Rediscovering the Ever Loyal and Noble City of Manila

Yesterday, my friend Vin and I went on a photowalk in Manila to have what we like to call a "secular Visita Iglesia." It's like the Catholic tradition of visiting seven churches during Lent, only we visit places of historic importance. We started the day with a late breakfast at McDonald's UN Avenue in Ermita. From there, we walked to Kalaw Street, where we found the first Protestant...

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...