Some people who live in Manila miss the beauty of our dear Philippines' capital city, sadly I am one of them. Last month this changed when our friends from the city of smiles visited and wanted to tour around the busy streets of the metro. It was just a quick 9 hour tour as they will be traveling to Ilocos afterwards. Surprisingly, M-A-N-I-L-A has a lot to offer and you have us to attest that! 🙂 Here's our BUDGET FRIENDLY itinerary in case you'd like take the fun tour too! 🙂 (most of the places we visited are free of charge)
First stop, lunch at the THE COOK! Lance and Jaisa arrived around 11AM; their flight was delayed 🙁 minus 2 hours for the tour.
Anyway, we had lunch at THE COOK by Hongleepark at Fort Bonifacio City.
It was our first time to try this Korean and Italian fusion restaurant, except for Lance who suggested the restaurant. First impression? Food was great! Hahahah! We left the resto full and satisfied. One serving is good for 3-4 persons. It's a bit pricey though was really worth the price.
A must try dish from their menu is the spicy chicken steak salad! 5 stars for this 🙂 Do visit them at THE FORUM BGC.
PLACES - BGC, Manila
WALL ARTS- Fort Bonifacio City, Taguig, Manila
I read blogs about the wall arts here in BGC and we happen to find one, few blocks from THE COOK. Perfect and very instagrammable! You guys must really check it out!
MINI COOPER SHOWROOM-Fort Bonifacio City, Taguig, Manila
And oh! We also had a side trip to one of the most expensive car showroom as requested by our visitors. The sales agent was warm and even allowed us to take pictures with the luxurious MINI COOPER cars. Kudos to your staffs Mini cooper! Their showroom is artistic, they have mini coop cars installed on the wall and also at the roof! 😀 Really, we were amazed! Lol!
VENICE GRAND CANAL MALL-Fort Bonifacio City, Taguig, Manila
Aside from above attractions, the famous Venice Grand Canal Mall or the so called Venice of the Philippines was our main agenda. If you want to experience Italy without shedding too much money for airfare and visa, head on here! You'll surely fall in-love with view plus there are also costumed performers around which you can watch and take pictures with.
For the best part and to feel the atmosphere of Venice most, you can ride the Gandola for Php 350.o0 and be serenaded with your love ones <3. Very romantic date if you're a couple <3
After exploring the Grand Canal, we stopped for a Bingsu dessert before heading to our last destination. There are also various restaurants available.
TIP: Visit the Grand Canal early as it gets to crowded during afternoon.
PLACES - Roxas Blvd., Manila
LUNETA PARK-Roxas Blvd, Manila
When was the last time you visited Luneta Park? Me? I forgot, but the park now is a well developed tourist spot compared before. Below is a picture of the Philippine flag and in front of it was the famous monument of Dr. Jose Rizal. This is the highlight of our tour, visiting one of the largest urban historical park in Asia and major tourist attraction in Manila. Truly the park is a must visited place.
There's also another tourist attraction at the park - THE DANCING FOUNTAIN which plays every thirty minutes during the night. It was very beautiful, perfect spot in ending our short tour. 🙂 Picnics and jogging around the park also still allowed.
That sums our trip, are you ready to tour Manila and explore more of it? Hope this helps in finding you a place to spend the weekend together with family and friends. Don't forget that the most important part when traveling are the memories you make with the people your with.
Thank you and until our next travel!
Disclaimer: Every words written are my personal opinions. Photo credits to G. Figueroa and J. Infante.