Category Archives: OLD MANILA

There’s a lot to discover and know about the Philippines’ old charm

Half a day in Intramuros: Must Visit Places and Must Dos

Due to the massive urban sprawl Manileños have been experiencing at a rapid rate these past few decades, more and more are physically being distant from the historic center of the city. This creates for a lot of citizens a … Continue reading

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Recent Intramuros Tours

Ever since I took my tours seriously, I’ve focused mainly on the San Miguel area. My tour in the said district usually includes the Basílica Menor de San Sebastián (commonly known simply as San Sebastián Church), which is Asia’s only … Continue reading

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A Sunday Afternoon in Manila

There’s more to Manila than its monstrous malls and its faddish crazes. Although there is much to be desired from our heritage sites, they are still there – needing both badly needed maintenance and visitors. Several Sundays ago, my sister … Continue reading

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Must-read: “Manila: A Memoir of Love and Loss”

Last Saturday, before hearing the evening anticipated Mass, my dear friend Mika sent me an SMS that went “Oye, vas a asistir a la Misa? Tengo EL LIBRO.” Immediately, I replied “MUCHAS GRACIAS”. The said book was Purita Echevarria de … Continue reading

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Iglesia de San Ignacio de Loyola, Intramuros: On the 200th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Jesuits

Today, the fiesta of the “soldado de Cristo”, San Ignacio de Loyola, I return to blogging. Allow me to write a few lines on the importance of 2014 in the life of the Society of Jesus in the Philippines and … Continue reading

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La Manila que nunca podemos encontrar

por: Joaquín Carlos Urbiztondo de Jesús 23 febrero 2013 This was the talk I gave last Saturday, 23 February 2013, at the Bahay Nakpil Bautista in Quiapo on the occasion of the Heritage Conservation Society’s activity Remembering the Liberation of … Continue reading

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San Miguel de Manila: Arrabal de una abadía, buenas familias y cerveza

Arrabal de una abadía, buenas familias y cerveza In the early decades of the 1800s until as late as the 1950s, San Miguel de Manila earned for itself a distinction of being a favorite nook of the capital’s elite. Along … Continue reading

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A Glimpse into the Past – Real Pre-War Manila Video Footages

(Thousands of ladies in their finest dress and veils form lines during the Eucharistic Congress in the Luneta) It’s now 1 December 2012, and within 30 days, another year ends.Time has been flying so quickly in this day and age … Continue reading

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Casa Roces and La Cocina de Tita Moning : Savoring Time and Taste

  Last Saturday, 17 November 2012, I facilitated a tour around San Miguel de Manila district. The said district used to be the country’s “millionaires’ row” where stately mansions used to stand next to each other, housing the country’s alta … Continue reading

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Viajes de Manila: Minore Basilica de San Sebastián, Quiapo, Manila

This long weekend, try visiting Quiapo, Manila and see for yourself Asia’s only all-steel, pre-fabricated church, the Basilica Minore de San Sebastián. The neo-gothic shrine to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is found in a swampy place formally known as … Continue reading

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