Manila Bay, bay of the South China Sea extending into southwestern Luzon Island, Philippines. Almost completely landlocked, it is considered one of the world’s great harbours and has an area of 770 sq mi (2,000 sq km) with a 120-mi (190-km) circumference. Its widest diameter, from northwest to southeast, measures 36 mi. Corregidor Island, 30 mi west of Manila, divides the bay’s 11-mi-wide entrance into two channels—the seldom used South Channel and the safer, 2-mi-wide North Channel between Bataan Peninsula and Corregidor.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Rental in Ermita Manila


1br - 180ft² - Fully Furnished, Very Nice
Condo, Manila Bay, Robinsons Mall (Ermita, Manila)
·       PHP 15,000 Per Month Long-Term Rental
Contact for viewing: john   jgrant8165@yahoo.co.uk


Fully Furnished, Very Nice Condo , Manila Bay area condo right down the street from the Padre Faura Robinsons Mall entrance which is one of the very best Malls in the PI and one block from the Manila Waterfront Pavilian Hotel the other way.  The Philippine Court of Appeals is directly across the street with the Philippine Supreme court just one block behind.  Four blocks from the US Embassy, Hyatt Hotel and Casino, , and Roxas Blvd.  About five blocks from Remedios Circle entertainment area.  Everything but the Mall of Asia is within walking distance but even that is only a ten minute cab ride away.  This is a very nice tourist area of Manila with 24 hour bars catering to expats all over the area.
Very Nice Tempered Glass shower, Hot water, New Refrigerator, Nice LG Air Conditioner to keep it really cool or even downright cold if you prefer, New 32" Flatscreen Sony TV, Queen Bed with Leather covered frame and headboard, Mattress from the Mall of Asia actually cost 15,000 pesos so you know it is a very nice mattress, Tempered glass table, Ceiling Fan, Microwave, Cooking stove, Coffee set, Cooking pots/pans/tableware, Rice Cooker.  It even has a brand new Security Safe anchored into the concrete wall that you can reset to your preferred code and we can, if you forgot your code, override with the master key that is NOT kept at the unit.  This building is very quiet and you never have to wait for the elevator with only 80 units in the entire building. 

·         PHP 15,000 per month which is basically only 500 pesos per day!
·         PHP 15,000 Fully refundable deposit

Renter pays all utilities including Internet, Cable TV, Water, Electrical, and association fees.  Owner pays all Condo Association special assessments and taxes. 


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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Manila Views

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Divorce In The Philippines

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The Philippines is one of the last places to still disallow divorce in the Philippines.

However under certain circumstances it can be allowed.





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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Manila Oldtown And China Town Tour

It can be a little hard to find the history of Manila. But take this tour and see areas and history that most tourist never even know exist.



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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Intramurous Guided Tour

Taking the tour of the old district of Intramuros is a must.

When in Manila arrange a tour of this old Spanish sector






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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Paco, Manila Tour

When next coming to Manila make sure you contact me about the excellant Paco Tour.





















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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Manila Bay Repairs

 Following a tropical storm just over a year ago the Manila Bay sea wall became badly damaged. This was an area a few years ago that was full of great bars and places to eat. It really made the bay area something very special.

When the new mayor took over the bars and restaurants had to go. And all that was left was miles of empty walkway that began to get filled with people sleeping rough and beggars. But also, even though there was a lack of anything else it was a great place to see the sun set down across the bay.

Obviously the damaged had to be repaired, so for many months the area was enclosed with corrugated iron. For months we all waited to see just how good a job would have been done to bring life back to the bay.

The result was shameful, as now open again the whole strip is still in a state of disrepair and only a small "tunnel" of repair has been made next to the sea wall. Enough for two people to pass.

The repaired wall is already showing signs of rendering falling off.

When looking at the bay area., I can only mourn for the days when it was alive and really cared for.


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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tourist Visa Philipines

 Tourists from 166 countries can now avail of the expanded 30-day free visa upon arrival and six months for retirees as part of the government efforts to prove "It is more fun in the Philippines".
Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez said this in a speech before the General Membership Meeting of the Makati Business Club that the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Immigration have issued circular to extend the free visa upon arrival to 166 countries to 30 days from 21 days and for retirees to enjoy 6 month free visa upon arrival.

"This is to show that the Philippines is more fun no matter what age you are," Jimenez said.
Jimenez said as he stressed that the "national government spearheads the review of policy bottlenecks that run counter to tourism promotion efforts."

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Come to Manila

Here is a link to why you should come to Manila. Great article and very true.

 http://www.smh.com.au/travel/20-reasons-to-visit-manila-20120315-1v7ts.html

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Journalist Shot

Gunmen have shot and seriously wounded a reporter who was assigned to cover the Philippine president, in the latest violent attack on journalists in the country.

President Benigno Aquino III, fellow journalists and media watchdogs have strongly condemned the attack on The Daily Tribune reporter Fernan Angeles, who was beaten and shot six times by unidentified men near his home in a suburb of Manila.



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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Fiji Done In Mani

FROM March 5 this year, the UK Border Agency is making changes to its visa service in Fiji by introducing a more streamlined online application process and improving the visa decision-making process by transferring this to the UK Border Agency's visa hub in Manila, the Philippines.
The British High Commission said in a statement that processing times for applications from Fiji would be subjected to the same global targets.
The statement said customers applying in Fiji for a UK visa would be required to complete their visa application form online.
"Only applications completed online will be accepted," the statement said.



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Taking A Trip To Tagaytay



Living in Manila it can be difficult to remember that there is true beauty out there in the beautiful Philippines. One such place is Tagaytay which is about 50 miles out of Manila. Tagaytay has a beautiful cooler climate, and has a breath-taking view of the Lake Tall with the volcano sticking out, reminding everyone how this beauty was actually created.

The journey to Tagaytay may seem straight forward, but the odious traffic of Manila can make it a real pain, not to say a long journey too. There are numerous buses that make the journey, and dependent on where you are in Manila will decide which terminal and service you need to use.
I opted for a more direct route, as my visit was just a short one. I managed to get a driver and vehicle (details on request) that picked me up in Manila Bay and drove me to Tagaytay. The journey was about two and a half hours, but we did hit traffic at certain points. The beauty of getting a driver is that you not only have a more comfortable journey, but once there you have a driver on call.  As the driver lived locally he went home at night, this of course made life easier for us, but cheaper too as it would have been our responsibility to feed him and find him a place to stay. The cost for the driver and fuel and “extras” available on request.

Tagaytay does not have taxis, and the area of Tagaytay has very long roads that hug the drop to the lake. You really do need a car to get around. There are tricycles for short little hops, and there are buses passing through. But for sheer convenience you really need the use of a vehicle and a driver.
The accommodation choice is huge in Tagaytay, but do not turn up at the weekend without a booking. As it is so near to the madness of Manila, it is a weekend getaway for rich and not so rich people trying to escape the pollution of Manila. The other lesson I learned is to be very careful with the location of your accommodation, as it could be within the Tagaytay area, but not really in the town. This of course makes the requirement for your own transportation more urgent.
I chose my accommodation online, and to be honest I think on a weekday I could have found a much cheaper place by just turning up. I also would have got a more central point too.

The accommodation I booked was a lovely place called  MC Mountain Home Apartelle which is opposite the beautiful Spendido Golf Course and very near the famous Sonya’s Garden restaurant. The apartelle has a wonderful view of the lake and volcano. The place is clean and tidy and has a very nice reception area and a very helpful owner. My room was facing the other way, and was able to catch a delightful sunset across the fields and unspoilt views of farm land. Very beautiful, and I well recommend a glass of red wine on the balcony and the watch the red sun drop down from the sky.


The room was very reasonable for a price of around p2000. The TV was on its last legs and the phone to use for reception was gone, and replaced with a text number. The dining area is only used for breakfast which seems a shame. But the accommodation was very comfortable, and all the staff very helpful and courteous.

As time was short I dropped my bags in to the hotel, and then made my way to the palace in the sky. This Palace in the Sky , is the unfinished mansion of former President Ferdinand Marcos,  and had been converted and renamed the People's Park in the Sky . Without a doubt this offers the most speculator view of Taal volcano.

The Palace in the Sky was built for the official state visit of the former US President and Mrs Ronald Reagan, though the Reagan's cancelled their trip due to the general unrest and Marcos' problems at the time. The Palace itself is sadly neglected, and it looks very run down, but it a must vista place. The views are breath-taking, and there are place to drink and eat, and as you sip your brewed coffee and look down at the elite people with massive mansions below the palace, you wonder why there super rich do not put just a little peso back into the people’s palace?

The palace is not too far from the People’s Park, and as you travel between the two there are numerous restaurants and hotels and resorts to suit most tastes, but for those on a budget there is always Starbucks and Burger bars too. The night life is restrictive but available.

I did not have time to travel down to the lake, or even get a boat on the lake, but maybe next time. But the views were enough for my first trip. Also because of the cooler climate you see so many beautiful flowers all around. Plenty of orchids on the roadside too.

One of the places I stopped at was a British Style restaurant called the Bag of Beans. Great food and a very nice “sunken” dining area, the only problem on my visit was the other diners all were mosquitoes!

There are so many places to stop and view the lake. So many places to breath in the fresh air. The prices are along the lines of Manila, but be prepared to pay much more in some of the well-heeled restaurants. But the choice of food is tremendous. I will be going back for a longer stay very soon.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

It Is Fun In The Philippines


PRESS RELEASE
09 February 2012

Philippine Tourism makes history at 3.917 million visitors in 2011

Helped by gains in all regional markets, the Philippines eclipsed the previous 3.52-million record for foreign visitors set in 2010 with 3.917 million visitors last year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reports.

“When the industry exceeds expectations as it had done last year, we feel very encouraged. And with the overwhelming response to our new brand campaign launched last month, we know that we have broken ground on crowdsourcing. The people’s campaign will help bring more numbers,” said Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr.
 


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Manila Cathedral

Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle announced yesterday the temporary closure of the Manila Cathedral for at least a year to give way to renovation to correct some structural defects.
Fearing that it might not be able to withstand a strong earthquake, Tagle said that the 54-year-old Cathedral would be closed for about a year for repairs.
Tagle said they estimate the cost of repairs to reach P50 million.


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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Is It More Fun In The Philippines?

 Helped by gains in all regional markets, the Philippines eclipsed the previous 3.52-million record for foreign visitors set in 2010 with 3.917 million visitors last year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reports.
“When the industry exceeds expectations as it had done last year, we feel very encouraged. And with the overwhelming response to our new brand campaign launched last month, we know that we have broken ground on crowdsourcing. The people’s campaign will help bring more numbers,” said Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr.
Even before the new campaign was launched, the initiatives taken by former Tourism Secretary Albert Lim during his tenure have likewise contributed to this milestone. Thus, for the first time in the history of Philippine tourism, total visitor arrivals in the country in 2011 reached 3.917 million -- 11.28% higher than the 3.520 million posted in 2010 and also surpasses by 4.6% DOT’s 2011 target visitor arrivals of 3.7 million.


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Thursday, February 9, 2012

More Brits In The Philippines

For the first time in history, tourism arrivals to Philippines from the United Kingdom reached 104,466 in 2011, 7.78% higher than the registered visitors of 96,925 in 2010. Arrivals from the United Kingdom contributed to a record-breaking 3.917 million foreign visitors to the Philippines in 2011.
In the face of the economic downturn experienced across Europe, the Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) London tirelessly implements innovative promotional projects and marketing campaigns to drive tourists to the country.




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Battle Of Manila Remembered



February 1945 marked the end of the Japanese military occupation of the Philippines. In what is referred to as the "Liberation of Manila," American and Filipino forces fought against the Japanese, who occupied the city in 1942 after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
 
But in this so-called liberation, thousands of Filipino men, women and children died in the struggle, which is remembered as the "Battle of Manila." The formerly beautiful city was destroyed. Buildings were reduced to rubble, schools and churches burned to the ground. Heritage sites, like the University of Sto. Tomas campus, were used to hold civilians, and were also damaged in the battle.
 
In his essay "Caught in the Battle of Manila," survivor Dr. Joseph Romero recalls an eerie sky of smoke and flames, with "glowing bits of paper sailing like leaves against the orange-black sky.


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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Manila Bay To Be Clean?


At the sidelines of the Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections, which ended Friday in Pasig City, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said the government will strive to make the coastal waters of the Manila Bay fit for swimming before President Benigno Aquino III leaves office in 2016.

Paje admitted the goal is “so difficult to attain” but to restore the waters of Manila Bay to “recreational water” quality levels is the mandate from the Supreme Court, which, Paje said, ruled in 2008 on a case originally filed by concerned bay residents.

In the December 18, 2008 ruling penned by SC Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco, the high court specified that the bay's waters must be restored to and maintained at “SB level” or Class B sea water as defined in Water Classification Tables under DENR Administrative Order No. 34, so that its bathing waters will be “fit for swimming, skin-diving, and other forms of contact recreation.”
More at http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/245985/news/metromanila/mission-possible-ndash-a-manila-bay-safe-for-ldquo-recreational-swimming-rdquo-by-2016?ref=topstories


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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Terminal One Second Worst Airport


TERMINAL 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has been ranked the world’s second worst airport by travel guide publisher Frommer’s, the USA Today newspaper reported Tuesday.
Frommers.com named New York’s JFK Airport Terminal 3 as the world’s worst airport, followed by Manila’s Terminal 1, Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport Terminal B/C, Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 3, and Aman, Jordan’s Queen Alia Airport.
The travel guide said it based the list of worst and best airports on cleanliness, services, on-time departures, navigation, and ease of getting to and from a city’s center.
The world’s best was Hajj Terminal at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Covering 120 acres, the terminal is only open during the six-week Hajj, when millions of Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca, Frommer’s said.
Manila’s Terminal 1, which was named the world’s worst airport by “The Guide to Sleeping in Airports” website in 2011, was the only Asian terminal to make Frommer’s worst list.


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