10 Fun Walks and Tours to Help You Rediscover Metro Manila

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You're living in Manila or been there many times yet you're asking yourself how deeply you know about the place? You probably think that you know everything about Manila, but think again. When was the last time you've explored the city? It’s not yet too late to take time to rediscover the capital city of the Philippines and know the reason why Hotdogs sang the lines “I keep coming back to Manila”.

Spot.ph listed 10 Fun Walks and Tours to Help You Rediscover Metro Manila.

1. Jeepney Tours

Travel in Manila the Filipino way by riding a Jeepney. But wait, these are not ordinary jeepneys we ride daily to and from school or from work. These are colourful, air-conditioned, and can accommodate up to 20 persons. It also has a videoke installed for everyone to sing while travelling. You can visit the important historical landmarks in Intramuros, see the monument of our national hero Jose Rizal in Luneta, watch the majestic sunset in Manila Bay, and explore the city streets and fall in love with its beauty.

Contact number: (632) 994-6636/ +63 918 8974670 Email: info@jeepneytours.com

2. Royal Postal Heritage Guided Tour
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The photo shows the first set of seals in the Philippines released on 1 February 1854. Photo from the collection of Nigel Gooding.

When was the last time you received a postal letter? In our time where technology has become a part of our daily life, we are receiving letters through e-mails. Tourists can revive the memory of receiving postal letters and appreciate the valuable and historical stamps, and the elegantly built Manila Post Office. The tour includes a walk through the halls of the Post Office, see the Arroceros Forest Park, and view the now deserted Manila Metropolitan Theater. The tour is being held twice a month and the best thing on this tour – it’s FREE.

Contact number: + 63 928 6604819 Email: L_rence_2003@yahoo.com

3. Chinese Cemetery Tour
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Chinese Cemetery

Ivan Man Dy, one of the leading tour guides of Manila, a self-identified "streetwalker", and a passionate advocate of heritage conservation, offers tours of the Chinese Cemetery. The walk tours famous magnates and mausoleums so tourists can marvel at eclectic and flamboyant funerary architecture and learn ancient Chinese customs for the dead. The tour, which lasts for two and a half hours, is priced at Php 750 per head.

Contact numbers: (632) 7113823/ +63 918 9MANILA (that is +63 918 9626452)

4. Walk This Way
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The Intramuros Bamboo Garden was created to commorate the Guerrillas of World War II in the Philippines.

The brain behind this tour is Mr. Carlos Celdran. If you see a man guiding people around Manila with a black top hat or a bunny head band, it’s him. He offers walking tours in Intramuros and Escolta-Quiapo. He gives informative and entertaining tours for his clients. One of his popular tours is the “If These Walls Could Talk” which visits Fort Santiago and Plaza San Luis in Intramuros.

On the other hand, the Escolta-Quaipo Tour will make tourists relive the magnificence of Manila’s old shopping and financial district. You would be given a lot of time to walk the streets and see the importance of this place to the people.

Contact numbers: (632)4844945/ +63 920 9092021 Email: celdrantours@hotmail.com

5. Discover Manila With Enthusiastic Local
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Discover Manila with Enthusiastic Local

One of the best ways to discover and rediscover Manila is to have a companion while travelling with a travel buddy and not just a tour guide. With their travel buddies, tourists would visit the Manila Post Office and the historical but now deserted Metropolitan Theatre, Intramuros, Luneta park. The group will end the day with the view of the most beautiful sunset in the world at Manila Bay. Tourists may also wish to drop by Malate where they can have a few drinks before going back home.

Website: Discover Manila with Enthusiastic Local

6. Binondo Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour
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Roam the secret alleys of Chinatown and seek the authentic flavors of Old China in Manila.

Do you know that the oldest Chinatown in the world is Binondo? Also called as Manila’s Chinatown, the place dates back to 1594 at the time when our country was colonized by Spaniards. Binondo was the center of trade and commerce back then. Chinatown beams with 400 years of history. The Binondo Chinatown Culinary Walking Tour offers exploration by feet. Tourists would roam the secret alleys of Binondo, taste the different and unique flavours of Old China, see the 16th Baroque cathedral and learn the story of rich heritage and tradition of the world’s oldest Chinatown.

Website: City Discovery

7. #SelfieEscolta

Are you fond of taking selfies and having walking tours? Well, this is the most fitting tour you can join. The tour starts at the Escolta Revival Movement to rescue Escolta and revive it to become the country’s business district again. Fellow companions should take selfies in different locations throughout the tour. They'd be asked to upload their pictures in their social media accounts using the hashtag #selfieEscolta. Tourists will visit the Calvo Museum, Regina Capitol, Burke Theater, and see a peek of the First United Building where Dolphy and Nora Aunor had offices before.

Website: #selfiEscolta - The Manila Street Heritage Festival.

8. Kalesa Tour

If you don't feel like booking a tour or you'd want to tour around the city alone and free, you may ride a Kalesa or a horse-drawn carriage and tour around Intramuros and Binondo. This was one of the modes of transportation introduced in the country in the 18th century. They are rarely used in the streets nowadays except in tourist spots and some rural areas. Relive the memories of the past while riding a Kalesa and touring around Intramuros or Binondo. The “kutsero” would serve as your personal tour guide. The tour in kalesa costs around Php 350. Capture precious memories at stop-overs.

9. Bambike Ecotours
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Enjoy a guided tour on handmade bamboo bicycles

Do you want to try something new? Riding bamboo bikes or called “bambikes” makes touring around Intramuros, Baluarte de San Diego Gardens, Fort Santiago and Luneta more fun. These bambikes were made by Gawad Kalinga (GK) villagers. Parts of the proceeds of this tour would be given to GK, a Philippine-based movement which aims to end poverty by restoring the dignity of the poor.

Contact number: (632)5258289 Email: ecotours@bambike.com

10. Malacañang Museum Tour
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Inside Malacañang

Have you ever dreamed of entering the Malacañang Palace and see the place where the most powerful person in the country resides? This tour is for you. Look back and know more about the history of the Philippines by seing collections of artifacts from different presidents from Emilio Aguinaldo up to the present. You will also have the chance to see the Osmeña Room, Quezon Executive Office, Quirino Council of State Room, Roxas Cabinet Room, Main Hall of Presidents, and many more. You just have to secure your slot first before visiting the Museum.

Email: pml@malacanang.gov.ph, pml@pcdspo.gov.ph




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