila, head to Pasay City and walk down A. Arnaiz street and then turn onto D. Jorge. This entire several blocks is filled with local restaurants, chicken coops, stray dogs, street vendors and Jeepneys. The local...
36 Polaris, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Makati's Salcedo Village is abuzz with the energy of Manila’s creative circle. The coffee at Commune, undoubtedly, fuels this buzz. The community-minded café is a hub of activity at all times: Mornings see neighbors schlepping in for their sleepy...
Unit 102A, Groudn floor, CYA Land Building, 110 Rada, Legazpi Village, Makati, Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines
Located in Legaspi Village in Makati, Metro Manila, this coffee/juice shop offers well-made coffee and drinks plus a very tasty S.E.C. Sandwich which consists of chicken sausage, fried egg, and gruyere cheese underneath the bread. A delectable...
101 Dela Rosa Street, Legazpi Village, Makati, Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines
What does the duck say? Very little when it's being consumed. Balut is an authentic cultural induction into the Philippines. Loaded in protein and cheap on the budget, one can eat a filling from this 18-day old duck embryo. Commonly found with...
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Makati houses most of the big hotels like Makati Shangri-la, The Peninsula, Mandarin Hotel, New World Renaissance Hotel. It is the largest and most central business district where most major companies and banks are situated. It's a relatively safe...
1766 Nicanor Garcia, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
I came to Som's with my great friend, a chef, who suggested it knowing the big foodie I am and how much I enjoy spicy gravies! Som's is a local "hole in the wall" cash-only thai restaurant. You are served on a table in the street with the cars...