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Filipinos can Sing

The Filipino industry of sound

Music and song is culturally endemic and for many career minded Filipino’s, a good voice can launch a great career.

The Aegis Band performing in Christchurch, New Zealand 31-01-15 Charice Pempengco; a child star who’s reputation soared after her appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Pinikpikan Butanding

Consequently almost every Filipino learns to sing from a young age and for many it represents a pathway out of poverty. Whe you’re touring the country, there’s music everywhere and people either singing along or wowing the performer.

It’s hard to believe that many girls who are scarcely five feet tall can hit and hold those high notes that many singers can only dream of.

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Philippine Travel Tips

Travellers Observations:

Tricycle rickshaw

Any travel in the Philippines is facilitated by having minimal luggage and public transport despite best intentions may not run to the advertised schedule.

Manila

Peak hours Try to travel in the city as little as possible. A jeepney leaving from Rizal Park (Luneta Park) at 5.00pm back to our hotel took 90 minutes to cover the 6.5km route. We could not get a taxi for love nor money.. but the jeepney fare was only 5 pesos each. Off Peak The metro trains are very good. Don’t lose your ticket, and if you must travel at peak times, be prepared to be pushed and to push your way as these trains get very over crowded.

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SM Mall of Asia

Cool off, shop, eat and be entertained

SM Mall of Asia taken from atop the ferris wheel

There are SM Malls all over the Philippines and they are great to cool off, find clean restrooms and those favourite items to stem homesickness.

But, the SM Mall of Asia is the largest in the Philippines and it’s said to be one of the largest shopping malls in the world. It’s located right on the Manila foreshore and here you’ll find two floors of shops spread over several acres; more than you can visit in several days.

What you’ll find:

Within the mall areas you will find all manner of shops, with all the well known international brands right down to

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Recreation

Time out to recreate one’s self

Manila is home to many westernised recreational activities. Along with a wide range of gymnasiums, many of which you will find in the bigger hotels, yoga and massage are prominent and of course golf.

Yoga Classes at Western Prices

Ananda Marga who offer classes from gentle to Astanga Vinyasana. Laughter Yoga Club If you lifestyle is particularly stressful, the may be what you need. Shakti Yoga & Wellness Center Gentle Yoga in Makati. Call 896-1215 or text 0917-631142 Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow Yoga The Yogini from Manila Pulse Yoga Other Studios

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Manila by Night

There’s more than just shopping

Manila sunset

Once portrayed as an ‘anything goes’ kind of place, but as with other parts of Asia, the people of Manila are acting to limit the activities of adult bars and entertainment venues and throughout the city.

Now it’s easier to find a great range of family entertainment from great restaurants to entertainment venues and nightclubs.

One activity of interest is to dine in the Mall of Asia restaurants and spend a few hours on the foreshore. Thousands flock to the area and its a festive atmosphere often features fireworks. There are also some café’s on the waterfront. As a rule keep a sharp eye on your possessions.

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Makati

Modern Manila

Welcome to the rat raceBy The Vamp

Manila takes on modernity which is great if you need everything you left at home. Bars, clubs, air conditioning, traffic and western prices.

Dubbed the ‘Financial Capital’ of the Philippines, Makati is a one of 16 distinct cities within Metro Manila and one of the major financial, commercial and economic hubs in Asia. Here you will find the secure homes of the well to do around Forbes Park, modern hotels and universities.

The city is bounded on the north by the Pasig River, facing Mandaluyong City, on the northeast by Pasig City, on the southeast by the municipality of Pateros and Taguig City, on the northwest by

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Chinatown

The dominant flavour of Asia

Chinatown ManilaBy Guille Francisco

A nostalgic home away from home for Chinese travellers filled with narrow overcrowded streets and bright signs, the many restaurants and gold shops where you can buy gold by weight. You’ll also find Binondo Church, one of the oldest churches in the Philippines (built in 1596).

Not so much a suburb of Manila, but a distinctly different part of the city running beside the Pasig river and taking in part of Santa Cruz and Binondo. For the explorers, there are exotic shops teahouses in the side streets off of Ongpin St.

Like every Chinatown the world over, there are vibrant festivities every Chinese new year so if

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Arrive - Depart in Manila

Arriving and departing Manila by air

Departure lounge

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA also known as Manila International Airport, is the airport serving the general area of Manila and its surrounding metropolitan area. It is also the main point of arrival for international visitors.

Located along the border between Pasay and Parañaque, about seven kilometres south of Manila proper, and southwest of Makati. NAIA is the main international gateway for travellers to the Philippines and is the hub for all Philippine airlines. It is managed by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), a branch of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

Arriving The air conditioning is noticeably ineffective as one walks into the terminal building and

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Manila

The hub of the nation

Manila Metro

The Philippine capital city, Manila and the region of Metro Manila has a population of around about 20 million Manila is a crowded bustling place typical of many Asian cities where poverty and over crowding are giving way to modern architecture and conveniences but much of the old still remains providing excitement, colour and scents to both delight and revile the nose.

In the past, Manila has been disparaged because of it chaos, but there is much here to enjoy and for all the adjectives used to describe the Philippines – jovial, laid-back, casual, corrupt, earnest, and many others, they are all on display here, more so than anywhere else in the

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