When visiting Metro Manila, what should tourists do? What do locals do?
Do other countries have this food/place/activity? What’s different about our country?
See my 2 previous posts about this, which served as a reference for this post.
This is my take on what a Metro Manila itinerary should be.
Day 1 – Manila
Breakfast at Aristocrat – Popular for Chicken Barbeque. Best to try local breakfasts with Daing na Bangus (Fried Milkfish) as the most unique one.
Walk this Way by Carlos Celdran – This showcases Philippine History, Architecture, Religion etc. in one tour. Spain and USA fought at 4 countries (Philippines, Cuba, Guam and Puerto Rico) with Guam and Puerto Rico ending up as territories of USA.
San Agustin Church – A Baroque Churche
1 of the Philippines’ 6 World Heritage Sites and 1 of the 1031 Total World Heritage Sites
Lunch at Jollibee – The only Fastfood restaurant that beats Mcdonalds! Must try – Fried Chicken, Spaghetti and Peach Mango Pie
Coming Soon – Look around the Galleon Museum at Mall of Asia. This showcases our history as the world’s top seafarers.
Go around Mall of Asia, the world’s 11th biggest mall. – Filipinos love the mall! The Philippines has 4 of the top 11 largest malls in the world. In the Mall of Asia, you can also see the famous Manila Bay sunset.
Dinner at Manam at Mall of Asia – All the classic Filipino Food plus twists! – Restaurant’s recommendation: Adobo, Crispy Pata(Pork Knuckles), Sisig (Pig ears/liver), Karekare (Oxtail and Tripe with Peanut Sauce) and Sinigang sa Sampaloc (pork tamarind stew)
Pork Adobo – Filipino stew that marinates using soy sauce and vinegar
Day 2 – Quezon City
Breakfast at Pi Breakfast and Pies – Pinoy Breakfast Platter, Beef Tapa (cured beef), Chicken Tocino (sweetened chicken), Pork Longganisa (Pork sausage)
Ultimate Street Food Trip at University of the Philippines Diliman – Isaw Manok/Isaw Baboy (Pig/Chicken Intestines) or Green Mango, Balut (duck egg), Fishballs, Sweet Corn. If you would like to try a jeep, this is probably one of the safest places to try them.
Dinner at Max’s – It’s regular fried chicken but our Banana ketchup is unique. It was made in World War 2 due to the shortage of tomatoes at the time.
Karaoke, Music Bars or Comedy Bars in Tomas Morato – Our entertainment revolves around music and singing, slapstick and gay comedy. Filipinos love to sing, anytime and anywhere. We love singing so much and too much which is why one of the newly inaugurated president’s first laws were to ban Karaoke after 10pm.
Day 3 – Personal preference day.
Looking at our unique Filipino food, we love our organ meats. Nothing goes to waste.
Gerry’s/Dencio’s Sisig (Pork Ears, Head), Baliwag’s Roaster Chicken, Mang Inasal’s Marinated Chicken, Goldilocks’s Puto (Rice Cake),Dinuguan (Pork blood stew), Polvoron(Shortbread), Macaroons, Kanin Club’s Crispy Dinuguan (crispy pig blood stew), Singing Cooks and Waiters, Chicharon Bulaklak (pig mesentery), URC’s Jack & Jill Chips, Lengua (cow tongue), Lechon (Roasted Pig)
Looking at our unique sites and activites, it based on our history as a Spanish Colony that was also colonized by the US. We are a part of 4 countries (Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines) that was fought over in the Spanish-American War.
National Museum – Philippine Art, Luneta – Philippine History, Corregidor – Philippine War History, Grocery/Convenience Stores – Cheap alcohol & cigarettes(San Miguel Beer, Ginebra,Emperador) , Divisoria(masses)/ Greenhills(middle class)/ Greenbelt(elite) – Shopping, Malls – Cheap massages/facials/manicure/pedicure