Downtown Manila – Escolta

This is the first of a three-part series on the places in Manila your mother warned you about. "Downtown Manila" used to be the old cultural and commercial center of the capital. Roughly, it includes some parts of Quiapo, Carriedo, and Sta. Cruz. In the '60s and the '70s, the best restaurants, movie houses, and shops were found in these districts on the right bank of the Pasig River. Then...