Celebrating Independence Day

I am a person who deeply values tradition and rituals. Every year, I celebrate Independence Day by taking a walk in Intramuros or Ermita. This year, I took a break from that tradition to spend time with my family and celebrate Father's Day a week early. Bantayog ng mga Bayani Together with my family, I started the day with a quick trip to Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. We joined...

5 Places to Visit with Your Mom on a Weekend

Mother's Day has come and gone, but that shouldn't stop us from having a good time with the best woman in our life. Here are five places in Luzon where we can spend quality time with our moms without spending too much. Malate There are many bars in Malate, but I doubt it's the kind of place we'd want to visit with our mom, if ever. When my mom and I spent an afternoon here, we heard Mass...

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...