Summer Getaway: Baguio City, Philippines

The summer capital of the Philippines is flocked by locals and tourists alike anytime of the year. With favorable cool weather all year round, various fun activities to do and access to fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers, the City of Pines is a great family vacation destination.

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Wanderlust Japan <3

If there’s one place in my bucket list that I wouldn’t skimp on (resources-wise), that would be Japan. I feel my fernweh going stronger as years pass by… longing for this foreign land that I’ve never been personally but have read so much about.

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Before ending the tour Sir Lawrence brought us to Arroceros Park. Seriously the best way to unwind after a tiring but fun day. The spot is beside the Pasig River. Yes, no picture since it was past 6 pm already and I was very eager to sit down and relax 😛

Parting ways, I went with Ate Bebang Siy (the author of “It’s A Mens World”), Ate Maru, Kuya Poy and Kuya Wasi to SM Manila for dinner, in Ate Bebang’s insistence so that I wouldn’t have to eat alone daw. And Kuya Wasi accompanied me from SM Manila to MRT. Thank you! 🙂

Dinner! Gravy overload!

With that said, here are my two cents about the whole experience:

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Fond of ghost hunting? Well, not me. Swear to God I’m a big scared-y cat until now. I think this is the effect of people around me watching to much horror movies, especially when I was young and Shake Rattle & Roll will be broadcast on local channels..

Anyway, I’m already sweaty and tired but go lang ng go! Our next destination is the Metropolitan Theater, which is across the Liwasang Bonifacio.

Manila Metropolitan Theater (or better known as MET) is an art deco building designed by Juan Arellano, one of the great Filipino architects in our history, is tagged as the “grand dame” of Manila’s theaters. It has gone through renovation but it hasn’t been restored to it former glory.

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Postal Heritage Tour Part 3: Philpost and Philately

Now we go to Manila Central Post Office Building, the head office of Philpost.

Manila Central Post Office Building
Manila Central Post Office Building

It was built in 1926 and has a neoclassical architecture. Inside the compound it houses the Postal Museum and Library (which unfortunately we didn’t get to explore). This is also where the Filipinas Stamp Collectors Club regularly holds their meetings, lectures and auctions every third Sunday of the month from 1pm to 5pm.

This will be a lengthy post so bear with me. Alright? Cool. Read on 😉

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Gathered at the Liwasang Bonifacio, the tour started with a short lecture by our guide, Sir Lawrence Chan, Vice President of Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club. It is then followed by a short introduction of each participant.

Liwasang Bonifacio was formerly known as Plaza Lawton. It was renamed after Andres Bonifacio, whose bronze statue is standing in front of the post office.

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I lived my whole life in the city, but in 21 years I haven’t been able to explore all of it. Especially our country’s capital, Manila nor my hometown, Marikina.

Then a unique opportunity presented upon itself one day – a FREE Postal Heritage Guided Tour and Photography on Facebook. Checking my schedule on my ever reliable planner, my Sunday was unmarked and in a heartbeat I emailed Sir Lawrence Chan.

Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club conducts the free tour, in cooperation with Philpost, Museo ng Maynila, Intramuros Administration, National Press Club, Winners Foundation, and Department of Education every third Sunday of the month. Lovers of architecture, philately, history and ghost hunting — this is for you! 🙂

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It’s Holy week season again here and for most people that means looong vacation time. Most people I know go back to their provinces, go on out-of-town trips with friends and some go on Visita Iglesia and participate in the yearly Alay Lakad towards Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo.

This year I spent my Black Friday and half of my Good Saturday with friends. Photospam coming right up!

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