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Sunny Days at Pico de Loro

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Not far from the former US naval base of Subic Bay, is SM Development Corp's premium resort-themed condo-tel, Pico De Loro. Thanks to the fiancee's family, I was able to join them in experiencing the relaxing and steady vibe of this place.

Located onHamilo Coast, Pico De Loro prides itself in being an environment-friendly refuge for people living in Metro Manila; which is only fitting since this area around the complex is protected as a wildlife sanctuary for various species of land-based and sea animals.

* The scene outside our condo-tel. I was hoping that there would be activities on this lagoon/lake such as fishing, kayaking, stone-throwing, ANYTHING!


Corregidor Island and the Bravery of the Filipino-American Forces During WWII

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When Deal Grocer announced an all-inclusive tour of Corregidor (including boat ride, island tour and lunch buffet) for just $25 a person, I knew that this was too good a deal to miss!

Not only had I never been to this famous key WWII battleground, but this was also to be an excitingly different weekend excursion with my fiancee, Monicca, and our friends, Aaron and Cole.



* The tour is operated by Sun Cruises Philippines, whose terminal is located near theCultural Center of the Philippines. To get to the island, we took an hour long, comfortable, catamaran ride.

San Agustin Church and the Beauty of Old Manila

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While Metro Manila may be world class when it comes to shopping malls, entertainment facilities, restaurants, bars, clubs and bargain shopping, its choices of cultural attractions is, unfortunately, very limited. Partly its because of the national government's limited support for our historical sites or maybe its because our people themselves do not really value our cultural and historical heritage, preferring instead Western influences.

Nonetheless, I am extremely proud that we more or less have the ancient walled city of Intramuros to get our nationalistic fix in, as well as to showcase to our balikbayans and foreign guests who want to catch a glimpse of our history. And at the center of this walled city is my favorite church in the country, the San Agustin Church.



* Built in 1571 by members of the Order of St. Augustine, the San Agustin Church was the first religious structurebuilt by the Spaniards in the island of Luzon.


Fort Santiago and the Last Days of Jose Rizal

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Aside from San Agustin Church, no other place in the ancient walled city of Intramuros holds as much historical significance as Fort Santiago. Due to its location at the mouth of the Pasig River, Fort Santiago was the chief fortress, barracks and dungeon of theSpanish Government during its rule of the Philippines. It also became a main fort for the spice trade between Asia-America-Europe via the Galleon Trade to Acapulco.



* Originally used by Rajah Sulaiman, the most powerful chieftain of pre-Hispanic Manila, the Fort in its current form was ordered built by Miguel Lopez de Legazpito protect the newly established city of Manila. And for the price of$1.50, this place can be toured by all!