12 Hours Around Manila

12 Hours Around Manila

 

Visiting the Philippines and you have one spare day for a day trip around the country’s capital city – Manila?

Are you not sure what places are worth visiting in Manila?

We’ve got it covered for you.

Known as the Pearl of the Orient, Manila has important and great things to offer to you. Manila could give you a taste of both the present reality in Manila, and the rich history of Manila. Manila will show you both the rich and the poor, the present and the past. It’s a good place to learn about the Philippines and experience the Filipino culture.

So what can you do for a day in Manila?

To start your day, visit Rizal Park or Luneta Park early in the morning. Rizal Park is a famous landmark in Manila. It is located along Roxas Boulevard. It houses the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal – an executed Filipino nationalist during the Spanish regime in the Philippines. At this place, you could go for an early morning workout at the park, while visiting this historical park.

 

 

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If you have spare time, you could also check out Manila Bay. But, I would suggest you visit Manila Bay also along Roxas Boulevard just before sunset. Manila Bay is a harbor serving the Port of Manila which is known for its iconic sunset. And it is one of the best things you would want to see in Manila.

 

 

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Next stop, would be Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila.

Fort Santiago is a citadel which was built also during the Spanish era as a form of defensive structure to protect Manila – a newly built city that time. It’s the famous Walled City of Manila. Some people usually visit this at night and join a historical and ghost walk tour.

 

 

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Then, next stop could either be Manila Ocean Park, Binondo – the oldest Chinatown in the world, or Star City.

Whichever of the three places could be a good choice for you depending on your preferences, and the type of experience you would want to try.

Let’s start with Manila Ocean Park.

Manila Ocean Park is Philippine’s first world class marine theme park. The park is open from 10 am until 8 pm. Aside from their marine theme park, they have Hotel H2O within the park and fast foods and restaurants.

 

 

 

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Another possible stop is, Binondo – Chinatown.

It’s one of the best places to visit in Manila where you’ll experience the richness of the Filipino – Chinese cultures that had flourished for a long time already. Chinese fast foods and restaurants line the whole Binondo, you’ll spot authentic Chinese dishes and delicacies all over the place. It’s a taste of the Chinese culture within Manila. You also can enjoy shopping within this area, lots of malls to find both rare and common items at an affordable price.

 

 

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If otherwise, you are looking for fun and excitement. An amusement park is within your reach in Pasay, Manila. It would be more fun if you could be at this place for a whole day, but you only have 12 hours around Manila. You really have to choose your rides wisely.

For your last stop for the day, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, SM Mall of Asia (MOA). MOA is one of the tourist destinations in Manila, other than as a shopping center SM Mall of Asia also offers concert grounds, seaside restaurants and bars, amusement rides, skating rinks, IMAX theatre and many other features.

 

 

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This is a good last stop for a 12 hour day trip in Manila. It can offer you a lot of things, and it’s nice to be here at night.

 

 

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Fruits and Places

Fruits and Places

Sun, sea, beach, and fresh fruits!

 

Aside from visiting the breathtaking spots in the Philippines, you should also try the different fruits grown in the country. While you can always buy most of them in supermarkets, there’s joy in tasting these fruits from where they were grown and harvested. Taste the Best Local Produce in the Philippines! Here are five of the fruits found in the Philippines and where you can find them in the country.

 

 

1. Lanzones of Camiguin

 

If it’s not getting ants, it’s not sweet enough!

 

 

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Lanzones is a seasonal fruit with yellow to light brown peel, oval-shaped, and grows in clusters. Its translucent flesh tastes similar to grapefruit but sweeter, and with less juice. This fruit is rich in fiber, riboflavin, and antioxidants.

 

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The lanzones grows among the southern islands of the Philippines, but Camiguin wins the crown on the province that produces the sweetest fruits. Every year during the high season of lanzones around October, they celebrate the bountiful harvest in the Lanzones Festival. Aside from October, lanzones also grow abundantly on the month of March to April. Prices in the local market can go as low as Php 20 per kilo.

 

2. Durian of Davao 

 

 Painful smell, delightful taste!

 

 

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Durian is considered as the king of tropical fruits. The fruit is known for its large and spiked scale, and its scandalous sulfuric smell which resembles the smell of rotten onions. Despite the stench, the durian is still loved by many for its sweet and creamy flesh. Most durian fruits in the Philippines are grown in the Mindanao, concentrating in Davao region. The fruit is even turned into different delicacies that sells well as pasalubong treats for tourists. Some of these delicacies include durian candy, durian chips, durian jam, and even durian ice cream! High season for durian in Davao is during the months of August to October when prices drop as low as Php 20 per kilo or Php 80 per sack.

 

3. Mangoes of Guimaras

 

The sweetest ones in the world!

 

 

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Mango is the regarded as the national fruit of the Philippines, and it’s practically a sin not to eat mangoes when traveling to the country. These are the golden yellow soft-peel fruits that have a sweet, tangy, and succulent taste.

 

 

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Guimaras, known as the Mango Capital of the Philippines, has over 50,000 mango trees in the province. Mangoes grown in Guimaras are internationally called Manila Super-Mango and is considered as one of the best mango varieties in the world. Guimaras also celebrates Manggahan Festival, an event promoting the mango industry in the province. They also use mango as a prime ingredient for the local delicacies such as dried mangoes, mango jam, mango cakes, and a lot more.

 

4. Strawberries of Benguet

 

The summer blush of the mountains!

 

 

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Strawberries, being known to cultivate only on low temperature areas, seemed unlikely to cultivate in the Philippines. This is why the country is truly blessed to have the Cordilleras, the mountainous region in the Northern Luzon where the climate is cool enough to grow sweet strawberries.

 

 

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In La Trinidad, capital of Benguet province, one of the popular attractions is the strawberry farm where guests can hand pick fresh strawberries for themselves. It’s truly a unique experience in the country. The best time to visit La Trinidad for strawberry farm is during the first quarter of the year when the strawberries are big, red, and extra sweet. The holds the annual Strawberry Farm in Benguet during the latter weeks of March.

 

5. Pineapples of Camarines Norte

 

The sweet queen of the tropics!

 

 

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Pineapples must be the iconic fruit when picturing a tropical vacation. The exceptionally juicy flesh and vibrant taste of pineapples are the perfect complement to the sweet view of beach waves.

 

 

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While the big plantations of pineapples are found in Mindanao, there’s a small province in Luzon that produces a sweeter variety of pineapples — the Pina Formosa. The Pina Formosa grows abundantly in the province of Camarines Norte. It is relatively smaller than the common pineapples sold in the market, but is generally sweeter too. The province also celebrates the Pinyasan Festival, formerly known as the Pineapple festival, where hundreds of pineapples are given away and cooked into different delicacies.

 

Aside from these fruits, the Philippines also has an abundant supply of bananas, mangosteen, atis, avocados, and a lot more. What’s your favorite fruit? Tell us about it!

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5 Museums in Manila

5 Museums in Manila

They say that one of the best ways to get to know a city is by visiting its museums. That’s why it’s good to find some time to visit museums when traveling to new places. Not only will it enrich you with interesting facts and stories, it’s also a very low-cost activity. When you’re in Manila for a quick trip or a stopover, make sure you visit some of the best museums in town!

1. San Agustin Museum

 

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Revisit the history of Manila through the walled city of Intramuros. Intramuros is home to the oldest stone church in the Philippines, the San Agustin Church. Adjacent to the church is its museum that shelters a precious collection of artifacts ranging from religious art, novelties, and clothing from the 16th century. San Agustin Museum is truly one of the best places to see a preview of the Philippine history.

 

Address: General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila

Museum hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entrance fee: Php 100 for adults, Php 50 for students

 


2. Vargas Museum

 

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Vargas Museum, named after first Executive Jorge B. Vargas, is a museum inside the University of the Philippines that features contemporary artists and their works. Recent artists featured in the museum include Jaime Pacena II, LJ Ablola, and Dexter Sy. Aside from this, the museum also exhibits a prestige selection of works from nationally acclaimed artists such as Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Fernando Amorsolo, and Vicente Manansala.

 

Address: Roxas Avenue, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

Museum hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Entrance fee: Php 30 for adults, Php 20 for UP students

 


3. The Mind Museum

 

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Witness the beauty of science come alive in the Mind Museum. The museum boasts five crafted galleries that focuses on different areas of science, namely; The Atom Gallery, The Earth Gallery, The Life Gallery, The Universe Gallery, and the Technology Gallery. Each gallery offers a unique interactive learning experience that will surely marvel people from all ages. The Mind Museum is also the first museum to permanently exhibit a T-Rex installation in the Philippines.

 

Address: JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City

Museum hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entrance fee: For adults, Php 750 for an all day pass on Tuesdays to Saturdays, Php 600 for a three-hour pass on Tuesdays to Saturdays, and Php 600 for an all day pass on Sundays. Php 450 for children and private school students. Php 150 for public school students and teachers.

 


4. Ayala Museum

 

 

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If you are into golds and treasures, then you shouldn’t miss visiting Ayala Museum. The museum holds an impressive collection of priceless jewelry and other ornaments from the pre-colonial period of Philippine history. Apart from this exhibit, the Ayala Museum also showcases historical artifacts from the Chinese and South East Asian trade including ceramic novelties like plates and vases. The museum also introduced “The Diorama Experience”, an audio presentation that narrates the most important events in Philippine history.

 

Address: Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City

Museum hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entrance fee: Php 225 for adults, Php 125 for students, senior citizens, and Makati residents

 


5. National Museum

 

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The National Museum is the biggest and most visited museum in the country. The building was originally designed to live as a national library, but eventually transformed into a museum. The National Museum houses the most prestige artworks of the country including Juan Luna’s “Spoliarium” and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo’s “El Asesinato del Gobernador Bustamante”. The museum is also home to rich cultural artifacts from all over the country.

 

Address: Padre Burgos Drive, Manila

Museum hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Entrance fee: Free admission

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Travel Mini Map: Intramuros Edition

Travel Mini Map: Intramuros Edition

Relive the Spanish colonial period hub of government, religion, and culture, all encompassed inside the walls that surround these edifices of European structures. Follow us as we take you “within the walls” of the famed Intramuros! Sixty-four hectares of land has never been this easy to explore!

 

1. Light and Sound Museum

 

 

Savor the Filipino pride in the light and sound museum! Experience the building and the breaking of Intramuros walls, the martyrdom of Rizal, and other revolutionary leaders like Lapu-Lapu, Rajah Soliman and Andres Bonifacio among others. The museum is divided into three parts: the pre-Hispanic civilization, the Spanish colonial era, and the life and martyrdom of Jose Rizal. It will only be a one hour tour that you must attend!

 

Address: Santa Lucia corner Victoria Street

Open Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Entrance Fees: Php150 per person

Contact Number: (02) 524 2827 or (02) 551 3945

2. National Commission for Culture and the Arts

 

 

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts or abbreviated NCCA is the government arm for culture and the arts. They are in charge of delivering assistance to the culture and arts community and the public. Inside the building you can also find a museum. Be sure to pick up their free newsletters that are displayed on the tables.

 

Address: 633 General Luna Street

Open Hours: Mondays to Thursdays from 7:00am to 8:00pm

Entrance Fees: None

Contact Number: (02) 527 2192

 

3. Silahis Arts and Artifacts

 

 

Established in 1966, the Silahis Arts and Artifacts shop has been engaged in designing, producing, wholesaling, retailing and exporting the finest of handmade Philippine products. The Silahis Arts and Artifacts is only one out of three departments of the center. The Chang Rong Antique Gallery which displays oriental ceramics, maps, textiles, and primitive art. Old and new cultural publications on Asia, the Philippines and the Pacific can be found in Tradewind Books, while Galeria De Las Islas features fine arts, prints, and sculpture. Be sure to check them all out!

 

Address: 744 General Luna Street

Open Hours: Saturdays to Sundays from 10:00am to 7:00pm

Entrance Fees: None

Contact Number: (02) 527 2111 or (02) 527 0496

 

4. Casa Manila

 

 

Take a step back in time as you enter the grand Casa Manila. The Casa Manila is a Spanish colonial home reconstructed by the then first lady Imelda Marcos. Look around the place and notice the authentic antiques that the architecture offers. You will be greeted by guardiya civil, which will help you imagine that you are really in the 1800’s time period. When exploring Casa Manila, you will need a tour guide to help you around the place. You can also find the famous Bambike here, which you can rent for Php100 an hour to tour around Intramuros! You can even opt to get a two seater bike for you and a friend! End your tour with a delicious meal at Barbara’s. Yes, it isn’t a pure heritage zone, there are restaurants that make the place functional!

 

Address: Plaza San Luis Complex, corner Real and General Luna Streets

Open Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00am to 6:00pm

Entrance Fees: Php75 for adults

                           Php50 for students, teachers, and senior citizens

Contact Number: (02) 527 4084 or (02) 527 4088

 

5. Bahay Tsinoy

 

 

Also known as the Kaisa Angelo King Heritage Center, Bahay Tsinoy is the museum of Chinese in Philippine life. “Tsinoy” comes from the combination of the words “Chinese” and “Pinoy”. In the museum, you get to witness the saga of the Chinese in the Philippines and understand the evolution of these sojourners into Tsinoys. Over the years, the Kaisa Heritage Center has turned into a grand location that houses halls and rooms for parties, shows, concerts, seminars, and all the events you could possible think of.

 

Address: 32 Anda Street corner Cabildo Street

Open Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Entrance Fees: Php100 for adults

                           Php60 for students

Contact Number: (02) 527 6083 or (02) 526 6796

 

6. Fort Santiago

 

 

Fort Santiago is like a town inside Intramuros. Inside it, you can find the Plaza Moriones, the parade grounds of the soldiers, the martyr’s wall, which has the names of casualties and prisoners of war on it, as well as some almacénes, the royal warehouses that used to hold gunpowder and bombs. On the gate of Fort Santiago is Santiago de Matamoros, whom the Spaniards believed to be their defenders.

 

Address: Santa Clara corner General Luna Street

Open Hours: Mondays to Sundays from 8:00am to 9:00pm

Entrance Fees: Php75 per person

Contact Number: N/A

7. Rizal Shrine

 

 

You can expect to find historical pieces of information from the life of Jose Rizal that you may have never heard of before. Did you know that he planned to volunteer in Cuba as a doctor before he was shot? Or that he was an architect and a game developer? Did you know he NEVER wore a barong Tagalog? Pay a visit – for FREE – to this museum to discover more trivia like these!

 

Address: Fort Santiago, General Luna Street

Open Hours: Mondays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

                      Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00am to 6:00pm

Entrance Fees: None

Contact Number: (02) 263 8821

 

8. San Agustin Church and Museum

 

 

If you’re from the Philippines, chances are you’ve visited this church and museum on one of your field trips. We challenge you to revisit the place in a whole new perspective! Here are some spots and items that should be on your iSpy list next time you visit:

-Sacristy

-Sala De La Capitulacion

-3,400 kg bell

-Father Blanco’s Garden

-Biblioteca

-Porcelain Room

-Church Vestments

-Orator/Antechior/Choirloft

-Refactory

-San Pablo Hall

 

Address: General Luna Street

Open Hours: Mondays to Sundays from 8:00am to 12:00pm & 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Entrance Fees: Php100 for adults

                           Php80 for senior citizens

                           Php40 for children

Contact Number: (02) 527 2746

 

9. Manila Cathedral

 

 

You’ve probably attended a wedding or two in this cathedral, as it is one of the most popular churches that hosts weddings in Manila! Its history gives a very symbolic implication to future husbands and wives. Having survived multiple destructions and still standing today, this is the ideal basilica to get married in! Just be warned that it can be hard to get a reservation for a wedding here as plenty Filipino couples also have your same idea of tying the knot in this cathedral. If you tour around Intramuros, you are likely to see a bridal car every so often since weddings here are limited to only thirty minutes a ceremony!

 

Address: Santo Tomas Street

Mass Schedules: Mondays to Fridays at 7:30am and 12:15nn

                              Saturdays at 7:30am

                              Sundays at 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 6:00pm

Entrance Fees: None

Contact Number: (02) 527 3093

 

10. Palacio del Gobernador

 

 

Literally translating into the “Palace of the Governor”, it was the residence of the governor general back in the day. The building used to reside nearer to Fort Santiago before its current location because of the many trials it experienced. It was struck by two earthquakes. Today it is a 14-story building that houses the Intramuros Administration and the government offices.

 

Address: General Luna Street corner Postigo corner Soriano Street

Contact Number: (02) 527 3155

 

 

Sources: Reynel and Rozie, Spot.ph, Philippine Primer, Viator, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila, Pilgrims Knapsack, Philippines Travel Guide

Special thanks to: Johhan Ararao and Bruce Ingat

Photo credits: Jeffrey de Guzman and Kat Candelaria

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Remarkable Universities in Manila

Remarkable Universities in Manila

Are you familiar with the many universities here in Manila? Or is your knowledge just limited to the big four? There’s more to dull school days and itchy uniforms behind the walls of these historic institutions! Sift through this quick guide to check on how well acquainted you are with your facts!

1. University of the Philippines Manila

 

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UP Manila was the first founded branch among the seven other establishments in the UP series. It started out as the Philippine Medical School in its early years. Today, it is a public and secular institution of higher learning that offers academic and training programs. Extension services have expanded its focuses not only on medicine but in the arts and other sciences likewise.

 

Founded: 1905

Address: Ermita

Size: 14 hectares

Student Population: 5,903 as of 2013

Notable Alumni: Diosdado Macapagal, Elpidio Quirino, Grace Poe

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2. De La Salle University

 

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A Catholic coeducational institution founded by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, DLSU positions itself as a leader in moulding humans who serve the church as well as the nation through active community service. De La Salle University is a home not only to local students but also to international students seeking quality education for a brighter future ahead. Exchange programs are widely publicised throughout the university.

 

Founded: 1911

Address: Taft

Size: 6 hectares

Student Population: 20,705 as of 2014

Notable Alumni: John Gokongwei, Ramon Magsaysay Jr., Eduardo Cojuanco Jr.

Senior High School Ready: Check

 

 

 

3. University of Santo Tomas

 

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Consistently ranked among the top 1000 universities in the whole world, the University of the Philippines has prevailed for more than four hundred years. It would be a shame if you have never heard of this institution, as it is part of the top four universities in the Philippines! Although UST is one of the oldest schools established in the Philippines, its campus is very well maintained and extremely developed. Check out their website and you will see how advanced and cutting-edge their technology is!

 

Founded: 1611

Address: Sampaloc

Size: 21.5 hectares

Student Population: 42,271 as of 2013

Notable Alumni: Jose Rizal, Manuel Quezon, Epifanio de los Santos

Senior High School Ready: Check

 

 

4. Far Eastern University

 

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Don’t forget about the other schools apart from the big four! FEU was the institution that inaugurated the first Accountancy and Business school for Filipinos. Through the years, the school expanded its course offerings and produced graduates who have contributed to the advancement of the country. Its alumni have been successful government officials, influential accountants, popular media personalities, expert physicians, enterprising businessmen, and decorated professional athletes.

 

Founded: 1928

Address: Sampaloc

Size: 4.5 hectares

Student Population: 27,889 as of 2008

Notable Alumni: Corazon Aquino, Henry Sy, Vice Ganda

Senior High School Ready: Check

 

5. University of the East

 

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The University of the East specializes on Information Technology, yet passing rates are exceptional, especially for first timers who took the exams for Dentist Licensure and Mechanical Engineer Licensure. Their territory has expanded to Caloocan, and they have also established UERMMMC or the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, along Aurora Boulevard.

 

Founded: 1946

Address: Sampaloc

Size: 2.58 hectares

Student Population: 57,472 as of 2006

Notable Alumni: Xian Lim, Jose Manalo, Janina San Miguel

Senior High School Ready: Check

 

 

6. Adamson University

 

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Formerly known as the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry (ASIC), the institution’s main goal at the time was to train young men and women along the lines of practical industrial chemistry. It slowly but surely added few courses at a time, evolving into the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry and Engineering (ASICE). With over fifty-seven different courses from Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate, and Certificate courses, the school’s name quickly progressed to what it is called today. Aside from the big number of faculty members with masteral and doctorate degrees, AdU caters specifically to the students with excellent academic programs in the tradition of its US-based Vincentian sister-schools like St. John University in New York and De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois. They claim to have the lowest tuition fees among Catholic Universities in Metro Manila, too!

 

Founded: 1932

Address: Ermita

Size: 4.7 hectares

Student Population: 15,881 as of 2009

Notable Alumni: Gherome Ejercito, Aaron Atayde, Ken Bono

Senior High School Ready: Check

 

 

7. Mapúa Institute of the Technology

 

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While it is hard to tell which university bags the title of “best engineering school in the Philippines”, Mapúa proudly makes its name to the top area of the list. Some of the school’s outstanding alumni took part in developing and designing the microchip, the universe-famous moon buggy, and engine harnesses of certain luxury cars. The first course associated with the name “Mapúa” is “engineering”. Most of their engineer graduates work in technical companies such as PLDT, SMART, ABS-CBN, Meralco, and GMA Network. The success of the institution gave way to another branch that exists in Makati, the Mapúa University.

 

Founded: 1925

Address: Intramuros

Size: 1.8 hectares

Student Population: Approximately 16,000

Notable Alumni: Engineer Dado Banatao, Engineer Eduardo San Juan, Engineer Ronaldo Roque

Senior High School Ready: Check

 

8. Polytechnic University of the Philippines

 

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They say that if you want to be rich, put up a school. That’s not the case in this university! The Polytechnic University of the Philippines is among the few schools in the Philippines with the lowest tuition fees, while still being one of the country’s highly competent educational institutions, as seen through their notable alumni. Perhaps the most expensive part of studying here would have to be the entrance and licensure examinations, ranging from Php500 to Php1000. PUP’s main campus is located in Santa Mesa, although there are other campuses situated in cities and provinces all over Metro Manila, Central and Southern Luzon.

 

Founded: 1904

Address: Santa Mesa

Size: 20 hectares

Student Population: 48,213 as of 2015

Notable Alumni: Ted Failon, Eddie Villanueva, Richard Gomez

Senior High School Ready: Check

 

Give your school a much deserved shout out in the comments!

 

Sources: Hoppler, Pinoy Exchange, Balitang Viral, Balitang Trending, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, The Top Tens, Istorya.net, Adamson University, University of the East, Find University.ph, Far Eastern University, University of Santo Tomas, Rappler, University of the Philippines

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Travel Mini Map: Bali Edition

Travel Mini Map: Bali Edition

Luscious layers of rice terraces, exquisite black beaches, unorthodox animals, and alluring volcanoes backdropped with the most divine sunsets and sunrises on Earth. Where and how do all these wonders exist in one place alone? They do at Bali, the famed “Island of the Gods”!

 

1. Mas Ubud

 

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Discover culture at its finest through an immersion into the Balinese traditions as well as lifestyle and faith right at the heart of Bali at Mas Ubud! Some must-experience forms of recreation in this little village are the Balinese Legong Dance, the Ramayana Balet, the Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppet, and the Agnihotra Spiritual Healing. Mas Ubud is also largely known for its livelihood in wood carving. Partake in the opportunity of becoming a wood carver and take home some of the best sculptures in the world as souvenirs! Most of these activities require special insider access, so you might want to consult a local guide before trying them out!

 

 

2. Lovina Beach

 

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Explore what is referred to as “the island of the gods”! The coast of Lovina is a fabulous black beach! Here, get to witness an endless view of the northern coast and see its beauty while having those bites of local favorite dishes. Be sure to spot some dolphins while you’re soaking up the sun!

 

 

 

3. Singaraja

 

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Submerge yourselves in the aquatic sights of northern Bali, literally! Northern Bali has such a huge diversity of landscapes and terrains, and that includes Singaraja. Undergo a visit to a fruit and flower market, witness the aquatic lifestyle of Balinese, and see how it impacts their local faith ranging from waterfalls, beach, and lake. Did we mention that Singaraja is Indonesian for “Lion King”?

 

 

4. Batur Volcano

 

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Aside from Bali’s fascinating villages and picturesque rice fields, you must educate yourselves on its spectacular lakes and volcanos! Mount Batur, 1717 meters above sea level, is the most popular volcano in Bali. Upon seeing the view on top, we’ll leave you as the judges for this fact! Note: its last eruption was back in 2000, which is why it is considered an active volcano. Don’t worry, the locals will be there to tell you if it is safe for viewing!

 

 

5. West Bali National Park

 

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The West Bali National Park, which has almost 200,000 acres of mangrove swamps and arid forests, is definitely a crucial natural treasure for you to witness firsthand! This park is home to key species such as the Bali starling, notable for being the island’s mascot, and the Rothschild’s mynah, a white soft bird with blue bands surrounding its eyes that can only be found here with limited species remaining in the world. The mouse deer, the barking deer, monkeys, leopards, and civets to also inhabit this portion of Bali. Prepare those outdoor outfits and devices to capture memories as you take on an adventure to discover Bali’s hidden and off-the-beaten forests!

 

 

 

6. Karangasem East Coast

 

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If the USA has its famous East Coast, so does Bali! The east coast of Bali is filled with ancient traditions that one shouldn’t miss to grasp the living tradition of the Balinese, such as salt panning, which remains the villagers’ main livelihood. Unveil more secrets of Bali’s East Coast in the lens of the locals to know its heritage, history and heart!

 

7. Batukaru Mountains

 

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Experience more natural creations through an excursion to the rural heartland of the island of Bali! Your trip to the Batukaru Mountains will highlight the natural charms of the  raw yet scenic beauty of the island undergoing adventures to its ancient agricultural places, rice paddies, and local markets. Here’s a bonus detour: stop at the ancient little-known temple of Batu Karu that’s mysteriously built on lush vegetation.

 

 

8. Taman Ayun Temple

 

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Situated in the Mengwi Village of Badung District lies the Bali Taman Ayun Temple. You can also refer to it as a temple in a beautiful garden, which is what the name precisely translates to. This temple was built by a Mengwi King, I Gusti Agung Putu, in the Javanese year of 1556. Initially, I Gusti Agung Putu built a temple for the worship of his ancestors. Today, not only is the Taman Ayun Temple open to the public, but this temple is also included in World Heritage List.

 

 

9. Sekumpul Waterfall

 

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Discover this hidden waterfall in the North of Bali! On the way to the falls, you will be surprised to see an abundance of fruit trees — such as durian and rambutan — around the village. Even before you reach the Sekumpul Waterfall, you will be amazed at how many other waterfalls can be found around the area, yet the twin waterfalls are the real deal. Upon arrival here after a tiring climb, you will immediately feel relaxed and at peace.

 

 

Sources: Discover Your Indonesia, Wikitravel, The Lovina Bali, Bali Golden Tour

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