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5 Times OTWOL Made Us fall in Love Again with Manila

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Choose Philippines | Nov 12, 2015

Filipinos have a love-hate relationship with Manila. The Philippines' capital city teems with grime on its most desolated streets, bursts with noise pollution especially during the worst traffic jams, and is riddled with old buildings that are always on the brink of demolition. Despite this tragic reality, the city of Manila never fails to amaze us if we just keep an open mind and take the chance to look at its glory behind the filth.

This is what the recent episodes of the rom-com series On The Wings of Love remind us of and make us fall in love again with our country.

1) Binondo

Binondo is known as the oldest Chinatown in the world. Though it was established by the Spaniards as a settlement for Catholic Chinese, the district was already a hub for Filipino-Chinese businessmen and entrepreneurs even before the colonial period. It is now a popular stop for foodies who are in search of authentic Chinese dishes

Even Clark and Leah cannot resist a food trip at Estero Fast Food along Ongpin Street.

(Screencap from On The Wings of Love through ABS-CBN.com)
READ MORE: Chinatown Chow: 5 Must-Eats in Binondo, Manila


2) Escolta

Escolta is another historic street in the downtown district of Binondo. The whole lane used to be dotted with shops and boutiques owned by immigrant merchants from China, Europe, and Latin America. Later on, it flourished into the city's primary commercial district where the city's tallest buildings were found. It is now home to abandoned yet beautiful skyscrapers that showcases the Philippines' early architectural designs.  

One of these is First United Building, an art deco structure designed by Andres Luna de San Pedro. It now hosts a weekend art market that features vintage items and other craft products.

(Photo from 98B Facebook)
READ MORE: Escolta's El Hogar: A Testament of Heritage and Love


3) San Agustin Church

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the San Agustin Church along General Luna Street in Intramuros is one of the oldest churches of the Philippines. It was built during the Spanish period and boasts of a Baroque architecture.

(Photo by Tamara Tan-Azaña)


4) Intramuros

Also called the "Walled City," Intramuros was fortified with defensive walls during the Spanish colonial period to protect the seat of government from foreign invasion. At present, the old buildings, walls, and ruins are maintained as parks and heritage sites that serve as tourist destinations.

READ MORE: Manila's Historic City Receives Heritage Award 2015 from Spain


5) Manila Bay

Manila Bay is known for having one of the most beautiful sunsets and Roxas Boulevard, the promenade fronting it, provides front row seats to this majestic view.

(Photo by Travel Insider Say Lakwatchera)

First called "Cavite Boulevard," it was part of Architect Daniel Burnham's urban plan of Manila in the early 1900s. It was later named "Dewey Boulevard" in honor of the American Admiral George Dewey, then to "Heiwa Boulevard" during the Japanese occupation, and finally to its present name in the 1960 to honor President Manuel Roxas, the fifth president of our country.

(Photo by Travel Insider Rehj Payunan Medina)

Through the efforts of PGAA (Paulo G. Alcazaren & Associates) Creative Design of the renowned urban planner, the boulevard is now getting its much needed makeover to restore its former glory. 

Whoever said that Manila Bay is not romantic is 100% wrong. 


READ MORE: When in Manila: Sail into a Stunning Sunset


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